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The Italian Job

Beautiful fashion in New Zealand’s own piece of Italy

HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW All your hair-removal options explained


The essential summer accessory



Find out how it all began


All you need to know about eyelash extensions


Celebrate in style and comfort at Fairway Lodge The perfect venue for a memorable wedding

Situated on the golf course at Takapuna Friendly professional service Very affordable all-inclusive packages Full bar and catering service providing fantastic food and wine Delightfully sunny deck From 50-150 guests

Phone 09 443 1770 Email

Cover Credits:

Photography: Russ Flatt Styling: Saira Yates from Mint Condition Make-up: Stefan Knight Hair: Stefan Knight Models: Tianna and John from Nova Models Location: Bracu on the Simunovich Olive Estate Veil and necklace: Natalie Chan, Dress: Anna Schimmel Shoes: Charlotte Bedogni

We are also totally in love with the bride and groom fashion featured in this month’s issue. Shot on location at Bracu with our fabulous photographer, Russ Flatt, divine make-up artist, Stefan Knight, stylish stylist Saira Yates, and the oh-so-gorgeous Tianna and John, its hard to believe it’s not real!

Advertising Enquiries: Email: Phone: 09 8455925 Post: PO Box 137101, Parnell Auckland 1151 Hamilton Media Limited accepts no responsibility for material provided by readers or advertisers. All material supplied is assumed to have been provided with the consent of the appropriate copyright holders Engaged is subject to copyright in its entirety. All rights reserved in material accepted for publication unless initally specified otherwise.

The rest of the issue brings us advice on getting married at a hotel, hair removal, holidaying in Japan, how to keep yourself covered with parasols, and tips on lash extensions (and the chance to win!). Don’t forget to check out the competitions page for some great prizes and to see if you are a winner of one of the amazing prizes from January’s issue!. Happy Valentine’s Day,

Tim & Deborah

Notes from the Editors...

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, we at Engaged have gone all gooey, researching the history of the day, planning to cook the delicious meal from Wanaka Catering on page 10 for our loved ones and checking out the most romantic DVDs to curl up in front of... bliss!




PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD Amazing shoes for the groom


BRIDE DIARY We follow two brides as they prepare for their wedding day

LET’S STAY IN TONIGHT... Our top 50 romantic DVDs for that perfect night in




HOTELS Tips for having your wedding at a beautiful hotel


Find out how to have the perfect eyelashes for your big day


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HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW! Your guide to hair removal

VALENTINES DAY Find out what it is all about

THE ITALIAN JOB Beautiful wedding attire set in New Zealand’s own piece of Italy


40 THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN Honeymoon in Japan PARASOLS The perfect accessory for your wedding

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COMPETITIONS & GIVEAWAYS Heaps of prizes to win!


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Wedding Shows February Hyatt Regency Auckland Wedding Expo 15 February 2009 Hyatt Regency Auckland hyatt/hotels/events

Wedding Dreams Bridal Expo 29 March 2009 TSB Bank Arena, Wellington


Wallaceville House Bridal Show 15 February 2009 2 Wallaceville Rd, Upper Hutt

Dunedin Wedding Show 5 April 2009 Edgar Centre, Dunedin

Stamford Plaza Auckland Wedding Expo 22 February 2009 Stamford Plaza, Auckland

The Wedding Show 19 April 2009 Aotea Centre, Auckland

March Twilight Entertainments Wedding Exhibition 15 March 2009 Wingatui Racecourse, Mosgiel, Dunedin

Auckland’s Premier Wedding Expo 19 April 2009 ASB Showgrounds, Auckland Bride & Groom Magazine Show 26 April 2009 Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland

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Sunday 19th of April 2009, Aotea Centre, Auckland City First wedding show of the year!


A romantic 7 day honeymoon in Rarotonga


A $5,000 Diamond Ring One lucky bride will take home a $5000 diamond ring


A $2,500 Wedding Entertainment package including DJ & MC services for your ceremony & reception by Nick Logan, one of New Zealand’s top wedding DJ’s.


Fabulous Fashion Shows Gift Bags for the first 100 brides through the doors FREE parking at the Civic Carpark (valued at $8.00 ) PLUS... Show tickets include entry for all Grooms into the ‘Im The Man Workshop’ For more information and seminar details go to

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The fabulous Natalie Chan is finally opening a retail shop in Parnell. Located at 137 Parnell Road, Natalie will be showcasing her fantastic range of headpieces, hair fascinators, and rosettes alongside her stunning fashion range. Check out her new store for wedding headwear, as featured in our fashion shoot this month!

Pauanui has a beautiful new wedding venue: Pauanui Country Estate. Situated in the romantic location of Pauanui Beach on the East Coast of the Coromandel, Pauanui Country Estate offers a unique setting that is secluded, romantic and has the “Wow Factor”. Set amongst Manuka and Kanuka trees on a private ten-acre property, this new venue includes a wonderful rustic marquee, wooden dance floor, zinc alum roofing, romantic gas lighting and fairy light-lit trees - it is truly a magical setting to party the night away. Whether you choose a secluded “magic garden” ceremony or a beach ceremony, the owners of the venue are dedicated to making your day truly memorable and can plan all of your requirements for your special day. See their website for details or contact them on 07 864 8731.

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What’s New Jessica Bridal has recently moved into their new store at 435 New North Road, Kingsland, Auckland. Visit them to see the gorgeous 2009 Love Collection, now in store, or check out the Paloma and Mikaella gowns, which will arrive early next month. They also have PINK, Belle and Benjamin Adams ranges of shoes in stock. Phone 09 8159816 to find out more about Jessica Bridal or see

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Man Cannot Live on Love T Alone...

he great bard, William Shakespeare beautifully describes love as “subtle as Sphinx; as sweet and musical as bright Apollo’s lute, strung with his hair. And when Love speaks, the voice of all the Gods, makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.”


ow, how am I going to top that you’re thinking?

ortunately it’s not really about topping that! Valentine’s Day is about showing the one you love that you really do love them. Lots of people pin their Valentine’s Day hopes on a ‘pull-out-all-the-stops’ restaurant dinner. But being surrounded by other smoochy couples and attentive wait staff isn’t always conducive to a romantic atmosphere. The advantage of a restaurant meal, of course, is that it’s the chef’s responsibility not yours to make sure that the food is cooked to perfection. Not so if you decide to give Page 10 : engaged : February 2009

the restaurant a miss and take the DIY approach... how about staying in with your valentine and cooking them a special meal?


on’t think that Valentine’s Day foods have to be limited to oysters and wine. Not only are there a whole host of foods reported to be aphrodisiacs, but there are also other foods that will simply contribute to the mood. For example, Piri Piri Pomegranate Chicken served with jasmine rice, will get your heart rate going and make your cheeks flush. Other food such as warm chocolate fondue served with fruit chunks and berries can be lovingly hand-fed to your partner, creating intimate moments.


ut then comes the pressure. We’ve all felt the vice-like grip of expectation of a romantic evening perfectly planned and executed. Likewise, many of us have fallen into the trap of becoming stuck in the kitchen, succumbing to the temptation to over-reach just when failure would be the worst possible punishment. That’s why the best advice we can give at this time is to keep it simple, particularly for those of you who aren’t on first-name terms with much of your kitchen pantry or utensils. Stick to food that you are sure you and your partner will love, and go

