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OLIVIA & TRAVIS .......... A rustic country wedding by Coralee & Alex NICOLE & HITIN .......... An elegant cultural soiree by Lacie Hansen MALLORY & COREY .......... South-west charm by Ulmer Studios TARA & STEPHANIE .......... Colourful celebration by Belathee LAURA & MIKE .......... West Coast wedding by Sutherland Kovach BETHANY & OLIVIER .......... Jamaican romance by Elizabeth Messina JOANA & JAMES .......... Portuguese colour by Brancoprata ERIN & EVAN .......... California chic by Leila Brewster CASAUNDRA & PATRICK .......... Beauty in the Bahamas by Nirav Patel JESS & ROWAN .......... Kiwi Bohemia by Danelle Bohane
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RUSTIC BEAUTY by Elizabeth Messina ..........
Feature Sho ots
SPANISH LACE by Miguel Verona & Javier Diez ..........
AN INDIGO & VERDE COLOUR STORY by Greta Kenyon ..........
SPAIN MEETS CALIFORNIA by Jen Huang ..........
SWEET SOUTHERN CHARM by Annabella Charles ..........
BOHO BRIDESMAIDS by Logan Cole ..........
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AN AFTERNOON IN THE MEADOW by Jose Villa ..........
by White Loft Studio ..........
CASUAL ENTERTAINING by Greta Kenyon ..........
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credits PHOTOGRAPHY Elizabeth Messina STYLIST Ruche FLORIST Tricia Fountaine HAIR & MAKE-UP KC Witcamp ALL CLOTHING AND JEWELLERY Ruche LOCATION Dos Pueblos Ranch, Santa Barbara, California FLOWERS PROVIDED BY Florabundance VINTAGE RENTALS Vintage Vignettes
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WE'VE BEEN LONG TIME FANS OF ALL THINGS RUCHE HERE AT MAGNOLIA ROUGE... AND NOT JUST BECAUSE PART OF OUR NAME SOUNDS SIMILAR!! IT WAS A GREAT HONOUR FOR US TO FEATURE THE LATEST BRIDAL LOOK BOOK SHOOT BY ELIZABETH MESSINA AS OUR COVER, SO WE THOUGHT WE WOULD FIND OUT A BIT MORE ABOUT THEIR FOUNDER. MR: Did you always want to get involved in the fashion world? MO: While growing up, I enjoyed shopping and combing through thrift stores for vintage finds, but I never imagined myself being so involved in fashion like I am now. I always wanted to do something creative for a living though, and having my own business was a dream of mine.
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MR: How did you get Ruche up and running? MO: As a hobby in 2005, I sold vintage-inspired beaded sandals on eBay, and eventually, my hobby turned into a dream come true. In 2008, my husband Josh and I designed and created ShopRuche.com. Right out of our home, Ruche was born and we worked on it every day after our regular 8-5 jobs. Once every inch of our home was covered in boxes, we took a risk: I left my job as a web developer and Josh left his engineering management position to run Ruche full time. It was truly one of the best decisions we’ve ever made together and we haven’t looked back since. MR: Was there one particular thing you did that propelled you to the success you have today, or was it a string of things? MO: Definitely a string of things. Through trial and error and a great deal of inspiration, Ruche has become what it is today. Extreme passion and hard work were key to our success (and still are), not only from Josh and I, but also from our amazing Ruche team who have made the impossible possible. MR: I know you've just had a baby... how are you juggling this exciting stage of your life with running a successful business? MO: It’s a tough job to do – almost like having two babies! So far, the main challenge has been adapting my schedule to fit Amelie’s needs. Whenever I’m in the office, I try to work twice as hard and twice as fast so that I can get home at a reasonable hour. Having a baby changes your sleep schedule, so when I’m up in the middle of the night, I also use that time to send out emails. Ruche isn’t all grown up yet and still needs constant attention and nurturing too. Even with the difficulties though, Amelie really is the best thing that has ever happened to us, and Josh and I couldn’t be happier. MR: What one piece of advice would you offer to someone hoping to start up an online fashion business? MO: Do your research, and do it well. There has been a huge boom of online fashion businesses in the past few years so competition is high.
MR: What's the work environment like at Ruche Headquarters? MO: We like to think of ourselves as one big family. For many of our team members, Ruche is the first job out of college and it has been an amazing experience growing, learning together, and watching our team players assume key roles on all fronts. In addition to a passionate and fast paced environment, we try to make it a fun environment too. For example, our Warehouse Manager rides a scooter inside, and our Social Media Coordinator makes the most amazing desserts for everyone. We have a room dedicated to arts and crafts and there are always puppies working with us in the office. We have “Breakfast Mondays” and “Free Lunch Fridays”, and of course, we have awesome holiday parties too! MR: We all know how much work it takes to run your own business... do you manage to keep strict 'work hours' and take evenings/weekends off? MO: Josh and I didn’t start taking weekends off until the middle of last year (2012), and it wasn’t until Amelie when we started taking evenings off. Even up until the last week before my due date, we spent most nights in the office until 8 or 9pm. Today, however, we strive to maintain strict work hours. Weekends and evenings have a new meaning now, and we look forward to spending unconditional time with Amelie. MR: What's your favourite aspect of running Ruche? MO: The creativity! The creative aspects of running Ruche involve shopping, products, styling, photo shoots, crafts, graphics and marketing, and by being involved with these areas, my own creativity is sparked and I continuously feel inspired/motivated to take Ruche to the next level. MR: Your photo shoots are always incredibly beautiful - and of course we have been so thrilled to feature one - and look like they must be so much fun to capture! Do you have a team dedicated to coming up with concepts for these? MO: Our company is still fairly small, so our creative team is comprised of our Products and Marketing team members. We meet once a week to brainstorm ideas/concepts for editorial content and lookbook ideas. There are always tons of ideas to be heard and new moodboards to be seen!
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DRESSES OR TROUSERS? Dresses WINTER OR SUMMER? Weather: summer, Fashion: winter BEACH BREAK OR CITY BREAK? City break NEW HANDBAG OR NEW SHOES? New shoes WHAT'S IN YOUR HANDBAG RIGHT NOW? Wallet, cell phone, lotion, chapstick, pens, mints, lots of receipts PARIS OR LONDON? Paris PEONIES OR TULIPS? Peonies STRAPLESS WEDDING GOWN OR SLEEVES? Strapless wedding gown RUSTIC WEDDING OR MODERN? Rustic wedding
Karaka, Auckland | photography by Coralee & Alex
With a gorgeous family property at their disposal, the scene was set for Olivia and Travis's rustic farm-inspired wedding celebration. Hay bales, wooden signs, timber logs used for side tables and centrepieces and of course plenty of hessian, all combined to create the look they were after. And the PiĂ¨ce de rĂŠsistance was the twisted willow chandeliers hanging over the tables. Every detail was handmade with love, from the colourful fabric bunting to hand sewn ties for the groomsmen with their names stitched on the back, to a special beer brewed for the occasion by the bride's brother.
"Go with what feels right for you as a couple. It might not necessarily be traditional but it's your day and if it's not 'you', then what's the point? That, and smile. Always smile."
We wanted a country-style, almost wildflower feel to our floral arrangements. Hundreds of varying sized and shaped bottles and jars were collected by friends and family and filled with yellows, silvers, greens and whites with pops of stunning tangerine and apricot. The loose displays that were on the tables and scattered around the hay bales added to our relaxed atmosphere. Mum and Dad had also spent over a year preparing their garden to coordinate with the colour scheme (not to mention the summer drought that they had to battle with!).
