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colour and style... with love



dec-feb 2011


notes from kate

Real weddings

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RANKO & KATE .......... rustic romance with a hint of nostalgia MELODY & CHRIS .......... a classic buttery yellow affair JENNY & GRAZIANO .......... european elegance in the dolomites JESSICA & GRAY .......... art meets love in the texas desert BYRNNE & RYAN .......... secluded nuptials in the pacific northwest PAYAL & YOHAN .......... a colourful multicultural celebration KERRY & JOE .......... a pretty southern california ranch wedding

dec-feb 2011


in this issue


Cover feature

QUEEN OF THE ROAD an ethereal extravaganza ..........


ROAD TRIPPING glamping honeymoon on the road ..........

FUCHSIA IN FUSION tea inspiration taken from the east ..........

ONE DRESS - FOUR WAYS your dream dress four different ways ..........

COLOUR STORY use colour to inspire your day ..........



CATERING TO COLOUR infusing your menu with colour .......... TEA & JAM MA’AM treat your girls to afternoon tea ..........

FLOWER REPORT latest trends in botanical styling ..........


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Aboutt editor in chief &art director

features editor & photographer

Kate has had her fair share of experimenting in different disciplines, but a creative future seemed set in stone from an early age. Her indefatigable artistic talent continued to surface, so when she returned to New Zealand after years travelling, she bought her first computer. Producing her own wedding invitation led to the opening of her business, Ruby & Willow Design Studio. Building on the immense success of her Magnolia Rouge blog, Kate as the editor in chief of {MAG}rouge is the key to the uncompromising aesthetic and inspiration of the magazine.

After gaining qualifications in History Jasmine took up an IT career, though she never forgot her youthful dreams of winning amateur photo competitions. Finally she understood her true calling: photography and art. Having always had a combined passion for photography with her dear friend Hannah, from their days in the art room at high school, they founded Sutherland Kovach Studio, and the rest is history! Their mission is to create a beautiful sweet world through their images. Jasmine is also crazy about her small daughter and the domestic arts.

Christine & Vania Simply Bloom

Kate MacPherson

Bayly & Moore

Danelle Bohane


the team picture editor & photographer

food &entertaining editor

Hannah’s interest in photography dates back to her childhood when at an early age she became obsessed with discovering how the 3D world could be transferred to paper through a magic box. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam she worked in the BBC’s Picture Publicity Dept and on the set of Harry Potter 6 in the photography department. In 2008 she returned home and joined forces with one of her oldest, dearest and most visionary friends Jasmine, in the successful enterprise of Sutherland Kovach Studio.

Judit started her adult life as an economist and marketer in her home country of Hungary. After marrying and having two beautiful girls, she travelled the world, finally stopping at the farthest corner of it in a place called New Zealand. It was here where she finally realised that her best recipe for success would be her culinary skills, sweet tooth, art and craft and marketing talent, and went on to form her business, Artisan Cakes. She still delights clients worldwide, this time not with her incisive ad campaigns but delicious treats from her cake kitchen.

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Jeramie Shoda

Sofia & Andre Brancoprata

Jen Rodriguez

Steph & Robin Bubblerock



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PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING SimplyBloom Photography, LLC HEADPIECES Gracy Lu Originals GOWNS Lincarlo, Maggie Sotero, Davids Bridal, Tutu by StudioWedbyMirela on Etsy, and Something Blu Shoppe Alabama CROWNS Jackie Palmer STATIONERY Ruby & Willow CALLIGRAPHY Moya Minns







maps - either vintage or otherwise; the paper will need to be reasonably thick readymade bias binding or wide grosgrain ribbon in the colour of your choice (we used oatmeal) sewing thread in a matching colour your trusty sewing machine a rotary cutter ruler







1. Gather your materials together. 2. On a piece of paper or card, draw a triangle measuring 16cm x 24cm and cut it out. 3. Place it on your map and cut out the bunting triangles using your ruler and rotary cutter. 4. Put your bias binding or ribbon under the presser foot of your sewing machine and sew a couple of inches. If you have decided to use readymade bias binding, it will be folded for you. If you are using grosgrain ribbon, you will need to fold as you go. 5. Tuck your bunting flags into the fold and sew through the layers, leaving a half inch gap between flags. 6. Trim threads and hang your bunting!











