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The pros and cons of gift registries

WAIHEKE WONDERS Waiheke wedding images


The honeymoond destination with more than meets the eye


Invitations to inspire

ENGAGEMENT SHOOTS Find out why you should have one


Arrive at your wedding in a helicopter


See it from the other side

September s u n d ay

aotea centre, auckland 9-4pm over 100 exhibitors, fashion shows, seminars, makeovers, entertainment, giveaways, free gifts and much much more

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Fashion Shows:

11am & 2pm

with special appearances by Nerida Cortese & Aaron Gilmore from ‘Dancing with the stars’ who will demonstrating dances throughout the fashion show to show you how to add the ‘wow’ factor into your first dance. They will also be on hand during the day to give you advice and tips on creating your own unique first dance.

Prizes: The Grand Wedding Show also gives you the chance to win a luxury honeymoon to Fiji with return airfares and 5 nights’ accommodation at the stunning ‘Radisson Resort & Spa’ courtesy of ‘Mondo Travel’. 0800 955 655

Plus one luck couple will walk away with a beautiful watch each valued at $2,000 thanks to ‘Stonz Jewellers’. Enter at the show with the live draw taking place at 1.30pm.

PLUS: The first 100 brides through the doors will each receive a gift bag to the value of $150.00

Go to to get your free show ticket offer!

Notes from the Editors...

Cover Credits: Tania and Robin Married at Cable Bay Vineyard Photo shoot at Cable Bay Vineyard and Oneroa Beach Dress: Christiana Couture, LONDON Photography: Emma Hughes

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.

Wedding season is rolling around fast and a sure indicator of that is the return of the wedding shows! This month there are no less than four shows: the fantastic Auckland Grand Wedding Show, the Wairarapa Wedding Expo, the Taupo Wedding Show and the Auckland Premier Wedding Show. These shows are an excellent chance for you to get out there and meet some wonderful wedding vendors, so don’t miss out! In this month’s issue, we have tackled a few topics you don’t see in many wedding magazines - things like using a helicopter as your wedding transport, how to solve the dreaded cellulite problem and going behind the scenes of a reality TV shoot!! We also have some very fine advice on wedding albums, the pros and cons of wedding gift registries and a whirlwind guide to our lovely capital city, Wellington. Enjoy!

Tim & Deborah


WAIHEKE WONDERS Real weddings on Waiheke

REALITY TV See the other side of a reality TV wedding


GIFT REGISTRIES We give the pros and cons of choosing a gift registry


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INVITATIONS TO INSPIRE View a selection of traditional and quirky invitations



SOCK IT TO THE CELLULITE Find out all about the easy alternative to liposuction

WONDERFULLY WELLINGTON The honeymoon destination with more than meets the eye

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Competitions WIN A $1000 PRIZE PACKAGE! Bridal Grace and Sothys Paris have a fantastic prize package for you to win! You can be in to win a $1000 prize package consisiting of a $500 voucher off your wedding decorations package with Bridal Grace Ltd plus a $500 pampering package from Sothys Paris beauty products for both bride and groom! To enter, just hit the enter button below, complete the entry form and cross your fingers!

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Win a ticket to the Premier Wedding Expo! We have four single tickets to the Auckland Premier Wedding Expo to give away. To enter, just hit the button below, and enter your details in the form.

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OTHER COMPETITIONS $20,000 WEDDING PACKAGE Breakfast has a competition running where you can win a $20,000 wedding package in New Caledonia. For details on how to enter, go to www.tvnz. NUDIE NUPTIALS The Edge is running a competition when you can win a dream wedding - the only catch is that you have to get married in the nude! For more details, go to

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Colorevolution is a 100%, natural mineral makeup with an amazing and extensive range of colours of eye shadows. The mineral makeup has a smooth application and long lasting coverage for hard working girls. It is worn by fun-loving and creative chicks around the world. American made, Colorevolution sells quality chemical free makeup at exceptional prices. The Pureskin Clinic has generously given us a Facial Fun pack valued at $200.00 to give away. The prize includes a 9.5 gram mineral foundation, a 6 gram blusher, an application brush, 3 eye shadows and 1 eye shadow brush. To be in the draw, hit the button below and complete the entry form.

