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Julianne and Aaron’s Fun & Bubbly Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


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I love, love, love the fun and bubbly nature of Julianne and Aaron’s engagement photographs captured by Elleni Toumpas. It’s everything fun- bikes, balloons and bubblegum and you can’t help but smile at Julianne’s infectious laugh! Their story? “Aaron and Jules met while working at a specialized school in Brisbane’s far north and now live in the area. It was for this reason we chose to shoot up at Shorncliffe, using a tandem bike that the couple had spotted at the school. From there we brainstormed other prop ideas and styling options that suited who they were as a couple. When I first met the couple Aaron retold the story of how they became ‘officially an item’. In the school yard Aaron gave his then girlfriend a packet of bubble gum as a way of asking her out. When Aaron and Jules started dating, and after retelling this story to Jules, Aaron made a joke of handing her a packet of bubblegum as their relationship became more serious.elleni”

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Aaron says, “What isn’t to love about Jules? She is kind and loving, creative and smart, patient and brave, fun and funny. She challenges me and supports me… and lets me be me! She also makes the best chocolate mousse ever and lets me listen and “dance” to my daggy records! I couldn’t let this one get away!”

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Of their photographer, Aaron says, “We had seen some of Elleni’s work when we were looking for a photographer and we loved how she was able to catch the light and set a very unique atmosphere within the photos. Her photos suited our vintage/retro style and also the sense of playfulness and fun that is an important part of our relationship. We decided to have the photos taken at Scarborough Fair as it was where we were living and had become a favourite spot of ours with some whimsical trees and stunning sunsets often on display. We had always wanted to get photos with this unusual yellow tandem bike that we had at school. So we had to use that in our shoot and Elleni had the brilliant idea to get some hubba bubba as it was how I asked Jules to be my girlfriend. And who doesn’t like giant helium filled balloons?? It was such a windy afternoon and the balloons weren’t sitting very well, but Elleni was brilliant and able to get some amazing shots with them too! ”

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Julianne says, “I love Aaron for so many reasons! I love that he is brave enough to be himself; going on ‘treasure hunts’ for vintage items, getting excited about his successful compost, fussing over our chickens (Captain Abigail, Pecktunia & Higgeldy Piggeldy)!! I love that he is always patient with me, that he loves even the parts about myself that I don’t like, that he is always seeking to be the best man that he can be, that he loves and values family, friendship and hard work. I love that he shows me the world with different eyes through poetry, music and a ‘weird’ sense of humour! Aaron is always trustworthy, has an incredibly beautiful soul and I am so very proud of the man that he is! And finally, I love Aaron because he is ridiculously good-looking!! (Thought he would appreciate that one!) ”

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Aaron recalls, “I (Aaron)  arranged a quite elaborate proposal involving personalised puzzles, travel, gumball machines, keys and locks, a whole lot of love and little bit of quirk! The proposal took place outdoors on Mt. Tamborine (a very significant place for us). It was a miserably wet day but by the time Jules arrived on the mountain the rain stopped and the clouds parted directly above us. The basic idea of the proposal was that Jules was given a puzzle and when she finished it I gave her a coin for the gumball machine. Jules then used the coin in the gumball machine and received a key which unlocked the next puzzle. On the last puzzle I used a coin in the gumball machine to get the ring and then asked if she would marry me! She said ‘YES’! Huzzah! ”

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Photographer: Elleni Toumpas

Valentines Day Gift Guide

by | Bride, Favors and Decor, Gift Guide


I’m always a big fan of the quirky, the kitsch, the very very soppy and the pink heart filled delights for Valentine’s Day (which is what I’ve been having fun with on Polka Dot Made!) To me, the day is all about token love gestures that are fun and happy.

Mr Polka is as likely to get a red velvet cake baked into a heart shape as he is a hand written poem scrawled on a page of Shakespeare. So here’s a roundup of some of my favourite finds for Valentines Day 2013, I hope it inspires you to have some fun with the day!

valentines day gift guide1. So Much Love Book from Kikki K 2. Hello Lover flag from Pony Rider 3. I’m With You Mug from Lark 4. Riedel Black Tie Bliss decanter from Wedding Gifts Direct 5. You’re My Number One Print from From The Owl 6. Le Creuset Cerise Red Heart Shaped Casserole Pot from Peters Of Kensington 7. Pink Heart Bird Feeder from Miss Jones In Love 8. Chocolate fondue gift set from Hard To Find 9. Love Scuff from Peter Alexander 10. Heart shaped gift box from Lush 11. I Love Eggs Poacher from The Gifted Man 12. Love, Laughter, Happily Ever After from Down That Little Lane

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride



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What an action packed week it’s been for the patterned folk! What with jaunts to Sydney and keeping our hands busy creating lots of new DIY ideas for you, we haven’t had much time to stop and smell the roses. Therefore, I plan to spend this weekend enjoying the last official month of Summer by heading outdoors and getting a good (healthy) dose of Vitamin D. I hope you all have a chance to do the same (should the weather permit!)! And the best way to start – checking out a fab round-up of what we’ve served up for you this week!

