Sheky & Jonathan’s Romantic Yaralla Estate Engagement Photos

by | Bride, Engagements


Sheky and Jonathan

These romantic engagement photos of Sheky and Jonathan snapped at Yaralla Estate by photographer Jonathan David feels like such a nice way to spend a Saturday and such a nice story to tell today. Want to know just how romantic? Read on for their story, there is so much love in their words and so much love in each and every photo.

Jonathan (fiance) says, “We first met a little over two years ago at a mutual friend’s farewell party. We were drawn to each other immediately and felt so comfortable in each other’s presence. We spoke for much of the night and our chemistry was incredible. At the end of the night I asked Sheky for her number and I’m so glad I did…. It was without a doubt one of the best decisions of my life!”

On what she loves about Jonathan, Sheky tells, “Jonathan has made me feel more loved than I thought possible. He brightens up my day, and makes me laugh. But most importantly, I admire his passion for life, his career and our future. He loves to talk, and even though I have no interest in what he is saying at times (usually sport, as he is a PE Teacher) his excitement when he is telling a story is more than enough to brighten my day. I am the luckiest girl to have met such an amazing guy and I look forward to a lifetime of happiness with him.”

The proposal? “After two amazing years, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her, so I left work early one day and set up our apartment to surprise her when she returned from work. I had a rose placed by the front door and when she walked in there were rose petals scattered along the hallway leading to a big love heart shaped with even more rose petals. In the centre of the heart was the ring. The room was candlelit to set the mood and chilled champagne was at the ready, in anticipation of hearing the three letter word that would make me the happiest man on earth. Once I gave her my big speech on bended knee that I had pre-prepared and read over dozens and dozens of times to make sure I said it all correctly, I asked her to marry me and she said ‘Maybe’ to make me a little more nervous than I was, before blurting out ‘YES, YES, YES of course!!!”

“Our first date was a dinner a few days after we met. The waitress had to return to us three or more times to take our order because each time she came, we hadn’t yet looked at the menu as both of us were too engrossed in our conversation – not at all surprising as we both love to talk a lot! We were also the last people to leave the restaurant that night. We didn’t want the night to end.”

On what Jonathan loves about Sheky, he notes, ” Sheky is without a doubt the most amazing person I have ever met. She is incredibly beautiful, sexy, kind, caring, intelligent, funny, loving and loveable. Her eyes, her smile and her laugh all make me melt and everyday her spirit makes my heart soar. She is quite literally the love of my life, my soul mate and my best friend and I feel so lucky to have won her heart. We have such a strong bond and everything we do in life we do as a team. She has made me a better person and I know we will have an amazing future together. I simply cannot wait to marry her and to be husband and wife.”

Photographer: Jonathan David
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These Boots Were Made For Weddings

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


bride in cowboy boots

Photo by Amy & Stuart via Santa Barbara Chic

A Dottie recently emailed asking whether boots would work with a wedding dress. Short answer? Yes! Long answer- Yes yes yes!

I am a heel lover through and through, but in truth, it’s hard to walk in heels on rocky, uneven ground and it’s even harder to dance all night long in them. If you’re a bride who is never seen without her boots? Is marrying in a barn? Loves wearing funky flats? Then why not head down the boot road and pop on a pair of cowboy boots for your wedding day. So much comfort (and warmth, so a great option for Autumn & Winter weddings!) with the funky fresh style.

Here’s some of the brides and their maids rocking their cowboy boots that have inspired me lately.

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1 Photo by Clary Photo via Project Wedding 2. Photo by Open Air Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs 3. Photo by  K & K Photography via Heart Love Weddings 4 Photo by The Reason via Southern Weddings 5. Photo by Kelli Hunt Photography via Inspired By This 6. Photo by Carlie Statsky via Green Wedding Shoes 7. Photo by Life Writing Photography via Every Last Detail8. Photo by Matthew Morgan  9 Photo by GPT Photography via Bridal Musings 10. Photo by Braedon Photography

As we’re heading into Winter the endless boxes of boots are hitting stores- from riding to cowboy, so many styles for your own personal look!

cowboy boots to go under wedding gowns

1. Justin Vintage Western Boots via The Western Boot Barn 2. Hollis Boot from Diana Ferrari 3. Flippa red boot from I Love Billy 4. Colette Knee High Boot from Country Road 5. Imperial Mid Brown Glove Boot from Jane Debster 6. Naya boot from Diana Ferrari

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Australian Bride SCooter

Elena and Davide’s Italian Wedding Photos by Igloo Photo

Is is perhaps the fact that I ride a scooter as my preferred mode of transport that made the above scene from Elena and Davide’s wedding take my breath away? Maybe. Or it could just be the idea of flying half-way across the globe to take in the different sights, smells and experiences for a once-in-a-lifetime destination wedding? I’ve been to Italy’s capital, Rome, and it captured my heart. And my appetite! Sicily introduced me to the espresso, and how to treat coffee with “rispetto” (respect). I like to think that I’ve brought this all back to my wonderful life in Australia and infused them somehow into my routine. Have you returned from an overseas trip with any new tips to share?

If you missed this beautiful wedding, or anything else on the our specialty blogs this week, have an strong espresso and enjoy the roundup!

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.

