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Eliza & Daniel’s Romantic Sunshine Coast Engagement

by | Bride, Engagements


Eliza & Daniel

Want an engagement shoot with a heck of a lot of fun and a touch of sweetness? This romantic Sunshine Coast engagement from This Is Life Photography makes the most of the forest to sea spirit of the coastal region with our couple Eliza and Daniel who “wanted photos that resonated with our fun and adventurous relationship”.

Now fans of online dating, Eliza tells the story of how the two lovebirds met. “We met on an online dating app one day and after many requests (as I was so over dating) I agreed to a date. We went to a restaurant and we had immediate sparks. He dropped me home and the next day he delivered a bouquet of flowers to my door. He, later in the relationship revealed to me that he fell head over heels for me that night.”

On what they love about one another, Eliza remarks “We love that we complement each other so well as we are complete opposites! Daniel is the super relaxed, carefree, hands-on type personality and I am the one that takes more of an analytical, realistic and very driven, self-motivated approach. We both love that we are very active and are always adventuring and dabbling in new activities each weekend.”

The proposal happened to a very surprised Eliza, who remembers “I had just finished competing 4 days at the national cheerleading championship in Melbourne when I arrived back home and Daniel had come to pick me up. He was absolutely set on taking me to dinner even though I was utterly exhausted and really wanted to go home.

We started driving and he began acting really strange and driving in the complete opposite direction to where we were meant to be going. I was pretending to be asleep in the car because I really wasn’t enthused to go to dinner and to my surprise when I opened my eyes he was driving me down an ominous pitch-black forestry road to which I thought – “my goodness!” Praying I secretly hadn’t been dating a closet psychopath. He drove to the end of the road and said ‘Nope that’s it, I’m turning around – you don’t want to go to dinner’.

Then he stopped the car, got out and stood in front of it and just stayed there. I stepped out of the car and noticed we had driven through to a secluded beach. Then I walked up to him and he got down on one knee and proposed. I was so taken aback that I forgot that I even needed to respond. I said yes and were were both so excited that we skipped dinner and went home to tell all the family!”

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Windswept Love Story Inspiration Shoot

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspiration Shoot,


Feel the need for a little something to sweep you away today? We have just the thing. This sweet shoot, captured by Amelia Soegijono, has us wanting to rush out to a seaside cliff and stand in the salty wind to wait for our perfect someone. Amelia explains that the inspiration for her windswept love story inspiration shoot came from the iconic “To me you are perfect” scene from “Love Actually”. “It is such a short quote, but so helplessly romantic! I thought, what a perfect way to silently speak to a bride to be for a first look! I had the simple, but so meaningful, quote calligraphed by the talented Teresa from Teresa Ling Calligraphy and had our model David, hold this sign up for his beautiful other half, Daniella. I wanted real life couple so that this styled shoot would be a beautiful experience for them, too.”

Their stunning model Daniella wore a stunningly detailed gown by Sara Aljaism, and her hair and makeup were styled by Yenn Xin. Amelia and Teresa teamed up with Paper Fleur Designs, who made the magnificent bouquet – each bloom lovingly created. Like real flowers, each bloom is unique; each petal cut, curled and cupped with love. These paper flowers are the perfect everlasting bouquet, and the best thing is that it will grace the bride and groom’s home forever!

The inspiration behind the shoot was the anticipation of the beginning the journey for a couple, and as such the idea of the “first look” and a different way to create this now so special moment for so many brides and grooms. “In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, sometimes it’s so easy to get lost in the overwhelmed feeling and nerves of the day. Doing the first look helps to give space and time for the couple to refocus and immerse themselves in the love that they have for each other, the reason why everyone is there in the first place!” tells Amelia.

Photographer: Amelia Soegijono / Sign: Teresa Ling Calligraphy / Model: Daniella Seoane / Model: David Balassa / Bouquet: Paper Fleur / Hair and Makeup: Yenn Xin / Gown: Sara Aljaism / Shoot Assistant: Bren Makasih

Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo by Hyggelig Photography via  Jessica and Sean’s Pipemakers Park Engagement Shoot

Happy Friday Dotties! We kicked some big projects into gear this week and sat down to talk all things technology – turns out we use a lot of it at Polka Dot Bride! We have a lot of big plans moving forward to refine how we do what we do – I can’t wait to dive in!