Your wedding breakfast is one of the major aspects of your wedding day. Its time for your guests to relax together, families to meet, and your wedding to be celebrated. Ph: 03 443 4129 or 021 304 293

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PIRI-PIRI POMEGRANATE CHICKEN Serves 2 for simple dishes that rely on top-quality ingredients. Give yourself a chance at romance by keeping the food simple and tasty. They’ll love you for it.


hen planning that romantic dinner, you’re most likely considering three things: the preparation (including shopping for ingredients), the execution (getting the meal onto the table in as splendid a form as humanly possible) and then the rest of the night (we’ll leave that to your imagination). The first two are inextricably linked to food, but the final one also has a bearing on the meal you serve. So this Valentine’s Day keep the meal light with a menu of seasonal and fresh produce. Why not start with sweet and sour mussels with chili, served with warm crusty bread and followed by hazelnut-crusted lamb, sautéed new potatoes and a hazelnut dressing with either fresh summer vegetables or a garden salad on the side. And top the evening off passion fruit meringues.


hatever you decide for your romantic evening, just remember another of William Shakespeare’s quotes: ‘They do not love that do not show their love.’ Whether cooking, or deciding to take your partner out to a restaurant, they are sure to know you are showing your love with either choice!

Ingredients: 1 cup jasmine rice 1 cup water or chicken stock 2 to 3 pieces boneless chicken breast or thigh 1/2 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (Look for pomegranate molasses in specialty or health food shops) 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/4 teaspoon cayenne Salt to taste 1-1/2 cups baby carrots, halved 1 cup of green beans ends removed 1 cup oyster mushrooms, sliced thickly 1/2 pomegranate, seeded Fresh parsley to garnish Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 200 degree Celsius. Spray dish and lid of large casserole dish. 2. Pour rice into pot and add liquid. Stir gently to coat grains and smooth into an even layer. Set chicken pieces in next in a single layer. 3. In a small bowl, mix together ketchup, honey, molasses, lemon juice, garlic and cayenne pepper. Drizzle 1/2 mixture over top of chicken. Drop in carrots and beans. Pour rest of mixture over all. Top with mushrooms and pomegranate seeds. 4. Cover and bake for about 45 minutes, finish off with fresh parsley.

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Weddings in Paradise

“Choosing Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel to organise my wedding travel arrangements was the first decision that I made, and by far one of the best! Tonia has such a broad range of knowledge in destination weddings, her advice was invaluable! From arranging packages for my family all over New Zealand to helping me choose the right resort for our wedding. We not only had the perfect wedding, we also enjoyed a fabulous holiday with our family that we will never forget.� Stacey and Chris Morunga October 2008

Expert in Paradise! Tonia Timmins is our Wedding and Honeymoon Expert, using her exceptional organisational skills, travel expertise and creative flair to design beach wedding and honeymoon packages. All wedding packages we feature are at resorts Tonia has visited, enjoying the hospitality and charm of island paradises in the quest to find the best Pacific wedding and honeymoon destinations.

Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel CRUISES & TRAVEL

8a Cleveland Road, Parnell, Auckland Ph 368 6808

5 Star Wedding


Photo: Hyatt Regency Auckland

ew Zealand’s many luxury and boutique hotels are fast developing a reputation as must-see destinations. But why save all these fantastic accommodation venues for the tourists? A wedding at a hotel is the ideal way to showcase our country’s best hotels to our local and overseas family and friends while celebrating your love. This month, our venue focus is on what you need to know when planning a hotel wedding....

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The main advantage of marrying at a hotel venue is that everything you need is in the one place: guest accommodation, pre-wedding preparation room, ceremony location, reception areas, photography backdrop, and, of course, your room for the first night of your married life! Page 15 : engaged : February 2009

In terms of guest accommodation, ask your hotel whether they can provide a special rate for you and your guests if you make a bulk booking. If possible, get an indication from your guests in advance whether they would like a room and you can then give the hotel approximate numbers - this has two benefits: firstly, the more rooms, the greater the discount you may be able to obtain. Secondly, once you have numbers you can also make sure the hotel has availability. Check whether the bride and bridesmaids can obtain the use of a room early in the day for hair and make-up and ensure the hotel has no restrictions on getting these services done in the hotel room. Lastly, enquire about a room for your wedding night. Some hotels provide these free of charge when a certain level of wedding services are booked; some provide champagne or other treats in the room.

Somewhere Special for your Wedding Day To enquire about having your wedding here with us at our beautiful property, please contact our weddings team on (09) 233 6314 or e-mail

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Depending on the size of the venue, you may or may not have the hotel to yourself. Check how many rooms the hotel has, and how many you will be filling with your guests. Bear in mind that other guests will also be staying at the hotel and your wedding party may need to be considerate of others. In practical terms, this may mean that your celebrations may be limited to a particular area or areas and that you may have certain time limits imposed to keep the noise down!

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Hotels generally pride themselves on their service. Wait staff, chefs, and reception staff are trained to be friendly and efficient. You can generally be assured that the service you and your guests will receive is top-notch. Hotels will also often have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator or conference facilitator. This person will have an excellent working knowledge of the hotel and its capabilities, making them an invaluable asset when planning your wedding. They will help you tailor packages to suit.

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As they are one-stop shops, some hotels may have limitations on outside providers coming into the hotel, for example, beauty services, caterers or florists. Check what the hotels rules are in relation to this when first talking to them. They also may have restrictions on alcohol provided for the wedding. If you would like to bring your own wine or champagne, make sure you clarify the hotel’s BYO policy and pricing.

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Like everywhere in New Zealand, it always pays to have a good back-up plan in case the weather is inclement. Ask your hotel what options are available most have more than one space for functions or weddings and it may be that one of these can be used for an indoor ceremony. Page 17 : engaged : February 2009


One of the greatest advantages of playing and staying at a hotel is that transport to and from your wedding venues is limited. If you are having the ceremony and reception in the one place, guests simply need to drive to the hotel, check into their room, get prettied up, celebrate with you, and then catch the lift back to their room to sleep! Excellent in terms of low-carbon miles!


We have provided a summary of some of New Zealand’s favourite hotel venues in the following pages. If you are interested, contact them for more information and remember to mention that you saw them in Engaged!

Cornelius Jewellers Combined Video & Photo Packages at an Affordable Price

Handmade Engagement & Wedding Rings

AFPNZ.COM Capturing the Moments

158 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, Auckland Phone: 09 376 9169 Mobile: 0272 484 409

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Heritage Hotel & Spa du Vin Overview: Heritage Hotel & Spa du Vin is a hotel, vineyard and spa sanctuary just 45 minutes south of Auckland. Resting in the heart of a gorgeous green valley surrounded by expansive native bush, vines and gardens, the natural charm of Heritage Hotel and Spa du Vin is the perfect retreat! Areas available for ceremony/reception: Indoor/Outdoor areas (including room for marquee): Gardens, vineyard and lawn for marquee, plus courtyard and event rooms for indoor areas. Approximate cost: Saturday - $2,000 booked with a minimum of 20 accommodation rooms; Sunday-Friday - $1,000 booked with accommodation rooms (no minimum) or $1,500 booked without accommodation rooms. Ceremony venue fee is $500.00. Included in fee: Dedicated wait staff, white linen tablecloths and napkins, room set-up to your requirements, stainless steel cutlery, red, white and water glasses, candelabras and candles if required, individually printed menus if required, individual place names if required, table and seating plans if required, cake table and knife, gift table, CD player. Number of rooms available for guests to stay: 48 hotel rooms available for accommodation.

