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�ontent� real weddings EMILY & DANIEL by Clary Photo ............................................................................... 30 KATE & PADDY by Erich McVey .................................................................................. 58 ZUN & MARK by Nordica ........................................................................................... 78 ALICE & BRAD by Jake Thomas ................................................................................. 86 HAILS & DARB by Bayly & Moore ............................................................................... 114 ANGELA & ALEXANDER by Amanda K Photography ..................................................... 146 LAUREN & CODY by Landon Jacob ............................................................................. 166 RAKU & ROD by Theresa Furey and Rod Gigov ............................................................. 174
STYLED SHOOTS FROM OCEAN’S EDGE TO MOUNTAIN TOP by Jen Huang ........................................ 10 AUTUMN IN PROVENCE by Rylee Hitchner ................................................................ 20 FRENCH COAST IDYLL by Alexander James .............................................................. 40 BLACKBERRY WOODS by Michelle March ................................................................ 50 A GERMAN FOLK TALE by Vicki Grafton and Stefanie Kapra ...................................... 68 CHIC WINTER ELEGANCE by Odalys Mendez ........................................................... 96 A COLOUR STORY by Greta Kenyon ............................................................................ 104 CHATEAU CHIC by Kimberly Chau .............................................................................. 122 BLOOMING BEAUTIES by Annabella Charles .............................................................. 131 ORCHARD CHARM by Chris & Kristen Photography.................................................... 138 GILDED WHIMSY by Leah Kua, Lavender & Twine and Elan Klein .............................. 172
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Photography by Jen Huang, Floral Design by Fleurs de Fallon, Tutu by American Blossoms, Location; McClure's Beach, Inverness, California
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Welcome! We've had a little spruce up around here... call it a spring cleaning of sorts, just in time for the
warmer weather to hit New Zealand. Trends are fast moving in this industry, and we like to keep things fresh and up to date! Speaking of fresh new things, I’m very excited that this issue will be available in a limited print run for the first time. This has been a little dream of mine for a while, and I’m thrilled to be working with the prestigious Richard Photo Lab to make it a reality. For details on how to order a print copy, visit our website. You may think that ‘romance’ seems like an obvious theme for a wedding magazine, but all too often we get caught up in the wedding planning - making sure the details are perfect, that you have the right shade of napkins to match your stationery, that the flowers you’ve loved since you were a little girl are in season, etc. - and the love and romance of the occasion get a little neglected. So we wanted to dedicate this issue to the sheer enchantment of weddings (although there are lots of pretty details to inspire, of course!). I am so thrilled to have the beautiful work of Jen Huang on the cover; it’s such a dreamy shoot and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to indulge a little and play dress ups in a tutu! We are showcasing so much talent in this issue with beautiful real weddings from the snowy mountains of New Zealand’s Southern Alps to the tropical shores of Bali and a three day celebration at a French Chateau. Beautiful styled shoots from the likes of Alexander James and Erich McVey take us on a journey around the world from the South of France to the stunning fjords of Norway with a few stops in between. Give in to the loveliness, and enjoy!
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Photography | Jen Huang, Floral Design | Fleurs de Fallon, Tabletop Rentals | Borrowed Blu, Dress | Free People, Tutu | American Blossoms Shoes | Chromatic Gallerie, Make-up | Elizabeth Chang, Invitations | Paloma's Nest , Calligraphy | Jen Huang, Cake | Miette Bakery Film Processing | Richard Photo Lab, Location | McClure's Beach, Inverness, California Reception
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Photography | Rylee Hitchner, Styling and Event Design | Joy Proctor of Joy de Vivre, Floral Design | Kelly Kaufman, Rentals | Tent Merchant Gowns | Mira Zwellinger, Calligraphy | Fozzy Book, Cake | Nicole Yamaguchi of The Scootabaker, Model | Brittany of Sirena Model Agency Venue | Private Estate, Montecito (Penelope Bianchi), Linens | La Tavola Linens, Ribbon | Frou Frou Chic by Ginny Au
Styling tips with
LA DY G R E Y The ever fashionable Summer Watkins of wedding blog Grey Likes Weddings joins us each issue to share her styling tips and advice.
HOW TO STYLE YOUR BRIDESMAIDS Almost any bride will tell you which wedding task ended up being the most time consuming and/or dramatic: choosing the bridesmaid dress. Oh the drama of picking a single dress for so many ladies! What’s worse is being on the receiving end — and feeling obligated to bite your tongue and wear a dress for your bestie that you’d otherwise never consider wearing in public. The ultimate solution is to let your maids (with gentle guidance of course!) choose their own dresses. Whilst this can be a daunting challenge on it’s own, we’re here to offer some styling tips for your maids that will make the process painless and tear free! I promise, women look much more fab and confident in dresses of their own choosing, so here’s how to make it happen:
Cast a vision
The first step to ensuring your bridesmaids understand your vision is to give them direction. You’ll want to tell them long or short, and ideal hues. But also, be sure to include the style of your wedding. Is it fun and casual or elegant and glam? This will help guide them toward an appropriate look.
As a guest, it’s actually much more fun to watch different bridesmaids come down the aisle one at a time. Rather than judge how different each one looks in her dress, onlookers get to see how individual and uniquely beautiful your bridesmaids are. Plus, it looks better in photos! When all the dresses come together as a whole, the variety adds much more texture and interest to your images. So as a rule of thumb: don’t overstress their selections.
Stop obsessing over swatches
You cannot insist that all your maids find a dress in the exact same hue. The look is much more beautiful if they are each in complementary shades, so stop yourself from worrying so much about the exact color. My bridesmaids were given the task of finding a champagne or blush colour, but in the end, I had a few girls in tan and grey. It all worked beautifully!
To help my bridesmaids find a dress, we let our fingers do the shopping! I found myself sending links via text or Skype and several of them ended up choosing dresses I had found, while the others better understood my sense of style and were able to find similar looks that better fit their bodies and personalities. Online is a great route because you can order one or two options, try them on, and return hassle free. One of my bridesmaids insisted I go shopping with her, and we bought a dress within an hour because we were shopping just for her! Other girls would text me images of themselves shopping to get my final approval! All in all, it was a fun experience to shop with my ladies — whether it was in person or virtual!
