the ELEMENTS issue I S S U E
COVER SH OOT B Y ER I C H MC VEY
�ontent� real weddings ALYSON & BRADEN by Taylor Lord ........................................................................... 28 CATHY & STEVEN by Erich McVey ............................................................................. 52 JULIE & ANDREW by Clayton Austin ........................................................................ 64 JESSICA & JONATHAN by L Marie Photo and Tiffany J Photo ....................................... 84 HANNAH & DAVE by Danelle Bohane ......................................................................... 92 ELIZABETH & MICHAEL by Xavier Navarro ............................................................ 104 LAURA & RYAN by Hilary Cam .................................................................................. 120 COURTNEY & PATRICK by Amanda K Photography .................................................... 132 ELLE & MICHAEL by Laura Murray .......................................................................... 148 ADELINA & BLAKE by Romabea Images ................................................................... 164 YEN & ALEX by Aneta Mak ........................................................................................ 178 OLIVIA & CHRIS by Jessica Sim ................................................................................ 190
STYLED SHOOTS NATURE'S ELEMENTS by Erich McVey ...................................................................... 10 WILD AT HEART by Paula O'Hara ............................................................................... 42 RIVER QUEEN by Taylor Lord .................................................................................... 74 WINTER ROSE by Jennifer Pharr ............................................................................... 114 FORAGED BOUQUET by Christie Graham ................................................................. 144 DESERT ROMANCE by Apryl Ann ............................................................................ 156 AUTUMN DELIGHT by Mariel Hannah ........................................................................ 172 WINDSWEPT BEAUTY by Kate Grewal ...................................................................... 184
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Welcome! Well it 's been quite the summer for visiting photographers here in New Zealand,
and it's been utterly inspiring to be in the company of such talented and passionate people. It was my great privilege to be at the cover shoot in person for the very first time when the incredibly talented Erich McVey and his lovely wife Amy visited our shores. We gathered one beautiful summers afternoon on Auckland's Bethells Beach out west and created the very magic you see in the cover story... and it really was as enchanting in reality. It was also not without a couple of hairy moments when the incoming tide rushed at us a little quicker than we had anticipated, and an over-enthusiastic photographer wanted to push the boundaries! This issue also sees a couple of beautiful New Zealand weddings featured as well as dreamy European celebrations in the enviable light of Provence and Tuscany. We have the best of native Australia showcased in a Blue Mountains bush wedding as well as a wanderlust inducing vow renewal in Baja, Mexico. If this isn't enough goodness for you, the rest of the issue is jam-packed with inspiring shoots and ideas to help you envision your day, your way. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have collating it. Be sure to look out for our very first lifestyle issue in April! Until next time,
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Illustration by Julie Song Ink
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�ovely contributor� ERICH MCVEY photographer TAYLOR LORD photographer CLAYTON AUSTIN photographer DANELLE BOHANE photographer HILARY CAM photographer JESSICA SIM photographer ROMABEA IMAGES photographer XAVIER NAVARRO photographer
RUE DE SEINE bridal fashion APRYL ANN photographer KATE GREWAL photographer AMANDA K photographer ANETA MAK photographer LAURA MURRAY photographer L MARIE PHOTO photographer PAULA O'HARA photographer
JENNIFER PHARR photographer CHRISTIE GRAHAM photographer TIFFANY J PHOTO photographer BEAUTY ON DEMAND hair & make-up artists JESS WILCOX photographer FALLON SHEA florist MARIEL HANNAH photographer LEAF & HONEY florist
nature's elements P H O T O G R A P H Y
E R I C H
M C V E Y
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonders forever. Jacques-Yves Cousteau
I need the sea because it teaches me Pablo Ner uda
Photography | Erich McVey, Photographer's assistant | Bubblerock, Styling | Magnolia Rouge and Rue de Seine, Florals | Leaf & Honey Gowns & Accessories | Rue de Seine, Hair & Make-up | Beauty on Demand; Stylists Jess & Charlie using MAC for The Bod Squad Models | Georgina and Dominique from 62 Models, Film Processing | Photo Vision Prints, Location | Bethells Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
1010 HIGH STREET, ARMADALE, VICTORIA 03 9500 1177
COMB & HEADBAND | Jenny Packham, GOWN | Marchesa, PERFUME | Tocca, CLUTCH | Mimco RING | Samantha Wills, SANDALS | BHLDN, DINNERWARE | Vera Wang, INVITATION SUITE | Ceci New York
EARRINGS | Samantha Wills, DRESS | Forever New, HEADBAND | Forever New, CUFF | Samantha Wills FLOPPY HAT | Topshop, PURSE | Alice & Olivia, SANDALS | Prada, NAIL LACQUER | Butter London
Alyson & Braden P H O T O G R A P H Y
a u s t i n
B Y |
T A Y L O R
t e x a s
L O R D
oving Austin, Texas as they do, Alyson and Braden wanted their guests to experience the real beauty of it, in all its lush green surroundings. Inspired by organic, rustic and simple details they set about creating a laid-back vibe for their backyard BBQ celebration, with a party that would be talked about for years to come.