This week has been packed with gorgeous wedding inspiration, travel dreaming and tips and tricks – so let’s round it up!

I loved learning about this fun rustic venue when we chatted to Vicki Bongiovanni of Roomba’s @ Mt Aitken

Fun Hand Lettered Gift Bags Tutorial

Gorgeous golden Winter light in this Pipemakers Park Engagement Shoot

Fun ideas for Leaving Your Wedding In Style!

What’s On Trend – Eyebrow Feathering

As a lover of Autumn, our Autumnal Apple Sour is one of my favourites.

A travel chat with Annapurna from ROAM Magazine

Dapper Dan in his sixties inspired Groom Style

Sweet and friendly- Meet the Carin font

My Inspiration – Cara From Brisbane City Celebrants

Loving Sarah’s post wedding Inspired Words

Sharing Lisa Gowing‘s Vendor’s Favourites

Craig‘s gorgeous Inspired Memories

Top Five Adventures In The Whitsundays

We are so excited to announce the winner of our Win A $3999 Wedding Day Photography Package From Bohemian Prints! Congratulations to Sophie Fekete who has won the grand prize! Bohemian prints were so impressed with entries that they have selected three runners up, so congratulations to Kate Wright, Megan Gormly and Clare Cusack. We will be in touch shortly!

Bohemian Prints would also like to offer anyone who entered the competition a 50% discount on their wedding photography package!  Contact Elle at Bohemian Prints and mention that you enered so she can match your name to claim your discount!

Our film of the week comes from Whitebox Studio ! Clare and Walter held a beautifully elegant wedding day with plenty of sweet personal touches that made their day their own.

Helen & Matt’s Beautiful Western Australian Wedding

by | Australia - Western Australia, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Helen & Matt

It is always a pretty certain thing around these parts that I fall head over heels for unusual colour combinations and the soft blue with peach and raisin at Helen and Matt’s beautiful Western Australian wedding set the scene for a day that was so classic in it’s elegance and modern in the finishing touches. The couple chose IZO Photography to capture their day.

The newlyweds set the scene with the story of how they met. “We met at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) while both studying there. Helen was in 1st year, Matt was in 4th year and we met because we were both asked to do backing vocals for a friend’s performance.”

Helen chose a Wendy Makin gown from Samantha Wynne , telling ” I chose it because I wanted something I would feel comfortable walking in, without feeling ‘over the top’. I wanted a dress that was representative of me. Samantha was so lovely and made me feel at ease. From the moment she met me she was able to determine what dress would suit my personality and when she brought out the dress I knew it was ‘the one’.” Her bridesmaids wore pale blue Alannah Hill dresses.

Floral Army created the stunning bouquets that featured blue thistle and peach roses. “Annita at Floral Army was also so kind and generous and went above and beyond what we were expecting.”

At the church, the WAAPA Gospel Choir set the scene for the guests.

Helen and Matt married at Holy Rosary Church , explaining “We chose this church because it had a beautiful open and inviting feel, situated in a suburban area away from the hustle and bustle. Afterwards, we realised that Helen’s Great Aunt was also married in the exact same church.”

For the processional, Helen and Matt explain “We chose a song called ‘Thin Air’ by Aqualung. We also chose to have it performed live by our musician friends.”

“Our ceremony is something we will never forget. It was incredibly special for us – big thank you to Father Joe who married us, for being so down to earth and injecting a sense of fun in the delivery of the ceremony. He was such a genuine and kind man who made sure it was a personal ceremony. We filled out questionnaires in the months previous and he included this in our ceremony. We had a Catholic ceremony and chose readings from the New Testament (read by Matt’s siblings and some of our closest friends). Even though it was the biggest moment in our lives, we didn’t want it to be too solemn, we wanted it to be a joyous occasion. We had a lot of live music; including the WAAPA Gospel Choir, and our friends Allira Wilson, Josh Dyson and Luke Cleland played for walking down the aisle and signing of the registry (‘You and I’ by Stevie Wonder.”