Bonus Tip This may sound a little scary, but because this worked out so well for our wedding, I recommend trying it. Because I didn’t care about the guys being in the Exact. Same. Suit. I gave them all direction instead: slim fit, black, white collared shirt (we provided the bow ties). A few of the fellas required a little guidance, and some asked me to shop with them. But rather than rent an ill-fitting suit (read: huge and baggy like I see at WAY too many weddings) the guys ended up with gorgeous suits that they’ll be able to wear again and again. Who cares if there are a few shades of black up there or if the lapels varied? I’d much rather have their suits fit! I’ve rarely see a better looking bunch of gents, so if it’s at all possible, do yourself a favour and eschew rentals!
photo credit: jose villa for the venue report
Emily & Daniel PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLARY PHOTO
Emily and Daniel's wedding was all about the personal touches and family traditions. Wanting their wedding day to celebrate both their love for each other and honour their family history, they got married in the same temple as the bride's parents had, making it special not just for the couple themselves, but their whole family. The icing on the cake was having Emily's 94-year old grandfather walk her down the aisle. A mountain laurel motif was also used throughout to honour Emily's late father, a horticulturalist, and guests received jars of her grandmother's apricot jam as a final send-off.
Memorable Moment “When Dan went to step on the glass at the end of our ceremony, he was afraid it wouldn’t break, so he stomped extremely hard. I thought he was going to break through the floor, which made the moment both hilarious and wonderful!”
"I COME FROM A FAMILY OF MANY GARDENERS, SO I COULDN'T WAIT TO CHOOSE OUR FLOWERS! I WANTED SOFT COLOURS, LIKE BLUSH, CREAM AND GREY. WE CHOSE GARDEN ROSES, HYDRANGEAS AND DUSTY MILLER."
" We had so many wonderful experiences with family and friends even before our wedding day, that the entire planning process felt like a celebration."
Photography | Clary Pfeiffer, Cinematography | First Image Films, Floral Design | Del Apgar, Stationery | M. Hopple & Co., Ceremony Venue | Plum Street Temple, Reception Venue | Cincinnati Country Club, Bride's Gown | Jenny Packham, Shoes | Jimmy Choo Hair | Parlour, Make-up | Penny at Brideface, Bridesmaids' Dresses | Amsale via Bella Bridesmaid, Planner | Monica at Viva Bella Events Cake | Bon Bonerie, Caterer | Cincinnati Country Club, Band | Clyde Brown Band, DJ | Alex Elfar, Calligrapher | Molly Suber Thorpe
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â€œ The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul."- Wyland
Photography | Alexander James, Styling | Lavender & Rose Weddings, Floral Design | Wayne Riley Flowers, Gowns | Delphine Manivet Hair and Make-up | Jen Hair and Beauty, Film developing | Photographique
J U LI E S O NG I N K
Julie Song is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in the Bay Area in California. Working with a wide range of media, including ink, paint, and of course, the computer, she creates beautiful works of art.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS AND HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START? I had been practicing law for about five years around the time of my wedding. I was interested in doing some design on the side, so I figured I would put effort into the wedding paper as a start. When Style Me Pretty posted some of Jose’s Villas photos of the wedding, my inbox kinda blew up unexpectedly. So then a brief leave from my job to get a handle on it turned into a year... and here we are... still writing words for a living, but on a different kind of paper.
HAS THERE BEEN ONE DEFINING THING THAT’S BEEN CRITICAL TO YOUR SUCCESS? That Style Me Pretty post was pretty fateful. So the credit goes to people like Amy Kaneko Events and Jose Villa in making the wedding look like it did, and the power of the interwebs.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN CREATIVE? I guess so, in a really dorky way. Like I tried to slang hand-carved stamps to everyone in 6th grade.
ARE YOU REGIMENTED ABOUT KEEPING WORK HOURS OR ARE YOU CONSTANTLY WORKING? I remember the days I liked working until 2am or later... but like they say, having a LO forces you to be more efficient, and make time for important things like inventing ridiculous ways to make your baby laugh. I try to fight the workaholicism now :)
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Everything from my clients’ unique stories and interests, my niece’s drawings, looking at the weird foliage around in my neighborhood .
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR DOWN TIME? I used to love normal stuff like stalking new indie bands and watching dystopian movies with my husband, but now... baby :)
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY: 5:30am - hear hungry baby wake for the hundredth time of the night. While feeding her, contemplate mum things like if itâ€™s ok to put off changing her diaper so that everyone can sleep a few more minutes. Listen to her funny babbling for five minutes before I pick her up to play. Later when the nanny arrives, try to answer a few of the most urgent emails while feeling terribly guilty at the sea of bold, unanswered ones. Gather supplies for a new watercolor Save the Date and paint a couple versions of a huge tree. Toss the first because it looks both juvenile and creepy with too many big branches. Keep the second and sprinkle in some chipmunks around the trunk for good measure. In the afternoon, add hand-lettering to the Save the Date, prepare envelope mockups and send off the comps. Answer a few more urgent emails, then do baby things like preparing a bottle and clean a few of her billion toys, though I know sheâ€™ll just play with the packaging anyway. Turn to lettering project for corporate retail client, and furiously paint words for an hour until a few favorites emerge. Phone call with the printer to discuss specifics of next couple jobs, and send files. Coordinate with Italian paper supplier and nice Southern lady who is helping me make decorative plates. Evening - play with baby, declare her a genius for doing something or another, and eventually put her to sleep. Around 9:30, prepare myself for another action-packed night of baby-soothing, but sneak peeks at Instagram.
You can see more of Julies work on her website www.juliesongink.com
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Stylist Katie from Unearthed Vintage incorporated sophisticated berry tones perfect for a wedding in the cooler months. Pairing rustic wood touches with more elegant pieces like the Wexford goblets and crystal chandelier, they bought in plenty of silver accents to complement the natural wood of the tables, and the dark, sultry floral design, and had long taper candles to create a romantic and intimate ambiance.