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Coralee & Alex FLORIST Joanne Garcia, Greensleaves CEREMONY VENUE St George's Anglican Church STATIONERY Bel + Co RECEPTION VENUE Family farm in Karaka STYLIST Olivia Durance BRIDE'S DRESS Anna Campbell BRIDE'S SHOES Chie Mihara from Runway Shoes BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES Juliette Hogan GROOM'S SUIT Barbas GROOM'S SHOES Apex Shoes CAKE Celebration Cakes CATERERS Global Cuisine HAIR & MAKE-UP Kate Smith CHAIRS Maddisons BAND Cilla Veldhuizen from 'Helmet in the Bush' VW COMBI VAN Kiwi Kombis WILLOW CHANDELIERS AND BRIDAL TABLE BACKDROP Themes By Design
with Tricia Fontaine
As a florist and event designer in Santa Barbara for 15 years, I have seen hundreds of lovely weddings. The ones that stand out are the ones that really reflected the couple, their personalities, their interests, their love and families. I think it is so important to create a beautiful cocoon that supports and reflects such a special occasion. It is one of the most important events of your life and should be treated with loving care and given the proper attention to detail that it deserves. To personalise your wedding, really consider who you and your partner are, what you are into, what your hobbies are. Are you into sports? Maybe ride in on a bicycle or canoe across a lake for your arrival or your getaway. Play games at your wedding during the cocktail hour, anything from horseshoes to lawn bowling. Are you a surfer? Have a surfboard that all your guests sign instead of a guest book. Have “score cards” that your guests fill out with words of advice on how to have a beautiful, long and loving marriage.
Perhaps you are foodies? Have all of your guests bring a favourite recipe from their families written out on oldfashioned recipe cards. Take Polaroid pictures of each of your guests and create a scrapbook with their pictures and response cards. Create a homemade chutney or jam as party favours and include the recipe and the story behind it. Create a family photo table honouring the combining of your families. Have a photo wall with pictures of everyone that is attending. If you have time write a description of each person in the picture with a note saying what the picture is about. Make everything more personal. Have each table be photos of you and your sweetheart growing up. Each table could be a school year with your school picture as the table marker. If you are combining two different cultural backgrounds then honour them in the décor or in the food. Have a fusion of the two cultures in your menu, or in the flowers of your homeland. Mix your traditions in the ceremony. Pull the parts you like into a cohesive single ceremony. Are you into music or literature? Name each table after a favourite author or musician, book or album. Then have favorite quotes or lyrics scrolled up at each place setting. If your wedding is an intimate affair then consider writing a short note to each of your quests explaining why it is important to you for them to be there. Maybe make a beautiful gift for each person. Homemade jams, candles, potpourri, poems, quotes… anything to show you love them and they are important to you and your sweetheart.
Your guest cards are a great way to really express your personality and interests. I once did a wedding for a biologist that studied butterflies. The cards were the identifying index cards for various butterflies. The guest name was the “species”, The table name was the “habitat”, and the “genus” said either friend or family. One wedding couple who were enthusiastic gardeners had a guest card table that was a covered with beautiful potted herbs and plants, many they had grown themselves. Some were huge plants in beautiful containers, some were flower arrangements and some were blooming bulb flowers. In addition, sprinkled through out were garden tools, beautiful birdhouses, nests, and other gardeny details. The table looked like a beautiful display at a nursery center. The guest’s names were written on metal garden markers placed in small Herb pots that the couple had potted especially for each guest. This served both as the guest card and a lovely favor as well as being a beautiful focal point throughout the evening. Wherever you can look to add your special touch, make it personal. You and your guests will feel the love that went into such an important day! Tricia styled the Ruche Cover Shoot
Nicole & Hitin OJAI, CALIFORNIA | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LACIE HANSEN
Nicole and Hitin had a beautiful traditional Brahmin Hindu ceremony to celebrate their union. With the help of their florist, Kate from Flowerwild, they carried the Indian influences throughout the cocktail reception with the decor as well as the food that they served. Being the laid back people they are, it was important to the couple that the wedding reflected this and that it was inviting and comfortable for their guests. They had unique Indian-inspired details throughout the event and gold and saffron tones were used as the colour palette with pops of indigo blue.
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fell on a beautiful, warm moonlit night and our memories of dancing under the full moon with our closet friends will remain some of the best memories of our lives
Yoga, for both of us, is a place where a person really gets to be who they are,
without a facade. We are so glad we met there, in that way. I arrived at a class early one Thursday evening and Nicole came in, quietly set her mat beside me and our relationship began. Even before uttering a single word between us, we felt it immensely. After class, we both (uncharacteristically) sat and waited. I broke the silence by asking how old she was when she realised she lived a blessed life... I think we both immediately fell in love. We had our first date the next day, said we loved each other the following, and by the Sunday began to plan our marriage and our family. And that was it, no struggle, no fight, no second guessing. Just us.
"Nicole and Hitin truly are an
couple and I am so happy that
important day in their
I was able to capture such an lives together"
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Lacie Hansen VIDEOGRAPHER Love Spun Films CREATIVE DIRECTION AND FLORAL DESIGN Flowerwild PLANNER La Fleur Weddings & Events VENUE Ojai Valley Inn & Spa LINGERIE Heirloom by Claire Pettibone BRIDE'S DRESS Junko Yoshiko BRIDE'S SHOES Badgley Mischka GROOM'S SUIT Bar III GROOMS SHIRT Calvin Klein GROOM'S SHOES Bruno Magli STATIONERY Pitbulls and Posies CALLIGRAPHY AND POEM ARTWORK Oh My Deer INVITATION AND ENVELOPE CALLIGRAPHY DesignsGirl DJ The Flash Dance RENTALS Classic Party Rentals WEDDING DECOR/RENTALS Elan Event Rentals HAIR & MAKE-UP Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup LINENS La Tavola
SPANISH LACE photography by Miguel Verona and Javier Diez Spanish bridal couturier Santos Costura's gowns were the central inspiration for this magical shoot in an old castle. Set in the countryside near Valencia, Finca Torrefiel perfectly reflects the refined elegance of the gowns, matching their vintage delicacy with its sophisticated surroundings.
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Miguel Verona Photography and Javier Diez of Diez & Bordons Photography STYLING Esther Friedrich VENUE Finca Torrefiel, Valencia DRESSES Santos Costura HAIR Raquel Coronado MAKE-UP Alba Colores
coLOUR STORY COLOUR verde + indigo photography by Greta Kenyon styling and stationery by Ruby & Willow flowers by Leaf & Honey AG
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Bouquet blues.. Blue tweedia, caspia, steel viburnum berries, antique hydrangea, and perris.
Use toile, Delft or blue floral prints for table accents or runners.
blues and greens, cool as a summer breeze...
Use fresh flower garlands to dress up the back of the bridal party chairs
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1. Footed Platter and Canister from Citta 2. Black Currant & Iris Products from MOR Cosmetics 3. Harlequin Cushion Cover from Citta 4. Custom Invitation from Ruby & Willow 5. Drop Waist Dress from Ruche 6. Stone Suede Boots from Mi Piaci 7. Green Onyx Earring from Margaret Elizabeth 8. Biennial Tricolore Satchel from J.Crew 9. Queens Wood Tea Towel from Citta
y r Mallo r e o y C d n a NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ULMER STUDIOS
"The theme really fit our personalities:
a southwestern vibe with local Nashville flare."