Ranko & Kate MUDBRICK VINEYARD | WAIHEKE photography by Danelle Bohane

Kate and Ranko met through mutual friends - Ranko had seen Kate’s picture and thought she was the most beautiful person he had ever seen. Kate, on the other hand, had no time at all for Ranko, dismissing him as arrogant and rude! Fortunately, this did not last and they went on to fall in love and get married at Waiheke Island’s spectacular Mudbrick Vineyard. Kate and Ranko chose Mudbrick because it offered everything they were looking for: good food, good wine, and good service, as well as being a visually stunning location. Ranko describes their wedding style as ‘rustic romance’, which Kate agrees with, as many of their details hark back to days gone by - the lace of Kate’s dress, Ranko’s bow tie, and the twine that they tied to the church pews.

“Our reception at Mudbrick was incredible, but I have to say the vows were my favourite part. I will never forget the look in Ranko’s eyes.”

Ranko & Kate’s favourite road trip |Auckland to Wellington via the Desert Road


ate spent a lot of time on blogs picking out key design aspects that she liked, and threw in a few of her own ideas. Her advice to other couples is to establish what you like and don’t like before you start your planning, and keep your Googling to a minimum to avoid becoming overwhelmed! Ranko’s advice is to put one person in charge, preferably one’s future wife! Both agree that saying their vows were their favourite part of the day, and that the day itself was made special by the love of their friends and family. “We both agree the most emotional moment of the day was during the reception. Kate’s uncle Tony was the MC and, unbeknownst to us, he prepared his speech to the guests on how the two of us met not in words, but by playing songs. Each song was well thought out, and perfectly fit the emotion Tony was trying to convey to the guests. It was the perfect way to lighten the mood, and by the end of the speech, everyone was on their feet dancing. A true 21st century YouTube moment!“

Kate and Ranko, you really are people who make me fall in love with my job over and over again. The love between you is so genuine and full hearted. At the end of the day all I am doing is capturing this love between couples and turning into a memory that they can treasure forever. DANELLE, PHOTOGRAPHER

Credi ts

PHOTOGRAPHER Danelle Bohane CEREMONY St Matthews-in-the-City RECEPTION Mudbrick Vineyard, Waiheke Island VIDEOGRAPHER Dylan Crummer FLOWERS Blush by Kelly Amundsen DRESS Tanya Carlson BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Sera Lilly BRIDE'S SHOES Topshop TIES Groom: Crane Brothers, Groomsmen:Working Style SUITS Groom: Crane Brothers, Groomsmen: Working Style STATIONERY: Material Creative CAKE: Ranko’s mother, Zdenka. JEWELLERY Rings: Handmade by Shaun at 76 Design TRANSPORT First Class Classics – Daimler and Rolls Royce WEDDING PLANNER My mum! And the girls from Material Creative, Liv and Toni.


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pacific coast highway

MARSEILLE to COTE D’AZUR the cabot trail nova scotia L A P A Z to C O R O I C O 26

concept & styling by {MAG}rouge team photography by Sutherland Kovach

MODELS Toni & Pierre TONI’S CLOTHING Trelise Cooper PIERRE’S CLOTHING 3 Wise Men & Barkers SHOES Model's own CAKE, MACARONS & PASTRIES Artisan Cakes by Judit Meron STATIONERY Ruby & Willow FLOWERS Val Sutherland RADIO & TORCH PROPS: Simon James Concept Store @ The Department Store SUITCASE & CUSHIONS Trees Co. Ltd VENUE Matakana Country Park & Warkworth Cement Works HAIR & MAKEUP Tina Pati LAND ROVER Special thanks to Chris & Wendy!