REFLECTING BOTH THE LIGHT AND DARK OF THE FOREST THE BOUQUET INCORPORATED
ROSEMARY, OLIVE BRANCH,
hellebores, RANUNUCULUS, AND PEACH garden roses
Photographer | Michelle March Photography, Cinematographer | Michael Burgos, Styling/Vintage Rentals + Props | Unearthed Vintage Floral Design | Julia Rohde Designs, Venue | Villa Woodbine – Coconut Grove, Florida, Cake/Desserts | Gigi Mamma Cakes Calligraphy/Paper Goods | MM Ink Studio, Gown | Sasha’s Bridal Boutique, Hair & Make-up | Hiara Fernandez, Headpiece | Lacielle Roselle Bride/Female Model | Desi Carrodeguas, Groom/Male Model | Desi’s boyfriend, Danny, Jewellery | Jacqueline Pinto
Katie& Paddy PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERICH MCVEY THREE DAYS IN THE DORDOGNE REGION OF FRANCE AT A BEAUTIFUL CHATEAU BECAME THE CELEBRATION OF A LIFETIME FOR THIS ENGLISH COUPLE. Katie was a little nervous about being the centre of attention as a bride, and for this reason always thought she would elope to a deserted beach one day. However, having realised that it’s all too infrequently in life that we take the time to celebrate, the couple started to see their wedding as a chance to toast not only their relationship, but everything they had achieved together, and their families and friends. From here, their vision grew, resulting in a three-day celebration at a beautiful French château. With thirty guests staying at the property for a weekend ‘mini break’, the holiday feeling was palpable, and the couple enjoyed the build-up almost as much as the big day. From Katie’s jubilant walk down the aisle (where she stopped to cuddle her granny and high five a friend) to the impromptu speeches and karaoke, it was a happy fête full of love and laughter.
“IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO PLAN A WEDDING THAT'S A REFLECTION OF 'YOU' AS YOU START A NEW LIFE TOGETHER. IMPRINTING YOURSELVES ON THE WEDDING, IN EXUBERANT WAYS AND OTHERS MORE UNDERSTATED, WILL MAKE IT FEEL COMFORTABLE AND RIGHT.”
Something old, something new: “I was adamant that I would not spend a vast sum of money on a dress that I would only wear once. I wanted a dress I could be relaxed, and have fun in. After much searching, I found a French Henrietta de Praag sample sale dress. Simple and fitted at the waist, with a sweetheart neckline and an A-line skirt, I felt like me in it and found a good taylor to shrink it to fit my petite frame. To add interest, I bought a second-hand Sassi Holford lace bolero on eBay. At the end of the night, there were wine stains all over my dress, but I didn’t care – I had had the time of my life!”
“Looking around at the guests who were still dancing in the early hours, I felt so much warmth, energy and a real joie de vivre.”
Something borrowed: “Pearl earrings from my beautiful cousin Charlotte.” Something blue: “We really wanted our wedding to be fun and happy, so we used the flowers to inject some colour. We chose lively pink, purple and blue flowers with a natural and ‘wild’ country feel and tied with brown string. The warm colours of the bouquets were a perfect contrast to the green bridesmaid dresses and, in lieu of a veil, flowers lined my hair (my something blue) for a simpler look.”
Photography | Erich McVey, Cake | Cheeses provided by Denis Provent, Floral Design | French Flowers Style Stationery | Antonia Calnan and the bride, Ceremony Venue | St Thomas D’Excidieul, Reception Venue | Château La Durantie Bride's Gown | Henrietta de Praag (Dress); Sassi Holford (Bolero), Shoes | Marks & Spencer, Jewellery | Pascal at Harrods Hair | Kerry Langfield, Make-up | Bobbi Brown, Bridesmaids' Dresses | Two Birds, Groom's Attire | Ted Baker Planner | Château La Durantie, Caterer | Jean-Michel at La Table D’Aline, Entertainment | Chris Southgate Music
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Photography | Vicki Grafton Photography & Stefanie Kapra Photography, Planning and Design Coordination | Ellen Kapalka of Frieda TherĂŠs Floral Design | Lily Deluxe Blumen, Calligraphy and Stationery | Betsy Dunlap, Headpiece & Belt | Emmy Ray Designs, Dress | Perera/RĂźsche Hair & Make-up | Anne-Marie Dargas at Les Allures, Cakes & Desserts | Julia Delbos of Dehly & deSander, Horse | Palmito und Conrads Hoff Location | Burg Graefgenstein in Eggerscheit with the Burg built in the 13th century
ZUN& MARK PHOTOGRAPHY BY NORDICA
Talk about the Art of Happinessâ€Ś When colleagues Zun and Mark, both practising Buddhists, agreed to attend a talk in Toronto by the Dalai Lama together, little did they realise it was the start of the love and happiness they would find in each other. Three years later, Mark proposed on top of a mountain in St. Lucia, and the couple began planning an intimate family affair that would honour their mixed Sri Lanka, Burmese, Canadian and Buddhist heritages in the peaceful paradise surroundings of Bali. It was a calm, intimate day of blessings and beauty, combining their traditions and beliefs, with the most breathtaking backdrop imaginable. And which bride wouldnâ€™t love to wear four incredible dresses!
“Once we had selected Ubud in Bali as the location, it was easy to come up with inspiration as there is such a distinct look and feel – open-air villas, green paddy fields, intricate details and wood carvings, bright colours. With such a naturally beautiful venue, we kept the décor simple. The incredible villa staff made Balinese-style grass weavings, and we used white orchids and coconut flowers from the local market.”
“I woke at sunrise and stepped outside –
even though it was so early I could tell it was going to be a hot and sticky day. I remember smelling incense in the air, so green and luscious, and feeling completely content.”
“Whether one believes in religion or not... we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very
motion of our life is towards happiness.” - The Art of Happiness
“I wore several outfits to reflect our cultural backgrounds – Burmese Sri Lankan, Buddhist, Canadian – it was reflective of all the influences in my life. It was also a way for both our mothers to be involved in our wedding. Mark’s mom selected a cream and red Sri Lankan saree and my mom chose the gold Burmese longyi hand beaded by a seamstress in Myanmar.”
Photography | Nordica Photography, Floral Design| Bloomz Fine Flowers, Venue | Villa Kanti, Ubud, Shoes | Aldo Bride's Gowns | White Dress; Vogue Sposa, Toronto, Sri Lankan attire; made by family friend; Burmese outfit; made in Myanmar Jewellery | Vogue Sposa, Toronto, Hair & Make-Up | Lona Makeup, Groom's attire | Suit from Nautica, Caterer | Villa Kanti, Ubud
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAKE THOMAS ‘Interactive, detailed and wondrous’ is how Alice and Brad describe their big day, and with creative ideas like a charity raffle for the witness roles and a menu named after family members and made up of their favourite dishes, that’s exactly what it was. As a tribute to their first date (ice creams on the beach), the couple set up an Ice Cream Parlour for dessert, including loads of delicious toppings like homemade cookie dough and salted caramel sauce – a huge hit! Guests were also encouraged to fill out ‘wedding feedback cards’ as a fun alternative to the traditional guest book.