With friends all over the US and inevitable travel wherever the wedding was held, Corey and Mallory decided on Nashville, Tennessee, where they had recently made their home. Mallory found their perfect farm wedding venue online, but the only available date was just three months away! They decided to go for it, and managed to pull together the perfect rustic southwestern-style celebration, and a perfect destination wedding for their guests.
COREY AND I HAVE A VERY LAID-BACK/EARTHY STYLE. WE WANTED SOMETHING CASUAL AND NOT TOO OVER-THE-TOP, and I had always wanted an outdoor wedding. I initially didn't think I wanted a sit-down dinner, but in the end I loved that the tables were family style and that it was in the back yard of the farmhouse. Being able to really share a meal and quality time with our family and friends made it so much more personal for us.
"It felt like I was eating in my grandmother's backyard with all my extended family members!"
"I don't know much about flowers, but I am slightly obsessed with feathers! My bouquet was teardrop style with a mixture of soft peach garden roses, chocolate cosmos, sandstone roses, peach hypericum berries, brown lotus pods, small succulents and pheasant feathers."
"WE HAVE REALLY FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THIS CITY'S HIP, ECLECTIC, CREATIVE ATMOSPHERE AND WANTED TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THE LOCAL ARTISANS."
"MUSIC IS A BIG DEAL TO US, AND I LOVED OUR BLUEGRASS BAND. THEY WERE A HIT, BECAUSE THEY PLAY AN ASSORTMENT OF GENRES, AND THE GUESTS GOT INTO IT A LITTLE BIT MORE SINCE THEY KNEW ALL THE SONGS THAT WERE PLAYED."
"COREY LOVES TO HUNT, SO WE INCORPORATED SOME DEER ANTLERS AS PART OF THE TABLE SETTINGS. I HAND PAINTED SOME OF THEM TO GIVE A POP OF COLOUR. WE ALSO FOUND INEXPENSIVE NAVAJO RUGS TO USE INSTEAD OF TABLE RUNNERS."
"MY FAVOURITE PART OF THE DAY WAS THE FIRST LOOK. I AM SO GLAD WE DID IT! IT WAS GOOD TO BE ABLE TO SEE COREY PRIOR TO THE CEREMONY AND SPEND A FEW MINUTES OF DOWNTIME REFLECTING ON THE DAY. I STILL HAD BUTTERFLIES WALKING DOWN THE AISLE – IT DIDN'T TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM THAT MOMENT."
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Ulmer Studios Photography CAKE Cakes by Rebecca STATIONERY BB Paper FLORIST Enchanted Florist VENUE Southall Eden BRIDE'S DRESSES Marisa BRIDE'S SHOES Cole Haan GROOM'S ATTIRE J.Crew and Jos. A Bank BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Modcloth, Anthropologie, Ruche JEWELLERY Pomp and Plumage BELTS Emil Erwin TIES Otis James HAIR AND MAKE-UP Stephanie Harrison and Ashley Mullins PLANNER Bridal Blueprints STYLIST Shannon O’Kelley, Southall Eden CATERER Cool Café RECEPTION BAND Goat Hill String Band TRANSPORTATION Grand Avenue CEREMONY MUSICIAN Ben Graves REHEARSAL DINNER BAND South Street Players REHEARSAL DINNER VENUE Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant BEVERAGES Bathtub Gin and Yazoo Beer
get the look
Team a short dress with some sassy boots... you'll be able to dance the night away!
RUSTIC NEUTRALS Cluster Ring | Margaret Elizabeth, V-neck Dress | Temperley London, Invitation | Jennifer Wick for Minted Gold Bangle | Samantha Wills, Stick Pencils | Boutique Theo, Burl wood Salad Bowl | Greta Bean Cutout Booties | Anthropologie, Chevron Paper Straws | Brown Paper Packages, Burlap Ribbon | Boutique Theo
Lover.ly is a visual search engine and cloud scrapbook for all your wedding inspiration. With a constantly evolving database and an archive of over 100,000 images, it is designed to help you discover, search, save and share inspiration for all things loverly! We asked a few of our favourite vendors to put together lover.ly bundles based on an urban theme and we are loving the different ways of celebrating they came up with. Be sure to click on the links to see their full bundles.
BY SWE E T EM IL IA JANE
Click here to see Emilia's full lover.ly bundle and photo credits
get the look
Rustic crates have so many uses both on the day and after the wedding
RUSTIC VINEYARD Stone Drop Earrings | Margaret Elizabeth, Dress | Matthew Williamson, Invitation | Alethea & Ruth via Minted, Portraits Gold Necklace | Samantha Wills, Herb Trays | Father Rabbit, Zinc Hangtags | Boutique Theo Beverley Sandals | Sergio Rossi, Parisian Goblet | Redcurrent, Three Tier Tray | Boutique Theo
RUSTIC vineyard BY D E TA I LS E V E NT PL ANNING
Click here to see Lisa's full lover.ly bundle and photo credits
get the look
Your decor may be rustic but that doesn't mean your outfit has to be!
RUSTIC FARM Ring | Samantha Wills, Dress | Temperley London, Custom Invitation | Ruby & Willow Vintage Milk Bottle | Sweet Style, Rectangle Chalk Board | Boutique Theo, Murmansk Sandals | Sergio Rossi, Diamond Ring | Diamond in the Rough, Dinnerware | Anthropologie, Wooden Soda Crate | Sweet Style
RUSTIC farm BY BASH D C
Click here to see Terriâ€™s full lover.ly bundle and photo credits
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEN HUANG With a whisper of nautical, this shoot combines old world charm with Mediterranean flair. Drawing inspiration from a Spanish tiled fountain, with hints of marine blue, the setting begs to take you to a ship captain's cottage, with deep mahogany accents and beautiful worldly porcelain. The bride, with her classic, empire waisted gown and delicate beaded shoulders, holds a gorgeous bouquet with a mix of bright and light blooms. The table is set with a delicious sweet breakfast - tarts and coffee and sugars from undiscovered worlds - something the captain most definitely carries on his voyages. Such a fun and romantic illustration of a love filled with adventure, travel & destinations!
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Jen Huang Photography STYLING & DIRECTION Jen Huang Workshops FLORIST Florette Designs VENUE Private Estate, Santa Barbara DRESSES Empire Waisted - SajaWeddings, Lace - Sarah Janks via Lovely Bride HAIR & MAKE-UP Jess Wilcox Make-up and Hair CUSTOM SASH Hushed Commotion
Tara & Stephanie Bo onville, California PHOTOGRAPHY BY BELATHEE
'Lush', 'fragrant' and 'colourful' were the three words used to convey to the florist the vision Tara had of her wedding to Stephanie. It would seem all that was achieved and then some. Tara joked that it was a "garden party with the Kennedys in California" theme: an incredible dinner party, the kind that no one would ever forget, with explosions of colour all around. The couple focused on being great hosts and giving their guests the best experience they could.
"We wanted every part of the ceremony to be purposeful and meaningful to us as a couple. The ceremony positively flew by and was one of the most emotionally complete times of my life."