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WIN ROSEHIP OILS The fabulous team at evolu has again supplied us with some wonderful giveaways! This month you can win one of four 30ml Rosehip Oils. This 100% pure certified organic oil is naturally rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, potent lipid-boosters that work at a cellular level to help promote cell regeneration and minimise moisture loss. Skin is rehydrated and softened and skin tone is rebalanced, restoring natural radiance and elasticity. The fine quality of the oil ensures it is readily absorbed and non-greasy, and its gentle action is suitable for face or body, mother and baby.

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nadia couture Redefining bridesmaids. nadia couture is Auckland’s premier bridesmaid shop. Timeless design, quality fabrics and meticulous craftsmanship for the bride and your bridesmaids needs. nadiacouture garments range from soft silk chiffon to elegant formal satin, available in a wide range of colours and sizes. To compliment the dresses, nadia couture has exquisite jewellery and beautiful evening bags, guaranteeing nadia remains a ‘must-see’ destination for your entire bridal party and every evening occasion.

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Through the other lens of

Reality TV

Maree Turner Photography - Anything but Ordinary

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aree Turner Photography had the pleasure this year of photographing Nicola and Craig on their wedding day. You may have seen them on ‘Hitched’, which is running on TV3 at the moment. Maree shares her thoughts on the day. Whilst being involved with ‘Hitched’ was a unique experience, I have discovered that there is more than one reality and that the use of a TV camera gives a somewhat different result than a series of individual images. ‘Hitched’ only showed one view of what was a graceful and stylish wedding through its view finder. This is partly due to the use of a TV camera: it doesn’t capture or freeze-frame those moments of time that give us a permanent memory and all that the expression says. Editing and cutting and pasting can certainly change the perception of the story as well and it was unfortunate that the program only showed such a small slice of Nicola and Craig’s day and seemed to miss out so much of the important moments. Some of those were the time away with the photographer, which is a fantastic time for the bride and groom to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the day to spend intimate and fun moments together. This is the time of the day to enjoy quality time with each other and their bridal party honouring the specialness of the day and celebrating their love for each other. It’s the day, if there is no other, to let your love show. Capturing and stimulating this environment is one of the highlights of both the photographer and the bridal party’s day. It’s one of creating images that reflect the raw and real emotions, the unique essence and spirit of who they are together and with their bridal party. That expression caught as the shutter comes down. The magic of the moment captured.

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They missed this part of the story and this is the part that hangs on the wall as a reflection of such a special day. The other valuable photography time was when the bride was getting ready and Nicola was quite happy to not have the camera crew invading too much of that time. The transformation into the Bride as that gown is stepped into and the final touches were added is something truly special. Images taken at this time are filled with delight and anticipation and Nicola had the added bonus of their two beautiful children sharing this time with her and they were so excited. Unfortunately TV doesn’t get to create the stunning results a professional photographer can or tell the story in full. But it does give us entertainment, and I’m sure future bride and grooms watching would have learnt a few things about what to and what not to do for their own wedding. For more images, please go to

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“As a photographer you get to shoot in some fabulous, interesting, and sometimes unusual locations but capturing a groom and his groomsmen in an elevator that also included a film crew was one of the more remarkable ones – it made a great shot but was in a very full elevator with no room to breathe out!”

