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Wedding edition february 2013

perfect setting

Tips on finding the ideal venue

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What’s hot in the world of weddings? Bridal ideas and inspiration

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From the editor

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eddings and engagements have a way of leaving you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. It doesn’t matter how many times you hear the love story of the couple or the plans they have for their big day, the unfolding of dreams into reality is always captivating. More so for the romantic at heart ... Something like the story and plans of Johnny and Natalie Ward (page 6). He met her for the first time at age 16, moved cities to woo his lady love and in the very early twenties decided she was the one for him – proposing to her after a year and a half of courtship to seal the romance. The wedding itself seems dreamlike, woven with love of family and friends who pitched in to help the duo – still students at university and with limited funds – to make their day every bit as special as the couple and their story. Happy reading.

Namrta Malik Editor PS: We welcome readers outside the Greater Auckland region, a first for Celebrate, and look forward to sharing many issues of love, plans and celebrations with you.


Real weddings for ideas and inspiration.

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The perfect day



All about venues ... how to choose the

perfect location for your big day?


What’s hot?

The hottest wedding trends for 2013.



Gown trends and a sprinkling of accessories

to make you feel that extra bit special.


Beauty buys




Sweet at 16 ...


Finding that special place

Bride things

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classic wedding with a touch of vintage is how Fraser Kevin and Caitlyn Mallory Ward’s dream day looked. Both the ceremony and reception venues were carefully chosen to form the perfect background to fit this theme, with the former held at St George Anglican Church in Epsom and the latter at Allely House in Kumeu (both in Auckland).

The picnic-styled photo shoot was something special – a relaxed affair with bubbles, nibbles and some friends. Gorgeous lace rugs, bunting made by Caitlyn and her mother and old suitcases from their home (family heirlooms) were brought out to fit the theme. The reception itself was all that the couple had dreamt of ... fairy lights, live music, beautiful flowers, candles, silver service with excellent food by Okahu Catering and – most importantly – their family members bringing alive the day and dancing well into the night under a starry sky. Perfect!







The picnic-styled photo shoot was something special – a relaxed affair with bubbles, nibbles and some friends. 8



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ohnny Brock met Natalie at 16 and knew straight away that he wanted to marry her, even though they lived in different cities. At 20 the much-in-love lad decided to give the relationship a serious go – so he saved some money, bought a car, packed his life into the boot and made the move from Christchurch to Auckland. It was all worth it because after dating for a year and a half, Johnny proposed and Natalie said “yes”. The romance continues ...

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Still studying and with little money, the couple carved out their dream day with the support of their parents. The ceremony was held at Wilson Home Chapel, followed by reception at a venue in Auckland University. Natalie designed her own wedding dress with her mother, combining antique silver and gold brocade from her late grandmother’s wedding dress to form the bodice and white silk organza for the skirt. The 50’s style dress was every bit as stunning as the bride. Her nana (a retired florist) arranged the beautiful bouquet and Johnny’s mother made their cake. Budget constraint also meant that the couple opted for canapés instead of dinner. But it was all worth it as having all 200 plus of their favourite people attend was the most special part of the wedding. “Even though we had to think creatively to organise our wedding on a tight budget, I don’t think we would have had anything differently.”







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special place

PHOTO: Emma Newman Weddings

Finding that

Don’t just fall in love with the aesthetics; consider all functional aspects of a venue before selecting it for your special day.


hen planning a wedding, one of the first and most important decisions a couple has to make is the location and venue. You can plan your entire day around a dream location or start with a blank page. However you go about it, don’t underestimate the practical aspects of the place. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your venue. Budget: There is no point falling in love with a place you can’t afford, so setting out the monetary boundaries at the start of the search is important. Guest list: Wedding guests squashed together in their frocks is not a pretty sight. Look for a venue that can accommodate your guests comfortably.

graphy PHOTO: Lavara Photo

Wedding style and theme: Give your wedding style some thought – do you want a sit-down affair that needs more space or would you rather have a buffet-style service? If you have a theme in mind, will the venue be able to do justice to it? A rodeo theme will certainly not fit in a church setting! While these are good points to consider, don’t let them define your choice. Most venues can be “done up” to fit your parameters.