Favourite detail... "This would have to be the paper flower wreath which I constructed entirely by hand. The wreath itself was made of grape vines that I soaked in our bathtub, then formed into shape on our front lawn with wire wrapped in a dark raffia, and let dry. The neighbors must have thought I was nuts, but I couldnâ€™t figure out how to keep the vines in their shape without staking them to the ground, and our front yard is the only outdoor space we have. The flowers were made of wire and dyed coffee filters. We hand dyed them, sorted and separated them, and then cut and wired them into the shapes you see. I made about 300 flowers with the help of any friend or family member who happened to make the foolish mistake of dropping by in the month or so it took. If you were sitting on my couch, you were making paper flowers."
The perfect moment... "Waking up in our cottage and spending the morning on the porch watching the hotel wake up around us and begin to buzz with the preparation of the wedding was so special. It was during that time that I assembled the wreath. Everyone, including my beautiful bride, thought I was insane to put off the task until the morning of the wedding, but I knew it would provide me with a quiet, grounding moment. Spending a little time on the task of arranging the paper flowers on the wreath and focusing my creative energy for a moment was simply wonderful. Stephanie and our closest friends and family, all staying at the hotel, were able to sit with me on the porch that morning as summer bloomed around us. It was an extraordinary and blissful moment I will never forget."
"I canâ€™t even put into words how lovely the setting was in the courtyard, surrounded by our loved ones, and eating and drinking the most wonderful things. It was fantastic."
"We used rosemary, GERANIUM, MINT, oregano and bay to complement the bright SUMMER BLOOMS of garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, feverfew, clover and WILD SWEET PEAS. I wanted the color palate to reflect the idea of a summer garden in FULL BLOOM, and we wanted the flowers to be a TREAT FOR THE SENSES."
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Belathee VIDEOGRAPHER Well Spun Weddings CAKE Melinda Ellis Cakes VENUE Boonville Hotel FLORIST Natalie Bowen Designs TARA'S DRESS Reem Acra via Encore Bridal STEPHANIE'S SUIT Theory TARA'S SHOES Hey Lady STEPHANIE'S SHOES Cole Haan TARA'S NECKLACE Carolee Luxe HAIR Martina Harrer of Orange Berlin MAKE-UP Meaganne McCandess STATIONERY Invitations from Minted, other stationery by Tara BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES BCBG and Jenny Yoo SUITS Express Men PLANNER Emily de Ayora of Downey Street Events
Fine Hand Calligraphy and Design by Moya Minns Invitations . Monograms . Envelope Addressing . Signage . Day-of calligraphy and more â€“ for events near and far
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magnolia rouge 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. This issue we're delighted to debut our new Magnolia Rouge Lifestyle section, with inspiring ideas for travel, entertaining with friends, and creating special moments with family.
AN AFTERNOON IN THE MEADOW - photography by Jose Villa
Elizabeth Antonia of The Littlest Blog & her husband Michael, better known in the wedding world as DJ, The Flashdance, drove up to Santa Ynez and Los Olivos on a beautiful spring day to capture some special family moments with their adorable daughter Elodie.
lizabeth tells us, "Our friends Jose Villa and Joel Serrato live nearby and have a special relationship with the environment. The light in this part of California is pure magic and I feel an indescribable joy every time we visit. Elodie was being a completely normal three year old and not totally into taking pictures, so we told her we were in the Hundred Acre Wood. She found some purple thistles and kept on the look out for Pooh Bear and Eeyore the entire time. I remember everything about this day â€“ the beautiful drive, the famous tri-tip sandwiches from the local market, and the first movements of baby number two."
“What day is it?" "It's today," squeaked Piglet. "My favourite day," said Pooh.” A.A. Milne
view the beautiful film captured by Joel Serrato
with White Loft Studio Being immersed in the wedding industry means Heidi of White Loft Studio, is constantly surrounded by 'pretty', but as she dips her toe into the food world a little more she has come to realise that the formation of a menu – the smells and tastes that entice guests at an event – are often overlooked when putting inspiring shoots together. So in that spirit she has put together an eclectic team of talents, connecting the wedding world to the food arena in this gorgeously rustic winter shoot. Maggie (of Eat Boutique acclaim) is a true tastemaker in the food world and has put together a menu that reflects the winter season, using readily available produce. Christine Tobin, a Boston based food stylist, came in to prep and style Maggie's menu. All of these components were married with Forêt’s out-of-the-box approach to styling to create something that felt real, New England, and rustic.
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2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp unsalted butter 7 garlic cloves, chopped 6 thyme sprigs 1/2 cup finely chopped kohlrabi 1/2 cup finely chopped leek 5-6 whole cloves 1 California bay leaf 6 cups low sodium chicken broth 1/4 cup Madeira 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/4 tsp black pepper; sea salt, to taste 2 cups freshly roasted chestnuts or 1 jar peeled cooked whole chestnuts, crumbled
butter and oil in a large heavy saucepan over low heat, 1 Melt then stir in kohlrabi, garlic, and leek. Sweat vegetables for
15 minutes (to soften). thyme, cloves, and bay leaf in cheesecloth and tie 2 Wrap into a bundle with string to make a bouquet garni. broth and bouquet garni and bring to the boil. Reduce 3 Add heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Add chestnuts and Madeira and simmer, covered, for 3 minutes. soup in small batches (4 or 5) in a blender until smooth, 4 Puree transferring to a large heavy saucepan. Stir in cream, pepper and salt to taste and reheat soup over moderate heat, stirring occasionally.
This menu was inspired by chilly nights deep in the woods when only red wine and candlelight will do. The red wine is sweetened with a little black currant liqueur, and the cheese course is piled high with preserved fruits, freshly cracked nuts and seasonal fruits. The filling meal of chestnut soup, roasted hens and white beans is topped with a light, booze-infused dessert, a duo of winter pavlovas that impress with cream and fruit.
Brown Sugar Pavlova
with Port-Soaked Cherries Recipe for brown sugar meringue from Epicurious INGREDIENTS FOR MERINGUE • Confectioners sugar for dusting • 1 cup superfine granulated sugar • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar • 1 1/2 tbsps cornstarch • 1 1/2 tsps pure vanilla extract • 2 tsps distilled white vinegar • 3/4 cup egg whites (from 5 to 6 large eggs) sitting at room temperature for 30 minutes DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 135C (275F) with rack in middle. 2. Lightly butter three 20cm (8 inch) round cake pans, then dust sides of pans with confectioners sugar, knocking out excess. 3. Line bottom of each pan with a round of parchment paper. 4. Pulse superfine sugar, brown sugar, and cornstarch in a food processor until well combined. 5. Stir together vanilla and vinegar in a small bowl. 6. Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt using an electric mixer at medium speed until they hold soft peaks. Increase speed to medium-high and add sugar mixture 1 tablespoon at a time. After all sugar has been added, beat 1 minute more. 7. Add vinegar mixture, then beat at high speed until meringue is glossy and holds stiff peaks, about 5 minutes. Spoon meringue into pans (about 2 1/2 cups per pan) and smooth tops. 8. Bake until meringues have a crisp crust and feel dry to the touch, about 1 hour (insides will still be marshmallow-like). 9. Turn oven off and prop door open slightly with a wooden spoon. Cool meringues in oven 1 hour. (Meringues may sink slightly and crack while cooling.) 10. Run knife along sides of cake pans and carefully turn meringues out of pans. Carefully peel off parchment (meringues will be fragile and the crust may crack further). Carefully turn right side up. 11. Stack your merigues while evenly distributing the cream inbetween along with some of your cherries & syrup. 12. Top final layer with cream and cherries and drizzle with some of the additional syrup.
