Pastel Beach inspiration from The Netherlands

We’re off to the gorgeous beaches of Holland this morning with this prettiest of shoots by AMANDA DROST. I have to admit I’m not much of a pink girl but I could very well be converted with these dreamy images! I love the contrast between the very feminine dress from UNIELLE COUTURE and the windswept, natural hair – the perfect beach bridal look. Styled by NINA WEDDINGS, it features a gorgeous protea bouquet by BLOOM YOUR LIFE. The tones of the sand and sky are like a painting!

Pale pink ballgown wedding dress Beach Wedding Inspiration in Holland Blue watercolour wedding invitation Eucalyptus and Protea Bouquet Beach wedding with pink dress

PhotographyAMANDA DROST FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY / Styling NINA WEDDINGS / Wedding gown UNIELLE COUTURE / Floral BLOOM YOUR LIFE / Make-up NETANYA NAILS & VISAGIE / Model MARTINE VAN DUIJVENBODE / Hair LONNEKE VAN DIJK / Cake BAKED BY ISABELLE / Stationery STUDIO MET MARJET / Venue BEACHCLUB NO. 5
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Red & Grey Wedding ideas

Yikes… it’s the 1st of spring!! (don’t panic if you’re in the U.S. reading this… I’m in New Zealand and yes we are a day ahead and it’s September the 1st – you wouldn’t believe the number of times I have to explain this!). It is anything BUT spring like around here unfortunately… horribly rainy and miserable. Actually that kinda is spring in these parts so it’s bang on! Only two weeks and I’ll be winging my way up to the East Coast of the U.S. for a road trip around New England! Can. not. wait!!

If you’ve been following along with wedding blogs for a while now, the styling prowess of GINNY AU should be familiar to you! BETHANY ERIN got to capture some of her creations at a workshop in Dallas recently and lucky for us we get to showcase the ever so pretty results!! Stunning florals by the crazy talents at BOWS & ARROWS, a beautifully draping gown from SAMUELLE COUTURE and some divine paper goods from SCRIPT MERCHANT + SIGNORA E MARE and it’s all rather perfect!

Placesetting with rich red tones Romantic bridal look Grey calligraphy Wedding Invitation Pink and fuchsia wedding bouquet Wedding Invitation with grey calligraphy Rich berry centrepiece Antique wedding box Bows and Arrows wedding bouquet Gold froufrou ribbon White gown draping Red wedding centrepiece Letterpress wedding invitation Samuelle Couture draped gown Red and grey wedding invitation Wedding tablescape Red florals placesetting Handdrawn wedding invitation Pink and red wedding centrepiece

Photography BETHANY ERIN / Styling GINNY AU / Florals BOWS & ARROWS / Gown SAMUELLE COUTURE / Calligraphy SCRIPT MERCHANT + SIGNORA E MARE / Typeface KAELA RAWSON / Ribbon FROUFROU CHIC / Venue HICKORY STREET ANNEX
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Intimate summer garden wedding

MANA LODGE in New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay region provided the perfect venue for Kate & Matt to get married at being that it offered them beautiful accommodation and exclusive use of the stunning park like grounds. Surrounded by all their family and friends they held an intimate wedding in the gardens and had MEREDITH LORD there to document it all. Toni from MAGDALEN HILL created some gorgeous florals with pop of deep red as the only contrast to the otherwise soft tones of the day.

Bride and Groom New Zealand Wedding Karen-WIllis-Holmes-Gold-gown Floral Wedding Invitation Pale peach wedding shoes Dress hanging in vines Pale gold bridesmaids Peach and burgundy bouquet Peach and deep red bouquet Pink rose bouquet Mana Lodge wedding by Meredith Lord Bride in olive grove Bride wearing Karen Willis Holmes Groomsmen in blue suits

HOW DID YOU MEET? Our story is a long one, but in short, Matt and I met at work back in 2007 in Wellington, New Zealand. We basically hit it off straight away, and became good friends. I moved to Melbourne only a few months after meeting and we stayed in contact. Then about six months later Matt also moved across to Melbourne. Over the past four years our friendship deepened and we both realised we had feelings for the other, and the rest is history!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Matt took me away one weekend to Daylesford in Victoria, where he had rented this quaint little cottage for us to stay in. On the Saturday we had just returned to the cottage from an afternoon relaxing at the Hepburn springs, and we had a few hours before our dinner reservation. Matt poured us a glass of wine, and then said he had something for me and went off to the bedroom to fetch it. I was very inquisitive about what it was! He then returned and presented me with a white book tied with black ribbon, which I was not expecting. I opened it; my hands were shaking as I turned the pages. He had created a beautiful handmade scrapbook of memories ‘the story of us’ from the day we met, right up to that very day we were at the cottage. On the last page was a proposal and as I read it, bawling my eyes out, I turned to him and he was on one knee. It was the happiest moment!

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I had been to Karen Willis Holmes a few years earlier to accompany a friend of mine on her own wedding dress hunt. So when it was my turn to find a dress, it was clear in my mind to go to their store. I found my dress on my first visit, and it was the last dress I tried on. After trying on so many beautiful dresses, I wasn’t sure how I would choose! However as soon as I had the Caitlyn dress on, it fitted like a glove, and I just didn’t want to take it off! I knew it was the one for me.

Mana lodge wedding ceremony Bride and Groom saying vows Bride and Groom at Mana Lodge Mana Lodge Wedding by Meredith Lord 2 Bride with red nails Bridal party in olive trees Hawkes Bay Bouquet by Magdalen Hill Groom wearing blue suit Hawkes Bay wedding bridal party Lace back wedding gown by Karen Willis Holmes

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: Toni McGregor of Magdalen Hill did an outstanding job with our flowers and also assisted on the day with styling the marquee. We went with a softer palette of summer blooms with a wee punchy pop of red. Toni listened to all our ideas and helped us achieve the overall look we wanted. She was a big help as we live in Melbourne, it was great to have someone local to the Hawke’s Bay to assist us with sourcing the lighting and flowers etc for the wedding.

FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: I loved my dress by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES! I never wanted to take it off!

WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Be true to your own style and what you feel confident and comfortable in, you want your wedding to reflect you as a couple in some way. The day goes by so fast so try not to get caught up worrying about all the little things! At the end of the day it’s about celebrating your love and commitment to each other with the people you love, enjoy every moment!

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Matt and I decided to do a first look before the ceremony. I am so glad we did this! In the flurry and excitement of the day, it was so lovely to have a special quiet moment just the two of us to share together and take it all in!

Black and white bride and groom Bride and groom by Meredith Lord Classic and Elegant Hawkes Bay Wedding Classic bridal portrait Hawkes Bay wedding by Meredith Lord 3 Lace backed wedding dress Delicate gold bracelet Couple in the olive trees Bride and groom at sunset Hawkes Bay Classic and Elegant New Zealand Wedding Gold candleholders Wedding guests at Mana Lodge

Photographer MEREDITH LORD / Florist MAGDALEN HILL / Music VOLUME DJCelebrant AMY EDWARDS / Bride’s dress KAREN WILLIS HOLMES / Stationery SMITTEN ON PAPER / Catering ORTON TAILOR CUISINE / Cake MJ’S CAKESHair LOCO HAIR / Makeup PARLOUR BEAUTY / Ceremony & Reception MANA LODGE 
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