Located in Cambridge, an hour and a half from Auckland, Sarnia Park is the perfect venue for summer and winter weddings. Features include: • A variety of in-door and out-door options • A NZ Garden Trust “Garden of Significance” • An historic chapel • A purpose built function centre for up to 200 guests • A Georgian style Lodge for weddings of up to 70 guests • Accommodation including a beautiful bridal suite and six guest rooms • Full catering service

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Facilities offered: Check what facilities are offered by the venue and see if they fit your requirements. Think about things like catering, entertainment, parking, corkage and accommodation. Ceremony and reception: You wedding will most likely have two parts – ceremony and reception. You need to pick a place that can either cater for both or, if the two parts to the wedding will be at different locations, proximity between the two is an important consideration. This is especially true if you’ve got ideas for a church wedding. For the ceremony your options include a church or another relevant religious establishment, the registry office or any number of places for a civil ceremony. You could even tie the knot while holidaying overseas. Reception options are also limitless – hotels, vineyards, marquees, boats, historic buildings, lodges, restaurants and bars, parks, reserves, beaches ... Indoors or outdoors? Both have their advantages, so the decision will be based on what you want and can manage.

“Outdoor weddings can give you many beautiful and exotic options,” says wedding planner Jennifer Sanders of Sanders Weddings. From beaches, vineyards, parks and reserves to your own backyard, the options are endless. According to Jennifer many people like backyard ceremonies and reception. They can be dressed up beautifully to make an enchanting backdrop for your wedding. She does caution that backyard weddings need not necessarily be affordable as marquees alone can cost from $5000 to $8000. One of the biggest disadvantages of outdoor weddings is the weather. It is out of your control and having a wet-weather plan in place is absolutely essential. “An indoor wedding can be just as beautiful as an outdoor one. It can be held anywhere from a small chapel to a grand cathedral, and can be as elaborately decorated or intimately simple,” says Jennifer. Weather is of little worries – in fact, if you’re having a winter wedding, an indoor venue would be preferred. Many venues even offer the option of having the ceremony outdoors and reception indoors, or vice versa. Sanders Weddings:

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Finding that special place


Cable Bay Vineyards

PHOTO: Emma Hughes

Cable Bay Vineyards’ striking indoor and outdoor surroundings provide a perfect backdrop for the most romantic day of your life. With world-class chefs, restaurant and event staff, this all-season venue on Waiheke Island is a real gem. Their Wine Bar makes a great spot for drinks and canapés after the ceremony. Surrounded by your loved ones on your special day, this awardwinning bar with its expansive views, will add a new dimension.

Cibo Nestled in an old chocolate factory, Cibo is one of the finest venues for weddings in Auckland. Moulded by a scrupulous hand, it offers an atmosphere of splendour to be enjoyed by all. Its award-winning kitchen is presided over by acclaimed chef Kate Fay. Bear in mind that Cibo is invariably booked on Saturdays during the nuptial season and bookings for a wedding should be made well in advance.

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Woodlands Estate

Few Auckland venues can boast as stunning a setting as Hilton Auckland. Set against a backdrop of the Waitamata Harbour the impressive hotel features 165 designer rooms and suites, a function room that can cater for up to 350 people (seated), as well as a restaurant and bar overlooking the water. The hotel has a very helpful and competent team to make your day as special as you’d like it to be.

Located in Gordonton, just north of Hamilton, Woodlands Estate offers an historic homestead and 15 acres of gardens with many spaces to make your wedding magical. Your options here include the stately Kauri room, a light-filled function centre, the Fletcher oval, the theatre lawn for a large wedding, the expansive croquet lawn and the perfectly manicured music lawn that is surrounded by rose gardens. Onsite caterer available.

Stamford Plaza Auckland’s Stamford Plaza offers an elegant setting for your wedding. The Stamford Ballroom, with its high ceilings and modern chandeliers, combines regal charm and contemporary sophistication while the Raffles Ballroom is more intimate – ideal for the wedding ceremony or to welcome guests with champagne and canapés. Their dedicated and experienced team can help create a wedding that is tailored to suit your personal style.

It has been called the perfect setting by many – we couldn’t agree more. With fantastic views of Lake Taupo and a rolling mountain backdrop, this romantic venue with its Victorian-style Heritage Wing and an array of modern facilities in its Mountain Wing couldn’t be more idyllic. Check out its Heritage wedding package which includes, among other things, exclusive use of the landscaped Hilton Lake Taupo garden and a private function room, table settings, personalised menus and a dedicated wedding planner to ensure everything goes seamlessly.

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Finding that special place Abbeville Estate One of Auckland’s newest boutique venues, the pictureperfect Abbeville Estate boasts heritage-listed buildings and beautifully landscaped grounds that make a stunning backdrop for a wedding. From the 150-year-old church with its stained glass windows to picturesque grounds that are ideal for a marquee and the 1854-built homestead, or the barn for a touch of rustic, it has the potential to cater to a variety of wedding styles.