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The bride’s view: “It’s a time old cliché that your wedding day passes by so quickly but one I’m sure all brides can attest to as being absolutely true. I have hundreds of snapshot moments from that day that are very special memories but some of the best are from our bridal party photo shoot in Cornwall Park. After such a frantic day when everybody wants a piece of you and you don’t get a moment to yourself, the opportunity to have an hour with your brand-new husband and closest friends with no pressure or demands from anyone was amazing. Craig and I revelled in the chance to enjoy these first quiet moments together as husband and wife and reflect on what had been an amazing day (knowing there was still more to come) and the photographs Maree took captured the intimacy and depth of these moments and are our favourite wedding images. It may sound strange but we were almost oblivious to the TV cameras as we were so wrapped up in each other and the magic of the day”

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R O M A N T I C A L B E RTO N A lovely centrally-located historic Auckland venue for weddings, civil unions, wedding photos and functions. Indoor and outdoor options available. web: email: phone: +64 9 846 7367

Wedding Shows September Wairarapa Wedding Expo 4 and 5 September 2009 Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park, Masterton The Grand Wedding Show 13 September 2009 Aotea Centre, Auckland Taupo Wedding Show 20 September 2009 Great Lake Centre, Taupo

Christchurch’s Premier Wedding Expo 20 September 2009 Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch

October The Spring Wellington Wedding Show 4th October 2009 Overseas Terminal Function Centre www.thewellingtonweddingshow. Auckland’s Premier Wedding Expo 4 October 2009 ASB Showgrounds, Auckland

Real Weddings

Waiheke Wonders Beautiful wedding photographs from Emma Hughes Photography

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Tania and Robin Married at Cable Bay Vineyard Photo shoot at Cable Bay Vineyard and Oneroa Beach Dress: Christiana Couture, LONDON Photography: Emma Hughes

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Anne & Nick

Married at Mudbrick Vineyard Photo shoot at Oneroa beach and Mudbrick Dress: Emily Percy Gowns Make up: Amber Haldane Flowers by Wildflower Photography: Emma Hughes

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Christal & Pierre

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Married on Oneroa Beach Photo shoot at Oneroa beach and Mudbrick Vineyard Dress: Cymbelle Hair by Phoenix Hair Design, Waiheke Island Photography: Emma Hughes Photography

Barbara & Euan

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Mon-Wei & Blair

Married on Onetangi Beach, Waiheke island Photo shoot at Onetangi beach and Whisper Cottage Dress: Monique Luo Photography: Emma Hughes

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NZIPP Iris Awards - Silver award winning photo

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Intriguing Invitations Whether quirky or traditional, your invitations set the tone for your wedding. We have a selection from a couple of our favourite suppliers to provide inspiration!

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Invitation by Bride’s Best Friend (, illustrated by Jack Bedeman

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These pages: Invitations by Bride’s Best Friend (

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These pages: Invitations by Bride’s Best Friend (

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These pages: Invitations by Hayfords (

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Registering Your

The pros and cons of gift registries


he debate rages on as to whether wedding gift registries are a good idea or not. Those coming down in favour say that gift registries are more practical and easier for your guests; whilst those disagreeing with the idea say that gift registries are greedy and impersonal. Engaged discusses the pros and cons of creating a wedding gift registry.

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Pros From the bride and groom’s point of view, there are a number of benefits to having a gift registry: • A gift registry is a chance to let their guests know what would

make their married home complete. The list can be personalised according to the couple’s style and taste and greatly reduce the risk of receiving yet another toaster or bread maker! It is also quite useful when couples make have been living together for quite a long time prior to getting married and may have accumulated most of the traditional wedding gift items,

• You also have the opportunity to ask for things that a lot of guests

would not think of, for example, a honeymoon gift registry, adventure type activities or even a donation to your favourite charity!

• If you are currently living overseas, you can set up a gift registry

in the country in which you are living; this means that you won’t need to lug that dinner set half way across the world!

From a guest’s point of view, the positives are numerous. • There may be many reasons why you are not aware of the

couple’s preferences or needs. Perhaps you haven’t seen the bride since she was a young girl or you work with the groom and haven’t had the pleasure of being invited to their house. A gift registry takes the guesswork out of choosing a present and ensures you won’t gift something that ends up in the back of the cupboard for years to come.

• Efficiency is a major benefit, especially for online registries. You

can shop anywhere, anytime and the store will wrap the gift, include a card and even deliver it for you.