"I WANTED ALL WHITES AND GREENS. I LOVE NEUTRALS AND REALLY COULDN’T MAKE UP MY MIND ON A COLOR SO WHITE JUST FELT RIGHT. MY DAD GROWS SPANISH MOSS IN CALIFORNIA SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WAS INCORPORATED AND I THINK THAT JUST MADE IT EXTRA SPECIAL. OUR FLORISTS DID AN AMAZING JOB USING IT ON THE ARCH AND ON THE RAILINGS."
" Try not get too wrapped up in all the details, no one will know if something is missingâ€Ś it will all work out so just sit back and enjoy, it is the best day everâ€Ś I wish we could do it all over again!"
"I went and tried on more traditional wedding dresses and really didn’t find anything I loved. I knew I wanted to talk to Stone Cold Fox about making my dress just because I love their vibe and pretty much die over everything they make. When I met with them and came up with a plan it just kind of all came together. Since we live in Texas and they are in California, I only got to try it on twice when I was home visiting. We tweaked a few things and then it was perfect. I was so comfortable and it just felt like me."
Photography | Taylor Lord, Cinematography | Preston Culver, Cake | Michelle’s Patisserie and Tiny Pies, Florals | Pollen Art Venue | Private Residence, Stationery | Gold Fox Paper and The Inviting Pear, Hair | Sarah Brittain and Priscilla Gish Collett at The Bees Knees Make-up | Ellie Vixie, Bride's gown | Stone Cold Fox, Bride's shoes | J. Crew, Bridesmaids' dresses | Stone Cold Fox Junior and Zara Planner | Style and Grace Events – Crystal Marek, Caterer | Salt Lick BBQ
WILDheaAT rt P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y P A U L A O ' H A R A S T Y L I N G B Y C I A R A O ' H A L L O R A N c o u n t y
w i c k l o w
i r e l a n d
Sweeping woodlands command the landscape over the Vale of Avoca in County Wicklow. Not much has changed in this corner of Ireland in the last century, so much so that
winding up the tree lined avenue of
Clonwilliam House allowed us to step from one world to another. This was the basis for our inspiration;
a land of sleeping beauty,
where time had come to a standstill. This story was set against a palette of copper, mauve and dusty rose, accented with poetic Spanish moss and the
craftsmanship of delicate lace and shimmering veils.
The dappled sunshine danced like forest fairies and the breeze through the trees whispered of ancient love stories, which only added to the sense of alchemy in the air.
Photography | Paula O’Hara, Styling | Ciara O’Halloran, Florals | A New Leaf, Venue | Clonwilliam House Wedding Gowns | The White Gallery Boutique (Gowns; Rue de Seine, Sarah Janks, Anne Bowen), Groom's attire | McCartan Brothers Models | Morgan The Agency, Hair | Cathrionas Hair Salon, Make-up | Zoe Taylor, Stationery | Pretty As a Picture
Cathy & Steven P H O T O G R A P H Y s a n
j u a n
E R I C H
c a p i s t r a n o
M C V E Y
c a l i f o r n i a
teven and I loved the idea of having a natural, organic feel set in old California Spanish architecture. The Villa in San Juan Capistrano (a town that has a Spanish Mission from 1776) fit that image perfectly. Since the venue had so much natural beauty, (trees, stone, wood) there wasnâ€™t much that we needed to do to make the venue shine. Our vision ended up being a fresh, clean and organic feeling with natural wood tables and canvas linens.
“One of our favourite elements of the wedding were the flowers. Since there was a lot of natural beauty at the venue, we didn’t need to do too much for florals. We ended up using fresh greenery with classic white and ivory flowers. Olive branches were also placed on the tables as this ties into the California Spanish style."
"As soon as we were newly engaged, I couldn’t wait to start looking. I immediately arranged for my family to meet up about a month later at a local boutique. Little did I know that I would fall in love with the dress during that first visit. I tried on around fifteen dresses, but one stood above the rest – a champagne hued mermaid gown with Alencon lace. I had to sleep on the decision though. After discussing with Steven (but not giving any details), I went back the very next day to try it on again and just couldn’t picture myself wearing any other gown. I purchased the gown that day – a full two years before our wedding date."
" WE WERE SITTING AT OUR SWEETHEART TABLE AND HAD THE PERFECT VIEW OF ALL OF OUR GUESTS EATING, LAUGHING AND JUST ENJOYING THEMSELVES. TO SEE EVERYTHING WE ENVISIONED COME TOGETHER SO PERFECTLY AND TO WATCH ALL THE LOVE AND HAPPINESS FLOW ALL AROUND US WAS A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE ."