Mikano This iconic Auckland venue promises the wow factor your wedding deserves. Perched over the Hauraki Gulf, breathtaking views (ideal for photographs) are inherent to it. Exceptional cuisine and great service complete the package and make for an unforgettable celebration. or (09) 309 9514

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Sarnia Park This beautiful Cambridge venue features manicured gardens, a lake with a pergola, a cherry-blossom walk, croquet lawn, a 100-year-old chapel and a purpose-built function centre with its own commercial kitchen and bar. It also has a luxury lodge for accommodation or to host weddings with 65 guests or fewer. Full catering services are available at the function centre and the lodge.

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This luxurious lakeside retreat in Rotorua is steeped in the local history of ancient battles, love and life and makes an idyllic venue for an elegant and intimate wedding. The retreat features a picturesque stone chapel surrounded by manicured gardens – ideal for photo opportunities. Reception options here include the gracious gardens, by the lakeside or an elegant function room.

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What’s hot?


Ideas, big and small, that are making a splash at contemporary weddings.

PHOTO: Jo Currie and Flowers by Blush

“More couples are opting for a reception style that suits their personality and taste rather than automatically going in for a traditional sit-down affair,” says Amber Roper from Red Creative – Event Styling. To get a warm and inviting feel, people are opting for homes as reception venues or recreating a lounge-setting at venues by including personal items in the decor.

Red and orange

Pink and gray

Mint and yellow

Blue willow and white

More intimate weddings with fewer guests are also scoring high with couples also opting for relaxed and fun inclusions like lawn games, picnics and photo booths, according to Amber.

PHOTO: Red Creative – Event Styling


Decor and styling Among the stories doing the rounds when it comes to the decor and styling of weddings are patterns and prints – from table runners to bow ties, they are everywhere. Stripes, polka dots, bird prints, floral ... all is fair go. Use them on paper lanterns, garlands and buntings – wherever fancy, and perhaps your DIY skills, take you. Raid you nana and mother’s cupboards for lace – lots of it – and all things vintage. It’s still very much in season. Don’t shy away from adding in a dash of glitz and glamour either – very 1920s, very stylish.

Food, drinks, the cake and something sweet Complementary to the trend of warm and intimate weddings, anything homespun or personal is big when it comes to food says Red Creative – event styling's Amber Roper. So is organic food. Food trucks are big at events and could easily find their way into weddings too. For drinks Amber suggests beautiful bar set-ups that serve a signature cocktail to make it all economical. In keeping with the bridal love for old-world charm, the vintage influence on wedding cakes is strong according to Sondra Vicelich from Sweet Bites Cakes. Think pastel colouring, frilly old-fashioned roses and loads of lace. Rustic themes are becoming very popular for summer outdoor weddings.

Welcome rich hues (not overwhelmingly so) like red and orange into your celebrations. If that’s not quite your style, combinations such as pink and gray, blue willow and white (perfect match for the china if vintage is your style), and mint and yellow hold their lasting appeal. “Navy blue and purple are also popular colour choices,” says Emma Newman of Emma Newman Weddings.

Cupcake towers and dessert buffets retain their sweet charm, according to Sondra. The cake flavours most requested this season have been dark chocolate and raspberry; lemon; cookies and cream; and white chocolate and passionfruit. Next season, watch out for something more exotic like coconut and lime, and white chocolate and manuka honey.

PHOTO: Sweet Bites Cakes

Flowers and weddings go hand-in-hand and arranging flowers with accessories is on-trend these days, according to Flowers by Blush’s Kelly Amundsen. She suggests encasing flowers underneath glass cloches, filling many mismatched bottles with a variety of blooms and styling table displays with eclectic odds and ends like wooden spools wound in lace or beautiful old books.

PHOTO: Red Creative – Event Styling

Personalising you wedding is also hot – add in photo frames, quotations for tables and similar soft touches to make it all about you. Some suggestions from Emma include: photos on the invite in black and white or those of your journey together hung with bunting and pegs, having your own brand or logo, serving your favourite foods or a small video edit of your wedding day played later.

We’re still loving the candy bars according to Amber, though she points towards a slow shift to replace the traditional cake with cake buffets. Cake pops and macaroons are also growing in popularity.

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What’s hot?