Toni & Pierre’s favourite road trip | Drive to Cape Egmont LIghthouse

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Meet Toni & Pierre! We photographed their wedding and knew they’d be perfect for our honeymoon shoot. They like art deco design, home-made gifts and dream of living in Barcelona. Right now they live in Auckland with their sweet baby boy, Jasper.

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things – Henry Miller

Get back to nature on a camping honeymoon! Glamourous camping, or ‘glamping’, has come into vogue recently. There’s no need to rough it on the road - pack your snuggliest quilt and some home comforts for the perfect week away. Being wild at heart doesn’t have to set you apart from fashion and style. Chic outfits and beauty treats will create a feeling of indulgence whilst you explore the great outdoors. And with a vehicle like a Land Rover, there’s room for everything plus the kitchen sink!




on the stereo: Ray LaMontagne on the campstove: Flakes in the Banana in the glovebox: Boiled sweets



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1. Straw Tote from Country Road 2. Judith Leiber Aviator Sunglasses 3. Woven Sandal from Country Road 4. Storm Lantern from Toast 5. Cutout Dress by 6. Radio from Orla Keily 7. Woven Linen Scarf from Country Road 8. Feather trimmed fedora from Eugenia Kim 9. Photo Album from Orla Keily


Melody & Chris TIROHANA ESTATE | WELLINGTON photography by Kate MacPherson


Martinborough is a gorgeous little town in the Wairarapa - a famous winegrowing region of New Zealand, located not far from the capital city of Wellington. Chris and Melody love the area and chose the beautiful boutique Tirohana Estate for their spring wedding. The couple met at an accounting firm, where both were on the graduate program; Melody in her first year and Chris in his second. On a night out to induct the new grads, Melody and Chris spotted each other straight away. Fast forward six years, and they were en route home after years spent living in London and travelling the world, when Chris proposed in Argentina. There was another surprise to come when Chris revealed he had put three rings on hold at De Beers in Las Vegas, where they were heading in a week’s time, for Melody to choose from.

Melody & Chris’s favourite road trip | Sucre, Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama Chile

“I’m originally from South Africa, and Chris has Lebanese heritage on his mother’s side, so Saranne at Tirohana gave a South African / Lebanese flavour to the canapés during the cocktail hour. The meal at the main reception was a three course seated meal of Tirohana fare, delicious as always! ” MELODY, BRIDE

Credi ts

PHOTOGRAPHER Kate MacPherson CEREMONY St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Martinborough RECEPTION Tirohana Estate, Martinborough BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE Carmen Fortuin Bridal HAIR/MAKE-UP Dara Wakely FLORIST Scent Boutique Wellington TRANSPORT Eastbourne Classic Cars ENTERTAINMENT DJ Richard

When it came to planning the wedding, Melody h wedding colours but almost changed them when s she decided to remain true to what she liked, and out a bit. Melody herself admits that, as a char DIY, is really my forte‌!! However I do know wh She scoured wedding blogs for inspiration, wanti tic. Both her venue and florist were able to tra her guests really noticed and appreciated the d

had been keen on buttery yellow and grey as her she saw how popular they’d become! In the end, d also brought in white and silver to even things rtered accountant, ‘I can’t say that creativity, nor hat I like, and don’t like, so I just went from there!’ ng the day to look pretty, elegant and romantic. te her vision into reality. Melody says that her tails, like the lace wrapped around each napkin.


fuchsia in fusion concept & styling by {MAG} rouge team photography by Sutherland Kovach flowers by Annie Oxborough


he team at {MAG}rouge just loves a good tea party! It’s a lovely thing to dress up and take time out from the rush of everyday life; to sit down with friends and family with a cuppa. Especially if the tea is served in a delicate cup and is accompanied by a selection of irresistible savory and sweet treats. It does make one wish to return to those times when these delectable affairs were everyday rituals! The list of themes and colour options is extensive. Enchanted by the tea culture of Asia, the {MAG}rouge girls concocted a fusion tea party which would incorporate the best of many worlds, with fuchsia as our accent colour. Hand carved, dark wood furniture and neutral coloured tetures and accessories provided the perfect base. Intricately decorated brass and gold vases and pots gave the finishing touches for a visual trip to the Orient. Judit, our resident entertaining expert, prepared a delicious menu of savoury and sweet treats from the four corners of the world, while her special selection of tea from the best growing areas of China and India impressed our guests in both look and taste!