• The use of registries that cover a number of stores means that if

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the store you visit doesn’t have the gift you want to give, another store in the group can send the gift for you. Too easy! But when there are positives, there are also negatives…

Cons • Some guests think the wedding gift registry is greedy, with many

overpriced items appearing on the list, with a long and seemingly endless list of choices. Of course, this is countered by the opinion that a long list gives the giver more choices – both in actual gift and in amount to be spent!

• Others consider choosing gifts from a list to be impersonal. It

can feel like the bride and groom are ‘ordering’ the guest to get them something the guest may not have purchased themselves. Guests often like to give something from the heart, taking time to select what they consider to be the perfect gift and don’t like to be limited to a chain of stores.

• Guests might also like to pick the perfect card and write a

personal message on it. Often this is difficult to arrange with online gift registries where only a type-written note is included in the present. (If this does happen, we would suggest guests buy a separate card to give to the bride and groom. It can have a personal message in it and refer to the gift purchased online.)

• When money is a little tighter, guests do not like the couple to

see how much they have spent on their gift!

• Even if you include some low-priced items on your list, these may

be taken quickly, with the rest of the guests being faced with the more expensive presents.

• You may also want to consider what happens if the guests only

buy you half of a dinner set. After the wedding you might need to dig into your own pocket to purchase the rest of the set.

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Suggestions There is no reason why you can’t get around all of the cons associated with having a gift registry. Here are some suggestions: • Make sure you choose a selection of gifts that cover a range of

price points. This will let those of your guests who can’t afford to spend too much choose something from the list. For some of the more expensive items, see if the shop will let you split it up to let people contribute to a part of it.

• Make sure that you make it clear that gifts are optional and, if

people decide to buy you a gift, they do not need to buy off the registry if they don’t wish to.

• Personalise the items on the registry by explaining your choices.

A gravy jug may match the china upon which the bride-to-be served the groom with her first home-cooked meal; whilst a couple’s love of their garden could be reflected in both the theme and the gift list.

Don’t forget to check out next month’s issue, when we will highlight some of the gift registries available!

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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.

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Off to a

Flying Start!

Arrive at your wedding by helicopter

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grand entrance by helicopter may seem a bit rockstar-like, but it is your wedding day – why not knock the socks off your groom by arriving in style, literally flying into his waiting arms or leave the ceremony together, flying off into the sunset? Such an entrance or exit is sure to be remembered by your guests for a long time!

A dramatic entrance If you have a flair for the unconventional or your wedding has a dramatic theme, a helicopter entrance or exit could fit in perfectly with that theme. Or the use of a helicopter could be extended into the theme itself: think miniature helicopters on the tables, invites with ‘chopper’ blades… However, if your wedding theme is romantic and traditional, you may do best with a more traditional mode of entry like a horse and carriage or classic car.

The only way is up An advantage of arriving or leaving by helicopter is timing. A helicopter can get you places a lot quicker than the average car. It can also get you places the average car cannot. For this reason helicopters are very popular for taking the bride and groom to off-the-track places for photographs. You may remember the bride and groom from our last issue that had their photographs taken on Mt Cook! A number of helicopter charters have the exclusive use of private beaches or mountains, which can make your wedding photographs really special! Trips to Waiheke or Great Barrier Islands are readily available, and then there are options like flights to Cathedral Cove.

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Bigger is better When considering using a helicopter as transport, consult with both the helicopter operator and the venue. You need a large area to land, and permission for the owner to land. That area should be unobstructed by trees or power lines and not so far away from the venue that guests don’t see you.

You also need to think about the size of the ‘copter itself. Will it fit you, your father and your bridesmaids if arriving by helicopter? Can all of the wedding party and the photographer fit in it if you are using it to transport the wedding party to photograph locations? How cosy does it feel if you are using it as the getaway vehicle for bride and groom?

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Previous page and this page images courtesy of Helilink

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With a helicopter, you can get to amazing locations like this.

