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HONG KONG

Not just a stopover

KELSEY GENNA Gorgeous Dresses

RETRO ROCKET

For your next event

JULIA & DAVID Real Wedding

NZ FASHION WEEK Behind the Scenes


...your wonderful wedding on the cliff tops Just 50 minutes from Auckland’s CBD you’ll find magical Castaways. Castaways provides the ultimate wedding experience you and your guests will rave about for years to come. • Coastal cliff top ceremonies • Stunning sunset wedding receptions • Fabulous food • Award winning service • Guest accommodation • Honeymoon packages • Onsite activities Click here to download our new >online weddings pack<

Our team are available to meet with you onsite at Castaways. So contact us now and let’s start designing your wonderful wedding!

Castaways Karioitahi Beach, Waiuku, Auckland Ph 09 236 5161 Email weddings@castaways.co.nz Web www.castaways.co.nz * Specials Season at Castaways * April to November is Specials Season at Castaways. No minimum spends and no minimum numbers are required. Simply your wedding, your way.

“We want to thank you again for our absolutely amazing wedding. Some guests said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to!” (Castaways Bride & Groom, 2011)

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Cover Credits Designer: Kelsey Genna (www.kelseygenna.com) Set Design & Florist: Yvette Edwards & Sarah Hodge Photographer: Benjamin and Elise Johnshon Model: Roise @ Nova MUA: Dominique Whittaker Location: Horrobin & Hodge

Advertising Enquiries Contact: Tim Hamilton Email: info@weddings.co.nz Phone: 021 448817 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 initially specified otherwise.


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What’s New Health & Beauty Survey We would love you to be part of the 2012 Weddings.co.nz Health & Beauty Survey that we are running in conjunction with Liz K Body Transformation Studio.  With this survey, we aim to understand how New Zealand brides view their body image and any changes that they want to make for their wedding and beyond.  We will be releasing the results in early December and hope that these results will empower our brides by letting them know that there are others who share their views. The survey will be commencing in a few days, so make sure you keep an eye out on Weddings.co.nz. Also, as a little incentive, we have some great prizes up for grabs for those who complete the survey!


Book your wedding between April & September 2013 and receive a complimentary bar tab. Conditions apply

What weddings are meant to be


Verona Gown


Ethereal Beauty Images by Benjamin & elise Johnshon


We are super excited to bring to you a spread of gorgeous dresses from one of our new favourite designers, Kelsey Genna. This collection displays a sophisticated elegance that we love. The detail in the dresses is amazing, yet there is a simplicity that lets the bride be the centre of attention. Simply stunning! View Kelseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection at www.kelseygenna.com

CREDITS Designer: Kelsey Genna ( www.kelseygenna.com ) Set Design & Florist: Yvette Edwards ( www.thepiccadillyflowercompany.co.nz ) & Sarah Hodge ( www.horrobinandhodge.co.nz ) Photographer: Benjamin and Elise Johnshon ( www.benjaminandelise.com ) Model: Roise @ Nova MUA: Dominique Whittaker Location: Horrobin & Hodge ( www.horrobinandhodge.co.nz )


Florence Gown


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Retro Going

We talk with Nick from WarnerAir Event Services about their new Retro Rocket


Explain to us what the Retro Rocket is. The Retro Rocket is a central hub for all types of occasions and particularly weddings in outdoor situations. The Rocket provides the platform with power generation,3 keg taps with full refrigeration, lighting, sound and Mini marquees that can be expanded on depending on the occasion. So let me get this right, the Retro Rocket is not only a mobile bar, but it can also be used for food, music, and even has a photobooth. Is there anything that it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right! WarnerAir Event Services has created the ultimate one stop party shop that is the party starter and beyond.


What type of weddings have you found are suited to using the Retro Rocket? The Rocket can be a central piece for those retro style events that require this look, or a workhorse humming away in the background pouring beer, cider, or wine, with all the requirements that remote settings desire all in one unit. For weddings, what is the pricing structure? Does it depend on what is included or are there set packages? All Events have different requirements and are at different stages of planning. Discussion of the requirements is key, and with so many options available, a fixed price cannot be given without understanding the clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision.