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VILLA ZASSO | VENETO | ITALY photography by Bayly& Moore

Jenny’s favourite road trip | Iceland, Graziano’s favourite road trip | California

Jenny & Graziano are illustrators and met in an animation studio in Rome, where they live. After the proposal, they set their wedding date for a year away and spent the time researching and studying wedding blogs. It is Italian tradition to get married in the bride’s hometown, which for Jenny is Feltre, a village in the Veneto region. Veneto is rich in Renaissance and Palladian villas and when Jenny & Graziano found Villa Zasso they knew it was the perfect place for their wedding reception.

Jenny’s Valentino dress set the scene for their colours - as it had embroidered white flowers and black ribbon around the waist, they chose white and black for their table numbers, their guest favours, table decorations, and confetti cones. The couple felt the details were an important part and really enjoyed making them. Overall, it was exactly the wedding they wanted. They found that, even if there wasn’t time to talk to everyone as much as they would have liked, people had a great time, and that made Jenny & Graziano very happy.

Credi ts

PHOTOGRAPHER Bayly & Moore BRIDE’S DRESS Valentino BRIDE’S SHOES Bhldn CAKE Gazzola, FLORIST Fioreria Fantasia, Santa Giustina CEREMONY VENUE Feltre City Hall RECEPTION Villa Zasso, Belluno (Veneto, Italy)

We first met Jenny & Graziano in Rome for their engagement shoot and discovered they had the coolest apartment which we also photographed. Both being illustrators they had a collection of great design pieces scattered throughout their home, some of which they designed themselves. So naturally, their wedding was dead cool. BAYLY & MOORE, PHOTOGRAPHERS


You’ve found the dress of your dreams, but perhaps it’s not what you had in mind for your chic ballroom wedding. Never fear! With the right accessories, flowers and hair do, you can turn that gown around! Make it work with our tips for one dress, four different ways. Styling by MAGrouge team Photography by Sutherland Kovach

Who doesn’t love a vineyard wedding? Use all those gorgeous grassy greens as a jumping off point for your colour scheme. Strappy green shoes add a precious pop of colour and make a style statement with a knee length dress. Plus, these shoes will take you from pinotage to parquet without missing a beat. Leaf & Honey put together this sweet and whimsical bouquet featuring green and ivory with a little nod to yellow. Work with the elements with this sweet side chignon casual - and carefree yet tres, tres chic.

Think fresh and light for your beach wedding. Lovely and loose hair, that can still withstand a breeze, and light and airy makeup. Fresh blues and pinks are ideal for an oceanside setting. Annie Oxborough of me, myself and i put together this wonderfully blousy bouquet, centred around the protea flower. Proteas really come into their own for a beach bouquet - they’re gorgeous to look at, and hardy when required! Include some lush greenery in shades of sage green, and you have the perfect accompaniment for your walk down the aisle. Flats are essential on the beach, like a lovely silvery sandal. Don’t forget your pedicure!

MODEL Mikala at 62 Models HAIR & MAKEUP Sox Teng DRESS & ACCESSORIES Natalie Chan SHOES Yvonne Bennetti & Overland Footwear FLOWERS Annie Oxborough, Leaf & Honey, Roses BACKGROUND MATERIAL Marthas ADDITIONAL PROPS Le Monde Inspired Homewares

This combination of gold, ivory and buttery yellow would light up a ballroom. Add length and glamour to this dress with a matching petticoat and pair it with some beautiful gold shoes, just right for tripping the light fantastic. A ballroom wedding means you can let your hair down in more ways than one. Show off your luscious locks and glam it up with a timeless birdcage veil or gorgeous headpiece. Roses created this beautifully classic bouquet which just exudes elegance. Is there anywhere where a blooming peony isn’t welcome?