Lyons Road Mangatawhiri Valley RD1, Pokeno New Zealand

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Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Overview: The perfect place to escape everyday life and relax in the old world charm of a village atmosphere. Conveniently located just minutes from the heart of Nelson and the city’s airport, the resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could wish for, from award winning restaurant The Orangerie to the health and beauty spa, pool and gym facilities. Monaco even has its own craftsman jeweller and hairdressing salon onsite! The perfect venue for your ‘Uniquely Elegant’ wedding. Areas available for ceremony/reception: Our manicured Village Green lawn is available for your outdoor ceremony, or for smaller numbers your ceremony can be alongside our pond, looking out to the mountains. Three venues for your reception, small or large numbers up to 180 guests can be catered for by our onsite award winning Orangerie Restaurant. Approximate cost: From $500 -$1,500 venue hire. Ceremony venue fee is $200. Menus (set and buffet options) range from $48.50 - $65.00 per person. Included in fee: Room set-up to your exact requirements, stainless steel cutlery, wine and water glasses, dedicated wait and bar staff, white linen tablecloths and napkins, candelabras if required, individually printed menus on request, cake table and knife, gift table, full sound system with CD player/IPOD station. The two larger venues include a complimentary night’s accommodation in our luxurious honeymoon suite. Ceremony venue fee includes set up of chairs on lawn, CD player and registry table. Number of rooms available for guests to stay: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco can accommodate up to 240 guests, with 20 hotel rooms, 42 one-bedroom studio cottages and 33 two-bedroom cottages.

6 Point Road, PO Box 2369, Stoke Nelson, South Island

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Stamford Plaza Auckland Overview: The luxurious Stamford Plaza Auckland is the perfect venue to hold your wedding reception in the heart of the City of Sails. After a multi-million dollar upgrade, the hotel has been totally transformed to reflect the very latest in contemporary style and comfort. Areas available for ceremony/reception: The elegant Stamford Ballroom caters for up to 200 guests. Approximate cost: From $1,250 for wedding venue and from $199 for accommodation. Special accommodation packages are available for hen’s nights and romantic getaways with your partner. Celebrate your hen’s day with your girlfriends staying at Stamford Plaza Auckland and enjoy High Tea, full buffet breakfast, special gifts and late checkout, for only $295+GST for two. Or indulge your partner with a Romance and Seduction package that includes champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, room service breakfast... and much more. The perfect gift for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! From $325+GST. (Offers valid to 31 August 2009). Included in fee: Our dedicated wedding planner, Paula Holmes, will make sure that this day is the greatest of your life. The venue will be set-up to your requirements with linen tablecloths, napkins and white chair covers. Number of rooms available for guests to stay: 283 guest rooms, all with separate bath and shower, including 15 suites, perfect for the bride and groom. Our indoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, sauna and gym are available at no charge to hotel guests.

22-26 Albert Street Auckland New Zealand

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Hyatt Regency Auckland Overview: It’s the biggest day of your life. Make sure it’s as unforgettable as you’ve always dreamed. From every detail of the reception to planning the accommodation, one of the Hyatt’s trained wedding consultants will help you create the perfect celebration for you and your guests. Spa at the Hyatt offers a fully equipped gym, a 25m heated swimming pool, spa pool, sauna, steam room, sun terrace and juice bar, The Spa also has six New Zealand themed treatment rooms that are perfect for hen’s parties or pre-wedding preparations. Areas available for ceremony/reception: Top of the Town: Top of the Town is Auckland’s most exclusive for weddings. Located on the top floor of the main tower, this opulent space offers unsurpassed views of the harbour, city and parks. The top of the Town can cater up to 140 guests. Princes Ballroom: The Princes Ballroom situated at Lobby Level, offers an elegant venue with natural light and a partially covered terrace. Perfect for grand weddings of up to 550 guests and outfitted with understated and timeless elegance, the Princes Ballroom epitomises taste and luxury. The terrace is perfect for pre-dinner festivities and later on coffee and digestives. Included in every package: Venue hire, four hours beverage package, selection of soft drinks, standard beer, house wine (red and white), sparkling wine, menu designed by the Executive Chef, stage and dance floor to suit your requirements, full silver service to head table, chair covers, linen tablecloths and napkins with full table setting, pre-menu tasting for the bride and groom Number of rooms available for guests to stay: 269 beautifully appointed European style guest rooms and suites in the Regency Tower, together with 100 deluxe rooms, one and two-bedroom apartment style suites and penthouses in the Residence Tower.

Cnr Waterloo Quadrant & Princes Street P.O Box 3938 AucklandNew Zealand

Phone: +64 9 355-1234 Fax: +64 9 302-3269

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A lovely centrally-located historic Auckland venue for weddings, civil unions, wedding photos and functions. Indoor and outdoor options available.

Web: | Email: | Phone: 09-846 7367

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Flash Lashes

yelash extension is no longer a fashion accessory for the rich and famous, brides can now rely on the practicality of eyelash extensions for their wedding. We took some time to chat to Elisia Kwok, owner and senior lash stylist of Cerise Makeup & Lash Bar about this intriguing beauty must-have for your special day.

Engaged: Elisia, what is a ‘lash bar’ and what services do you provide in your salon? Elisia: Lash bars are very popular in the UK and USA, they are salons solely specialising in eyelash treatments, especially in the art of eyelash extensions. At Cerise, we provide eyelash extensions, eyelash tinting and perming as well as makeup applications.

Engaged: So how do eyelash extensions work? Elisia: Each synthetic fibre is attached skilfully, one at a time on top and along your natural eyelashes. They are weightless, un-detectable and they look and feel completely natural. Engaged: How many lashes can be applied? Elisia: We offer sets from 30 to 70 lashes per eye depending on the client’s desired volume. Most clients find 50 – 60 lashes work best. Engaged: How long do the lash extensions last? Elisia: With proper care, lash extensions could last up to eight weeks. Just like nails, we recommend

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in-fills every two to three weeks. If you do not wish to keep it up, the extensions would just fall out as your lashes shed naturally. Engaged: Do I still need to use mascara? Elisia: Not at all. The best part about lash extensions is you no longer need mascara or eyelash curlers! Our synthetic lashes come in over 120 different sizes, vary in length, thickness and curl. Each lash is applied precisely with our jet black adhesive, which gives you darker, longer and fuller eyelashes. Unlike mascara, which tends to clump up your eyelashes and sometimes cause irritations, when lash extensions are properly applied, they just look and feel like your own. Engaged: How popular is eyelash extension amongst brides? Elisia: In the past three years I have been running my business, I believe we have lashed over 200 brides. Many were recommended by their makeup artists, and others simply want to look flawless and beautiful for their wedding day. Longer and fuller eyelashes can truly transform makeup into amazing makeup, and without mascara, brides no longer need to worry about smudging mascara at emotional times such as their ceremony or during speeches. Engaged: When is the best time to get eyelash extensions applied for a wedding? Elisia: Although eyelash extensions can last for weeks, we do recommend the brides come in two days before the wedding. This allows the lashes to set and looking perfect on their wedding day. Email and tell her how eyelash extensions could make your day extra special, and you will be in to win a free set of Celebrity 50 eyelash extensions (valued to $210) for your wedding. Other entries received before 28 February 2009 will receive a $15 discount coupon (which expires October 2009).

