Image by Compose Photography
Fran & Isaac
While things are a touch warmer at this time of year, we thought we’d bring a little autumnal inspiration to cool things down a bit with today’s charming Perth Hills engagement shoot. Fran and Isaac chose Isaac’s parent’s farm in Pickering Brook for their session with Piotrek Ziolkowski, and we just adore the results. The couple explain that they spend quite a lot of time at the farm on the weekends, and a couple of months during winter, so knew it would be perfect for their shoot, which featured the stunning orchard, lush green paddocks and a cameo by the resident horses.
“Our first meeting was at Wave Rock Weekender Festival in Hyden, Western Australia,” Fran remembers. “Isaac approached me while I was eating a pizza, and he said to me that I looked cute trying to eat it! We talked a couple times over the rest of the weekend. Two weeks later, we met again at a Rubik’s Cube Party, an interesting party where you wear the six colours of the rubik’s cube and have to change your clothes with the other party goers until you have one colour. It was after Isaac disputed what he thought were my attentions towards another guy that he kissed me.”
Fran, who is Brazilian, says that Isaac was the first, and maybe the only, Australian she has met who has the “latin spirit”, in that he can be friendly, warm, involving and funny, but with the European blood to tell you that you are special and different than the others, although she laughs that Latin people can be super volatile, and Isaac is not like that.
“It is not really funny, but on one of our first nights together he took me to a park around Bibra Lake, quite close to the lakes. It was end of October and was quite a bit of a warm night. He took the blanket and pillows from the back of his car – we were very excited about the ambience just on the side of the lake under the beautiful stars, but half way through the date we had to pack everything up because the mosquitos were making a big banquet of us!”
A memory that best describes the first time Fran realised that Isaac was truly special to her, and more than just a friend. “Hours before one of our first dates, I sent a text to Isaac trying to cancel our date, saying we might be better to just be friends. In my mind, I wasn’t looking for a relationship, and I didn’t want to hurt him if we were to get involved. He replied saying that the best part of his day was remembering that he would meet me later that day and he asked to keep the date, and we could talk about it then. He was very straight forward when I saw him that night. “I have friends, I don’t need more friends,” he said. “But I want to be with you…” It was from this, I think he got me!”
“He is a very romantic guy, even though he does not declare to be one,” says Fran. “He often brings me flowers that he has collected on his parent’s farm, and leaves them on my side of the bed. He also calls me to look at the moon when the sky is clear and says that he made it for me.”
Of their sweet proposal story, Fran tells, “After some time apart (me back in Brazil and Isaac in Australia), I came to Australia to visit him while I was waiting for my visa process to move there permanently. Isaac’s mother had given him, in secret, her old engagement ring – a beautiful, antique ring from the 50’s. I had actually found the ring when I was organising his sock drawer. I remember looking at the ring. and I could hardly control my thoughts and emotions. I put it back and tried to not think about it anymore! Fortunately the next day, coming back from a walk in Fremantle, Isaac got a little way behind and called me back. I turned, and he was on his knees with a sock in his hand, and I knew what was happening. He asked in Portuguese, “Casa comigo?” … “Marry me?”…
Hannah & Sam
Bright days of sunshine are always the most beautiful days when it comes to weddings and the modern Perth cocktail party of Hannah and Sam is filled to the brim with the sunshine, laughter and those feel good vibes. The couple chose Angela Higgins to photograph their wedding day. Having met through mutual friends, Hannah and Sam wanted to create a relaxed vibe day for their guests – from an outdoor ceremony to a cocktail party reception, well I think they got their wish!
The bride chose a modern style gown by Ae’lkemi, telling “My dress was custom made and designed by Alvin from Ae’lkemi. I asked for a sheer top and bottom with a little beading here and there, so we chose two lace fabrics to run with. Right before my third appointment he called me to say he’d found the perfect beaded and sheer lace fabric in some samples that were just delivered to give me the modern art deco look I was going for, we decided to use the new fabric for the entire dress – it ended up being totally different to the first design but I don’t think it would be possible to love that dress more than I did!”
The ceremony venue chosen was The Coombe Reserve, Hannah remarking “Our brother in law used to sail and he took us to The Coombe with the kids, the New Years Eve before we were engaged. When we chose a wedding venue we wanted close to home, no other location was even considered!”
Hannah walked down the aisle to “How Will I Know” by Sam Smith.
Debbie Neilsen officiated the ceremony, Hannah remembering “We wanted our ceremony to be relaxed, relevant and funny. We wrote our own vows which included me teasing Sam’s long showers and him promising to do his best to make me happy forever. We had Sam’s daughter do a reading from a children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit, it describes how love makes you whole and stays with you forever.”
Post wedding celebrations were filled with icecream, Hannah explaining “Everyone knows I love ice cream and I hate being hungry at weddings. He came down the street playing his wonderful tune right after we were declared Mr and Mrs, the timing couldn’t have been better!”
Of their choice of photographer, Hannah remarks “Ange was amazing, she calmed me down so much and really made me relax – a true professional and absolutely wonderful person.”
The couple chose an old favourite – Wonderwall by Oasis for their first dance. “We’re both tall so not overly coordinated – it had to be easy!”
Congratulations Hannah and Sam! Thank you for sharing your wedding day stories with us! Thank you also to Angela Higgins for sharing today’s celebration!
Happy Friday Dotties! We have had another busy week (and I promise we have party photos coming soon, I’m just slow at choosing my favourites!) and somehow we have managed to squeeze what felt like a month of work into one week. 2017, you are looking beautiful already!
How is your year looking? Have you been reading the Polka blogs this week? Let’s catch up!
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