Dark wood, concrete, petrol green and a luggage leather brown all help to weave this hip industrial look together. A bouquet full of simple creamy blooms and rich green succulents constructed by Roses is the ideal accessory. Structure is the watchword for the loftspace or warehouse wedding - apply this to your shoes and jewellery and you can’t go wrong! Take the inspiration for your hairdo from high fashion and feel free to go avant garde on your makeup. Transport yourself from afternoon to after dark with a gorgeous and sultry smoky eye.

Jessica & Gray MARFA | TEXAS photography by Punam Bean

Loving the eclectic decor of these tables... especially all the great packaging on the tins and bottles they’ve used.

Marfa is a small mountain town in the far west of Texas that began as a railroad water stop in the 19th century. Today it is the home of the Chinati and Judd Fountains, established to preserve the work of the minimalist artist Donald Judd, who moved to Marfa in the 60s. This beautiful place was the location for Jessica and Gray’s wedding. Marfa has two fabulous accommodation spots - the Thunderbird Hotel and El Cosmico, both of which feature in the pictures. El Cosmico offers a range of options, including yurts, teepees and a collection of renovated vintage trailers.

Jessica & Gray’s ceremony was held at Mission Mary in Calera, Texas. Mission Mary was built in 1902 and abandoned in the 1940s. The La Calera Foundation restored the mission in 2003 to the incredible building you see in these pictures.

A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles - Tim Cahill

The bride honored her Mexican roots with cantina lighting, red roses, topo chico bottles, and I think her grandmother made the mexican pastries.

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colour story claret + apricot

styling and photography by Kate Holland

Sometimes an idea for a shoot can spring from the most unexpected sources. From a length of fabric, to some vibrant glassware or a brightly coloured piece of fruit. Kate spotted these mangosteens in a grocery store and the rest followed quickly after! Claret and apricot work well together as they are both warm colours, with a yellow tone. Create your own colour story for your wedding or event by choosing two complementary colours with the same tone and sourcing elements in those colours. Fabric, fruit, baked goods, your dress and shoes, jewellery, crockery - the possibilities are endless! Have fun gathering props to experiment with and you’ll soon find your own colour story starting to evolve.

create your own claret & apricot wedding story...

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the sweet treats

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ORCAS ISLAND | WASHINGTON photography by Jeramie Shoda

“We really wanted to capture the beauty of the location, so most things were very natural, like flowers from the farmers market, our reception dinner of fresh salmon and local produce and a pre-wedding whale watching trip for everyone.�

Brynne and Ryan met one month into their respective university careers at a sports team mixer. Eight years after that, they tied the knot on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Brynne had taken a vacation to Orcas Island a few years earlier and had not been able to get the beautiful location out of her head, so it was an easy choice as a wedding destination! Both were excited for their friends and family to also experience the island’s beauty.

Brynne and Ryan kept the details light as they wanted the focus to be on the surroundings. They kept the guest list small and loved that they were able to spend time with each person who had come to support them. Brynne recommends deciding what to spend time and money on, and sticking to this plan. By forgoing some traditional must-haves, like a DJ or a wedding party, the couple were able to direct their funds towards the things that meant a lot to them - a personal ceremony in a breathtaking setting, and a great photographer.