"At the end of the day, your wedding day is about you and your soon to be spouse â€“ a celebration of your journey together through life. After the day is over, everyone is happy and the little things donâ€™t matter."
credits Photography | Erich McVey, Cinematography | Amy McVey, Bride's gown | Victoria Nicole, Cake | Jocelyn Jung with I Am the Caker Florals | Floral Occasions, Stationery | Paper Source, Venue | The Villa San Juan Capistrano, Calligraphy | Mon Voir (Jenna Rainey) Bride's Shoes | Christian Louboutin, Jewellery | Pigment in San Diego, Shoes | Christian Louboutin, Bridesmaids' dresses | Nordstoms Hair & Make-up | 10.11. Makeup, Groom's attire | Hugo Boss Suit, Ted Baker shoes, Carolina Herrera bow tie, Caterer | Iva Lees Catering Table/Chair/Furniture Rentals | Archive Rentals, Seamstress & Veil Designer | Yolanda Barajas, Day of Coordinator | Michelle
"The ceremony was my favorite time of the day. I planned the wedding timing around the lighting in the beautifully quaint white chapel we found in Yolo, California. The timing was perfect and all of the white simplicity and all of our dearest friends standing in support of our union was just such a special thing for us."
Julie & Andrew P H O T O G R A P H Y y o l o
C L A Y T O N
c a l i f o r n i a
A U S T I N
Although they first met in Delhi, India and got to know each other over richshaw rides to visit the slums, whilst they were there separately on humanitarian misson trips, it wasn't until Andrew had returned to his home in California that his relationship with Julie started to develop. Over the next year, thanks to Skype chats and long-distance movie dates, they realised they had something special. With a story that revolved around their mutual love of India, it was natural that the wedding would take inspiration from the richness of Indian heritage and the delicate intricacies of their wares. Julie sourced most the items for their wedding decor from Indian street markets; from elaborately etched tables vases to hanging Moroccan candle lanterns, it all journeyed half way around the world to play it's part in their big day.
"When I met Andrew in India, he wore a 1939 wheat penny on a string around his neck. When he found the penny in 2008, he kept it – he never took it off, and he became known for it. On the day before I left India, the string broke and he gave me the penny to hold on to. I bought a chain and wore it around my neck every day. As the wheat penny is such a tender part of our story, I decided to use wheat in the design and styling of our wedding, so I ordered some dried bunches and used them to make bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids, boutonnieres for the men, and to add to the Indian centerpieces on the tables. As for the actual penny – I wore it in my shoe on the day to fulfill the bridal rhyme, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – and a penny in her shoe!”
"My great-grandmother passed away while I was in India. I was so heartbroken that she couldnâ€™t make it to our wedding, but I decided to use a cameo brooch of hers on my bouquet in her memory, along with brooches owned by my paternal and maternal grandmothers."
"I had seen a beautiful dress by a French designer online long before I met Andrew. I knew I wanted something similar, with long billowing sleeves and an open back. With the help of my contacts in Delhi, I found a shop that specialized in custom wedding dresses. I showed them the picture and even got to go with one of the errand boys to pick out my own fabric from the import market at the heart of the city. We skyped my mom in for my first fitting, which is one of my fondest memories of the wedding planning experience. It was a whirlwind – I didn’t get the traditional dress-trying experience, but I did get my dream gown custom made for a bargain price."
Photography | Clayton Austin, Florals | Dried Décor, Ceremony Venue | Mary’s Chapel, Yolo, CA, Reception Venue | Historic Hotel Woodland Bride's Gown | Christian Heritage, Delhi, India Bride's shoes | PayLess, Jewellery | LexLuxe and Artemer, Groom's attire | H&M and Express Hair & Make-up | Ariel Bacon (Matron of Honour), Bridesmaids' dresses | Orchidea Boutique
w w w . i d o p h o t o g r a p h y . c o . n z
A young river,
Nothing could stop it
Nothing went wrong
Big rocks in its way
No problem at all
It went over them
Around them if tall
But then it met the desert
Water sank deep into sand
Huge problem for the river
It looked like its life was to end
It turned to our God
' Please, God help me
To get away from or over this spot'
A voice from above said
L ' ook at the wind in the sky
It crosses the desert so easily
TOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR So justP H Ostop to cry! '
LORD | STYLING BY KATY BOHLS
But ' I am not wind, I am water
How can I cross
"Nature, on her own, is magnificent.