Whereabouts is the Retro Rocket available? Generally in the greater Auckland Area, however we are traveling to Terrace Downs as the second bar at Rhythum & Alps so anywhere is possible One aspect of having weddings at beaches or public grounds that people often get a bit concerned about is the need for liquor licensing. Are you able to supply bartenders and help with any liquor licensing requirements? The Rocket is part of the WarnerAir Event Services Company and provides all areas of consenting and licensing. Are staff always supplied or can people â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it themselves? Staff are always provided. Are people able to provide their own alcohol and catering? Dependent again on the event and the stage the organising is at a rental package is available or fully catered option available.

To find out more about the Retro Rocket, head to their website at www.retrorocket.co.nz


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Through the Lens

Showcasing Photographic Excellence

Photograph by VisionWorks Photography

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Vanilla Images

Website: www.vanillaimages.co.nz Email: chris@vanillaimages.co.nz Mobile: 021 023 94008 Qualified Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography Auckland and Northland

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Suzanne McNatty - Photography by Design

Website: www.photographybydesign.co.nz Email: mcnatty@ihug.co.nz Mobile: 027 567 5990 Associate Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography Southland

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Award-winning wedding photography & video production Website: www.projectshot.com Mobile: 021 685 871 Auckland

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Chiaroscuro Photography

Website: www.chiaroscurophotography.co.nz Email: info@chiaroscurophotography.co.nz Mobile: 021 185 7736 Auckland and Nationwide

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Amanda Wignell Photography Website: www.awp.co.nz Email: amanda@awp.co.nz Phone: 09 426 2647 Mobile: 027 615 3078 NZIPP Master of Photography Auckland and Northland (NZ Institute of Professional Photography)

Brett Lees, Unique Visions Photography Website: www.uniquevisions.co.nz Email: brett@uniquevisions.co.nz Phone: 09 8133 519 Mobile: 0274 913 061 Qualified Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography Auckland

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Jodie C Photography Website: www.jodiecphotography.co.nz

Email: info@jodiecphotography.co.nz Phone: 021 323 829 Auckland & Nationwide

Emma Hughes Photography Website: www.emmahughes.co.nz www.weddingsonwaiheke.co.nz Email: emma@emmahughes.co.nz Phone: 09 372 8729 Mobile: 021 051 3292 Waiheke and Auckland Master NZ Institute of Professional Photography

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Amy Schulz Photography

Website: www.amyschulz.co.nz Email: AmySchulzPhotography@gmail.com Mobile: 0211556071 Wellington and Nationwide

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Mike Hill Photography

Website: www.mikehillphotography.co.nz Email: info@mikehillphotography.co.nz Phone: 07 863 1180 Mobile: 021 507 537 Waihi, Nationwide & International Qualified Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography

Jan Maree Vodanovich Photography and Art Website: www.janmareeart.co.nz Email: jan@janmareeart.co.nz Phone: 09 236 8553 Mobile: 027 281 5921 Auckland, Franklin, Hamilton

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Backyard Studio

Web: www.backyardstudio.co.nz Phone: 021 143 7289 Christchurch

Email: info@backyardstudio.co.nz

New Regent Studios Website: www.photos.co.nz Email: info@photos.co.nz Phone: 03 355 4448 Mobile: 027 229 2329 Christchurch

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Jessica Photography

Website: www.jessicaphotography.co.nz Email: info@jessicaphotography.co.nz Phone: 09 537 5533 Mobile: 027 658 8831 Auckland Qualified Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography

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VisionWorks Photography

Website: www.visionworks.co.nz Email: tim@visionworks.co.nz Phone: 09 845 5925 Mobile: 021 44 88 17 Auckland

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Jeremy Hill Photography Website: www.jeremyhill.co.nz Email: enquiries@jeremyhill.co.nz Phone: (09) 8263394 Mobile: 021 2279196 Auckland

Vicky Broadbent Website: www.vickybroadbent.co.nz Qualified Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography

Email: broadbent@xtra.co.nz Phone: 021 633 404 Coromandel and Auckland

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This month we are showcasing the wedding of Julia and David photographed by Mikel Taylor at Our Wedding Images. Enjoy! Our Wedding Images www.ourweddingimages.co.nz


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Forward Images by jessica photography


This year, one of our favourite photographers Jessica Higueras was invited to shoot the wedding show at New Zealand Fashion Week. Here are a collection of images from the day, giving us a peak behind the scenes as well as inspirational images of the gorgeous dresses on show! Enjoy!