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PAVLOVA WITH HONEY POACHED APRICOTS
6. Top with apricot sauce and cracked hazelnuts and serve.
Meringue recipe adapted from My Father’s Daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow
HONEY POACHED APRICOTS Recipe by Christine Tobin
INGREDIENTS FOR MERINGUE • 4 organic large egg whites • Pinch fine salt • ½ tsp white vinegar • ¾ cup granulated sugar • 1 tbsp cornstarch • ½ tsp vanilla extract • ½ cup cracked hazelnuts DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C / 350 °F. 2. Combine egg whites, salt, and white vinegar together in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high speed until soft peaks form. Combine the ¾ cup sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl and add to the egg whites in thirds, whisking each addition in completely. Add the vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form. 3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spoon the meringue in eight big spoonfuls as Gwyneth does in her recipe, using a spoon to spread them in a circle, and then make an indent in each, or simply spread the entire meringue into whatever shape you desire – we did a rectangle. 4. Bake for 10 minutes, lower the heat to 95°C / 200 °F, and bake for another hour. Turn off the heat and cool the meringues in the oven for an hour, propping the door open with a wooden spoon. 5. Once cool, evenly distribute the cream on the meringues.
INGREDIENTS • 2 cups honey • Juice and zest of 1 lemon • 24 apricots, (whole or halved and pitted) DIRECTIONS 1. Combine honey, lemon juice and zest, and ½ cup water in a saucepan. 2. Bring to a boil over medium to medium-low heat. 3. Poach apricots, a few at a time, until soft, 3–5 minutes, depending on ripeness of fruit. 4. Remove with a slotted spoon and cool.
PICKLED CRANBERRIES Recipe by Maggie Battista adapted from Marisa McClellan’s recipe in Food in Jars INGREDIENTS • 1 ½ cups of cranberries • 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar • 1 ½ cups organic cane sugar • 2 cinnamon sticks • ½ tsp allspice berries • ½ tsp whole cloves • ½ tsp black peppercorns • ½ tsp juniper berries DIRECTIONS 1. Wash cranberries and pick over for any stems or bad berries.
2. Combine vinegar and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add cinnamon sticks to the brine. 3. Place allspice berries, whole cloves, black peppercorns and juniper berries in a spice bag or tie them up in a length of cheesecloth. Add them to the brine. 4. Once brine is boiling vigorously, add the cranberries. Stir to combine and cook for 5–7 minutes, until the cranberries begin to pop and the brine has returned to a rolling boil. 5. When cooking time has elapsed, remove pot from heat. Pull out the spice bag and cinnamon sticks. 6. Can according to Marisa’s recipe, or store in the fridge for a few weeks.
STABILISED WHIPPING CREAM Recipe by Christine Tobin INGREDIENTS • 1 tsp plain gelatin • 2 tbsp cold water • 1 cup whipping cream • 3 tbsp powdered sugar • ½ tsp vanilla DIRECTIONS 1. Add gelatin to cold water in small pan and set this over boiling water until it is clear, do not stir. 2. Cool to room temperature. 3. Meanwhile whip the cream until it is medium thick. 4. Pour gelatin mixture into the center of cream while mixer is going. Pour in the gelatin all at once and continue beating. 5. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until cream stands in stiff peaks.
EDITOR'S PICK I'm obsessed with bed linen âˆ’ this red comforter would be perfect for a winter bedroom look.
ill w s e r u t x e t Rawo give your home help t a rustic feel
1. Fiore Rose Hip Comforter from Bianca Lorenne 2. Cushions from Provincial Home Living 3. Metal Letter Organiser from Provincial Home Living 4. Rustic Bench from Provincial Home Living 5. Metal Letters from Provincial Home Living 6. Tumbler Set by French Country from Mildred & Co.
Cosy up your home
with some rustic touches
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1. Rustic Cabinet from Romantique 2. Decorative Wooden Box from Provincial Home Living 3. General Eclectic Iron Cupboard from Green with Envy 4. Wooden Box from Father Rabbit 5. Carson Oval Serving Board from Citta 6. White Relief Vessel from Freedom 7. General Eclectic Tray Shelves from Green with Envy
with Polly Alexandre
KA GALLE - SRI L AN A trip to Galle on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, will have you transported back in time to the Dutch colonial era. At the heart of this cosmopolitan city is a jaw-dropping fortress which has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. More than just a pretty place, part of the Galle's allure is the fact that it remains a working community. Whilst tourist activity is growing daily, it has the energetic buzz of a busy town centre. The fort remains a reminder of the European colonialists who populated the town centuries ago, but step away from it into the colourful market-lined streets and you'll find another aspect to this charming town. With the beaches of Unawatuna and Wijaya in close vicinity, this fishing town has much to offer the most seasoned of travellers.
WHERE TO EAT SAVE Wijeya Beach Restaurant This cool, casual beach restaurant overlooking Dalawella’s idyllic turquoise lagoon is full of surprises – Dom Perignon, anyone? At sunset, head for the rooftop, frozen margarita in hand, to watch the sun melt into the sea before feasting on a menu of wood-fired pizzas, curries, oysters and clams. SPLURGE Aditya Set beside a long, broad stretch of coarse amber sand just north of Galle, Aditya hotel’s intimate, open-sided dining room is presided over by brightly painted marionettes and has an extensive menu will cater to even the fussiest of tastes.
WHAT TO DO WALK To fully appreciate this heartstopping antiquity, tread the fort’s saltstained sea walls, as centuries of European visitors have done before you. DAY TRIP Hop in a tuk-tuk and head south-east to Mirissa Beach to top up your tan on sandy shores. The swaying palms far outnumber beachcombers here, so peaceful pockets are easily found, and rustic snack shacks are never far away.
WHERE TO STAY SPLURGE AMANGALLA
SAVE VILLA ILLUKETIA
In the historic port of Galle, Amangalla sits within the ramparts of the 17th-century Galle Fort. The resort reveals the Fort’s daily activities and its rich legacy, the narrow streets lined with buildings from the Dutch and British colonial eras. Offering views of the resort’s 200-year-old gardens and of the Fort and harbour beyond, this luxurious retreat continues to attract cultured comfort-seekers with its blend of nostalgic fittings, centuriesold charm and modern flourishes.
Historic Illuketia is one of Sri Lanka's most storied plantation houses. The expansive house is almost 200 years old, a living reminder of the island's colonial past. Thouroughly modernised but retaining its ancient flavour, Illuketia boasts four suites in the main house and the two in the adjacent Pond House, overlooking a lotus lake. Tea estates, Sinhalese villages and charming country lanes cluster close to the estate so be prepared for a unique cultural experience but never compromising on comfort.