To add to her beauty, not to over shadow her, Without Wax created a tablescape of
Stationery Bakery’s crisp paper designs paired
The bride’s custom vintage
dress was reconstructed from its original 1970’s form to a current head turning
ensemble. Makenzi Laine pulled the bride’s look together by adding a dark
lip and crystal headpiece. Taylor Lord captured and
natural beauty through her photos." katy bohls, stylist
A young river, So strong, Nothing coul rocks in its way, No problem at all, tall, But then it met the desert, W the riverIt looked like its life was Please, God help meTo get away from or L ' ook at the wind in the sky, It cry! '' But I am not wind, I am wate
ld stop it ,Nothing went wrong, Bi , It went over them, Around them if Water sank deep into sand, Huge problem fo to end. DesperatelyIt turned to our God. r over this spot'. A voice from above said crosses the desert so easily,So just stop er, How can I cross Please help me
Photography | Taylor Lord Photography, Styling and Floral | Without Wax, Katy, Rentals | Sweet Sunday Events Hair & Make-up | Makenzi Laine, Stationery | The Stationery Bakery, Model | Courtney with Zephyr Talent
Jessica & Jonathan
P H O T O G R A P H Y
M A R I E
P H O T O
b a j a
m e x i c o
T I F F A N Y
P H O T O
Jonathan proposed to Jessica in Baja Mexico over four years ago, so it was only natural that when this husband and wife design team were planning a vow renewal, they would return to the rugged beauty of this coastal desert. Together, they gathered various treasures from their large prop collection, stuffed them in several oversized suitcases, and headed south of the border.
Their love for Mexican folk art and colonial architecture, along with a hunger for adventure drove them to leave the well-trod roads of the resorts and beaches of Cabo. They renewed their vows at an abandoned century-old lighthouse, spent a second honeymoon night at the estate of a sugar baron from the 1870s, and set off to a ranch where they rode Lolo the Donkey, renown for his beer-guzzling abilities. Jonathan describes their marriage thus far as having â€œrequired that we find strength and beauty amidst the reality that life is more dusty than we often expectâ€?.
The long weekend was filled with a sumptuous five-course feast at Huerta Los Tamarindos Agave Farm, where all ingredients are grown in the fields surrounding the overgrown terrace, a day of exploration in the art-rich town of Todos Santos, and several cactus-surrounded sunsets overlooking the Pacific.
Photography | LMarie Photo and Tiffany J Photo, Styling, Rentals & Florals | Disregarden Hair & Make-up | Neysa Berman, Film Processing | Richard Photo Lab, Organic Farm & Lunch | Huerts de los Tamarindos Bride's ceremony outfit | Free People and Johnny Was, Lodging in Cabo San Lucas | Alex & Nancy Darquea
Hannah & Dave P H O T O G R A P H Y m t
e d e n
D A N E L L E a u c k l a n d
B O H A N E
After a proposal written out in seashells
on a deserted Northland beach, and a temporary shell ring that Dave had gifted Hannah several years prior, it wasn't until this beautiful bride to be found her wedding dress that the rest of the wedding style fell into place. Using it's soft tones and romantic fabric as inspiration they designed a timeless wedding whilst also incorporating some special elements of the bride's Jewish culture with guests embracing the Israeli dancing well into the night.
My favourite memory WAS
MAKING IT OFFICIAL WITH 'THE KISS'. AT THAT MOMENT IT FELT LIKE IT WAS
just the two of us
THERE. DAVE JUST LOOKED AT ME WITH A HUGE GRIN! IT WAS
'Dave and Hannah chose the perfect time to get married, the warmth of summer was still in the air yet the beautiful light of Autumn shone upon us as I captured beautiful memories of their new journey together.' DANELLE BOHANE, PHOTOGRAPHER
Photography | Danelle Bohane, Cinematography | Lincoln Reid, Florals | Roses Florist, Cake | Câ€™est Fromage, Venue & Caterer | Mantells Mt Eden Hair | Stephen Marr, Make-up | Rachel Johanson, Bride's Gown | A La Robe, Bride's shoes | Pedro Garcia, Lineage Jewellery | Vintage, Gary de Witte Jewellery and Peter Lang, Bridesmaids' dresses | Juliette Hogan, Groom's attire | Working Style (custom)
Jodi McDonald Photography With Love Stationery and Design The Powder Room Cotton Blossom Studio Smashing Events Fox and Fallow Wil Valor
+ many more!
A REVOLUTION IN
BR I DAL
SHOP P ING
27 LOGAN RD, WOOLLOONGABBA, BRISBANE
Suzanne Neville Charlie Brear Rachel Gilbert Jennifer Gifford Designs
P H O T O G R A P H Y
p r o v e n c e
X A V I E R |
f r a n c e
N A V A R R O
or Elizabeth and Michael their wedding was about much more than just themselves. They focused on the love that transported family and friends across an ocean to celebrate with them in the breathtaking surroundings of Provence in the South of France, in the process creating life-long memories. The bride says "Provence is one of my favourite places on earth and once you arrive, it begs you to leave all other worries behind and embrace the beauty of the landscape and present moment. Chateau de Massillan was simply a dream â€“ perfectly elegant and magical and had a very odd way of making you feel as if you always belonged there".