Eyelash Extension Specialist

3/386 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland Page 26 : engaged : August 2008 09 3616 336

Makeup + Eyelash Extensions: Cerise / Hair: Annette Oliver / Bridal Gowns + Jewellery: Astra Bridal / Fascinators: Natalie Chan



Italian Job Credits Photography: Russ Flatt Styling: Saira Yates from Mint Condition Make-up: Stefan Knight Hair: Stefan Knight Models: Tianna and John from Nova Models Location: Bracu on the Simunovich Olive Estate

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Previous page: Tianna: Natalie Chan rosettes in hair, Chelsea Thorpe dress, Charlotte Bedogni shoes. John: Suit, shirt and tie from Working Style, shoes by Brando from Working Style. This page: Tianna: Natalie Chan veil, Theresa Lim dress, Charlotte Bedogni shoes. John: Suit, shirt and tie from Working Style, shoes by Brando from Working Style. Page 28 : engaged : August 2008

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Earrings from Vinka Brides Veil by Anna Schimmel Rosette by Natalie Chan

Tianna: Natalie Chan headpiece, Charmaine Reveley dress John: Shirt, tie and trousers from Working Style

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Natalie Chan veil and necklace, Anna Schimmel dress, Charlotte Bedogni shoes.

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Suit, shirt and Tie from Working Style. Page 32 : engaged : August 2008

Tianna: Annah Stretton dress, Natalie Chan rosette worn as a corsage, Charlotte Bedogni shoes. John: Suit, shirt and tie from Working Style,shoes by Brando from Working Style. Page 33 : engaged : August 2008

Tianna: Natalie Chan headpiece, A La Robe headpiece and dress, Charlotte Bedogni shoes. John: Shirt, tie and trousers by Working Style, shoes Page 34 : engaged : August 2008 by Brando from Working Style.

Natalie Chan headpiece, Charmaine Reveley dress

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Tianna: Natalie Chan rosettes in hair, Chelsea Thorpe dress, Charlotte Bedogni shoes. John: Suit, shirt and tie from Working Style, shoes by Brando from Working Page 36 : engaged : August 2008 Style.

Tianna: Natalie Chan headpiece, Caroline Church silk halter top and skirt. John: Shirt, tie and trousers from Working Page 37 : engaged : Style. August 2008

Your wedding with Bracu Nestled in the Northern slopes of the Bombay Hills, just 45 minutes from Auckland, you will ďŹ nd a little piece of Tuscany, and in its midst the beautiful and tranquil Bracu. Bracu is an exceptional venue, with an experienced and professional team that will ensure that all details are attended to - so that you can relax and enjoy your celebration on your special day.

Bracu on the Simunovich Olive Estate More than just an olive grove

49 Main Road, Bombay, Auckland; Ph: (09) 236 1030

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

Smooth, sleek, soft and hair-free skin is every girl’s dream and obtaining that skin is just one more thing on the bride’s list of things to do. Engaged investigates the best way of achieving that perfect skin…


Almost all of us have experience with the cheapest and most convenient method of hair removal, shaving. Done with a blade or an electric razor, shaving cuts the hair very close to the skin. The hair follicle (which is where the hair grows from) is not disturbed and hair is not removed at the root. The results are temporary and last from a few hours to a few days. Shaving is best suited to legs and underarms, however some people develop a ‘five o’clock shadow’, with dark stubble developing as the hair grows back. There is also a risk of ingrown hairs if the hair is coarse. This is when the cut hair curls back into the skin, rather than growing out.

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The best way to shave is to make sure the hair is thoroughly wet, then shave in an upwards direction for legs or both ways for underarms, avoiding repeating strokes, which irritates the skin.

Depilat ories:

Depilatories are creams and lotions that use a chemical compound designed to dissolve the proteins that make up hair. The cream is applied to the skin, left for a recommended period of time, and then scraped off with a spatula that is provided with the product. As the product is removed, so is the hair. Hair removal is temporary and the procedure needs to be repeated at least weekly, however most depilatories are cheap and readily available at your supermarket or chemist. Use depilatories on the face, arms and legs. Stubble is minimised and re-growth appears to take longer as depilatories leave a rounded, smooth edge, unlike shaving which leaves sharp, hard, hair stubble just below the skin. Always follow the directions on the packet, making sure you do not exceed the stated application time.

Tweezi ng:

Tweezing, which is best for small areas such as the face, pulls hair out at the root. The follicle is not disturbed and therefore hair will re-grow from that area, however when the hair does grow back, it has a tapered end so you don’t get the stubble associated with shaving. Cheap and easy, tweezing’s effectiveness will be determined at the time in the growth cycle that you remove it. This affects how quickly another hair will take its place.

Waxing: Let CBD make your big day stress free and memorable with a menu tailored especially to meet your needs.

Although temporary, waxing is one of the most effective hair removal treatments as it removes the entire shaft from below the skin. Suited for every part of the body, waxing can be done at home or at a salon.

Warm waxing is heated until it is just melted and then applied to the skin with a small spatula. Once cooled and hardened slightly, the wax is removed by being pulled in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Cloth or phone 09 8469620 | paper strips may be applied to the wax to help with removal; this may depend on the area being waxed. Once the wax is removed hand pressure can be applied to the area to minimize discomfort.

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Hair re-growth will depend on the part of the body waxed and the stage in the hair growth cycle, but will usually take about two to three weeks. Most salons recommend you get treatments every four to five weeks. The downsides? Well, it will depend on your pain threshold for one! Some people may experience redness and sensitivity for anything from a few hours to a few days and in-grown hair may be an issue. To avoid these problems, see our hints for smoother skin. Waxing should never be performed on skin that is irritated, sunburned or broken.

Caution also needs to be exercised in people using oral or topical retinoids as waxing whilst taking these medications may cause tearing of the skin and possible scarring.

Elect rolysis:

Electrolysis destroys the cells that cause the hair to grow, therefore it has been called the only "permanent� hair removal method. Suitable for all parts of your body, this method is mostly used by women on their face and for smaller areas. It is very important to visit a highly skilled and experienced practitioner for electrolysis treatments. He or she will slide a hair-thin metal probe into each hair follicle and it needs to be ensured that insertion does not puncture the skin. Once the probe is inserted, electricity is delivered to the follicle through the probe, which causes localized damage to the cells that generate hair. There is some pain, but local anaesthetic creams may help. Electrolysis can be more expensive than other methods as you may need up to 25 sessions, depending on the area to be treated. The upside is that it is permanent.

Laser/Pulsed Light:

Laser hair removal (commonly known by its brand name ‘IPL’) is a method of hair removal that uses laser or pulsed light energy that goes through the hair shaft down to the follicle, where it destroys the hair's root. Hair weakens over time and falls out. Suitable for anywhere on the body, it is estimated that 90% of hair is removed after 5-7 sessions and that you will require touch-ups yearly to maintain smooth skin. Again, you need to make sure you see an experienced and qualified professional. The sensation of the treatment is likened to bee-stings or being flicked with a rubber band and it will depend on your pain threshold how intense the treatment will be for you. Your practitioner will be able to give you hints for minimising that pain.