TRAVEL TIP December−April are the best months to visit, when the days are sunny but not too steamy and the sea at its most serene. PHOTOGRAPHY Polly Alexandre
with Magnolia Rouge Just because the wedding planning and design is over doesn't mean you can't indulge in some well-styled prettiness! Gather your girlfriends for a post-wedding brunch in the afternoon sun - the best place to relive all the moments and memories of your big day. Take inspiration from nature, loosely gathering blooms for the table, and serving an inviting platter of seasonal fruits together with aged chutneys, fresh crusty bread and an assortment of aromatic cheeses.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GRETA KENYON STYLING & CONCEPT BY ON MY HAND
Shaye's homemade Chutneys
FEIJOA & DATE CHUTNEY
GREEN TOMATO CHUTNEY
INGREDIENTS 1.5kg feijoas, peeled and chopped 750g apples, peeled and chopped 1kg sugar 250ml malt vinegar 1 ½ tsp cinnamon 1 ½ tsp ground cardamom 250g dried dates 100g raisins 1 tsp black pepper, ground ½ tsp sea salt
INGREDIENTS 1 kg green tomatoes, roughly chopped 1 kg onion, chopped 250g sultanas 500 g brown sugar 1 litre of malt vinegar 2 tbsp sea salt 1 tbsp black pepper 1 tbsp toasted coriander seeds
DIRECTIONS Place all ingredients in a large pot and cook for a couple of hours, stirring from time to time to prevent the mixture sticking. Cook down until there is very little liquid then pour into hot sterilised jars and seal. Makes 2.5 litres.
DIRECTIONS Combine ingredients in a heavy based pot, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until thick. Pour into hot sterilised jars and seal. Leave for a month to mature.
FIG & APRICOT PRESERVE 500g dried figs 500g dried apricots 500g golden raisins 500g sultanas 5cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thinly 250g brown sugar 250ml water Splash of malt vinegar Put sugar and water into a pot and bring to the boil, then turn heat down and add figs, apricots, raisins, sultanas and ginger. Simmer, stirring until reduced and syrupy then add a splash of vinegar to taste. Spoon into hot sterilised jars and keep in fridge.
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GREEN OLIVE & THYME BUTTER 250g softened butter Jar of Spanish green olives, pitted 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped Drain the green olives, place in a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. In a bowl, mix butter, olive mash and thyme leaves with a fork until well combined. Use as a delicious alternative to garlic butter. Try it on steak or stuffed chicken breasts.
Keep it simple! Don't feel like you have to go all out with elaborate floral displays. Select a small variety of blooms or foliage from your garden. Use items you have around the home such as coloured glassware or serving bowls to display them. Include herbs such as rosemary for their natural fragrance.
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KUMEU, AUCKLAND photography by sutherland kovach New Zealand's west coast is blessed with many beautiful beaches and Muriwai, where Laura and Mike chose to get married, is no exception. A short drive from Auckland, Muriwai is an amazing place with a dramatic, sweeping coastline and a thriving gannet colony, visible from scenic lookouts above the beach.
Mike grew up in Muriwai and it is very special to both him and Laura. After spending a few years travelling the world they always intended to return to New Zealand and settle in the lovely little beach town. They chose to do their first look overlooking the sea and to shoot their creative pictures at the Muriwai Horse Park which extends into the pretty Woodhill Forest. Their ceremony was held a short distance away on a private farm owned by family friends, and they said their vows under a gorgeous old tree bedecked in a homemade garland, with the sound of a waterfall in the distance. Family members all pitched in to help, bringing furniture and refreshments into the clearing.
Their relaxed and convivial ceremony was held at The Tasting Shed, attached to Cooper's Creek Vineyard in Kumeu. Guests mingled and played lawn games under the setting sun before enjoying the incredible menu. Laura and Mike's wedding was exactly the day they had looked forward to - the chance to celebrate their marriage with family and friends in a relaxed setting, and at some of the most special places in the world to them.
Both Laura and Mike come from close families and the help and support they received from their parents, siblings and extended family members was very important to them. Laura's sister, Hayley, painted the sweet signs and table decorations and ably assisted with the planning.
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Sutherland Kovach VENUE Private Farm followed by The Tasting Shed FLORIST Leaf & Honey HAIR Natasha Radonich MAKE-UP Sox Teng BRIDE'S DRESS A la Robe BRIDESMAIDS' DRESSES ASOS CELEBRANT Adrienne Dallimore
Sweet Southern Charm PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNABELLA CHARLES
A spring bouquet of Ranunculus, Roses, Pieris, Star Magnolia, Poppy, Jasmine Vine & Spray Rose
A Centrepiece of dusted Asian Pears
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Annabella Charles FLORALS Haute Horticulture COORDINATION Social Graces Events STYLING Everbloom Designs VENUE The Junior League of Memphis CATERING Ziparos CAKE The Flour Garden HAIR & MAKE-UP Elaine Clayton STATIONERY Natalie Chang GOWNS Claire Pettibone, Ines de Santo, Gemy Malouf JEWELLERY Delsa Couture and Justine M Couture LINENS La Tavola and vintage finds
JAMAIC A | PHOTOGR APHY BY ELIZABETH MESSINA Where better to get married than the "romantic secluded island island where he proposed". Backtrack a few years to when Olivier took Bethany to Goldeneye, a beautiful spot in Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica. The stunning location is home to secret coves, breathtaking private beaches and tropical forests. On top of this it has a history rich in music with the current owner being the founder of Island Records. And if the name sounds a little familiar to you, yes itâ€™s also where James Bond author, Ian Fleming, wrote many of his famous novels. It was here at this magical spot that Olivier proposed to Bethany on their balcony overlooking the ocean.
abulous, breathtaking and memorable is how Bethany describes their wedding celebration. As a couple who travel a lot, they knew from the start that they wanted a destination wedding and also that they wanted to make it a three day celebration. Most of all they wanted a meaningful and special location, so heading back to the romantic place of proposal was an easy decision. Having complete seclusion was important and as they could have the entire property to themselves, it offered them everything they needed. Keeping to a stylish, timeless colour palette of all neutrals, the couple infused their own style and personality into the dĂŠcor. The ceremony and reception were both adorned with hundreds of white orchids, roses and lilies which stood out in contrast to the tropical foliage all around them. Bethany walked down an aisle bedded with white rose petals towards the large trees they were married under.
A dress or three
“I LOVE LOVE LOVE dresses and I work in fashion, so I knew narrowing it down was going to be tough! I needed to decide what kind of bride I wanted to be: a traditional bride, a fashionista bride, or a sexy bride. I decided to be all three! I had a classic Nicole Miller satin dress for the welcome dinner, a Marchesa fashionista gown for the ceremony and a sexy short sequined ombre Monique Lhuillier for the after party! I had the best experience at Bergdorf Goodman where I found my Marchesa wedding gown and because of this experience I also had my bridal shower there at BG Restaurant with 30 of my closest friends. I also wanted my MOH (my sister), MOB and MOG to wear white. The MOB and MOH both wore Monique Lhuillier gowns and the MOG wore Comme Des Garcons gown while all the female guests wore all neutral colors to the formal candlelit Ian Fleming sunken garden ceremony.”
Favourite memory “Second to saying ‘I do’, it was probably all of the speeches our loved ones gave at our welcome dinner the night before. Not only were the speeches so personalised and special, but we had invited all of the guests to join us for a welcome party at Firefly which has one of the most beautiful views of Jamaica – it’s on a mountain and breathtaking. We had a photo shoot beforehand and the background scenery in the pictures is just incredible.“
“I wore my grandmother’s oval cut blue sapphire with diamond halo, that she gave to my mom, as my something borrowed and my something blue. It’s a smaller version of Princess Diana’s, but my Mom always says she had hers first. One of Olivier’s favourite desserts is the key lime pie from Joe’s Stone Crab. When he and I were dating I would often use their recipe and make him the pie for a special dinner or his birthdays – it is a tradition! Our baker, Jing agreed to make a special surprise for him; they turned out great and we had mini key lime pies served right alongside our cake! I also surprised Olivier with fireworks after the cake cutting!”