PHOTO: Danellie Bohane, Flowers by Blush




“Brides are steering away from using a traditional white and green colour palate and choosing colour,” says Kelly. Blush pinks, mint, bold palates of yellow, fuschia, rose pink and olive green are in with white flowers being used as an accent.

Borrowing from interiors and fabric designs, wedding stationery that is bright, bold and beautiful is becoming popular according to Lucy Thorton from Cocoa Berry Design.

A wide variety of flowers are making their way into weddings, including dahlias, sweet peas, poppies, Columbian and David Austin roses, succulents and peonies.

Live bands, DJs and sometimes even a combination of the two are being used at weddings, according to Findaband’s Sam Browne. Among popular songs, Gangnam Style is riding high with lots of horse-inspired dancing by a pudgy Korean pop star. Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe is still a dance floor filler and We Found Love by Calvin Harris and Rihanna is also big. When it comes to choosing first dance songs, popular picks include Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, Brooke Fraser’s Arithmetic and Chris Knox’s Not Given Lightly.

Give the font you use some thought, suggests Lucy. “Free flowing, bold calligraphic fonts with a handwritten feel are on-trend, while quirky and hip fonts will soon make an appearance.” Emerald – the Pantone colour of 2013 – should be popping up everywhere according to her. Ombre and water colour trends remain a popular choice.

PHOTO: Amanda Amundsen, Flowers by Blush

PHOTO: Danelle Bohane, Flowers by Blush


Although they’ve been around for a while, vintage, antique and lacey styles are still charming couples. Soft, whimsical flowers are in too.

bridal make-up and hair Go natural, suggests Nicki Collett from Bridal Beauty. Elaborating the look, she talks about a fresh glowing skin with a natural soft lip and accentuating the eyes with natural brown tones to make the eye colour pop. Natural lash flares are used to open the eyes – big eyes are great for photos. Soft curls, not too structured, half up or in a bun, is where the hair goes in this look. For the vintage bride, she suggests smokey eyes and a liner to complement the natural eye shape. The hairstyle is a side bun with a vintage swoop fringe finished off with a vintage pin or flower on the side. Don’t overlook the nails as they will be in focus when he puts a ring on it, advises Nicki. She suggests keeping them mid-length with French polish and using gel nails if your nails aren’t long enough.

PHOTOS: Cocoa Berry Design

“Wearing flowers in the hair is also popular,” says Kelly. Floral crowns or garlands made from a mixture of blooms, and foliage and fabric-covered headbands embellished with a cluster of fresh flowers are popular for brides, bridesmaids and flower girls, according to her.

PHOTO:, Bridal Beauty

Combining textures with flowers, foliages, herbs and plants has led to bouquet styles becoming "soft, loose and un-arranged" according to Kelly. Texture also finds its way into buttonholes and corsages.

What’s hot?


The bride “Colours, ruffles, lace and vintage beading are in,” says Lori McPherson from Astra Bridal. Brides are also opting for interesting necklines; and lace overlaid with tulle and layered skirts – both floaty and dramatic lines. The look is ethereal created through interesting features such as hidden beading, appliqués and fabrics.

PHOTOS: Crane-Brothers, Hemitite cufflinks

Long, long veils – beyond the end of the gown – are the bride’s best accessory, adding drama and romance to the attire. Lori also points out a preference for modern jewellery set in “vintage” style – essentially that is silver that is slightly darker as opposed to being really bright.

The groom

PHOTO: Astra Bridal

“Grooms are returning to more classic shapes with their suiting,” says Ben St George from Crane-Brothers. Wider and peaked lapels are making a strident return, as are cuffed trousers. An increasing number of grooms are looking to make their suits really special. “Like the bride, the grooms want their outfits to stand out from the wedding party and to really make it their day.” Another strong story for grooms is the use of jewellery. Lapel pins and an elegant cufflink add an additional touch of formality to an outfit, according to Ben.

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On the gown


ooking for some inspiration for your wedding gown? Check out these trends that are doing the rounds – pick up from here what suits you and makes you feel like a million dollars.

Bejewelled: Dazzle on your day with some serious bling as everything, from encrusted sleeves and ornate bodices to all-over beading find their way onto bridal gowns. Portrait backs: Your back will be in focus during the ceremony and gowns are designed to reflect this. Showing a seductive little ring of skin, the keyhole back is popular this season. Enriched with lace detailing or showcasing the illusion effect, it spells sophistication. Long sleeves: This royalty-inspired cover-up look still runs strong – two years after Kate Middleton sported it on her gown. Make it billowy or skintight, whatever your style. They look lovely when sheer. Lace and tulle: Always a favourite with brides, lace and tulle continue to adorn gowns – great for achieving an ethereal and dream-like look, especially when used in combination.