"As the bridesmaids and I were in ivory, I wanted the flowers to be a feature; we had hand-tied bouquets incorporating orange, peach and coral." “We wanted our wedding to have a relaxed, rustic, country feel and added retro, vintage elements. We hunted out a venue that felt like a barn and could seat 160 people – as Larcomb Events Centre seats 300 plus, it meant we could set up long tables with beautifully handmade recycled rimu bench seats. We spent time at vintage swap meets and second hand stores finding wooden crates, old board games, milk bottles, etc., then combined them with family wedding photos, tins, View-Masters… just about anything we loved! For our favours, my mum and dad made jars of blackberry and apple jelly – they grew the blackberries themselves, so it felt like a piece of my home.”
"Seeing each other for the first time for photos before the ceremony, and having that time together was just perfection. It was the calm before the storm, and I treasure those moments."
“After the speeches had finished, we had a projector play a same day edit video. In the middle of the film it cut to footage of my grandparents’ wedding in 1952 (which had been transferred from old reel to DVD). It was a massive effort for my grandparents to travel down for our big day, and I will never forget looking over and seeing the joy and surprise on their faces when they realised what they were seeing.”
Photography | Jake Thomas Photography, Cinematography | Lovelight, Cake | The Cupcake Collection, Floral Design | Bourbon Rose Stationery & Styling | Meagan Harbott, Venue | Larcomb Events Centre, Bride's gown | Jane Hill Bridal, Shoes | Prada Jewellery | Martinovich Jewellers, Hair | Hush Hairstyling, Make-up | Anna Turnbull, Bridesmaids' dresses | Juliette Hogan Groom's attire | Working Style, Caterer | Catering Dept, Rustic Handmade Furniture | Long Acre Event Hire
chic winter elegance photography by Odalys Mendez
Photography | Odalys Mendez Photography, Design & Planning | Sarah Chancey Charm, Floral Design | Lindsay Colletta Designs Cake | Sweet Sensations, Stationery | Momental Designs, Venue | St. Regis, Gowns | Claire Pettibone, Jewellery | Tassels Hair & Make-up | Claudia Mejerle, Groom's attire | Guffrey's, Linens | I Do Linens, Pizelles | Bella Cucina Rentals | Goodwin Events, Transport | Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Atlanta, Cigars | La Casa Del Tabaco Cigar Lounge
photo credit: greta kenyon
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Mix azure aqua with pretty peach and lovely lilac for an irresistible spring palette. Soft rose accents add warmth, while pops of plum create depth.
Vintage French country accents elevate a rustic table from country to chic, while beautiful calligraphy menus add an extra touch of elegance.
credits Photography | Greta Kenyon, Stationery & Styling | Magnolia Rouge, Floral Design | Leaf & Honey, Cake & Meringues | Florabunda
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1. Silver Amethyst Ring from Karen Walker 2. Classic Linen Blazer from Witchery 3. Rustic Wreath Invitation by Print Fairy 4. Bohemian Bardot Ring from Samantha Wills 5. Milky Pink Eyewear from Karen Walker 6. Strappy Heels from Witchery 7. Juliet Clutch by Fiorelli 8. Pique Dirndl Skirt from Country Road 9. Bodywash from Witchery 10. Pyrite Necklace from Elva Fields
HAILSandDARB PHOTOGRAPHY BY BAYLY & MOORE
Their engagement may have taken place on a sunny Bali beach, but for Hails and Darb, a winter wedding was always a priority. Guests were invited to their alpine home of Wanaka, New Zealand for a weekend on the slopes and a warming rustic wintery feast with open fires, mulled wine and a barn dance. Creative friends and family helped them
fashion some unique touches, including an old fence that Hayley and her sister turned into table names inspired by the aviation phonetic alphabet (a nod to Darby’s job as a helicopter pilot, which now hangs in the couple’s home as a very special piece of art). Candles lined the tables, producing a lovely warm glow, and the vibrant winter flower arrangements were made up of a mix of red, pink, peach and coral blooms. The gorgeous cake was a true family affair, designed by the bride, baked by her mother, then served alongside a selection of delicious desserts whipped up by Hayley’s aunts. She also carried a crystal necklace given to her by her grandmother, incorporated into the bouquet.
“THE BOUQUETS AND ARRANGEMENTS WERE NOT ONLY ARRANGED LOVE BUT GROWN WITH LOVE TOO, INCORPORATING BERRIES, PUSSY-WILLOW AND GREENERY FROM DARBY'S BEAUTIFUL LATE MUM'S BELOVED GARDEN”
Hayley loved the idea of wearing boots and fur and polka dot tights for her winter wedding, and she had a few fixed ideas when it came to her dress. She visited Louise Anderson in Christchurch and fell in love with her Luci Dibella ready-to-wear gowns, and one in particular caught her eye. In a Cinderella moment, she tried it on and it fitted perfectly. Louise skilfully tweaked a few details, adding gorgeous beading to match Hayley’s veil and headpiece, and the bride-to-be had her dream dress!
“SNOW IS A BIG
part of our lives
, SO THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF HAVING OUR PHOTOS
TAKEN IN IT. WEE SIPS OF WHISKEY AND THE
excitement kept us warm
Photography | Bayly & Moore, Cinematography | Wanaka Video, Floral Design | Carol Ferraby and Debbie Clarke, Venue | Criffel Station Stationery & Design | Pop Creative, Marquee Hire | Wanake Party Hire, Bride's gown | Louise Anderson, Hair | Alice Townsend Make-up | Gemma Kaler, Bridesmaids' dresses | Juliette Hogan, Suit Hire | Sergios, Bride's rings | 1791 Diamonds Style Advice | One Fine Day, Prop Hire | Heirloom Vintage, Helicopter | Alpine Heli
CHÂTEAU Chic P H O T O G R A P H Y
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Photography | Kimberly Chau Photography, Styling | Keely Thorne Events, Venue | Château Cocomar, Floral Design | Bergner & Johnson Gown | Monique Lhullier - Opulence (Casa de Novia), Shoes | Jimmy Choo, Earrings | Sarah Walsh Bridal, Hair comb | BHLDN Suit | EXPRESS, Bow Tie | J.Crew, Hair & Make-up | Pink Palette Artists, Rentals | Aztec Events & Rentals, Cake | Susie’s Cakes Decor | Swift & Company, Bourbon and Bloom, Macarons | Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, Models | Christa Elyce & Brandon Neal Straws | Paper Source, Drinks | Lorina Sparking Pink Lemonade (Central Market), Rock candy | Candilicious, Wax & Seal | Paper Source Invitations & Envelopes | Minted.com, Paper Source, Ribbon & Signs | Wedding Chicks, Paper Source
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Photography | Annabella Charles, Floral Design | Haute Horticulture, Styling | Everbloom Designs, Props | Prop Cellar Stationery | Natalie Chang Designs, Confections | The Flour Garden
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ith summer coming to a close, we find ourselves longing for the warm tones and abundance of the fall harvest. Delicious seasonal fruits, dried wheat, warm copper tones, farmhouse textures and a stunning bride and groom inspired us to create a styled scene to get us in the mood for the bountiful beauty of autumn."