"FASHION HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STRONG PART OF WHO I AM SO THE DRESS WAS AN IMPORTANT DREAM OF MINE. I wanted a dress I could breathe in, for starters, where I could spend all hours of the night dancing and live each moment of the wedding day fully! I found the J. Mendel dress at Bergdorf Goodman with my mother and sister. I loved its’ simple elegance with a twist of something different – when I tried it on and turned around to find my mom and sister in tears, I knew it was the one.”
uring the ceremony, Michael and I turned around to see all of our loved ones in the congregation, under the beautiful plane trees with a soft wind blowing and the beautiful Chateau in the background. It was so special! "
Photography | Xavier Navarro, Cinematography | Imagin, Stationery | The Paper Chase, Florals | Blandine Viry, Bride's gown | J.Mendel Venue | Chateau de Massillan; Uchaux, France, Bride's shoes | Alexander Wang, Cake | Chateau de Massillan (Piece Montee) Bridesmaids' dresses | Bella Bridesmaids, Planner | Lucy Till
Winter Rose P H O T O G R A P H Y
J E N N I F E R
P H A R R
Simple elegance inspires a quaint vineyard elopement.
An outdoor scene of steady neutrals with pops of rich burgundy dahlias and fucshia garden roses compliment the wildly green backdrop. With a handmade and endearing quality to it, vintage pews lend a sense of tradition to the ceremony, whilst cotton paper invitations with hand torn edges offer an organic touch. A warm and inviting tablescape awaits guests, featuring dinner plates with gold edging, a handmade garland littered with rich red berries.
Photography | Jennifer Pharr Photography, Stationery | Victoria Austin Designs, Florals | Marked by Laura McCarty, Attire | Bella Bridesmaid Mobile; Atlanta, Hair & Make-up | Hair and Makeup by BBM, Accessories and Dinnerware | West Elm Styling & Direction | Elle Affairs, with additional help from Tori Austin and Laura McCarty, Pews | P.E.W.S
Laura & Rya n P H O T O G R A P H Y b l u e
m o u n t a i n s
H I L A R Y |
C A M
a u s t r a l i a
ith a shared passion for all things outdoors, having their wedding surrounded by the beauty of nature was an obvious choice for this Australian couple. Laura loves animals and has a particular fondness for foxes so this was incorporated into the wedding, with 'the fox' making several appearances during their wedding day. For this spring wedding the bush was alive with colour; wattle, banksia, native peas were bursting with yellow flowers, perfuming the air and splashing the wedding colours of green, orange and yellow throughout the day. The wedding ceremony was held on a plateau in the heart of the Aussie bush; a string trio performed classical music that echoed through the trees. Itâ€™s not often you can sit under a gumtree in an isolated valley and listen to live music. While some people have wedding bells, this section of the bush was full of bellbirds that chimed in through out their ceremony.
overlooking a valley
"Ideally we had in mind that our ceremony would be of bushland with hardly a trace of civilization in sight. We had to keep in mind the level of difficulty for our guests to reach the location so when we went to check out the view just 500m from in the Blue Mountains we knew we'd found our perfect spot. We then decided to have our reception at the Australian Botanic Garden at Mount Annan as it allowed us to enjoy the while still having all our creature comforts."
one of our favourite bushwalks
closeness of nature
he reception was as spectacular as the ceremony; a trio of tipis overlooking the lake wowed guests. This is where Laura and Ryanâ€™s attention to detail and DIY skills really shone: handmade signs, tags, hessian table runners, a free range and organic menu and native Australian seedlings for guests to take home. Reflecting their love for each other and their appreciation and care for the natural environment, they took great care to ensure their wedding was green inside and out.
magical day of celebration
“It was the most surrounded by all the best things – the beauty of nature, our closest family and friends, great food and music and our ”
love for each other.