Back in focus: An Anna Schimmel design.

Illusion neckline: A go-go thing this season, designers are creating an ultra-feminine, mysterious look using illusion necklines. Loving the illusion look when layered in beading, scrolled, winding embroideries, lace, buttons, jewels and flyaway feathers. It is a great option for brides marrying in spring or summer and seeking light-weight coverage. Vintage touch: A trend that is still working its charm on brides. Look for mile-high necklines – sported with dangerously low backs, they have a ravishing effect. A high neckline can be particularly poignant if you’re baring your legs in a playful mini. Coquettish bows on the front or back also add a sweet element from the past. Colour: Brides are looking for something more than white in their gowns as they feel coloured dresses work better for them – white having a tendency to wash-out paler brides. Blush pink tones, soft pastels and sometimes even eye-catching hues like blue and red are being seen – some brides might reserve the bright shades for their accessories.

Anna Schimmel shows ... “We’ll be showing highly romantic wedding dresses with intricate lace sleeves and soft illusion necklines,” says Auckland-based European bridal designer Anna Schimmel. In the coming season her gowns may display sheer backs with covered buttons or dramatic diamante detailing. The simpler styles will feature flattering natural waists, with straight slender skirt silhouettes. The fabrics are very textured, but with an overall sheer and light-weight feel. “I am also currently flirting with a hue of sheer pink,” adds Anna. A Liz Mitchell design.

PHOTO: Belinda Bradley, Smash Photography

PHOTO: Belinda Bradley, Smash Photography

From Liz Mitchell

Creating romance with lace and flow. An Anna Schimmel design.

“I am loving the return of elegance and old-world glamour. The beautiful vintage looks of Downton Abbey with its lace and soft feminine silhouettes inspire me,” says bridal designer Liz Mitchell of her latest collection. Liz also loves creating dresses cut on the bias with a stunning low back cowl detail to create a wow factor. With brides still being influenced by the royal wedding, classic styling (as worn by Kate Middleton on her big day) continues to be popular in Liz’s next-season gowns. As does lace with its timeless elegance and sophistication. Also finding its way into her collection is colour – from soft layering of nude and champagne with a touch of black to more dramatic shades. “This is when a bride can be more individual and reflect their personality,” says Liz.

Bride things

15 Colour finds its way into Liz Mitchell's Bridal Collection.

1. Shoes by Trouseau Stand tall in these gorgeous heels from Trousseau Bridal Shoes – Portia (left) featuring Ivory Duchess silk and a 12cm heel; and Luxe (right) featuring Ivory satin, Swarovski AB crystals and an 11cm heel.



PHOTO: Neil Gussey



Combination of marquise and round brilliant-cut diamond ring finished with a pave-edged band from Partridge Jewellers. RRP $15,900.00.


Finish off your vintage look with this Pastiche sterling silver ring (top – RRP $295.00) and pendant with chain (bottom – RRP $510.00), available from Angela Daniel Jewellery.


Bobbi Brown skin perfecting retouching powder to correct colour, add warmth, hide redness or brighten dullness. RRP $80.00.

5. Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener to reduce appearance of undereye circles and even out skin. RRP $58.00.


PHOTO: Neil Gussey



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Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder in six luminous pastel shades to illuminate the skin and provide a healthy, natural glow. RRP $110.00.


Silver handmade clutch (RRP $980.00) and peep toe stiletto (RRP $899.00) by Rodo. Exclusively available at Adrienne Winkelmann.

8. Deliciously seductive aromas – Fiorucci Icy Fantasy with notes of red and juicy fruits (RRP $45.00, 30ml); and Michael Kors Gold Rose with five floral facets (RRP $119.00, 30ml). 9. O.P.I My Vampire is Bluff and You Call Me Liar shades. RRP $24.90.

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10. Add blush tones with this inter- changeable gemstone and diamond necklace in 18ct white gold from Angela Daniel Jewellery. RRP $4860.00.

Beauty buys


Emergin C Red carpet primer

“Start preparing your skin well in advance of your big day. A consistent routine which includes regular exfoliation and effective hydration will help give you a beautiful healthy glow. Make-up sits better and lasts longer on well-hydrated skin – you’ll also need less of it if your skin is healthy and in good condition.”

This advanced, naturally-tinted skin primer hydrates and plumps your skin, smoothing lines, wrinkles and pores to ensure a long-lasting make-up application and a flawless complexion. RRP $ 83.00.

