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Jessica and Dylan

My home, is my very favourite place in the world and it’s this reason that at home engagement sessions hold a really special place in my heart. For Jessica and Dylan, they wanted photographs to reflect exactly where they are in life, and Tomek Photography delivered. A lazy Adelaide day producing beautiful, comfortable photos that show off how these two relate to one another, their smiles, their laughter, their four-legged friends and their very special bond.Just like much of their relationship,

Jessica and Dylan’s engagement was a mutual decision, Jessica shares “We had a discussion together and decided that we wanted to get married. Neither of us is religious, but family is hugely important to us. We didn’t need to get married to prove our commitment to each other as that was always a given, but sharing the same name as a family was our key driver and getting married was the easiest way to do it.

We picked out a ring together for myself (Dylan chose not to have a wedding ring) and Dylan proposed on a Sunday morning a few weeks later as I woke up. He had gotten up early to get me flowers and a vanilla milkshake (my favourite at the time) and proposed with our fur baby Jimmy in his arms. It was low key and perfect. We spent the day out together with a lovely meal for lunch, followed by a film in the city.”

“We love how totally and utterly comfortable we are with each other – it’s super nice to be in this place with the person you love” tell Jessica and Dylan. “We talk about everything together, we have in-depth discussions regularly which we both love and truly value – we think it is a super important thing for any relationship and love that we can do this together so comfortably.”

“We have been through a lot of testing times together and each of these moments and experiences has brought us closer and we think this is really a testament to our openness and relentless support for each other.”

 

“Being photographers ourselves, we hugely value having our photos taken, and often” shares Jessica.  “Our two year wedding anniversary had just passed and we had begun our journey to start a family. We knew this was going to be a bit of a journey for us given a couple of issues on my part and I was about to have surgery for it. We felt it was important to document this stage in our journey together, because we knew that although it is difficult at times, it is one of those times we will look back on as being the best years of our lives.”

These two? They’ve been together for years! “We met in high school – I know, how lame! We have been together for 10 years next Feb. We got married on our 7-year anniversary in a very personal elopement with only Dylan’s brother and his partner present!”

After their home session, Jessica and Dylan headed to Port Melbourne, telling “We chose to have them done in our house as well as on location for two reasons – in our home because we love where we live and it is the place we decided to start a family together so this house will forever be special to us, and on location in Port Adelaide because we wanted to give our photographer some creative freedom to capture us how he wanted and where he felt inspired. We picked Tomek because we love his style and we just wanted him to do his thing. Our session was very relaxed and fluid. We got to have a bit of a date-day and just be totally present with each other and now we have some awesome photos as a result of it.”

 

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Amy and Paul

I live for weddings like today’s. Weddings where you barely need words to tell the stories because every single photo just pulls you in. The first look, the ugg boot filled dance floor, the joy and the tears. Amy and Paul wanted a wedding that was “Earthy, boho and simple”. Every part of their day was built around this – a relaxed ceremony, a tipi reception and plenty of love.
And those photos – there is something about the way Sophie Baker Photography plays with light that is utter magic, What a treat we have to share with you.

A little act of synchronicity brought these two together, Amy sharing “We both worked together at a theme park but in different departments. Turned out that we also lived on the same street and went to the same local pub where we started chatting. Even when we started dating, we were both too embarrassed to chat with each other at work!” The pair finally got it together, and when it was time, Paul waited for Amy’s birthday to pop the question. “Pauly took me and our pup Ivy on a surprise picnic for my birthday” remembers Amy. “I had no idea where we were going. We went to the beautiful Crams Farm in Uki where he got down on one knee and proposed. I actually thought at first that he was joking! It was such a beautiful setting and the best birthday surprise ever!”

“I chose the Evette Dress by Madi Lane” tells Amy. “It was floaty and comfortable and with bare feet, it was the perfect dress for our rainforest setting.” The bride adding gold earrings her mother had worn to her own wedding day a few years earlier.

Beautiful bouquets of natives were styled by Eden The Flower Shop. Amy says “We chose native bouquets with eucalyptus, wattle and proteas were perfect for our winter wedding and matched our theme perfectly.”

Paul and Amy met before their ceremony for a first look, the newlyweds raving endlessly about their chosen photographer Sophie. “Sophie was incredible” tells Amy.  The photos she captured will be treasured forever! We have way too many favourite photos to choose from, Sophie Baker was incredible and we couldn’t have asked for better photos!”

Paul’s groomsmen each wore a wooden bowtie from Wood & Beau, which the groom had engraved.

Amy and Paul chose the banks of Hinze Dam for their ceremony.

Amy walked down the aisle with her father to “Black as Night” by Nahko Bear.

Amy and Paul chose Celebrant Lady Love to execute their vision for a laid back ceremony, telling  “Our ceremony was very laid back and quite funny. Pauly being a bit of a joker, it was very entertaining for everyone as well as bringing some of them to tears. Annie was the most amazing celebrant and delivered our ceremony perfectly.”

 

Guests gathered at Amy and Paul’s Gold Coast home for a relaxed reception. “Our home was the perfect venue as its surrounded by trees with a big open grassy area. We hired a Tipi which was so perfect and filled it with fairy lights” explains the bride.

Not only was there amazing wedding cake by Evie May Cake Design, but the groom’s mum made a table full of cakes and slices for guests to devour, alongside Amy’s sister making a beautiful platter and dip.

The first dance was one of the bride and groom’s favourite parts of the night, for reasons that weren’t just about the dance. Amy explains “Our first dance was to “Can’t take my eyes off you” by Frankie Valley but the most special thing about it was that my dad Ben played and sang the song on his piano.”

And to finish today’s story off? A gorgeous film of the day captured by Lovedays Cinema.

 

Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us Amy and Paul! It was such a joy to share your stories. Thank you also to Sophie Baker Photography for today’s beautiful images.

Polka Dot Dream Team...

The below wedding vendors made this magic happen and are an approved part of the Polka Dot Directory. Visit their portfolios to learn more and enquire about their services!

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This post features the following wedding vendors. If you've been featured below, we'd love to get to know you. Click here to join Polka Dot Bride.

  • Ceremony Venue
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  • Reception Venue
  • Private property
  • Wedding Cake
  • Evie May Cake Design