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Kirsten & Caleb

From picnics in the park to city skylines, at home celebrations and surprises on vacations. May we never ever get tired of the joy and magic of a proposal. Today’s misty mountain morning popping of said question certainly does nothing to slow the anticiaption of seeing the excitement unfold. The unsuspecting Kirsten thought she and Caleb were getting up early for a few photographs with the duo behind Wander & Follow Images at the stunning Purling Brook Falls. A 3 am wakeup call, a hike and when the sun started to rise, not twenty minutes into their shoot, Caleb dropped to one knee and completely blew her away.  “Kaleb and I are very ‘earthy’ people. We love nature and the wilderness, waterfalls are my personal favourite. To have our special moment amongst the beauty of the country made it even better” she shares. And what could be more romantic than a proposal as the mist rises over the mountain range?

It seems it has always been “meant to be” for these two, who were high school sweethearts! “We were both in school, your typical ‘high school sweethearts’ story. I’d noticed Kaleb a few times and found him quite attractive, from there I made my move!” tells the bride to be.

Photographer Joel shares his side of the story. “My mate Kaleb had approached me asking if I could capture his proposal to his soon to be fiancé Kirsten.

So when my wife Shannon and I had found this incredible, beautiful place one day, I knew that it would be the perfect spot for a shoot but even more perfect for a proposal.

I rang up Kaleb the next day and said “Bro, no pressure but if you’re keen, I’ve found an amazing spot, and you can use this opportunity to propose to Kirsten.”

A few days later Kaleb, our friend Zech, and I went to the spot at sunrise to see if it was the place he wanted to ask Kirsten to become his wife. And it was.”

“I directed Kirsten to face away from Kaleb looking out to the stunning view, as Kaleb and I signalled to one another that we were good to go.

Kaleb then grabbed Kirsten by her hands and began to whisper into her ear, and shortly after a few moments, he got down on one knee. He pulled out a little black box from his back pocket, looking at Kirsten with one of the biggest smiles I’d ever seen him do and he popped the question.

Completely unaware of the plan and a little shocked, Kirsten said “Yes”.

The ring Kaleb had chosen himself, was a perfect example of Kirsten’s unique style and personality.

I would be lying if I said I was not 110% invested in this! From the start of planning, through till the big moment, It was truly an amazing experience to witness…”

Kirsten and Caleb? Their love story seems as strong as ever, Kirsten telling  “I love his excitement every time he sees me. I’ll come home from work and after five years of being together he’ll still sprint from the other end of the house to grab me and lift me and twirl me in the air!”

 

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Brittany & Paige

We’re off to the country today, for the most romantic of rustic wedding days with two gorgeous brides- Brittany and Paige, who celebrated their vows in a day that was “rustic, warm and comfortable”.  Add to that the golden country light that only the Australian version of Mother Nature can produce, alongside photography talent like that of Hand Crafted Pictures Co and you’ve got a story so very worth telling.

The pair, who met on a random night out at a Collingwood night club, had a hunch something special was in motion from the moment they met, at least from Paige’s side! “I saw Britt from across the room and knew that I needed to meet her. I approached her friend to try and get a way in, we didn’t speak much on the night but after that, I stalked her on social media and here we are today.”

Brittany popped the question on a weekend trip to Geelong. Paige telling the tale “The proposal didn’t go as planned, although I am sure it doesn’t for most. We went with our furbaby Dexter to Geelong straight after work on a Friday. Britt was trying to plan an exciting and romantic night, packing our telescope and camera so we could do some star gazing. She was so nervous on the way, and I kind of knew something was up.

Upon arriving in Geelong, it was so busy so we kept driving to find a more secluded spot, Britt wanted to take the telescope down to the beach which I  protested at because I was cold. The telescope was out of the plan, and we sat up overlooking Geelong (with a group of people just over to our left) on a picnic blanket with Dexter…. Britt couldn’t speak and just stumbled to get the ring out of her bag and said….”you know I love you” and then nervously she quickly handed me the ring!”

Both Paige & Brittany found their wedding gowns at Bluebell Bridal, Paige explaining “We both weren’t too fussed about our dresses however we booked an appointment at Blue Bell Bridal.

One of us had to try on the dresses while the other waited downstairs, then we swapped. We both tried on around four dresses each and instantly knew which one we loved. We were with my mum and three sisters. When I tried on the winning dress along with the veil, they all cried tears of happiness.”

Paige and Brittany chose Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken for their ceremony and reception, sharing “Roomba’s was the first venue that we saw, we immediately fell in love with the space. It was charming, rustic and perfectly fit within our style. The building was made from bluestone and had beautiful wood throughout. The property had so many ceremony options for all weather conditions and we really fell in love with it on that first day.”

The brides met before their ceremony on the verandah for a first look.

The brides travelled in vintage cars from Triple R Luxury Car Hire.

The brides walked down the aisle one after another. “We searched through so many artists and landed on “Only you” by Parson James” remembers Paige.

Paige & Brittany chose Sweet Wonderful You to officiate their ceremony, sharing “Our celebrant, Erin is the type of person that puts you at ease, we were both terribly nervous but her kind nature and the way she took control of the ceremony really helped make it stress free, she guided us every step of the day.”

The brides worked with Paige’s sister Brooke on the bouquets.  “My sister Bianca made our flowers, she has a wonderful knack with creative things like this and was excited to help us with this part of the wedding. We chose deep colours of native flowers paired with lots of greenery. It tied in perfectly with the wedding style and also the venue.”

Of their photographer, Paige remarks “Ernest was really good, he had multiple cameras and also had a manual film camera that he used to give us a different style of the photo.”

Guests gathered for a sit-down reception dinner (complete with a chocolate drizzled wedding cake by Jessicakes.)

“We loved the atmosphere, both sides of the family and friends were genuinely happy and you could really feel the love in the air from everyone. It was truly an amazing feeling.”

The first dance? Short and sweet remembers Paige. “Our first dance song was Calum Scott’s “You are the reason”. We only shared a short dance before inviting everyone up because we felt awkward slow dancing!” The couple chose Mercury DJ Hire to kick off the dance floor and keep it humming all night long.

And to top off a magical day, we have the most stunning of films from Native Weddings that captured the utter joy of the day unfolding.

 

A big congratulations to you both Paige and Brittany! Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories with us. Thank you also to Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken and Hand Crafted Pictures Co for sharing the day!

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.

  • Hairstylist
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  • Flowers
  • Bianca Bonnici