The invitation paper suite incorporated real apple seeds that were hand-pressed into luxurious thick and pulpy paper and the entire package serves as a gift complete with cinnamon sticks.
Click to view a beautiful film from the shoot by Tower Films
Photography | Chris and Kristen Photography, Concept, Event Design and Production | GATHER Events, Location | Willowbrook Apple Farm Invitation Suite and Paper Goods | Copper Willow Paper Studio, Floral Design | The Vine's Leaf, Catering | Whoa Nelly Catering Donuts | Leftcoast Donuts, Cinematography | Tower Films, Furniture Rentals | Archive Rentals, Wedding Gown | Claire Pettibone, Abigail Hair | Ashley Locks, Make-up | Kelly Jo Grandy, Headpiece | Jannie Baltzer; Carly Rose, Bride's Ring | L'Dezen Jewelry, Model | Levi Lingle
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BAYLY & MOORE PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMANDA K PHOTOGRAPHY
It seemed like a twist of fate when Angela and Alexander met, and their romance culminated on Brooklyn Bridge, where Alexander and a few musical friends kicked off his proposal by singing Angela her favourite song. The creative couple chose New Yorkâ€™s historic Metropolitan Building for their ceremony and reception, with the bride acting as planner, stylist and couture dressmaker to bring her wedding vision to life.
It was important to the fashion loving bride to share her passion with her loved ones, and this became a key inspiration for the wedding. Angela designed and made all the dresses herself. Her vision was romantic and ethereal, and her own dress was made using delicate silks, including the lightest silk gauze. Guests also got into the spirit, dressing up in their own take on vintage style.
MAKING THE MOST OF A TIGHT BUDGET, THE COUPLE USED WHITE SOLA FLOWERS FOR BOUQUETS, BOUTONNIERES AND CENTREPIECES, INTERSPERSED WITH PAPER AND FRESH FLOWERS AT THE RECEPTION. THE LOOK WAS SUBTLE AND NEUTRAL, BUT SO SO PRETTY!
After falling in love with the hundred year old building, I worked around a vintage theme
"For the dresses, I had this image in mind of something really romantic and ethereal."
Photographer | Amanda K Photographer, Venue | Metropolitan Building; NY, Bride's Gown | Angela Sum, Hair | Keila Sone, Bridesmaids' make-up | Yana Gorcheva, Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Angela Sum, Groom’s Attire | Black suit by Ninh Nguyen for “Ninh collection”
Lauren & Cody PHOTOGRAPHY BY LANDON JACOB When engineer Cody proposed to designer Lauren during a trip to one of her favourite cities, Charleston, he was able to incorporate her love of fine art, history and family by getting down on one knee in an emotional moment outside the French Huguenot Church. These same loves drove the coupleâ€™s wedding design, as they combined their talents to pull off a romantic and creative reception at the historical South Carolina State Museum, which once housed the worldâ€™s first electric-run mill. Guests were able to tour the exhibits during cocktail hour, before enjoying a charming reception filled with peonies and hand-drawn chalkboard details.
"We had the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen! I told our florist, Sarah of Fern Studio, that I love peonies, and wanted a variety of shades of pink, peach and coral. She did the rest. We had coral charm peonies that were the size of my head – I couldn’t believe it! Cody and his dad built a wall that we coated in chalkboard paint and I used as my canvas for our largest chalkboard sign, and our wonderful florist covered it with a garland of peonies. We also had several smaller chalkboard signs, also drenched with exquisite flowers."
"I IMAGINED MY WEDDING FEELING LIKE A CHARMING SOUTHERN GARDEN PARTY. I KNEW I WANTED A VENUE WITH CHARACTER AND HISTORY, AND I WANTED TO FILL IT WITH AMAZING, VIBRANT FLOWERS."
"I purchased a letterpress a few years ago, and have been printing ever since, so I knew I would design and print our wedding invitations. I drew custom typography for each piece, and used a vintage botanical illustration from the 1950s as an envelope liner and to back two of the pieces (the third we backed with a walnut wood veneer). The cards were then tied together with a thin pink satin ribbon. I addressed each invitation with my own style of calligraphy, and sent them off. I was so happy with the way they turned out."
Photography | Landon Jacob, Cake | Parland Cakes, Floral Design | Fern Studio, Stationery | Lauren Harring (bride) Ceremony Venue | Lexington Presbyterian Church, Reception Venue | South Carolina State Museum, Bride's gown | Sottera & Midgley Shoes | Nine West, Jewellery | Nadri, Diamonds Direct Southpark and Kate Spade, Hair | Sarah Gregory Turner, Bella Riley’s Fine Salon Make-up | Ashley Hendricks, Bridesmaids' Dresses | J.Crew, Groom's Attire | Vera Wang Black Collection from Men’s Warehouse Planner | Margaret Farish, Stylist | Parkside Wedding Studio, Caterer | Hudson’s Classic Catering
Gilded Whimsy A P H O T O G R A P H I C C O L L A B O R A T I O N L E A H K U A L A V E N D E R & T W I N E E L A N K L E I N
"Finding inspiration for this shoot was not difficult once we found our venue. We chose a Private Estate in Somis, California with gardens in full bloom. The soft colors and textures in the grounds were abundant and lent itself flawlessly to our vision: a color palette focused on black and gold with hints of pastels and natural wood tones. The ladies at Rockrose created the stunning arrangements that adorned the tables and graced the hands of our four models. With the use of some potted blooming plants, such as Lavatera, and the deep colors of the Scabiosa and Chocolate Cosmo, they were able to break the mold once again and create an elegant composition of garden fresh blooms that enhanced the already beautiful surroundings."