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Weather or not There is no doubt that flying is best on a clear day – rain and high winds do not make for a fun flight! Think about those who will be travelling in the helicopter. Anyone with a fear of heights or flying or a tendency towards motion sickness is not going to enjoy themselves, especially if the weather is inclement. It is always advisable to have a bad weather back-up plan. Ensure you ask the helicopter operator what they would advise and what their policy is on cancelled flights.

Stirring the breeze Helicopter blades create quite a breeze. If possible, get the operator to start the blades after you hop in and to shut the blades down before stepping out of the helicopter so as to minimise wind damage to beautifully styled hair. You should also think about your landing spot: if the blades remain turning, it can stir up a lot of dust – not nice on a brilliant white wedding dress!

Cost Helicopter rides prices start from just over $300, with the cost varying for waiting time, number of trips, number of passengers and the flying time. Make sure you do your research – if a dramatic entrance is something you want for your wedding, there is no reason you can’t budget for it!

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his month Engaged talks to Rachael Kelly of Rachael Kelly Photography about engagement photos. It’s not something a lot of couples think about, but is an excellent idea to capture that first glow after the engagement!


How do engagement photos differ from a wedding photos?

RK: An engagement shoot is often 1-2 hours in a fun location with just the couple who are getting married. There is no one else around watching so they can really relax and just focus on each other for a while. Within a few minutes of the shoot starting you really start to see the little quirks in their relationship which may not be on show on the “big day”.

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What are the advantages of having a set of engagement photos taken?

RK: The main advantage of an engagement session, is to get the couples used to having their photos taken without the nerves and rush of the wedding day. It also gets them used to how I work so that on the day they feel relaxed having their photos taken. During the engagement shoot we often discuss and try some shots that I have in mind for the wedding day, this speeds things up on the big day when time frames can be very tight . The shoots are intended to be as fun and relaxed as possible. It is also a nice record of the couple before their wedding day as often their family photos really only begin with the wedding photos when everyone is formally dressed. With the engagement photos I try to show some of the couples individual style, and I would like to think that if they have children later on that they would love to see their parents as they were when they meet. E:

Would you recommend that engagement photos be taken at an engagement party or a special time be set aside?

RK: I recommend that the couple definitely set a special time aside and I try and get them to choose a special place that is significant for them. Each couple generally have a special place of their own whether that be where the proposal occurred, family properties or that very special favourite end of date spot. E:

Do you include an engagement session as part of a wedding package?

RK: The engagement session is more about ensuring that my clients are getting a high level of service and that I as a photographer can build the most effective relationship with the client. If they book a wedding shoot with me I will offer this as part of my package . I offer Engagement shoots to my local clients and also to my out of town clients on the condition that they come to me for the shoot. Luckily I live in a great location with a gorgeous beach, historic buildings, cute

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cafes and an awesome estuary with old boat houses so we can just pop down the road for a shoot if they are from out of town. E:

Who would you include in the photos – just the bride and groom or the family and bridal party as well?

RK: I’m always happy to meet client needs after all it’s their special moment that I am capturing. However I generally recommend keeping it as just the couple as I really want it to be a special time for them when they can just focus on each other. Keeping it intimate enables me to really understand what they would like on their big day and they can trust me to deliver this. E:

When would you recommend they are taken – straight after the engagement or a little closer to the wedding date?

RK: Because it’s about building a rapport I like to schedule the shoot about 2 months prior to the wedding. Of course these can be taken at any time to suit the couple but the most benefit is gained from having the session closer to the wedding. E:

Do couples have to get dressed up for the photos or do you prefer a more casual approach?