Some hint st o make hair removal easier… • Make sure you see an experienced practitioner! • Ask your therapist what the ideal hair length is before your treatment. This will make it easier for them to work with. • Don’t try to remove hair from broken, irritated or sunburned skin. • Don’t use deodorants or perfumes on skin that has just been treated. • Avoid the more painful forms of hair removal during your menstrual cycle as you are generally more sensitive. • To avoid ingrown hairs it is recommended you exfoliate two days either side of a treatment and regularly in-between treatments. It is also important to moisturise regularly to keep skin smooth. • Tea tree or other antiseptic creams can be applied to ingrown hairs to avoid infection. Anti-histamine cream will help with bumpy, unbroken skin. • Ask your practitioner for any other hints – after all, they are the experts in their treatment area!

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B ride Diary Rebecca & Phil uples Rebecca and Phil are one of the co to Engaged is following in the lead up l and their wedding. Both Australian, Phi ing Bec have decided to have their wedd ir families in Australia, where the majority of the ironmental Manager and Phil, Env an is 30, , Bec d. ate loc are nds and frie They met through a mutual work ). tion ruc nst (Co er ine Eng t jec Pro a 29, is almost 4 years (although both admit er eth tog en be e hav and gue llea co to before they met!!). Phil proposed to admiring each other from a far l llington in September last year: Phi Bec during a weekend away in We a surprise 5-star hotel room (Bec had popped the question by organising a bunch of flowers, champagne, a booked them into a backpackers), l of course, the ring. Rebecca and Phi card with “will you marry me” and, to plan a sustainable wedding. As have decided that they want to try ber of challenges... you will see, this has presented a num

really getting fun, some big decisions “Well, what an exciting time. This is ed, shopped and shopped! What but pretty painless. We have shopp more could a girl want!

sses. I hadn’t chosen a colour theme I’ve decided on the bridesmaids’ dre great to have a play around with the for the wedding until then so it was spend the day shopping with them. girls to see what suited them and in day shopping as a friend who lives Unfortunately, it had to be just one squeezed in a shopping trip when the UK was back for Christmas. We s (it also turned out she got engaged she didn’t have family commitment organising her own wedding). Trying recently so she was in the throngs of different skin tones and body types to find something that suited all the e lovely knee-length dresses that was a challenge, but we found som an olive green colour so I hope to suited everyone enough. They are for the girls. The type of fabric they brighten them up with some flowers is dress, but they style of the dresses are made out of suits my wedding Page 46 : engaged : August 2008

will all look great standing together completely different, so I’m hoping we a bit scared to trust an alterations in the wedding photos. I’ve still been ss that I hope to wear as my dress, person with my Aunty’s wedding dre und to do for that. so I’ve still got plenty of shopping aro

e suit shopping, this was mixed with The boys also hit the town and did som l through the day! It was a successfu a pub lunch to keep the stamina up trying on various different coloured trip. I think the guys had a fun time k photos of themselves to show me suits and acting the part, as they too great bonding exercise. that evening. It turned out to be a

the bridal party, maybe hats for the It will be fun finding accessories for boys and parasols for the girls… and hens’ night preparations. We We are in the full swing of bucks’ omsmen who have been through both have great bridesmaids and gro at ideas. I’m really looking forward weddings before and have some gre nds. to a fun night out with my closest frie

activities (or otherwise) to get the We have been trying to think of a few night - perhaps a nice lunch venue ‘oldies’ along as part of the hens’ r for some drinking and dancing... before the younger ones disappea

eting with our celebrant. She had We also had our first face-to-face me didn’t really have the answers to, so a million questions for us, which we the ceremony front. She lent us her we’ve got a lot of thinking to do on suggestions for music and readings little book of ideas, which included throughout the ceremony.

wording for the wedding invitations. We have just about sorted out the e and of course I’m trying to include There is so much information to includ dding” is important to us and all the the explanation of why a “green we travelling to our wedding. various “green options” for people

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An Affair to Remember (1957). A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen? Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend. Richard Gere, Debra Winger. Annie Hall (1977). Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. Woody Allen, Diane Keaton. Before Sunrise (1995). A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. Before Sunset (2004). Sequel to Before Sunrise. It's nine years after Jesse and Celine first met; now, they encounter one another on the French leg of Jesse's book tour. Is it another chance at love? Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. Audrey Hepburn at her stylish best! Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard.

Bridges of Madison County (1995). Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s. The chemistry between these two screen legends is slow-burning and sensual. Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep. Casablanca (1942). Rick Blaine, who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo. Laszlo is a Resistance leader, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country - but will he? Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman. Chasing Amy (1997). Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, who shows them it's not who you love, but how. Ben Affleck, Jason Lee. Dirty Dancing (1987). Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances ('Baby') falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher and has the time of her life. Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Gray. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet. Ever After (1998). A unique and refreshing take on the classic fairy tale, Ever After brings us the ‘real story’ of Cinderella. Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Charles is a confirmed British bachelor with a colourful romantic background who unexpectedly meets the perfect woman, Carrie, at a wedding and falls in love with her. But his inability to express his feelings seems to forestall any possibility of relationship - until they meet again and again. Hugh Grant, Andie McDowell. Ghost (1990). After being killed during a botched mugging, a man's love for his partner enables him to remain on earth as a ghost with the help of medium Whoopi Goldberg. Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore. Gone with the Wind (1939). American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable. In the Mood for Love/Fa yeung nin wa (2000). A man and a woman move in to neighbouring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of extra-marital activities. Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai.

Jerry Maguire (1996). When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete and the woman who stay with him. Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger. Last of the Mohicans (1992). Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War. Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe. Lost in Translation (2003). A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond. Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray. Love Actually (2003). Love Actually follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London. Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Emma Thomson, Hugh Grant. Love Story (1970). Love means never having to say you're sorry. Heartbreaking, but beautiful. Ali McGraw, Ryan O’Neal. Moonstruck (1987). A widowed Brooklyn book-keeper is torn between her fiancÊ and his brother. Cher, Nicholas Cage. Moulin Rouge (2001). Baz Lurhmann brings the Moulin Rouge to life with a spectacular spectacular movie about truth, beauty, freedom and love. Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor. Notting Hill (1999). The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world. Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts. Out of Africa (1985). In 20th century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate but ultimately doomed love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. Meryl Streep, Robert Redford. Out of Sight (1998). What happens when a career bank robber and the US Marshall he has kidnapped fall for each other? The chemistry between George and J-Lo sizzles. George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez. Pretty Woman (1990). A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love. Julia Roberts, Richard Gere. Roman Holiday (1953). A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck.