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Elizabeth Messina VIDEOGRAPHER Jason Groupp STATIONERY Postscript Brooklyn FLORIST Tai Floral FLORIST CONSULTANT Jennivie Wisdom CAKE Jing Shi RECEPTION VENUE Goldeneye CEREMONY VENUE Sunken Garden at Ian Fleming Estate and James Bond Beach BRIDAL CONSULTANT June Khan BRIDE'S DRESSES Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and Nicole Miller SHOES Jimmy Choo GROOM'S ATTIRE Alexander Nash JEWELLERY Tiffany’s and Cartier BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Monique Lhuillier WEDDING OFFICIENT Jamar Haywood HAIR Tom Moschetto, NYC Paul Labrecque Spa MAKE-UP Taymour, NYC Paul Labrecque Spa FAVOURS The Knot CATERER Golden Eye DJ D-Nice LIVE MUSIC Silver Birds and Pace Band DANCE INSTRUCTION New York Dance Partner PHOTO BOOTH Kathy Thomas TRANSPORT Karandas Tours
WELL STYLED by Hannah & Bridgette of Styled NZ Why hello there! This column is to share with you all the exciting styling trends and giving you tips and tricks on how how to bring them to life yourself. The days of the cookie cutter weddings are in the past… these days it’s all about weddings that reflect you, your story, your background, your tastes. Putting your stamp on it gives your guests a chance to be part of something you helped create, something personal, meaningful and special.
WHY HAVE A THEME? Having a theme or style helps to create a different and unique experience for your guests, it allows you to really put your stamp on your big day. It will help to make your wedding different from the rest. A theme is like a little mini brief, it gives you direction and assists in those big decisions and makes them a lot easier. It allows you to easily sew everything together, enabling you to tell the whole story, seamlessly and consistently. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT? To decide on a theme, you need to have a chat with your fiancé. What really makes your heart skip a beat? Are you creative and bold, do you prefer something romantic and whimsical, did you want to play it safe but just be a wee bit unique? DECIDED ON A STYLE, THEN WHAT? Create a moodboard, a collection of things you like….from lighting, to tablescapes, to outdoor and indoor styling, flowers, colour palette etc. Give yourself plenty of time, it's the type of thing you put down and pick up…and then start culling, you can’t do everything, pick the bits that you really like and stick to it. Once its all down on paper, you now have a visual brief for what your wedding will look and feel like and you can then start pulling it together.
RUSTIC This feature is all about the lovely, warm, woody & down to earth theme of ‘rustic’. Rustic is divine and homely, full of charm and gracefulness. It takes the old & beautiful from ‘vintage’ and mixes it with the rawness and grittyness of mother nature creating an un-polished, eclectic, rich and elegant look and feel. It is very DIY and can be pulled together using bits and bobs from nature and from your own home… we think that's what makes it more special!
Colour Palette The rustic colour palette is grounded in its natural roots - oaks, beiges and
creams, and then offset by accents that compliment and bring the colour palette to life – such as maroons, dusky pink & duck egg blues.
Flowers Flowers are un-ruley, natural and loose. Think wild flowers, big old fashioned roses.
A look similar to something you have picked from your own garden. Finished off with twine or long loose ribbon and lace, in your featured colour palette, oooo dreamy.
Wedding Mark We are big fans of creating a wedding mark - be it a word, a phrase with or
without an image. With the rustic theme you can get really ‘woodland’ and pick out animals to feature - deers, owls, rabbits etc. Swoon worthy right there!
Stationery The paper stock and the way you ‘package’ the stationery is really important.
The stock should feel natural (in colour and texture). Wrap the stationery with twine or string, take it back to nature and feature woodland animals or foliage.
Tablescape Have a think about what’s on your tables. Cut down some rings of timber to use as
centrepieces and place objects like vases, jars or tins on them. They could also feature little painted animals have them dotted around on the table and use hessian as a table runner or table cloth.
Backdrop Frame your bridal table with a creative backdrop. Use mismatched fabrics and
hang different length strips, or you could hang an eclectic selection of flowers at different lengths on fishing line so they float in the air, so many yummy things you can do!
Outside Use hay bales and old vintage sheets for seating. Hang ribbon and lace from the trees or
wrap a tree with flowers and twine. String festoon lights in the trees and team with different tins and jars and pop candles in them - the light they throw creates a lovely ambiance.
Ceiling Hang old lanterns or ribbon from the ceiling. The structure of an old lampshade can be used to wrap with flowers, twine and ribbon for something eclectic, rustic and charming.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNABELLA CHARLES FLORALS BY HAUTE HORTICULTURE STYLING BY EVERBLOOM DESIGNS
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credits PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Tai PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANTS Heather Grev and Rita Ho FLORIST Melanie Benson Florals FINE FURNISHINGS Vintage Ambiance VENUE Arts Quadrangle at University of Washington MODELS Shayna Edwards, Michael Landon and Obie Garza QIPAO AND TUX Models own HAIR AND MAKE-UP Abbe from Fremont’s Oohla’s Salon
JOANA & JAMEs |
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Joana and James wanted a small, cozy wedding that had a homemade and informal feel to it - a bit like a casual family gathering. Crucially it had to have a Portuguese feel to it. I’m sure you will agree looking at the images, it has just that! Held at the bride's family home in the Minho region in Portugal’s north, it was a place filled with special memories for Joana, who spent many a family vacation there growing up. They held their ceremony in the house chapel, and had the village choir singing for them. It was made even more personal for them with Joana’s uncle performing the Mass, which was tailored to suit them. To celebrate their Portuguese heritage, traditional regional flags – borrowed from family and village members – were hung on clothes lines for colourful decoration. Catering staff wore shirts of traditional costume, and the wedding favours were Portuguese soaps in embroidered bag. An outdoor seating area displayed pillows made with fabric from Alcobaça, and quilts from this region – some more than 100 years old - were hung from the outside walls.
Traditional Portuguese scarves lend some vibrant colour
Utilising the resources at hand in the village, the floral arrangements were all made from plants, flowers and fruit from local gardens and the family orchard. Trying to steer clear of anything too formal, they incorporated items like coloured corn cobs into the centrepieces. Infusing more of their culture into the celebration was the regional group they chose to entertain their guests, which is customary for most parties in the region. With many of the guests joining in and learning new dances it created a fun celebratory atmostphere.
"My mum is an artis
st and made some watercolours especially for the day."
“Enjoy every minute because you won’t notice
it going by so fast. Take lots of pictures with your friends and family, it is such a nice way to keep the moments alive.”
credits PHOTOGRAPHY AndrĂŠ from Brancoprata STATIONERY Sofia from Brancoprata VENUE The chapel and orchard at the family farm in Bertiandos, north of Portugal BRIDE'S DRESS J.Crew SHOES Zilian GROOMS ATTIRE J.Crew and Crockett & Jones JEWELLERY Bride's Mother's and the engagement earrings the groom gave in lieu of a ring HAIR Natalia, our hairdresser in Bertiandos WINES Van Zellers & Co.