- Corinne Morley, Trilogy Skincare beauty expert

Manuka Doctor™ age-defying serum Enriched with Purified Bee Venom™ (forcasted as a top-10 beauty trend for 2013 by Forbes), Manuka Doctor’s™ award-winning ApiNourish range rejuvenates and replenishes the skin. The range includes a hydrating facial cleanser, age-defying serum (RRP $44.95), rejuvenating face mask, restoring night cream and repairing skin cream. Dermatologically tested.

Decléor Aromessence™ rose d'orient serum The perfect preparation before special events and excellent for busy brides-tobe, this 100 per cent pure, natural and preservative-free serum soothes, comforts and replenishes. RRP $113.00. or 0800 105 107

Evolu® Protective day cream

With broad-spectrum protection against damaging UVA+UVB, this SPF15 daily facial hydrator nourishes your skin's defences and deeply infuses vital moisture. RRP $54.99.

Apicare® manuka natural™ night shift™ An all-natural anti-ageing night serum featuring UMF 16+ manuka honey. It contains natural ingredients to retain moisture, penetrate the skin and even skin tone. This combination creates the perfect restorative overnight treatment. RRP $29.90. or (09) 634 4375

Tan Organic sunless tanner The only 100 per cent natural eco-certified tanner in the world, Tan Organic’s ultra moisturising aloe verabased formula develops a natural-looking tan on both body and face. RRP from $55.00. 0508 734 466

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Romance in Tahiti With azure waters, warm weather and jewels like Bora Bora among her islands, Tahiti is a magnet for anyone looking for a romantic escape – especially New Zealanders, given our proximity to this paradise. In fact an increasing number of Kiwis are opting to tie the knot in Tahiti. A great combination, suggested by Tahiti Vacations, is tying the knot on the island of Moorea before flying off to Bora Bora for your honeymoon. The scenery and experience of staying in an overwater bungalow is like none other. Other romantic ideas include spending the night on a private moto (islet), dining under the stars and being brought back to your resort the following morning – after a leisurely breakfast. Among the most romantic resorts here are Four Seasons Bora Bora, Intercontinental Bora Bora & Thalasso Spa and the Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa (part of the world-famous Relais & Châteaux group) on the island of Taha’a.

Changing rules around wedding tabs Lets face it, weddings are an expensive affair – even a standard one – and it would be unfair to expect one family to bear the entire burden. Traditionally the bride’s family covered the wedding expenses while the groom’s family planned out the honeymoon. Nowadays, however, tradition is giving way to practicality with expenses being shared and open conversations about contributions had well in advance. Today’s couples are independent, educated and financially savvy enough to successfully manage their wedding expenses. Where help is needed though, parents are never too far away. “More and more couples are contributing sizeable amounts to their big day with parents often matching similar amounts,” says Jennifer Sanders of Sanders Weddings. Usually the bride’s parents will cover the dress while the groom’s parents may settle the groomsmen's attire she adds. “Although every wedding is different and I’ve had clients with all sorts of unique arrangements.” Keep these tips in mind when budgets and contributions are being chalked out: •

Have an open discussion with all individuals who will be contributing to the wedding.

Make lists so everyone can see the wedding plan.

Know where the funds are coming from and how much is being contributed for that category, before you meet with any potential vendor.



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Have an engagement session; it will help you relax on the day of the wedding.

Avoid getting married in the middle of day and choose a ceremony location that has some shade (squinting in the bright sun is not a pretty picture!). If you are getting married indoors, avoid buildings with dark high ceilings and few windows – natural light is your best friend.

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Don’t go budget on a photographer. Paying a professional to do the job is worth every penny. Preferably opt for a photographer with a second shooter to capture different angles.

For the getting-ready photos, make sure the room is tidy and there is good lighting. Wear make-up, not caked, but enough to enhance your beauty.

Let the kiss last for longer than one second – it takes time to capture the moment.

Be yourself in front of the camera. Relax, laugh, think about the moment, the romance of the day and forget the camera.

Practise in the mirror – figure out your best smile and which poses suit you best. Try not to allow one part of your body to get too close to the lens – it will make that part appear larger than the rest of your body.

Be prepared – keep a brush or hairspray handy for flyaway and frizzy hair, dabbing strips help soak away sweat and oil (especially for summer weddings) and a white chalk can come in use to hide any stains on the gown.

To look slimmer, keep your shoulder to the camera and avoid looking straight into the camera. Don’t look down if you want to avoid the double chin showing.

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