“Ryan and I both wrote our vows and it was such an intimate and special moment to stand before our closest friends and family and describe the reasons we loved each other.�


Brynne & Ryan’s favourite road trip | anywhere where they’re together

Credi ts

PHOTOGRAPHER Jeramie Shoda LOCATION Orcas Island, Washington, United States FLOWERS Pike Place Farmers Market DRESS Blue by Enzoani SUIT Nordstrom CAKE Jami Plummer, Sugar Baby Specialty Cakes JEWELLERY Vintage

“Brynne and Ryan: two people madly i part of it. As a photographer and storytel the frame. They couldn’t h

in love having an intimate wedding set in a gorgeous location. I was truly spoiled to be a ller, it’s really such a treat to shoot a day like this where the love in the air transcends have made my job easier or more enjoyable, and I love the work we all made together.� JEREMY SHODA, PHOTOGRAPHER

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So, you’ve planned your wedding with great care and the color scheme is set. The flowers, bridesmaids’ dresses, stationery and wedding cake are all in perfect harmony. Why not carry those colours throughout the event, right down to the cocktails and canapes? Here we show you a couple of examples with a focus on deep, sumptuous red.

Mulled Wine + DRIED FRUITS

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Use the colours of your wedding throughout your food displays to connect all elements together. Look on Etsy or Ebay for interesting pieces to display food creatively. Ask your caterer what they can do to further enhance the presentation of your menu choices. Use props to complement the style of food you’re presenting. Bring in fresh flowers and herbs to surround the senses with tastes and flavour

Champagne Cocktail


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When putting this shoot together, Sofia imagined a group of friends gathering for a bridal shower, and wanted to create an occasion that was more winter oriented. Paper flowers are used to make a statement and the aesthetic is simple & clean. The colours are those that we normally associate with tea - natural soft hues, light browns, beiges. Marmalade orange adds a warm accent and completes the look.

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There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady



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Flower Report Leading florist, Annie Oxborough, who created this amazing bouquet, says “wedding flowers are back in vogue, and we’re seeing more adventure than ever before with a nod to yesteryear. Brides are a lot more relaxed and reflecting on the past. High tea on the lawn is undergoing a major facelift and the results are reflecting a romantic, whimsical bouquet almost handpicked from Granny’s garden.”

kerry + joe

HOLLAND RANCH | SAN LUIS OBISPO photography by Jen Rodriguez

As Kerry stood with her dad, before walking down the aisle, she could see the ceremony and reception areas. In her own words, “[it] was the only few minutes of the entire day that I really got to see how everything I had envisioned, while planning our wedding, had turned out. I remember turning to my dad and telling him everything was exactly what I had wanted. It really could not have been more perfect! �

Kerry & Joe both graduated from the same college but somehow never met until a few years later when they both worked for the same software company. They were married at Holland Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California. They chose Holland Ranch as they wanted a venue that reflected their relaxed, laid back personalities, but could be dressed up a little with their colour choices. They also loved the idea of a ranch, as they are very keen on anything country! As soon as they saw the ceremony site at Holland Ranch, they were sold. Both Kerry & Joe spent time crafting the details for their wedding - together they made straws for every water cup on the tables, Mr. and Mrs. banners and a Thank You banner. They also made all the signs that were placed round the venue, and the table name and guest place cards. Finally, Kerry and a friend made 200 cake pops for the guest favours!

Kerry & Joe’s favourite road trip | Driving around Costa Rica

“JOE & I CHOSE to do a ‘first look’ to allow us to spend more time at our own wedding. It was SO SPECIAL WITH just the two of us, and our wedding party watching from afar. It was really nice just to have those FEW MINUTES TO OURSELVES before all the chaos!”

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PHOTOGRAPHER Jen Rodriguez VENUE Holland Ranch, San Luis Obsipo, CA FLOWERS Adornments BRIDE’S DRESS Watters STATIONERY La Belle Vie Design CAKE Cake Cathedral

My favorite part of the day was sunset pictures of course! The mix of this gorgeous couple, the love and excitement of the day and the golden light from the sun was magic. JEN RODRIGUEZ, PHOTOGRAPHER


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Inspirational wedding magazine based in New Zealand with a global reach. The MAGrouge mission statement is "colour and style...with love".

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Inspirational wedding magazine based in New Zealand with a global reach. The MAGrouge mission statement is "colour and style...with love".

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