Of their photographers, Helen and Matt comment “Our photographers were Jimmy and El from IZO Photography. There aren’t enough words to say about how amazing these guys were. We had done a fair bit of research on photographers and kept coming back to IZO Photography simply because of the incredible work they’d done. It never felt intrusive and we just got to be ourselves for the whole day. Nothing was posed or uncomfortable. We prioritised photography on what we would spend more on at our wedding as we knew they would last a lifetime and we’re overjoyed with the finished product.”

Matt tells “Our favourite part of the wedding planning was that none of it was done by just either Helen or I. We did absolutely every part of it together. So it was a really special time for us to spend together before getting married.”

Helen and Matt chose The Deck – Little Creatures  for their reception. “We had a specific idea in mind for our reception venue, we knew we didn’t want a typical sit down 3-course formal dinner reception. That would have made us uncomfortable. The Deck Bar was a perfect venue for us. It is on the water, they provided pretty much everything decoration wise (even some of the staff were dressed up in Harry Potter attire ), the food was exactly what you get at Little Creatures (which we love), It had 2 huge rooms, one for eating/speeches/sitting down and the other was a bar with a dance floor looking out on to the water, plus an outdoor section as well. It was very private and we were made to feel as if we were at home. The staff were outstanding and it couldn’t have gone better.”

With Helen adoring Harry Potter, it was only natural the reception was filled with touches of magic – right down to golden “snitch” cake pop favours by Cake Pop Creations. “It was also a necessity to include Harry Potter references here and there as Helen is the #1 HP fan in the entire world. Matt proposed whilst on a trip to Harry Potter World in Orlando, Florida. We had ‘Cake Pop Creations’ make ‘Golden Snitch’ cake pops as the guest gifts which sat on top of their name place card that said ‘You’re Quite The Catch’. Our table seating plan (Maurader’s Map), table names (all from Harry Potter i.e. Gryffindor Common Room) and our gift box (Harry’s trunk he takes to Hogwarts) were all references to Helen’s first love.”

De La Rosa Cupcakes made a beautiful three tier wedding cake. “Our wedding cake maker, Amy from De La Rosa Cakes & Cupcakes: she was the nicest person in the world and created the perfect cake for us (and it was so delicious).”

The first dance was performed by friends, Helen and Matt explaining “Our first dance was really special because our talented friends Mia Wray & Angie McMahon flew over from Melbourne to play and sing one of Mia’s original songs called “Forever Falling” which we love. Because we are both musicians, it was really special for us to have so much live music as a part of our day.”

Congratulations on your marriage Helen and Matt! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to IZO Photography for sending today’s celebration our way.




Photographer: IZO Photography / Cinematographer: The Little Day Project / Bride's Dress: Wendy Makin / Bridal Salon: Samantha Wynne / Bride's Shoes: Monsoon / Bride's Jewellery: Rosendorffs / Groom's Attire: Politix / Groom's Bowtie: Gentlemen & Scholar / Groom's Shoes: Jeff Banks / Groomsmen Attire: Politix / Groomsmen Bowties: SquireLad / Groomsmen Shoes: Jeff Banks / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alannah Hill / Bridesmaid Accessories: Myer / Hairstylist: Sarah Harper Dale James Hair Face Body / Makeup Artist: Sarah Beverely Dale James Hair Face Body / Flowers: Floral Army / Invitations & Stationery: Zazzle / Ceremony Venue: Holy Rosary Church / Ceremony Officiant: Father Joseph Tran / Ceremony Musicians: WAAPA Gospel Choir / Reception Venue: The Deck - Little Creatures / Band: Neon / Favors: Cake Pop Creations / Wedding Cake: De La Rosa Cupcakes / Wedding Rings: Rosendorffs / Transport: Kool Kombis