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Hong Kong

is often seen as a stopover for flights heading to other parts of Asia or Europe. However, it has so much to offer itself that we would highly recommend it as a destination in and of itself. The city is a brilliant mix of both traditional and contemporary, whether it be shopping, food or architecture. It is full of surprises and will ensure that your trip will never be boring.

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Shopping Shopping is one of the main attractions of Hong Kong. Whether you are after high-end boutiques or want to bargain your way with some street vendors, it has it all. Here are some of our favourite shopping districts, each with its own flavour:

Tsim Sha Tsui If there is one place to visit to get a wide selection of shopping styles, Tsim Sha Tsui is it. There are stalls, shops, markets and malls catering to all budgets. The “golden Mile” may be busy, but you it is worth it for the eclectic range of Bollywood-themed memorabilia, Shanghainese tailors, sweet-talking restaurant touts, gorgeous gems and jewellery, flashy cameras, international brand name stores and Asian street label boutiques. Once you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle in the street, you can head into one of the spacious and plush malls, including iSQUARE, The One and K11. If you are keen to sample the best the world has to offer in luxury goods, you can hop over to Canton Road. Here you’ll find the world’s well-known luxury brands as well as Harbour City, Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall.

Mong Kok Mong Kok is pretty busy, but don’t let that scare you off. It may be congested, but it is worth heading to if only to people watch. The shopping isn’t bad either with loads of shopping streets, each with their own theme. It is also home to the popular Ladies’ Market (more on that below). There are entire streets dedicated to the sale of goldfish, flowers, birds, sneakers, kitchenware and wedding dresses. Haggling is the norm on Mong Kok, whether it be over your everyday household items, or luxury goods. You can pick up

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electronics, cosmetics, the latest western fashion and accessories.

Ladies’ Market The Ladies’ Market is one of the most popular in Hong Kong. Stretching over a kilometre, there are over a hundred stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs. The market gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages. However, it is not just for the ladies - there are also watches, bags, home furnishings, CDs on offer.

Temple Street Night Market Even when the sun goes down, there is no shortage of shopping available for the keen. In fact, it is often even more pleasant, as the nights are a little cooler. Temple Street night Market is a popular street bazaar and is home to hundreds of street stalls selling everything from trinkets to tea ware, electronics to watches. There are also plenty of food stalls to keep your energy up with local delights on offer such as claypot rice, seafood and noodles.

Other things to do: Hong Kong is not all about shopping; there are loads of other activities to keep you busy on your honeymoon.

Hong Kong Disneyland If you are after a bit of Disney magic, Hong Kong has you covered with it’s Disneyland, which offers everything you know and love about the American theme park. It even has an experience developed especially for Hong Kong, the Grizzly Gulch where you hop on the Big Grizzly Mountain “Runaway Mine Cars” and embark on an out-of-control runaway journey throughout a spectacular and amazing wilderness landscape. There are even two Disney-themed hotels where you can stay

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to be close to the action. Enjoy a fabulous international buffet with Disney characters and be on the lookout for Goofy who drops by the hotel pool now and again for a refreshing dip. Year-round special events Hong Kong Disneyland celebrates every season with a unique mix of attractions and entertainment designed for both Chinese and Western occasions, such as the Chinese New Year Celebrations, Disney’s Haunted Halloween, Sparkling Christmas and summer events. If you hate the idea of waiting in queues to get on rides, there is no need to worry. With Disneyland’s Fastpass, you can save your place in line while you continue to enjoy the park. Insert your park admission ticket into Disney’s Fastpass stations at participating attractions to receive a time. Then you can leave and simply return when it’s your turn.

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The Peak No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, The Peak is the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exclusive neighbourhood. The same view the provides this exclusivity is also what makes it an amazing place to visit. You can witness the spectacular cityscape and the bustling Victoria Harbour and, at night, it transforms into a see of twinkling lights shimmering below you.

The Food The thing with Hong Kong is that there are so many different types of cuisine on offer that you will always be covered. Whether it be gourmet dining or delicious street food, it is all there for you. Wherever you are in Hong Kong, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a huge choice of both inexpensive street food as well as high quality restaurants.

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While Hong Kong has so much on offer from shopping to world-renowned tourist attractions, it is the whole experience that makes it one of our favourite destinations. You can easily spend a morning just wandering the streets people watching, enjoying the general hustle and bustle of this busy Asian city. It has a perfect blend of the traditional Chinese background, with the new modern Hong Kong.

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The Checklist Engaged to 9 months before Task

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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!

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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

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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

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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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