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1. Real Bride Reflects – Rebecca and Damien’s Relaxed Palm Beach Wedding 3.Real Bride Plans – Why Hello There Blog, It’s Been a While! 4. Real Wedding – Natalie & Jonathon’s Vintage Twist Dayboro Wedding 5.Desperately Seeking – February 2013

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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.

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1. Expert Interview – What Would They Know – Rohan Milne from Rohan Jewellery 2. Expert Visit – Ms Gingham takes A Visit To The Divine Mariana Hardwick 3. Expert Recommendations – Vendor’s Favourites Petal and Pod 4. Event Review – Love Sweet Love Vintage and Handmade Wedding Event 5. Expert RecommendationTop Ten Wedding Destinations in Europe 6. Flower Wisdom ~ Floral Colour Inspiration ~ Peach 7. Bridal Event ~ The Glen Wedding Showcase Event

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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.

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Free Wedding Template Passionfruit-Coloda-Cocktail-Recipe

1.Etsy Roundup – Gloves 2. Tuesday Type – Gentil 3. Couture Birdcage Veil Tutorial 4. Expert Tutorial – Lemon Curd Wedding Favours and Free Tags 5. Cocktail Friday – Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar’s Passionfruit Colada

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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.

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1.Destination Wedding – Elena and David’s Italian Wedding

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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.Inspired Memories – Iain 2. Groom Style – Phillipe

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A change is as good as a holiday,and the lovely team over at ngg Studios have embraced this change and unveiled their new business name! Brett & Kristie felt that it was “time to take the big leap and begin a new ‘more us’ name and visual on our journey, and so begins Byron loves Fawn!”  To find out what the meaning is behind their pretty new name, head on over to their brand new website to find out!

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Are you the type of bride that swoons at a vintage gown, or gasps at a retro updo? Then the Love Vintage Wedding Show is for you! You’ll find everything you’re searching for, from collectables for the tables to someone to style them for you! With three shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, The Love Vintage team of experts will be on-hand to provide advice, styling tips and makeup tutorials, ensuring that your vintage-themed wedding is a breeze. Head to their website to check the date for your state and save the date!

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A whiff of change in the air? The Little White Wedding Company has completed its transition to Victoria Cameron! Still retaining the same high level of professionalism and dedication which has become synonymous with the brand, the team are taking a shift in direction and now also offer event production, planning and/or design services for corporate events, product launches, and other personal celebrations such as baby showers and engagements. Head on over to the new website for more information!

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When great minds think alike, they can produce exciting things! Petra from Pomp and Splendour and Amelia from Make Your Day are launching a monthly collaboration pop up shop in Melbourne, starting this Saturday 23rd of February! They will both be available to talk wedding flowers, decor and styling, with a different installation each month. Head to Sparta place, 459 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, just around the side of the Mariana Hardwick building!

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Is this your wedding photo or do you know the happy couple in it? This photo album of wedding photos was left outside the Bakers Arms Hotel in Abbotsford on February 7th 2013. If the photos are yours or you know the owner, contact Collingwood police on 9419 4911

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Tis the season for change! The inspirational team at White Magazine has undergone a redesign of both their website and magazine, and we just love it!  Head on over to have a peak!

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The fab team at Lester & May are on the search for couples in South East QLD who are interested in a FREE digital invite or save the date film! And it’s so easy to enter! Simply ‘Like’ them on Facebook and send them a message! They will then announce who they have selected via Facebook and their Blog on Monday 25th February at 5pm AEST!

But the giveaways don’t stop there! They are also offering 2 couples who are to be married in March or April 2013 to have their wedding film at half the normal price! This includes the entire wedding filmed from beginning to end PLUS a second day shoot, where you will be treated to champagne, catering, personal makeup artists and a fabulously fun day creating romantic images to be edited into your Wedding Film! To enquire, head to their Facebook or shoot them an Email!

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Now to round out the day, here is a lovely short from the team at Lester & May, which documents another talented team, Feather and Stone Photography on their  first ever ‘Field Trip’.

Bohemian Floral Fantasy Inspiration

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Floral inspiration is one of my favourite things and this gorgeous shoot, on a day that is quite the celebration of all the beauty New Zealand has to offer is just the ticket for something fresh, fun and inspiring. Photographer Maree Wilkinson Photography  headed to  Homewood Gardens Katikati New Zealand , with a talented team including hair & makeup artist  Kristen Donovan @ Blow Hair & Makeup, florist Milenka for Flowers , cake designer  Roz @ Cake Away and stylist  Racheal Stanway from Rozella Presents along with beautiful vintage gowns from New Bohemian and created an inspiration  shoot entitled “Bohemian Woodland Fairytale”.

Maree says, “The idea for the shoot was born after seeing the beautiful vintage gowns at New Bohemian, I’ve done many shoots for New Bohemian and have always dreamed of using them for an inspirational wedding shoot – I love it when a bride breaks tradition on their wedding day, I wanted to show how gorgeous and beautifully you can do it, I knew Kristen from Blow would do the perfect hair and makeup and Rozella Presents would bring it all together with all her amazing ideas and props.”

The first look is soft and romantic, described by Maree as “A very soft vintage lace gown and ethereal crown set against a garden setting,”

This stunning pink gown? It was owned by a Hollywood actress and makes for quite the dramatic contrast don’t you think? Maree remarks, “For this look, we used a gorgeous edgy crimson Dior like gown with an amazing real hair piece.”