Photography | Hilary Cam Photography, Cake | Baked Couture Cakes, Florals | Sally at Blushing Blooms,Ceremony Venue | Blue Mountains Reception Venue | Camden Botanical Gardens, Stationery | 3 Eggs Design, Bride's gown | Maggie Sottero (modified) from Abbey Bridal Shoes | Chelsea Crew, Hair | Shire Mobile Hair Styling, Make-up | Megan Vaughan, Bridesmaids' dresses | Dessy, Caterer | One Pot Catering Groom's attire | Fancini Menswear, Bridal headpiece | Nicola Wellard, Rings | Ronald Crisp Jewellers, Reception Tipis | Samikata Tipis Celebrant | Jessie Cacchillo, Wedding cars | Wedding Cars of Distinction, Cake Topper | Lovely Bertie, Banners | The Banner Sisters Live Music | Crocq Music, Cufflinks | Chris Hawkins, Fox tie | Scatterbrain Ties, Fox coathanger | Monsterthreads, Fox statues | Bonjour Poupette
floral theory P H O T O G R A P H Y f l o r a l s
F l e u r s
J E S S d e
W I L C O X F a l l o n
FLORAL CROWN RECIPE floral tape & wire 5 burgundy Anemones 3 magnolias 7 quicksand roses 3 burgundy ranunculus 3 phalaenopsis orchids budding Spirea daphne jasmine bougainvillea sword fern purple heart succulents
hair & m ake- up by Jess Wilcox
To begin, use a light base of spirea to for the structure and shape of the crown. Next add some daphne to create a more stable base and help aid where the larger blossoms, such as ranunculus are to be placed. Continue to add the larger blossoms, such as magnolias, roses and orchids as the main components. Fill it in with accent blossoms like anemones, ranunculus and jasmine vine. After the main blossoms and accents are in place, tuck in sword fern and purple heart succulents to make the palette pop. Voila, your own large, Mucha inspired floral crown.
Courtney & Patrick P H O T O G R A P H Y
A M A N D A
t u s c a n y
i t a l y
P H O T O G R A P H Y
I F L OV E WA S A S T O RY B O O K , PAT R I C K A N D C O U R T N E Y M E T O N T H E V E RY F I R S T PAG E , A T T H E TENDER AGE OF SEVENTEEEN WHILST ATTENDING BOARDING school in Oregon. It was on the hundred acres of land, with beautiful views of the countryside that they took long walks getting to know each other and inevitably fell in love. From the minute they got engaged - eight years and a move cross country later - they knew they wanted to do something different and exciting for their wedding. With travel being a given with friends and family scattered throughout the United States, they decided they might as well have guests travel to an incredible destination. Which is when a fourteenth century villa on a vineyard in Chianti came in to the picture.
"If itâ€™s possible to pick one part, I think weâ€™d both agree that the ceremony was one of the most memorable parts of the day. It was so intimately perfect with the forty guests who had flown in from all over the United States to celebrate our love and marriage. My mom wrote and performed the ceremony, which I cried pretty much non-stop throughout. She surveyed us individually a few months before the wedding and wrote the most meaningful, personal and romantic ceremony I could have ever imagined. We had one of my bridesmaids who is a singer-songwriter write original music for our wedding and sang to us during the ceremony. We had a string quartet playing during the bridal party processional and recessional which seemed to go so well with the setting sun and the rolling hills around us."
"From the second I saw it, I knew it was my dream location."
"WE ARE SO GLAD WE HAD THE COURAGE TO TAKE THE RISK ON A DESTINATION EVENT BECAUSE IT enabled us to have the wedding of our dreams that truly reflected ‘us’. Our very own wedding in Italy! Who would have thought!? As for a few words of wisdom, if you’re thinking or planning a destination wedding: start early, take one project at a time, and don’t be too shy to ask for help. At the end of the day, you will be married to the person you love. Don’t stress about the details take it all in and enjoy the fleeting moments. I thought the whole day would pass by as a blur, but we soaked in as much as we could, and it will be one of the most cherished days for the rest of our lives."
Photography | Amanda K Photography, Venue | Villa Vignamaggio, Bride's Gown | Monique Lhuillier Florals | Stiatti Fiori, rals | Stiatt, Groom's attire | Ludlow, J. Crew, Jewellery | J. Crew, Hair & Make-up | Sofia Sweet Day-of Coordinator | Kiersten Lief, Confetti Events, Stationery | Snail Mail Design Shop, Wedding Planner | Il Cerimoniere Italian Weddings Rentals | Preludio Noleggio, String Quartet | Firenze Classica, DJ | Francis J, Cooking Class | In tavola
Foraged Bouquet P H O T O G R A P H Y b r i t i s h
C H R I S T I E
c o l u m b i a
G R A H A M
c a n a d a
Photography | Christie Graham Photography, Florals | Special Moments, Make-up | Denise Elliott Makeup Artistry Hair | Janelle Bourassa for Denise Elliott Makeup, Gowns | Blush Bridal (Wren & Maiden by Claire Pettibone, Kimberly by Nicole Miller)
ELLE & MICHAEL P H O T O G R A P H Y v a i l
B Y |
L A U R A
c o l o r a d o
M U R R A Y
The mountains have always been a special place for Elle & Michael. With plenty of fond family memories, it represents happiness for them so it wasn't hard to make the decision to hold their wedding amongst the natural beauty of Vail, Colorado. It was important to the couple to infuse their ceremony with personality. As well as having one of their best friends marry them - which had guests both laughing and crying hysterically as she illustrated their journey together - they wrote their own vows and didn't share them with each other until the day. Acknowledging that weddings are at their heart the joining together of two families, they chose to have their siblings at their sides rather than a large bridal party. This meant they could all spend the day together which added to the overall intimacy of the festivities.