RK: The shoot is really about finding an expression of the couple, essentially what they are about, so this will vary for different couples. it is all about depicting them in the environment that they feel comfortable in and says something about them and their relationship. Some will want to dress up and others will want to dress casually in each case I try to catch that expression of love between the couple and capture the spark that brought them together. To see some of Rachael’s work, visit

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Through the Lens

Showcasing Photographic Excellence

Photograph by VisionWorks Photography

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Amy Schulz Photography

Website: Email: Mobile: 0211556071 Wellington and Nationwide

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Rob Driessen Photography

Website: Master NZ Institute of Professional Photography

Email: Phone: 04 479 7769 Wellington

Emma Hughes Photography Website: Email: Phone: 09 372 8729 Mobile: 021 051 3292 Waiheke and Auckland Qualified Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography

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Brett Lees, Unique Visions Photography Website: Email: Phone: 09 817 7014 Mobile: 0274 913 061 Qualified Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography Auckland

Jan Maree Vodanovich Photography and Art Website: Email: Phone: 09 236 8553 Mobile: 027 281 5921 Auckland, Franklin, Hamilton

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Jeremy Hill Photography Website: Email: Phone: (09) 8263394 Mobile: 021 2279196 Auckland

Vicky Broadbent Website: Qualified Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography

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Email: Phone: 021 633 404 Coromandel and Auckland

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VisionWorks Photography

Website: Email: Phone: 09 845 5925 Mobile: 021 44 88 17 Auckland

Amanda Wignell Photography Website: Email: Phone: 09 426 2647 Mobile: 027 615 3078 Associate Member NZ Institute of Professional Photography Auckland and Northland

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Sock it to the

Cellulite! Lumologie‌ A state of the art beauty treatment Proven and painless alternative to liposuction‌

As the years pass women notice their bodies changing both inside and out. For many women the most disturbing of these changes is the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is most often found on the thighs, stomach and buttocks. Its lumpy appearance sometimes resembles cottage cheese. In actuality cellulite is a collection of fat that pushes against the connective tissue beneath a person’s skin causing the dimpling or puckering on the outer skin. Whether or not a person has cellulite is dependent on many factors, including age, genetics, amount of fat on the body, and the thickness of the skin. Many treatments such as liposuction have been touted for the reduction of cellulite. Unfortunately these treatments usually only provide a temporary respite from the appearance of cellulite. There is a new treatment for cellulite called Lumologie. This state of the art treatment is used for lymphatic drainage, detoxifying and firming via stimulation of blood and to encourage lymph circulation. It is a non-invasive procedure that is used to diminish the appearance of cellulite, stimulate collagen production, aid in body contouring, stimulate blood circulation, and help to eliminate toxins. All of these things often result in slimmer legs, smoother skin, healthier body and a reshaped silhouette. The process of Lumologie creates a partial vacuum on the surface of the skin and then pulls the skin up between two mobile rollers, which adapt to the fold of the skin. This skin is then rolled and massaged which increases lymphatic drainage. This detoxifying vacuum therapy is both relaxing and invigorating What can it be used for? • • • • • •

Bland, oedema and tonic cellulite Slimming Lymphatic drainage Heavy legs Face lymphatic drainage Face reflex treatment and wrinkles

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Most clients experience increased kidney function, reduced fatty deposits and orange skin, as well as restored suppleness and elasticity to the skin. Lumologie, a patented French technology delivers both a rewarding experience and a deeply soothing treatment for clients that use it. Whilst wedding dresses are not traditionally short enough to show the dreaded cellulite, Lumologie is a treatment well worth considering for the post-wedding beach (and bikini!) honeymoon!

Pureskin is located in Ponsonby and not only do Lumologie treatments. They also offer a skin consultation programme, and this can be incorporated into one of their promotional facial treatments. Their other treatments range from eyebrow shaping and eyelash tinting, manicures and pedicures, waxing, paraffin wax treatments, hot stone massages (coming soon!), facials, Max 7 Photodermatology, IPL, Luminologie and infrared saunas.