Romeo and Juliet (1996). Baz Lurhmann updates Shakespeare’s famous play in the hip, modern suburb of Verona whilst still retaining its original dialogue. The ultimate star-crossed lovers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes. Sabrina (1995). An ugly duckling, having undergone a remarkable change, still harbours feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it. Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond. Say Anything (1989). A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. John Cusack, Ione Skye. Sense and Sensibility (1995). Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two daughters must find love, each to meet their own unique style and personality. Kate Winslet, Emma Thomson. Shakespeare in Love (1998). A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes. Singing in the Rain (1952). Don Lockwood is a popular silent film star with humble roots as a singer, dancer and stunt man. Don barely tolerates his vapid, shallow leading lady, Lina Lamont , who has convinced herself that the fake romance their studio concocted and publicized is real. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993). What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew, was the only someone for you? A recently-widowed man's son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner. Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan. The African Queen (1951). In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart. The English Patient (1996). At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. Ralph Fiennes, Kristen Scott Thomas. The Notebook (2004). In a modern-day nursing home, an elderly man named Duke begins to read a love story from his notebook to a female fellow patient. Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling. The Princess Bride (1987). Scaling the Cliffs of Insanity, battling Rodents of Unusual Size, facing torture in the Pit of Despair - true love has never been a snap. A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn. The Quiet Man (1952). A disgraced American boxer retires to Ireland, where he finds love. John Wayne, Maureen O-Hara. The Way We Were (1973). Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. Barbara Streisand, Robert Redford. Thomas Crowne Affair (1999). A bored multi-millionaire is investigated after stealing a priceless painting. Does the investigator keep her ethics and pin him for the crime she knows he committed or does she follow her heart after she falls in love with him? Pierce Brosnan, Renee Russo. Titanic (1997). Fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the 'unsinkable' ship. Leonardo Dicaprio, Kate Winslet. True Romance (1993). Stealing, cheating, killing. Who said romance is dead? Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it. Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette.

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Origins of

Valent ine’s Day


ome call it the most romantic day of the year, others dismiss it as a commercially-driven marketing event, but there is no denying that Valentine’s Day reminds us all of how much we love our significant other. So how did we come to be celebrating Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February every year? Up until 1969, the Catholic Church formally recognised eleven Valentine Days, each day for a different Christian martyr. The Valentines honoured on 14 February were Valentine of Rome, a priest in Rome in about 269AD, and Valentine of Terni, a bishop in about 197AD who was killed for refusing to give up Christianity. Legend about these Saints is not clear and there is some supposition that they are one and the same person. Page 69 : engaged : August 2008

It seems that neither Saint performed any significant romantic act nor was a romantic person, and the link with the current celebrations on Valentine Day is based on an embellished version of their lives. One is that Valentine of Terni died on a day devoted to love lotteries. Another is that during his imprisonment for refusing to give up Christianity, Valentine wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter, signed ‘From Your Valentine’. And yet a third tale says that Valentine secretly married young men when Roman Emperor Claudius II had ruled that men were not to marry as he believed married men did not make good soldiers. In this version, Valentine is arrested and falls in love with his jailer’s daughter, leaving her a note signed ‘From Your Valentine’ before his death. Chaucer is believed to have been the first to refer to Valentine’s Day romantically, with a poem to honour the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia on May 2, 1382. However, it is argued that this reference is to yet another Valentine, Valentine of Genoa, who became a saint on May 2! Confused? We are! Regardless of how the date was chosen, it soon became a date for giving love messages and simple gifts like flowers. Love cards with lace, cupids



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and hearts were exchanged amongst lovers in England, before the tradition spread to the United States. In the United States, the first mass-produced valentines of embossed paper and lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father operated a large book and stationery store, but Howland took her inspiration from an English valentine she had received. These days Valentines cards are commonplace, and it is estimated by the US Greeting Card Association that approximately one billion valentines are sent worldwide each year, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (after Christmas). Apparently women purchase 85% of all valentine cards! However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, revel in what you love about your partner and enjoy!

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Valent ine’s Day Around t he World… I

n 2008 Saudi Arabian religious police banned the sale of all Valentine’s Day goods, on the basis that Valentine’s Day was an un-Islamic Holiday.


ost of South America celebrates Dia del amory y la Amistad or ‘Love and Friendship Day’ on February 14, however in Brazil romantic celebrations are saved for June 12, which is the Dia dos Namorados or the ‘Day of the Enamoured’. Brazilians probably don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day as a romantic event as it often falls to close to Carnival, which is considered a holiday of sex and debauchery by many in the country!


outh Koreans celebrate a love-related day on the 14th of every month, including Candle Day, Valentine's Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day, Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day. On Valentine’s Day women give chocolate to men and on March 14th (White Day) men give non-chocolate candy to women. Those who did not receive anything on February or March 14th go to a Chinese restaurant on the 14th of April and eat black noodles to mourn their single life! Page 72 : engaged : August 2008


apan also celebrates Valentine’s Day and White Day in a similar way (minus the ‘Black Day’ on 14 April!). On Valentine’s Day it has become an obligation for women to give chocolates to male co-workers, but they also give chocolates to a loved one or their girlfriends. Men are expected to return the favour on White Day by giving white chocolate or marshmellows. Romantic girlfriends may receive lingerie and/or jewellery.


alentine’s Day in Turkey is called Sevgililer Gunu, which translates into ‘Sweethearts’ Day’.


n Finland Valentine's Day is called Ystävänpäivä which translates into ‘Friend's Day’. As the name indicates, this day is more about remembering your friends, not just your loved ones.


n Slovenia Valentine's Day is celebrated as the day when the first works in the vineyards and on the fields commence. This is based on a Slovenian proverb that says, “St Valentine brings the keys of roots”. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day!


n Valentine’s Day in Wales wooden love spoons were carved with decorative hearts, keys and keyholes and given as gifts. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"


character called 'Jack' Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses in Norfolk in the UK, leaving sweets and presents for children. Many children are scared of this mystical person, even though he leaves treats! Page 73 : engaged : August 2008

You’re Covered!


one are the days of the large floppy hat at weddings, and with it unsightly hat hair!

Parasols are becoming more and more popular for weddings, with brides choosing them to shield themselves and their bridesmaids, to supply to guests to protect them from New Zealand’s harsh sunlight (or rain!), or simply for a gorgeous decoration. With a history dating back to 1200BC, parasols have been have been around a long time. Used by royalty and upper-class ladies to protect and promote ‘pale and interesting skin’, they are proving to be an excellent and stylish way to shelter us from the hot New Zealand sun. In New Zealand, the largest supplier of decorative parasols is Parasoul. Parasoul carefully sources their product, ensuring that their parasols are hand-made in Asia by happy and well-paid ladies. As an extra sign of their commitment to the community, Parasoul donates 10% of their profits to ‘Shoulder-to-Shoulder’. Shoulder- to-Shoulder is based on the Thai/Burmese border in the north of Thailand. It is a volunteer non-profit mission organisation that is involved with community development at a grass roots level, providing hunger relief, ministering to the victims of HIV and reaching out to street kids. Made from handmade paper, Thai silk or waterproof cotton, the parasols come in a multitude of colours and patterns. You may even be able to design your own – just make sure you give Parasoul 3-4 months notice. Images: Right-hand bottom: Red Creative|Other images: Parasoul

B ride Diary Kylie & Hooksy Kylie and Hooksy met 18,000kms from home on a hot summers day in London at the NZ Food & Wine with (complete Festival their favourite NZ culinary delights and the sounds of Six years later, after much Dave Dobbyn in the background). ying a dog and a house travelling, moving back home, buquestion on their favourite together, Hooksy popped the big is a marketing manager west coast beach, Muriwai. Kylie has his own business as a with Goodman Fielder and Hoosky builder. ss finally sorted. I felt like a “It was great to have my wedding dre d I could now focus on the big piece of the puzzle was solved an bridesmaids. them to wear. Black (much I had a clear idea of what I wanted of choice. In all the photos I to my Nana’s horror) was the colour r that made the bride stand had seen it was really the only colou lly had a lot to do it with it. out the most; I think the contrast rea d to buy them off-the-shelf And the other reason being I wante ms that having them made rather than have them made – it see to go wrong, plus it would would create a potential for things sive. have made them much more expen rgeous) are all about the My four bridesmaids (all of them go