"Remember what the day is truly about â€“ the two of you committing to each other for a lifetime. There are a lot of little details that can distract and cause stress, but if you continually remind yourself of the true meaning, you will quickly quiet those stresses."
"We wanted somewhat of a wild flower feel with elements of polish, so we had garden roses, leucadendron, dahlias, scabiosa pods, hanging amaranthus mixed with metallic gold/silver sprayed succulents. We wanted everything to have a loose, textured feel to it in order to match the natural setting of the mountains."
Photography | Laura Murray, Videographer | 303 Motion, Florals | Rose Petals, Cake | Larkspur Restaurant, Make-up | Laura Anzalone Hair | Inga Cox, Stationery | Bride and Lilah Paper, Venue | Larkspur Restaurant, Bride's gown | Jenny Packham, Bride's shoes | J.Crew Groom's attire | J.Crew, Bridesmaids' dresses | J.Crew, Planner | I Do Weddings, Earrings | Anthropologie, Headpiece | Jenny Packham
P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A P R Y L A N N S T Y L I N G B Y L I N D S A Y Z A M O R A
Photography | Apryl Ann Photography, Styling | Lindsey Zamora, Florals | The Southern Table, Hair & Make-up | Beauty And The Blush Earrings | Anthropologie, Bride's gown | Amanda Wakeley, Stardust Celebrations, Groom's attire | H&M, Groom's shoes | Allen Edmond
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Diablo Dormido, an historic Californian Ranch nestled into the Oak-studded hills of the Santa Monica Mountains, offered Adelina & Blake the simple, down to earth wedding celebration they sought. Getting married outdoors was a big attraction, so the sweeping views of majestic parkland and glorious oak trees to wed beneath provided them an unrivaled intimacy and privacy. The couple sourced vintage soda boxes from local flea markets for their centrepieces, and re-finished them by hand. They were then filled with white blooms including roses, lisianthus and peonies. When it came to choosing her dress Adeline had a hard time finding 'the one', but finally decided on a delicate lace dress. That was until it was time to show her parents and before they arrived at the boutique, had a complete change of heart and settled on something more simple and fun. Once a friend made her a belt to add to it, she had her perfect dress.
"ADELINA AND BLAKE’S WEDDING WA S S I M P L E , E L E G A N T A N D FILLED WITH MEANINGFUL NODS T O FA M I LY A N D T R A D I T I O N. EVERYTHING FROM THE LOCATION, DETAILS AND ATMOSPHERE TRULY EPITOMIZED THE RELAXED AND INTIMATE A M B I E N C E T H E Y D R E A M T O F. I T WA S S U C H A P E R F E C T AU T U M N DAY FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE REST OF THEIR LIVES TOGETHER." Beatrice Howell, Photographer
Photography | RomaBea Images, Videographer | Ning Wong, Florals | Happy Flowers, Cake | Sweet and Saucy, Stationery | Bright Room Studios Venue | Diablo Dormido, Hair | Audrey Rae, Make-up | Sabrina Mae, Bride's Gown | Jim Helm, Shoes | Toms, Planner | Orange Dove Events Jewellery | Inherited family jewelry, Groom's attire | Klein Epstein & Parker, Bridesmaids Dresses | Adrianna Papell, Caterer | Kitchen 12k
DELIGHT P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y M A R I E L H A N N A H S T Y L I N G B Y K I M B E R L Y L A W S O N
Photography | Mariel Hannah, Styling | Kimberly Lawson, Florals | Mariel Hannah, Headpieces | Lacielle Roselle Hair | Jacob Hernandez, Make-up | Maria Solis, White dress | Forever Unique
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ecently engaged, Yen & Alex were visiting London for her graduation ceremony â€“ so they combined the two wonderful occasions by travelling through Europe and commemorating their trip with a fun pre-wedding shoot. The bride to be designed all of her beautiful dresses for the shoot. Split over two days, they traversed the city taking in wonderful sights such as Abbey Road, Hyde Park, Tower Bridge, Mayfair and Peggy Porschen's adorable Chelsea bakery for some sweet treats.