Design, Styling and Coordination | Shindig Fancy, Photographers | Lavender & Twine, Leah Kua, Elan Klein Location | Private Residence in Somis, CA, Floral Design | Rockrose Floral Design, Invitations and Stationery | Umama Cake | The Sugar Lab, Make-up | Crystal Robinson, Hair | Rejuvenation Hair Salon, Table and Bench | Table by 2, Umbrellas | Bella Umbrella Calligraphy (balloons) | A Charming Occasion Calligraphy, Bride's Gown | Winifred Bean, Hairpieces and Clutches | Lo Boheme
Raku & Rod PHOTOGRAPHY BY THERESA FUREY & TONY GIGOV
It was the venue itself that provided this couple with their inspiration. One of the most popular wedding venues in the area, Lemore Manor in the Herefordshire countryside offered them an informal and relaxed venue and Raku and Rod fell in love with the residence and its extensive surrounding gardens after their first visit. It proved the perfect place to have an extended weekend event with their family and friends.
"With the heroic help of one of my bridesmaids, and a lot of weekends spent in wedding dress shops, I finally found my dream dress. I loved that it was so soft and romantic. It is by a London based Nepalese Designer, Sanyukta Shrestha. The ladies at London Bride Couture on Churton Street were absolutely amazing as they helped me with all of the alterations and made it perfect for me."
"Lilies are my favourite so we had a lot of pink lilies along with pink roses with lots of minty green foliage. I had a bouquet of ivory flowers to complement my dress. â€œWe made little favours of jam jars filled with love hearts, and had three cakes so that our parents could also cut a cake each, as a thank you from us."
Photographer | Theresa Furey & Tony Gigov, Videographer | Infinitum Limited, Cake | Emily Rose Cakes, Florist | Stems Marquee | Tents 4 Elements, Venue | Lemore Manor, Dress Designer | Sanyukta Shrestha bought at London Bride Couture Shoes | Charlotte Olympia, Hair | Rosanne Mancini; Bella Rileyâ€™s Fine Salon, Ceremony Music | The Bristol String Quartet Make-up | Betel Sile (Bride's sister), Bridesmaids' Dresses | J.Crew, Groom's Attire | Turnbull and Asser, Crockett and Jones
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Once the cake's been eaten and the confetti swept away, there's no need to abandon the love affair with pretty details and beautiful photography that started with your wedding. In this issues Lifestyle section we feature inspiring travel pictorials in exotic Marrakech, Morocco and romantic Monterosso, Italy. We celebrate a beautiful vow renewal with some jaw-dropping Norwegian scenery and we have some delicious fruity delights to tempt you back into the kitchen.
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Nina & Wes dreamt of going back to Norway to renew their vows on their tenth anniversary. “We envisioned saying “yes” to each other again in the middle of a beautiful field, surrounded by mountains, overlooking the sea and the fjords. When we arrived, we had no idea where we would have the ceremony. It wasn’t until the day before, that we saw a picture of some beautiful fjords. I just prayed that it would be that scene we had dreamed about. We drove up a mountain, and eventually found some private farmland. We snuck onto the farm with great anticipation. And then it happened… we got to the top of a hill and walked out into what seemed like a dream. We stepped into a field filled with yellow wild flowers. Behind us the mountain soared higher, with rays of sun beaming over top of it. And beyond the field, we looked out over the most beautiful view you could imagine… the breathtaking view of the fjords of Norway, and the beautiful waters that flow between them. From there, we found the farmer who owned the farm, and without any need for explanations, he waved his hand in the air, gesturing to us that we were free to have our ceremony there.”
â€œ I am so thankful to God for this life he gave to me and Wes, and the strength he gave us to fight for our marriage.â€?
â€œAnd in that field, with the late setting sun, and our loved ones surrounding us, we spoke aloud our continuing commitment to each other once again. Both of us cried through the entire ceremony. It was perfect.â€?
Click to view a beautiful film from their celebration
Photography | Erich McVey, Photographer’s assistant | Cara Dee Photography, Location | Private farm in Ulvik, Norway, Groom’s Suit | H&M Groom’s Scarf | Banana Republic, Bride's Gown | Adapted from a vintage 70’s pattern, made by the bride’s mother, Cinematography | Amy McVey Wooden Spoons | Joanna Ballentine of Felix Glenn, Officiant | Jacob Cecil, Announcement and place cards | Signora e Mare Ribbon | Bits & Bobs by Ginny Au, Styling & Floral Design | Ginny Au, Hair & Make-up | Amy McVey
with Catherine Mead OCCO R O M H C E K A R R MA With a rich history and cultural tradition, Marrakech is a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques. The city is divided into two distinct parts: the Medina, the historical city, and the new European modern district called Gueliz or Ville Nouvelle. Exploring the intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways of the historic Medina can easily eat up a day or more. Find inner peace at the serene Jardin Majorelle or take in the beauty of one of the cityâ€™s historic mosques. The main square of Djemaa El-Fna is a must see as there is always something going on, either by day or night whether it be snake charmers, acrobats, sooth-sayers,or the musicians and food stalls. At night the square really comes to life as people navigate toward the exotic aromas and the entertaining sights. As the evening darkens, the hustle & bustle of activity rages on and the exotic music appears louder and more hypnotic.
"A land bursting with atmosphere, colour, fabulous food and warm people, which keeps me coming back time and time again." CATHERINE MEAD
with Magnolia Rouge
A simple and rustic fruit tart is the perfect accompaniment to a casual afternoon gathered around the table with your girlfriends. Serve it up with some bubbly to make it extra special.
Blueberry - Blackberry Rustic Tart PASTRY 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal 2/3 cup cold butter, cubed 1/2 cup buttermilk
FILLING 4 cups fresh blueberries 2 cups fresh blackberries 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 beaten egg 2 tablespoons raw sugar Whipped cream, optional
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and cornmeal; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight. Preheat oven to 190째C. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 35cm circle. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine berries, sugar, flour and lemon juice; spoon over pastry to within 4 cm of edges. Fold pastry edge over filling, leaving center uncovered. Brush folded pastry with beaten egg; sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake 55-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Using parchment paper, slide tart onto a wire rack to cool. If desired, serve with whipped cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Photographer | Clary Pfeiffer, Stylist | Sarah Carpenter, Floral Design | Catherine Thoele, Cake | The Cakery
3 WAYS with stRAWBERRIES RECIPES & FOOD STYLING BY SPONGEDROP | PHOTOGRAPHY BY QUINN & KATIE PHOTOGRAPHY
Shot on location at L’Orangerie - a simply beautiful Bay of Plenty venue for Marquee celebrations
This gorgeous classic French pastry
is so simple anyone can make it.