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m the littlest bridesmaid (my same size – small size 10s apart fro d a good chance of being older sister) who is a tiny size 6. So I ha them. able to find a dress that suited all of but decided to get really We had a look in a few stores in NZ urne as my mum, sister and stuck into shopping for them in Melbo s’ shopping trip at the end of I were heading over there for a girl r dress season! November - perfect for the summe I only consciously looked for In fact we were very lucky because and I found them! Davina bridesmaids’ dresses just the once as I had already bought too (my sister) wandered into Dotti and iting for her and having a much for myself, I was really just wa tted the perfect style but vague look around for dresses. I spo 6. Davina tried it on and in cobalt blue and they had a size mfortable in it as well, which it looked amazing, plus she felt co to find them in black, and was a bonus. Now we just needed colour! fortunately they made them in that store was amazing and she The shop assistant at the Chadstone lbourne, helping us find the rung around all the Dotti stores in Me black. However, we pretty three 10s and one 6 we needed in res all across the city to get much had to go to four different sto for us on our trip and we got them. It proved to be a fun mission ncer Street, Chapel Street, to shop in many different places – Spe main city centre store. a factory outlet centre and another tched exactly the image on The cool thing was that the dress ma have a clear vision in mind my mood board so it really pays to process much less painless. when you set out: I think it makes the $70 each, half of the budget Best of all the dresses were only NZD made me the happiest was I had allowed! And the thing that seen them said that they will that all the bridesmaids who have y feel so comfortable in them definitely wear them again and the aring them with jandals so I on the day. They are going to be we which will make for a great think they will be super comfortable ” wedding…. Well I’m hoping anyway!

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The Land of the

Rising Sun


raditional honeymoon destination it may not be, but Japan has much to offer everyone. Whether it be bright lights and bustling shopping centres or serene lakeside retreats and temples, Japan has it covered.

We began our Japanese experience as most travellers do, by arriving in Tokyo. There are many things that strike you when you first arrive in Tokyo the order, cleanliness and surprising lack of English. With a typical western attitude, we had thought that with Tokyo being one of the major capitals of the world, everyone would speak a degree of English. This, however, isn’t the case - in fact, we found there to be far less English spoken or written than in Beijing. However, don’t let this put you off as no matter where we were, there was always someone willing to help these confused foreigners. In fact, this is one of the charms of Japan - dealing with the Japanese people who we found to be among the most helpful, friendly and courteous that we had come across in our travels. Tokyo is definitely one of those places that transfixes you with its vibrance. No matter what time of day, there are always people about. The city is full of contrasts - flashing neon lights create a stunning backdrop for the small sushi bars filled with the elderly Japanese regulars. There is definitely Page 79 : engaged : February 2009

an energy in the city that is hard to describe. There is plenty to do in Tokyo and a few days are easily taken up with shopping (heaps of gorgeous fashion shops, as well as the plethora of ten-story high electronics stores), visiting temples, the world-famous fish market (an early start is required!) or just sitting peoplewatching. Given that our itinerary only had us in Japan for a couple of weeks, we decided to limit ourselves to just a few

stops around the main island. Getting around Japan is a piece of cake as the transport system is faultless, running like clockwork. The train and subway system is the best choice of transport for most situations. You can get to most places quite easily and, if you are travelling city to city, the Shinkansen (or bullet train as it is known outside of Japan) will whisk you there very quickly and in comfort. After a few days in Tokyo, we headed to the west right down to Fukuoka, a coastal city. This is a lovely city in its own right, but is also a great place to

base yourself if you would like to do a day trip down to Nagasaki. Nagasaki is one of the cities that was flattened by an atomic bomb in 1945 and no trip to Nagasaki is complete without a visit to the Atomic Museum and the Peace Park. It is a stark reminder of that atrocities of war and makes you consider what is important in life. We then backtracked to Kyoto. This is another great place to base yourself. It is one of the most popular cities for tourists as it is a fantastic place to get your fill of the cultural aspect of Japan.

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There is an array of temples and beautiful gardens to visit. From Kyoto, we took day trips to Osaka, nearby Himeji (where there is the best preserved castle in Japan - an amazing sight), Nara (Japan’s first capital city) and Hiroshima. Each of these places are on main train lines and are easy and quick to get to. One thing that everyone has asked about since we returned from Japan is the food. Contrary to popular belief, there is more to Japanese food than sushi (although all of the sushi that we had was amazingly good). There is also an array of other foods, from numerous types of noodles dishes, to Italian cuisine (by the sheer number of Italian restaurants, this seems to be an extrememly popular option for the Japanese), and, for those who just need a fix of ‘normal’ food, there are plenty of western-style fast food outlets. So, even if you aren’t too keen on raw fish, there will be plenty to keep you going. With some places, you head home with almost a sense a relief. However, with Japan we could have stayed for a lot longer. There is so much to see and do and, the more you see, the more you begin to ‘understand’ Japan. Japan might not on the surface have the romance of Paris or Rome, but if you like your holidays a little less traditional, it is definitely an amazing place to begin your married lives exploring together.

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CURRENCY: 1 New Zealand Dollar = approximately 47 Japanese Yen LANGUAGE: Japanese. Many signs in tourist areas are in English TIME ZONE: Japan is 4 hours beind New Zealand FLIGHT TIME: Approximately 11-12 hours flight time from Auckland to Tokyo

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides advice on the security risks of travelling to certain countries. Before making travel arrangements, we suggest you check with Travel insurance is always recommended and you should check the details of your policy to ensure it covers your destination.

The main international airport for Japan is Tokyo Narita (NRT). Air New Zealand flies from Auckland direct. Flights from Wellington and Christchurch are via Auckland. Qantas flies from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch via Sydney. Cathay flies from Auckland via Hong Kong and from Wellington and Christchurch via Auckland and Hong Kong; Singapore Airlines from Auckland and Christchurch via Singapore, and Mayaysia from Auckland via Kuala Lumpur.

Things aren’t too good between my ex-husband and I. How do I tell him I am getting remarried? If you have kids together, he is bound to find out sooner or later - best you make it sooner and don’t make your children the messenger. He will probably already know (through the kids) that you and your FH are serious and may be expecting it. If you don’t have children, it depends on your relationship with him as to whether you tell him at all. My dad really wants me to ask my cousin to be one of my bridesmaids, but the truth is is that I am not that close with her. I would much rather have my good friends as bridesmaid. They have been my mates since school and have always been there to support me. How do I tell my dad that and not offend him? Bridesmaids have an important role in your wedding party and they have to be there to support you from the time you get engaged until the wedding reception is finished. They need to be people you can discuss things with and get an honest opinion on: anything from pre-wedding jitters to dress selection. You definitely want someone who you can discuss these things openly with, without fear of judgment or repercussion (you know how us girls love to ‘vent’ sometimes and at those times what we say may not be our final opinion on any subject. You don’t want things said whilst venting to be misunderstood!). You need to trust and understand your bridesmaids as much as they need to trust and understand you. And, quite rightly, you often won’t have this type of relationship with someone you don’t

