How is your week going? We’re having some crazy wild weather around here… drove home in the most insane electrical and rain storm yesterday. Although obviously it pales in comparison to what is happening in Oklahoma right now. It’s so hard to fathom a disaster on that scale… literally having everything you own and know of reduced to nothing. Events like this really show the strength of human resolve (not to mention the strength of Mother Nature!) and it very very quickly becomes abundantly clear what the most important things in life are… human lives not things. My heart goes out to everyone affected and I wish them all the best for the coming difficult weeks.
Today’s feature from the lovely Laura Murray Photography is something a little different with this gorgeous shoot of bridal accessories. Styled by A Vintage Affair Rentals, there are lots of lovely ideas for you brides to be!
Our idea for this shoot was to create something simple yet beautiful. Boleros are my favorite way to dress up a basic gown — the lace and feminine detailing is the perfect accessory. And fresh flowers in the hair is a style I never tire of. We also showcased a diamond hair piece that make long, loose curls a fancier look.
Florals | Bare Root Flora, Model | Kat McCleary
I was honoured to guest post over on The Perfect Palette a couple of weeks ago with the Blushing Beauty inspiration board. I love these soft romantic tones for a wedding, it’s such a timeless look.
I have a cracker of a wedding for you this Monday morning… I hardly know where to begin with it! There is just so much prettiness here I think it might be my all time longest photo post!! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Carmen & Ingo from Germany (who shot this incredibly Indian wedding), and not only that, we’ve also become good friends through this crazy online world! And what’s even more exciting is that they’re heading this way next summer so if you’re in the market for a photographer well you could have some German superstars alongside you on your big day. Get in touch with them if you’re interested.
From Carmen & Ingo… “We are super excited about this wedding. Not only because we were shooting the wedding of fellow photographers, also because it was a destination wedding in beautuful Italy. When Angelika and Artur first contacted us with the idea of having the wedding in Tuscany, we knew that it would be outstanding. It was 41° Celsius when we arrived in Montecatini Terme, and it was not forecasted to get any “cooler” for the Saturday wedding. So we got prepared for a new temperature record to shoot in. And it was!
During our location scouting on Friday, we met with Angelika and Artur and seeing this amazing location Villa Sermolli in Buggiano Castello made us almost sleepless that night. It is simply an amazing place to get married. The day started very laid-back with their friends and family getting ready in the wonderful rooms of the villa. Everything was already well-decorated and set-up for the party to start. It is unbelievable how much time these guys, together with friends and family, put into all the wonderful details and DIY projects. A very emotional and personal ceremony officiated by Angelika’s brother-in-law made for a perfect start for the very intimate wedding party. The time flew by actually in the garden with some little games, canapés and drinks. We could not wait to head out in the area around the Villa to do some couple shots with this gorgeous looking couple during the best light of the day. Have a special look at the outstanding wedding dress, which was made by Angelika’s cousin herself. It was breathtakingky beautiful. We had simply the best light for a shoot. We love those soft colors in Tuscany — the trees, the olive gardens and old Italian streets and houses.”
Wedding Photography | Carmen and Ingo Photography, Wedding Venue | Villa Sermolli in Buggiano Castello, Tuscany, Italy Wedding Styling, Concept, Stationery + Decor | Angelika & Artur of Die Hochzeitsfotografen (The Bride & Groom)
Floral Design | Stil(l)leben (The Bride’s Mother), Wedding Dress | Melitta Baumeister (The Bride’s Cousin),
Photo by Samantha Pilkington of Diana Sanders Photography
The days of hiring a photographer for your wedding who also happens to live in your city are long gone. These days couples are flying their favourite photographers to their wedding location from all around the world. And there’s another trend happening where photographers are fleeing winter in their home countries and spending a couple of months enjoying summer elsewhere, travelling and shooting a few weddings in what is effectively their off-season. Sounds like the perfect plan to me… perhaps I could convince my hubby to retrain as a photographer so we could do this!! Lene & Victor from Lene Photography are one such couple doing this. They left a cold German winter and spent the summer here and shooting in and around the North Island and whilst here captured Zara & Mark’s gorgeous Kumeu Valley Estate wedding.
From the bride: My dress was from Rue de Seine in Newmarket. Once I stepped foot in the store and met Michele and Michael I knew that was it. I’m fussy about fabric quality and what I liked about Rue de Seine was how beautiful the fabrics were (silks and French lace – to die for!) and how much care they put into tailoring. They were incredibly lovely to deal with and went out of their way to make sure that my dress was perfect for me. I have quite simple taste so I went for a dress made of grainy, Dupion silk in ivory with little silk buttons down the back.
We imagined a pretty, festive summer garden wedding with close friends and family, followed by a merry celebration. We had both been to a wedding at Kumeu Valley Estate previously and really liked how relaxed the venue felt. My mum made 80metres of bunting, which we strung around the venue, and little pot plants to line the outdoor aisle.
All of the decorative elements were done on a budget, and because of our three-month engagement (with Christmas in the middle of it and both working in busy full-time jobs) we had to be choosy with what we spent time on. Mark designed and printed all the stationery himself and Mum made bunting and other little bits and pieces to decorate the venue. We had to let go of a few little details and play to our strengths, but it all worked out perfectly and we were blessed with the most beautiful hot summery weather on the day.
My wedding flowers were soft and relaxed – I didn’t want anything that looked overdone. Kelly at Blush put together wild, loosely-tied bouquets of David Austen roses, lambs ear, garden roses, small clusters of Gypsophila, Lisianthus blooms in soft pastel tones. For the table settings we used a similar combination of flowers in different glass bottles and vases. The flowers exceeded my expectations.
Focus your energy on thinking about what marriage (the institution of marriage) means to you and why you’re doing it, and make sure that it takes up more of your headspace than planning the wedding.
The ceremony was my most memorable moment! I loved walking up the aisle with my proud dad and seeing Mark standing up there waiting for me. It felt so good for both of us to be standing before friends and family and God and making these declarations to each other. Our friends Fraser and Naomi Browne (aka Paper Cranes) sung a few songs during the ceremony and it was just really enjoyable.
Lene Photography & Blush by Kelly Amundsen are both members of our directory