This is a little bit of a cheat’s version, but when something is this easy and looks and tastes so lovely who are we to knock it?
1 packet Butter Puff Pastry
. 1 vanilla bean
Strawberries, sliced . 2 cups whipping cream 1 tbsp icing sugar . 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup pre-made Custard
Cut pastry into even sized rounds or rectangles. Bake as per pack instructions (for roughly about 10mins at 200°C) until golden and puffed up. When cool enough to touch squash the pastry flat with a baking tray. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the custard. Whip the cream with the icing sugar and vanilla extract. Add two big dollops of whipped cream to the custard and fold to combine. To assemble: Place a piece of pastry onto a serving plate, spoon on whipped cream and decorate with strawberry slices. Add a little more cream (to act as a glue) and place a second piece of pastry on top. Drizzle this with the custard and add more strawberries – add another little dollop of cream or custard and place the final layer of pastry on top. Dust with icing sugar and serve with extra strawberries.
STRAWBERRY GRANOLA POTS
These cute little pots of creamy, crunchy granola make for a
delicious treat to wake up to on your wedding day.
Your favourite Granola or Cereal
Creamy full-fat greek yoghurt
Toasted almonds, flax and chia seeds .
Mini jars for serving Sprinkle a layer of granola in the bottom of each jar and top with a good dollop of yoghurt. Add more granola and finally the diced strawberries. For extra goodness mix your granola with toasted almonds, flax seeds and chia seeds adding extra fibre, good fats and protein.
STRAWBERRY & ROSE DACQUOISE
a beautiful sponge-like almond meringue 85g icing sugar . 40g plain flour 6 egg whites . 80g caster sugar . 2 tsps rose-water Whipped cream and strawberries to serve
180g ground almonds .
Heat the oven to 175째C. Grease and line two 9-inch round baking tins with parchment paper. Whisk the ground almonds, icing sugar and flour together in a bowl. In a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites on medium speed until starting to turn white and foamy. Increase the speed and gradually add the caster sugar until completely combined, add rose water and continue beating until egg whites are stiff. Gently fold in the ground almond mix. Divide the mix evenly between the two tins, gently smoothing batter to the edges. Bake for 15mins or until pale golden. Once cooled gently peel away the parchment paper. Sandwich the dacquoise with whipped cream and diced strawberries.
Pile strawberries on top to serve.
A beautiful, sponge-like, almond meringue infused with rose-water and sandwiched together with fresh cream and strawberries. Pure summer perfection.
with Izzie Rae ALY MONTEROSSO - IT Located on hills cultivated with vines and olives, Monterosso is the largest of the five coastal villages collectively known as the Cinque Terre. The vegetation surrounds the built up area like an embrace; its amazing beaches, its beautiful reefs and the seaâ€™s crystal clear waters make this small village one of the most hospitable of the Ligurian Riviera. The village is divided in two parts marked by the medieval tower of Aurora. The new part of town, Fegina, is full of life, it is the reflection of an area that tourism has made rich, as the great quantity and excellent quality of hotels and restaurants give evidence. The old town of Monterosso is dominated by the ruins of the castle and characterized by typical narrow medieval streets carruggi with multi-coloured terraced houses.
"Part of the Monterosso experience is being able to see the untouched beauty of all the colorful, Italian homes that hug the shoreline. The charm of walking through the uneven streets and look up at the Iinens hanging out the windows of quaint Italian homes, makes you feel as if you are truly are a local." IZZIE RAE
photography by Greta Kenyon Photography
with Indie Collective Having spent over 15 years styling beautiful spaces and having her work grace the pages of several homeware magazines, it made sense that the next step in the illustrious career of Claudia Kozub was to start her own homeware store.Together with partner Neel, sheâ€™s done exactly that with a expertly curated selection in their Newmarket store, Indie Home Collective. Drawing inspiration from destinations like Scandinavia, India and Morocco their style is organic and eclectic set against a fresh and neutral white palette. White is an important element for Indie, as it creates an amazing backdrop to set an interior up against and gives the feeling of space and light. Travelling two to three times a year for both buying and inspiration, they have products from a broad range of places like India, Indonesia, Australia, and Turkey as well as some beautiful New Zealand made pieces. Itâ€™s about collecting objects that tell a story; and bringing them together so they feel like something collected over time rather than something purchased out of a catalogue.
CLAUDIA'S TOP STYLING TIPS
INDIE COLLECTIVE, 51 NUFFIELD ST NEWMARKET, AUCKLAND
Use different shades of white to create depth and layers. Create interest through texture and natural materials such as linens, leather, bamboo, wood, ceramics. Mix modern with vintage, clean lines with intricate detail. Bring natural elements into your space such as coral, twigs, cotton or antlers.
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KATE ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Kate Robinson Photography is a boutique style studio that creates real, relaxed and unique images to celebrate the story of you and your wedding day. I love natural light, capturing connection, emotion and moments and I always make sure my couples have lots of fun in the process.
I love shooting real life people in love. I have a documentary style and I adore natural light. I am drawn to weddings which bend the rules of tradition and reflect the true personality of each couple. On your wedding day I am there for you, I will work with you in a natural and relaxed way to achieve beautiful imagery that we will both enjoy creating.
BENJAMIN & ELISE PHOTOGRAPHY
CORALEE & ALEX
We are a husband and wife photography duo, and lovers of soft natural light. Romance, whimsy and elegance are both our inspiration and creative expression. We'll document the story of your day as it unfolds naturally as well as crafting beautiful portraits that you can fall in love with. As far as photography is concerned, you can just relax and enjoy your day - we’ve got it covered!
Hey there! We’re Coralee & Alex. When we’re not hanging out in Grey Lynn with our fluffy little dog, Spencer, we’re cruising this beautiful country meeting and photographing lovely couples! Yup, it’s pretty much our favourite thing in the world to do. Our style is bright, fresh, fun and candid. But enough about us...we’d love to meet YOU! Let’s all grab a coffee sometime... it’s on us!