Need Advice? know well, even if it is your cousin. The best thing to do is to explain this to your dad in a gentle way. It also helps if you have an alternative job for your cousin - perhaps you could get her to do a special reading at the ceremony. Does my MOH need to invite every female on the wedding guest list to my hens’ party? It seems like a lot of people and I am not sure some of them would approve of what goes on! Hens’ parties should be smaller, more initimate gatherings. You need to invite the important people (the bridesmaids, your mother, future mother-in-law and any

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important relatives), but don’t feel you need to invite your boss’s wife! If you feel your party could get a little, a-hem, raucous, and you know your mum is not to type to be dancing on table tops at 3am in the morning, try to keep the first part of the party low-key whilst she is around and save your partying for when you are out with the girls! One of our groomsmen lives in another city. How do we hire the right size suit for him? Ask him to go to a suit hire place in his own city and get measured. He can then ring you (or your suit hire place) with the measurements and the suit shop will reserve the right size suit for him. If he arrives in your city a few days before the wedding (or is in the city at any earlier date), make sure he goes into the shop to try on the suit and double check that it fits. What kind of options are available for drinks at our wedding? Do we have to provide all of the drinks? No, you don’t. With money being tighter these days, a cash bar is becoming more and more popular. Alternatively, you could offer complimentary drinks before dinner, or just during dinner and the speeches. Drinks can be limited to wine, beer and sparkling wine. It is always good form to have some sparkling wine (or if your budget stretches to it, champagne) for the toasts. If you have any questions you would like answered, please email us at info@engaged.

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Competitions & Giveaways Get beautiful long, thick lashes without mascara. Cerise Makeup & Lash Bar, the eyelash extension specialists are giving you the opportunity to win a free set of Celebrity 50 eyelash extensions (valued to $210) for your wedding. And the good news is, is that all other entries received before 28 February 2009 receive a $15 discount voucher! See all of details of how to enter on page 24!

Our gorgeous evolu giveaway this month gives you the chance to win one of twenty (yes, 20!!) 100ml Face & Body Mists. This reviving mist provides rapid relief for skin that is moisture-deprived or depleted from drying indoor or outdoor environments. Containing aloe vera and skin-conditioning mandarin, moisture is delivered quickly, along with a burst of fragrant refereshment for the skin and senses. Omega-6 fatty acids+enzymes+polysaccharides from Aloe Vera hydrate, revitalise and soften skin texture whilst mandarin soothes and conditions the skin. Witchhazel tones, reduces puffiness and helps stimulate circulation. Page 86 : engaged : February 2009

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How to Enter To be in the draw for these great prizes is easy! We will be drawing the prizes on 26 February 2009 and, except for the Cerise eyelash extension competition, everyone who is subscribed to receive our email newsletter at the time is automatically in the draw. To enter the Cerise eyelash extension competition you will need to enter separately - the details for entry are on page 24. If you haven’t signed up yet, go to and enter your name and email address to receive our email newsletter - it’s as simple as that!

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The Checklist

Engaged to 9 months before Task





Announce your engagement, including notices in the newspaper Organise for your families to meet, if they haven’t done so already Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen, MC, flower girls, page boys Discuss the type of wedding you want, including budget Compile a draft guest list (this will help determine venue size) Choose venues for the ceremony and reception Set the date and time for the wedding Choose and book the following: • Photographer • Videographer • Entertainment • Caterer • Florist • Transport • Wedding Co-ordinator • Celebrant Start thinking about your dress (you may need to book a dressmaker) Consider purchasing wedding insurance to cover those things that are out of your control which may result in the wedding being postponed or cancelled Have an engagement party

9 months before Task

Order your wedding dress Choose your accessories: veil, jewellery, underwear, shoes and so on Choose the attire for the rest of the wedding party as applicable: • Groom • Bridesmaids • Groomsmen • Flower girls • Page boys Select stationery including: • Invitations

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• Thank you cards/notes • Place name cards • RSVP cards • Seating plan • Envelopes Book a calligrapher Send out save-the-date cards Contact rental companies to hire equipment, marquees, tables, etc Organise gift registry Start thinking about your honeymoon

6 months before Task

Order bridesmaids’ dresses Order/book the groom’s and groomsmen’s suits Help your mother and mother-in-law with their outfits Discuss your beauty regime with your beauty therapist Book in for marriage preparation course if needed Decide on and order your wedding cake Book your accommodation for the wedding night Investigate accommodation options for out of town guests Choose and purchase your wedding rings Make any honeymoon reservations

4 months before Task

Book hairdresser and make-up artist Order favours Discuss menu options with caterer/venue, including wine selection Organise entertainment if you are having children at the reception Speak with the celebrant or minister and decide on an order of service, responsibilities, speech making, readings, etc. Set your rehearsal date Let people know if they will be making a speech, doing a reading, etc Purchase wedding gifts for each other and the wedding party Organise time off work for your honeymoon Renew passports if necessary!

2 months before Task

Post invitations Write your vows Have your hair and makeup trials (remember to take your veil etc)

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Organise dancing lessons for the first dance Organise your hen’s and buck’s nights with the wedding party Confirm: • Flowers with florist – do they fit with the theme, colours, dresses • Menu with caterer • Accommodation for yourselves and your guests Organise any legal work, for example, pre-nuptial agreements, wills

1 month before Task





Apply for your marriage licence Confirm and finalise final guest numbers Make a seating plan (allow time for disagreements!) Have your dress fittings Organise bridal party’s final fittings (including accessories) Confirm groom’s and groomsmen’s outfits are ready Write your speech Confirm honeymoon accommodation and flight bookings Organise a house-sitter for while you are on honeymoon

2 weeks before Task

Confirm with everyone that you have booked for your wedding, advise final numbers and provide a emergency contact number to: • Venue • Caterer • Celebrant/Minister • Photographer • Videographer • Entertainment • Florist • Cake maker • Stationery • Car hire company • Hairdresser • Makeup artist • Favours • Hire company Make a list of everything that needs to be set up and/or taken to the ceremony and reception Have your final dress fitting including accessories. Take your chief bridesmaid so she knows how to how to attach your train etc.

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Make sure the bridesmaids have their dresses, footwear and accessories Have your final haircut and colour before the wedding Make sure the groom has his hair cut Finalise seating plan for reception Write place cards Practise walking around in your wedding shoes Have hen’s night and buck’s night

1 week before Task





Pick up your wedding dress and hang it in a safe place Wedding rehearsal (you may like to give the bridal party their gifts then) Pick up hire items, including groom’s and groomsmen’s attire Confirm honeymoon arrangements Pack for honeymoon Have your engagement ring professionally cleaned Pack an emergency kit for the day Final check on arrangements and plan for the day: • Who has the rings? • Have you paid entertainers etc ahead of time or do you need to take money? • Who is taking the gifts home after the wedding? • Who is dry-cleaning your dress the next day? • Who is returning the suits? • Make sure the bridal party are aware of their roles • Give a list of important contacts to a trusted family member or friend (can be the chief bridesmaid or the mother of the bride)

The day before Task

Relax and spend some quality time on your own! Present each other with gifts and remind each other why you love the other Give wedding bands to the best man and/or chief bridesmaid to hold during the ceremony

The big day Enjoy yourself!

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Engaged Wedding Magazine - February 2009  

Engaged Wedding Magazine - The free online wedding magazine with everything you need to help plan your wedding

Engaged Wedding Magazine - February 2009  

Engaged Wedding Magazine - The free online wedding magazine with everything you need to help plan your wedding