This Week On Polka Dot Weddings

Polka Dot Weddings is the blog where real brides write about their weddings and share their experiences. Inspiration abounds so click on each image to read more.



1.Wedding Inspiration ~ Shoe Crush Sunday – Backyard Garden Wedding 2.Real Engagement Shoot ~ Jay Sonn and Joann’s Quirky Vintage Picnic Engagement Shoot 3.Real Bride Reflects ~ Inspired Words – Whitney 4.Real Wedding ~ Holly and Zac’s Elegant Rose Wedding On The River 5.Real Wedding ~ Rose and Josh’s Rustic Spring Wedding 6.Wedding Forum ~Polka Dot Hot Spot- Vendor Responses

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This Week On Polka Dot Wisdom

Polka Dot Wisdom is a treasure trove of advice, news and wedding planning tips! Written by wedding professionals you could almost plan your whole wedding by following this, the wisest of all blogs! Click on the images to read more.


1.Vendor’s Recommendations – Vendor’s Favourites – Wedding Gifts Direct 2.Studio Tour – GM Photographics 3.Wedding Planning Wisdom ~ Selecting A Hawaii Wedding Planner 4.Top Ten Destination Wedding Locations

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This Week On Polka Dot Made

Polka Dot Made is your source for all things handmade including weekly DIY projects to make for your wedding or engagement.



1.Etsy Roundup – Pastel Floral Sashes 2.Stained Glass Heart Biscuit Tutorial 3.Chinese New Year Sphere Lantern Garland Tutorial 4.Valentine’s Day Breakfast In Bed (& Free Printable Card) 5.Cocktail Friday – Strawberry Champagne

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This week on Polka Dot Honeymoons

The wedding is over, the dust has settled and now it’s time to get away from it all! Find resort reviews, inspiration and real honeymoons every week on Polka Dot Honeymoons.

1.Real Honeymoon ~ Romantic French & Spanish Honeymoon

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This week on Polka Dot Groom

Polka Dot Groom is dedicated to all things groom. Inspiration, advice and style for the Australian groom.

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1.Real Wedding ~ Matt & Lee’s Norwegian Nuptials 2.Inspired Memories – Dave 3. Groom Style – Gerard 4. Valentines Day Gift Guide For The Gentlemen!

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Following Polka Dot Bride on Instagram yet? We’re doing a fab Valentines Day giveaway with Whisper Events for a dozen red roses!, pop on over and join in!

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What better way to get to know a photographer than to spend some time taking photos together? Talented Photographer Corey Sleap is offering Polka Dot couples a wedding photo consultation/engagement photo session, just to get to know him better! To book some time, drop Corey a line.

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For a super-unique venue, it has to be a Tipi! And Tipikata Tipi Hire  has decided to extend its special 2012 package offer until 28 February, 2013! To check out what this amazing package includes, and the savings you’ll enjoy, head over to their website or secure your date by emailing the team.

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Stationary by Miki.O

If you are lucky enough to be in Melbourne this weekend, then you’re invited to join the team at Immerse in the Yarra Valley for a glass of sparkling and some canapes while you wonder the gardens, meet suppliers and chat ‘all things weddings’  at their Wedding Expo on Sunday 10 February! Exhibitors Include Photographers, Videographers, Celebrants, Wedding cakes, Florists and lovely Stationary from Miki.O. RSVP your attendance to recieve a goodie bag via email!

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The lovely Photographer Clare Day is running a competition on her blog  during the merry month of February, offering couples the chance to win a Fusion Engagement session valued at $1500. So head on over to her site to enter!

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Ensure you capture those ideas, thoughts and inspiration for your wedding day with this fab new App, Memory Jar!


The Memory Jar app works by providing an easy way to attach a picture and simply give it a title, brief description and any special keywords to help recall it in the future. It takes the stress out of slips of paper, cuttings from bridal magazines, and foggy memories of all the bridesmaid dresses you’ve seen.

This app also works great for tracking other milestones, such as buying a first home, a pregnancy, and holidays. Find more info on the website.

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Looking for that perfect clutch, for yourself, your bridesmaids or perhaps the mother-of-the-bride? Then don’t miss a peek at Olga Berg‘s  30% sale off all Summer 2013 stock!  Online only  until the 17th of February!

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 To sign-off, a beautiful speech from the Groom introduces this wedding from Untitled Film Works, with sweeping cinematography. I’m a sucker for a good story!