Photography | Aneta Mak, Outfits | Bespoke, Bride's mother, Bride's shoes | Sophia Webster, Bride's earrings and hat | Chanel Hyde Park Boating | The Royal Parks, Hair & Make-up | Vony Tjan
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Photography | Kate Grewal Photography, Styling | Lovely like You, Florals | Floral Stylist, Pink Dress | Natalie Chan Mens attire | Working Style, White gown, hair rosettes and veil | Rue De Seine, Casual attire | A La Robe Hair & Make-up | Natalie Dent using MAC Cosmetics, Cakes | Lovely like You, Stationery | Klara Sadlova Design
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Waiheke Island in Aucklands Hauraki Gulf is the perfect spot to showcase the best of New Zealand to visiting friends and family, and it was this drawcard that lead Olivia and Chris to hold their wedding at the acclaimed Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant. With its breathtaking views and award winning cuisine, international guests were suitably impressed. Taking their lead from European style weddings, they set about creating an intimate and effortlessly chic celebration with rustic and antique elements scattered throughout. Working with a palette of mushroom, apricot and pale pink, Olivia's bridesmaids chose mis-matching styles and shades which created a subtle ombre effect.
The decor "The flowers were the main and pretty much only form of decoration. So I wanted lots of them, in a rustic field-picked style. The colours were all blush pinks, blues and apricots and the bridal table had a carpet of hydrangeas (my favourite flower) which really stole the show. That would have to have been my favourite detail."
"I loved how young, beautiful and playful our wedding party was."
The dress "I had a great time at the beginning stages of wedding dress shopping trying on all sorts of styles but quickly fell in love with the look and feel of wearing a full princess skirt. It was when my Mother and I went to see bridal designer Anna Schimmel that all three of us got carried away choosing beautiful lace and silk fabrics and the design process of my gorgeous dress began. I always wanted a darker hue of ivory and the beading I fell in love with for the bodice was the perfect complement of light pinks and cream. The skirt was made of metres and metres of handmade English silk taffeta which shone the most iridescent colours in natural light. The tiny bodice with full skirt was exactly the silhouette I was after."
The moment "There are so many – but I really loved disappearing with Chris for the 45 minutes or so just after we said our “I do’s” in the church. We drove off in this beautiful old Bentley and took some photographs on One Tree Hill. It was a great way to calm down and enjoy hanging out with each other as newlyweds before the big celebrations of the night."
Photography | Jessica Sim, Florals | Leaf and Honey, Cake | Sweet Bites, Bride's gown | Anna Schimmel, Stationery | Cocoa Berry Bride's shoes | Trousseau bridal, Ceremony Venue | Epsom Presbyterian Church, Reception Venue | Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant Hair | Natalie Dent, Make-up | Abbie Gardner, Bridemaids' Dresses | Hera Bridal, Groom's attire | Crane Brothers, Jewellery | Culét Jewellers
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.
BENJAMIN & ELISE PHOTOGRAPHY
Jess is also a fashion photographer who has completely fallen for capturing weddings. She adores natural light & brings a romantic, whimsical style with her images. Her approach is to capture the beauty & details that make up your day, creating beautiful images of you & your loved ones and all the emotions & moments in between.
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 - weâ€™ve got it covered!
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 arenâ€™t aware the photo is being taken.
Hi Iâ€™m Danelle, a photographer based in New Zealand but love to travel. I am in love with natural light and I like to photograph in a storytelling kind of way that reflects the love of two. It is my aim to capture all the moments of love and joy that are shared throughout such a special day.
QUINN & KATIE PHOTOGRAPHY
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.
I love weddings, I love the shoes, the dress and the flowers, but what I really love is the story, and thats how I capture it, I love the way the day unfolds with tears, laughter and love, I shoot with natural light in a relaxed and easy going manner so your day will be fun and easy.
FLORISTS & venues
THE GOLDIE ROOM
ON MY HAND
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.
On My Hand is an event styling & flora company based in the Bay of Plenty. With a team of experienced creatives, event managers & florists, we'll create a magical wedding that you and your guests will love, while reflecting your own personal style. We flower, co-ordinate & style weddings locally, as well as travel anywhere in the country.
PICCADILLY FLOWER CO.
LEAF & HONEY
From delicate accessories to large botanical installations we like to style our florals with a classic charm. The bespoke designs we do 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.
Leaf and Honey are one of Auckland’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.
RUE DE SEINE
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. www.alarobe.com
Rue De Seine bridal is a collection for the modern day bride. Inspired by the streets of St. Germain des Pres, Rue De Seine offers a range of gowns made from French laces and delicate silks. The overall look of the collection is soft and romantic; reflecting the bohemian chic style of Paris.
THE BRIDAL 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. www.jessicabridal.co.nz
The Bridal Atelier is a beautiful Melbourne boutique embodying beauty, elegance and grace that brings together a collection of captivating, internationallysourced wedding gowns. The store showcases romantic bridal wear constructed with some of the finest silks, lace and beading from designers including Sarah Seven, Leanne Marshall, Theia, Katie May, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Shoneveld and Rue de Seine. www.thebridalatelier.com.au
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Published on Mar 5, 2014