Erin & Evan
CANYON RANCH | CALIFORNIA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LEILA BREWSTER
“It might be clichéd, but walking down the aisle was my favourite moment. I will never forget holding my parents' hands, looking at my guy, and having everyone I love around me.”
he inspiration for Erin & Evan’s wedding celebration all began with a page from a Vogue magazine Erin had ripped out ten years earlier. With a love of bright colours, patterns and texture, she went about infusing these elements into their day. With the venue being full of natural greenery the colours really popped and made quite an impression. Erin’s family all lent a hand when it came to doing their bit of DIY. Her father made concrete planters for the centerpieces, which her mother then planted using succulents from her own garden. Her grandmother knitted the chuppah that they stood under, whilst her grandfather carved the wood filaments that the chuppah cloth was secured on.
ucking tradition, the couple walked with their immediate families from the main house to the ceremony site. Describing their day as a ‘lovefest’, they had 185 guests that came from near and far to be there with them. “Every guest fell in love with each other. All the worlds collided and for some reason it worked. Lots of phone numbers were exchanged!!”
"IT WAS A DAY FILLED WITH
love FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY; THESE TWO ARE so genuine AND DOWN TO EARTH AND I REALLY FEEL THAT IT CAME ACROSS IN THE
photos of them
THE PEOPLE THEY WERE SURROUNDED BY." leila brewster, photographer
"THE DAY OF THE WEDDING,
let it all go!
TRY NOT TO
TALK TO THE CATERER, OR THE
THE FLORIST. TURN OFF YOUR PHONE,
family & friends AND HOPE FOR THE BEST."
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Leila Brewster FLORIST Gelson’s Westlake Village VENUE Canyon Ranch STATIONERY Rachel Gepner BRIDE'S DRESSES Chloe BRIDE'S SHOES Lanvin HAIR Louise Brady JEWELLERY Jamie Wolf earrings, Ippolita bracelets CATERER Heirloom LA MUSIC DJ o-dub GROOM'S ATTIRE YSL suit and belt, Barney’s tie PLANNER Lyndee Rothbard CAKE Beachy Cream
CREATE YOUR OWN PRETTY CENTREPIECE WITH THESE EASY TO FOLLOW STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
You will need... BLOCK OF WOOD SPRAY PAINT HOT GLUE CANDLE DRILL PENCIL FRESH FLOWERS OR FOLIAGE
Position the candle on the wooden block where you would like it, then take a pencil and draw around it as a guideline.
Very carefully drill a hole the size of the diameter you marked out. Make sure it's a perfect for the candle you are using.
Apply the spray paint evenly over the wooden block. We used gold, but you can choose any colour that fits suits.
Cut the stems off the flowers â€“ so you are left with a very small amount. Apply hot glue and immediately place onto the painted block.
Arrange flowers and foliage until you have your desired look. Position the candle in the hole, light and voila! Your very own centrepiece!
Casaundraand Patrick THE BAHAMAS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIRAV PATEL
Patrick and Cassaundra have travelled all over the world together but their very first trip together was to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. It was whilst out on a beach walk that they discovered the One & Only Ocean Club. The subject of marriage came up as they took in the beautiful Versailles Gardens and the amazing ocean views the venue had to offer. Once engaged and knowing that they wanted a destination wedding with only their closest friends and family, it was an easy decision to head back to the place the talk of marriage had begun.
"I had seen some amazing dresses, but it wasn't until I tried on a Melissa Sweet gown at Priscilla of Boston that I knew I had found the one. I wanted to give myself time to think about it, but a couple of days later, I heard that the store was going out of business. My heart sank as I realised my dream dress may be gone forever! I am so thankful for the sales girl, who had put the dress in the back for me, and arranged for my mom to come by the store and purchase the sample. We got such a good deal that I was even able to buy a second dress!"
"Patrick is a big fan of all kinds of live music, so I decided to surprise him with a Junkanoo Band to crash our reception, dressed in bright, colourful costumes, feathers and headdresses, each playing a different horn or drum. Patrick and our guests loved the surprise and danced along, opening up the dance floor."
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Nirav Photography FLORIST Wildflowers Bahamas VIDEOGRAPHER Jorge Flores, Waterloo Films STATIONERY Angel Stottle VENUE Versailles Gardens, One & Only Ocean Club BRIDE'S DRESS Melissa Sweet GROOM'S ATTIRE Vera Wang CATERER One & Only Ocean Club
JESS & ROWAN .
abbeville, auckland photography by danelle bohane
As a photographer herself, Jess knew the importance of a striking venue. After stumbling across Abbeville online, it was the only place the couple wanted to visit and they instantly fell in love with it. With heritage-listed buildings, beautiful gardens and its own vintage chapel, it had the ease of being able to hold everything from ceremony to reception all in one place.
THE PROPOSAL "It was very sweet. Rowan planned a surprise weekend getaway. He whisked me off to Waiheke Island and we stayed in a lovely clifftop house. It was a beautiful sunny day and after a yummy breakfast and walk around the island I found him waiting on the clifftop. He got down on one knee and popped the question. I very excitedly said yes and we celebrated with champagne and a gorgeous dinner."
THE DRESS "I knew I wanted something comfortable to wear, and I'm not really one to dress up too much so I felt like something with a romantic Bohemian vibe would work for me. I went to a bridal show and I saw my John Zimmermann gown sashay down the runway and it just felt right. I went to try it on, and John remade it for me in a peach tone and it moulded perfectly to my frame. It was a dream to wear!"
THE FLOWERS "Oh they were so dreamy! I wanted a rustic, handpicked feel with soft tones, and Naomi from Leaf & Honey captured it perfectly. They were my favourite detail of the day and filled our home for days afterwards too."
SPECIAL MOMENT "The vows were our favourite moment. We couldn't keep our eyes off each other and sharing that moment together is something we will never forget."
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Danelle Bohane SECOND SHOOTER Joe Tiddy FLORIST Leaf & Honey CAKE Carol Hogg STATIONERY DIY VENUE Abbeville Estate BRIDE'S DRESS John Zimmermann BRIDE'S SHOES Pulp BRIDE'S HAIR & MAKE-UP Carolyn Haslett BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR & MAKE-UP Stacy Lee Ghin GROOM'S ATTIRE Barkers CATERERS The Great Catering Company JEWELLERY Lovisa
PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOGAN COLE STYLING BY AMY ORAM FOR TEEKI
credits PHOTOGRAPHY Logan Cole CONCEPT AND STYLING Amy Oram HAIR Peta Winter Bridal Hair VENUE Gledswood Homestead & Winery FLORIST Clementine Posy HEADPIECES, VEIL AND INDIAN HEADDRESS Teeki DRESSES Beska, Lisa Brown, Sarah Seven and Ivy & Aster (both available from The Bridal Atelier) BELTS Forever New ACCESSORIES Samantha Wills, Collette, LowLuv by Erin Wasson, Lovisa MAKE-UP Minx Makeup and Spray Tanning
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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'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.
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.
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.
Seeing your wedding day is a beautiful thing. No other wedding will unfold quite like yours will. I love to tell that story. The big moments, the small details and all the bits in between. I love getting real smiles, real tears and authentic emotions. I love sneaking photographs when you arenâ€™t looking. I would love to hear about your wedding plans.
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.
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.
LEAF & HONEY
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.
Shaye Woolford is a Tauranga based florist with a passion for unique flowers. Seasonal blooms are her muse and her garden is filled with herbs, wildflowers and unusual foliage. Her bouquets are original and exude personality. As a talented event stylist she blends her knowledge together to make a perfect emulsion of flowers and styling.
THE COUTURE CANDY BUFFET
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 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.
ON MY HAND
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.
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