The Pureskin Clinic is open from 10am to 5pm with late nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until 9pm. They are closed on Sundays. For more information, please see

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Wonderfully Wellington O

ur fair capital, New Zealand’s third largest city, is largely known for its windy weather and odd-shaped parliament building. But secrets await those keen to explore the wonderful Wellington. For those who have never been, Wellington makes a fantastic honeymoon destination and, with flights being so cheap these days, the money saved on travel can be spent on living it large in the capital city! We visited on a sunny long weekend. Stepping off the plane and out of the terminal we were greeted by blue skies and warmth – something sadly lacking in Auckland when we left earlier that morning! After the obligatory coffee (cafes are one of the many things Wellington does extremely well!), we hitched a ride on one of Wellington’s oldest tourist attractions, its cable

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car. The cable car departs Lambton Quay in town and travels up past the University to the Botanical Gardens. From the gardens an amazing vista of the city is laid out, along with some simply stunning gardens (where, incidentally, you can hold your wedding). A stroll through the gardens (downhill all the way) led us back into town and landed us at the feet of the Beehive and the other parliament buildings. Built between 1969 and 1979, the Beehive was so named because its structure resembles, you guessed it, a beehive, with the rooms and offices radiating from a central core. This is where our government works. To see it first-hand you can take a tour of the buildings, perhaps catching a glimpse of your favourite pollie.

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At this stage, lunch was needed. A bit more of a walk took us to Courtenay Place, where the choices are endless. Trying to be a little healthy, we have what could be the country’s best kebab at Sahara. Watch out if you do try them – the chilli sauce packs a punch! More walking followed lunch. It’s a short way to our National Museum, Te Papa from Courtenay Place. Free to enter, Te Papa is located on the waterfront (again, another stunning walk – all this exercise gave us justification for sampling all the great food Wellington has to offer!!). The Museum permanently houses the Awesome Forces, Blood Earth Fire, and Bush City exhibitions, as well as featuring special events such as the current Formula One display. You can quite easily lose yourself in the museum, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. All that walking called for a short nap before hitting Wellington’s night life. As it does, things became a bit of a blur, but the standout bars were St John’s on the waterfront and a bar called Motel, which you probably will need a local to locate for you! The next morning saw us on the train for a trip up the Kapiti Coast, one of New Zealand’s famous cheese regions. The train trip itself is highly recommended. About an hour from the city, the journey is a picturesque one. Plus, there’s cheese at the other end. Kapiti produce award-winning cheeses, inspired by poetic notions likes the glow of the west-setting sun. Returning to Wellington, it was time for a spa and sauna at our hotel, the Holiday Inn. Modernly refurbished, the Holiday Inn is a short walk from town and only 2 minutes from the train station and a supermarket. After a soak, cocktails and dinner beckoned. We had been recommend Zibibbo by a number of experts – both Wellington-based and from other towns. With food inspired by Spain and Italy, the menu at Zibibbo is extensive. Unfortunately, due to our over-indulgence

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in food the day before and for lunch, we had to limit ourselves to some well-chosen tapas and a few wines. Our last day in the capital was overcast, which was a great excuse to see a movie at the iconic Embassy Theatre. This was the theatre that Lord of the Rings premiered at and is a beautiful venue, right down to the bathrooms! A last coffee and some wonderfully healthy food from Deluxe (next door to the Embassy) and it was time to leave. We sadly said goodbye to a gorgeous city filled with great food, amazing sites and a great deal of walking!

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Handy Links – for all the info you need on Wellington, visit this site first, where you can create your own itinerary! $3 one-way/$5 return for adults; $2/$1 for children. Departs every ten minutes from 7am-10pm Monday-Friday and 9am-10pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. – Free. Tours depart on the hour and take one hour. Parliament is open for tours between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm Saturdays and public holidays and 12pm-3pm Sundays. – Free. Te Papa is open 10am-6pm, with a late night to 9pm on Thursdays.

Flights Jetstar, Pacific Blue and Air New Zealand all offer flights to Wellington from Auckland and Christchurch for as little as $39 per person each way. Check out :

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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Next Issue out 1 October

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Engaged Wedding Magazine  

Engaged Wedding Magazine - September 2009

Engaged Wedding Magazine  

Engaged Wedding Magazine - September 2009