QUINN & KATIE PHOTOGRAPHY
I love all things wedding. I love the tears, the laughter, the spontaneity, the champagne bubbles, and the memories captured in each photograph. My approach is to be as unobtrusive as possible, seizing natural moments as they unfold on the day, and sneaking all those beautiful looks between people, when they aren’t aware the photo is being taken.
Quinn and I are a husband and wife team based in the Bay of Plenty. To tell someones wedding story is truly a honour. Quinn is a tech freak and brings an edgy vibe with off camera flash. I love natural light, all things rustic and organic. Quinn loves Trade me, wake boarding and swimming at the beach with our 3 girls. I love kraft paper, magazines and spring time in the garden.
Callander Girl Photography is the passion and work of me - Rachel Callander. I photograph hope, promise and people who love each other and share life's dreams and struggles. I photograph the beginning, so that you'll have something to remember at the end. I believe that the images we make together on a wedding day matter and that your memories should be beautiful.
Bubblerock, it’s about telling amazing stories through moving images; it’s capturing the essence of a moment, a memory, a relationship so we can keep it as fresh, pure and untouched as it was when it happened. Thanks to this great adventure that is bubblerock, Steph and Robin have been travelling the World in search of amazing stories to tell, meeting incredible people in the process.
photographers & venues
A photographer with a strong background in visual arts, styling, and film production, Belinda understands the power of the moment & the delicacy of details. Shooting a natural and compelling mix of documentary and art, telling your story in full from the make-up brush to the bubbles. Full of warmth and professionalism, hunting and gathering all the joy your day will bring!
I'm inspired by love and the moments in between. I adore soft light, gorgeous locations and all things beautiful. I think myself especially lucky to be able to share in these snippets of peoples love and document all the expected and unexpected moments of their union. My goal is to create beautiful images that will last a lifetime.
THE GOLDIE ROOM
Inspired by the charm and romance of the French countryside, and located in the stunning Bay of Plenty, L.Orangerie has been beautifully created to offer a venue that embraces all the warmth, delightful antiquity and whimsical magic of rural France. We weave together our unique collection of rustic and vintage accessories, to lavishly and individually style marquee and garden celebrations.
The Goldie Room on Goldie Vineyard, is a unique and stunning Waiheke Island venue nestled amongst native bush, olive groves, sea views and rolling vines. We specialise in offering an intimate, friendly and exclusive experience for boutique weddings in a ‘destination’ like setting. Dedicated to excellence and we will ensure that your wedding day is a stunning and memorable occasion.
A LA ROBE
Natalie Dent is a professional Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist. Her love for weddings comes from designing her own special day. Natalie loves enhancing one’s natural beauty, with a fresh, modern feel, helping you create your own perfect, individual style. The product range Natalie uses is ‘MAC Cosmetics’ and believes the quality of the makeup used is just as important to get that flawless finish.
A La Robe is a vintage inspired bridal label and boutique that adores dressing the indie boho bride with an undeniable romantic streak. Layers of silk organza and chiffon are put together with cotton underskirts or slinky bias cut silk slips. French lace and a distressed tulle finish the soft look. Hand finished, and made to order or off the rack, the combination of pieces in the boutique is endless.
Natalie Chan dedicates her vintage-inspired bridal designs to a style of feminine dressing that we all adore. Specializing in couture gowns, tea-length dresses, bridesmaid dresses, couture millinery and veils, Natalie’s designs are all made in New Zealand. Choose from her boutique collection in store, or have your dress and/or headpiece designed and custom made from her Atelier.
Our objective is to guide the bride to find the dress that will make her heart happy and compliment her beauty. Imported dresses plus our own couture service are just part of the bridal experience you can expect. You are invited to visit our showroom in the heart of trendy Kingsland, Auckland. Spend time with our consultants and designers to experience the service and knowledge we can offer.
BRIDAL FASHION & BEAUTY
florists & planners
LEAF & HONEY
THE PICCADILLY FLOWER CO.
Leaf and Honey are one of Aucklandâ€™s leading florists, passionately committed to creating beautiful, inspired and stylish wedding flowers. They are an intimate team of only the most experienced florists consistently providing personal service and a dependable high standard guaranteed to impress and delight in every instance.
From delicate accessories to large botanical installations we like to style our florals with a classic charm. The bespoke designs we do for each couple are inspired by the individuality of each wedding and are complemented with beautiful and creative details. We like to arrange the unique blooms we source in a natural way, making the most of each season and allowing you to delight in their loveliness.
Victoria Cameron is a leading wedding and event consultancy based in Australia. Our sense of style, attention to detail and warm personalities allow the team at Victoria Cameron to create beautiful and personalised events that are not only memorable but always exceeding our client's expectations.
My Waiheke is a bespoke event consultancy, specialising in hand-crafted weddings and events on Waiheke Island. Discover the very best that Waiheke has to offer, where our creative flair, local knowledge and expertise combine with stunning locations to create unique and unforgettable occasions. We offer a fully tailored service to take care of everything you need.
RUBY & WILLOW
On My Hand is a boutique event hire and styling company with an evolving treasure trove of vintage, new and handmade pieces. We'll create a magical event you and your guests will love, while reflecting your own personal style. Based in the Bay Of Plenty, and with a branch in Auckland we'd be happy to travel anywhere! Co-ordination and event styling is available as well.
Ruby & Willow is a boutique stationery design and letterpress studio, born of a love for all things paper, pattern and pretty. We specialise in creating distinctive stationery suites for discerning brides, wishing to make a statement. When it comes to aesthetics, we take a handful of vintage charm, add a pinch of whimsy and a sprinkle of classic.
THE COUTURE CANDY BUFFET
The Couture Candy Buffet Company specialises in creating boutique candy buffets and dessert tables that are stylish and unique in design. Candy buffets and dessert tables provide a stunning backdrop and delectable décor for Weddings & a fabulous wedding favour for your guests. Add “wow” to your wedding and dazzle your guests with an innovative and visually stunning designed taste sensation.
Spongedrop creates beautiful handcrafted cakes and sweet treats, baked and decorated with love using only the best ingredients. Based in the Bay of Plenty, Spongedrop will make your wedding day even sweeter. Offering cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, wedding favors, personalised desserts and some of the best macarons around, Spongedrop will ensure you and your guests enjoy every bite.
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