Relaxed West Coast New Zealand beach wedding

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When planning their wedding Kate & Zac focused on their guests having the best time as opposed to all the traditional happenings of a wedding. They still occured but they kept them short and sweet so things kept moving. This gorgeous couple both grew up in Muriwai on Auckland’s rugged west coast so the casual beach theme – which saw the groomsmen wearing shorts and the groom barefoot – suited their personalities and lives perfectly. With all aspects of the day made or supplied by people they knew and trusted it was a wedding with a true community feel and one which FRANK & PEGGY have documented to perfection.

With the stunning backdrop of Muriwais’ Maori Bay, Kate & Zac wed under a homemade driftwood archway. The rain clouds left just in time for Kate’s father to walk her down the path and across the rich black sand to give her away. The bride looked simply stunning in a creative spin on a traditional wedding dress which was ever so fitting for their beach theme.

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HOW DID YOU MEET? We knew each other growing up as we went to the same primary school and were in the same class when we were 8 years old. Even back then Zac had a crush on me but I played hard to get! Our families were linked through older siblings being great friends but it wasn’t until 16 years later that our paths crossed (well stumbled). We were both out in Auckland city enjoying ourselves and bumped into each other on the dance floor, well it wasn’t hard to miss Zac as he broke down some James Brown moves to a funky tune. From there it was fish ‘n chips on our local beach and the rest is history.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: It was all a big surprise for me. Zac mentioned early on the day that we had a family dinner that night so got dressed but plans were ‘delayed’ so he suggested we go up to our favourite spot on the cliff that overlooks Muriwai Beach for a beer. He then said he had a little story for me to read and passed me a cute book with a little hedgehog on the front (he had found out one evening that they were my favourite animal).  It was a little story about love. A hedgehog called Zac meeting and falling in love with a girl hedgehog called Kate. When I had read the last line I turned to Zac and he had the ring in his hand. I couldn’t say no. He then asked me if I could tell one person at that very moment who would it be and of course my family came to mind, so we headed up to my family home. I was confused and asked why there were so many cars in the driveway, but due to the excitement I didn’t think much of it. I opened the front door and there were 80 of our closest friends and family with Champagne in hand ready to celebrate with us.

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TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I already had a dress style in mind and was set on getting it made. However I went to a few different wedding dress shops with my mum and sisters anyway just for fun and to see what styles suited me. I decided to contact Ingrid Heynen, the women who used to make ball dresses for my sisters and I back in College, to see if she was available to make my dress. When I got my ball dresses made by her in the past I would draw her a picture and give her some material and she would make the dress to perfection so I trusted her to make my wedding dress. I took my mum and sisters with me to choose fabric which was pretty easy as I had an exact idea in mind. It only took a few dress fittings for Ingrid to get the dress perfect and I couldn’t have been happier.

ANY DIY/BUDGET ELEMENTS? Because it was at our family home there were a lot of friends and family involved in helping to prepare for the day. In the year leading up to the wedding we spend a lot of time on DIY projects for the wedding. We were extremely lucky with all of our connections that made the day a lot cheaper and more personalised. My Dad is a builder so made all of the wooden features for us and my mum did all the sewing and helped us to create the canapés which were made on the day by a family friend who is a chef.  Mine and Zac’s talented older siblings helped to draw the illustration for our fingerprint tree which featured the same two little hedgehogs in the story book. Zac’s handyman poppa helped us out by making all of the crates for the cheese and dips as well as the beer holders for the Groomsmen.

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Photographer FRANK & PEGGYFlorist HARRY VAN LIER & MARISA HARGESHEIMER / Stationery KATE MUIR / Ceremony Venue HOME BEACH, MURAWAI / Reception Venue  FAMILY RESIDENCE / Dress Designer INGRID HEYNEN / Shoes WILDPAIR / Rings LAURIE MAYOHair & make-up RACHAEL MAJOR Bridesmaids Dresses JARLO LONDON / Groom’s attire BARKERS / Page Boys COTTON ONBow ties and braces ETSY / Celebrant STEVE DICKINSON (Groom’s father) / Caterer PAELLACanapes CHEF WULF VESEY 
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Liv says, “One of my favorite things is to be lost in a beautiful work of art.  Everything about this photo-shoot for the SS16 inspired this very moment.  The artful eye of our  fine art photographer Laura Gordon, the elegant and historic location at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, NY, the artistry of the gowns by Samuelle Couture, vintage heirloom rings from Trumpet & Horn, the beautiful hair and makeup by Ashlee Glazer and Nikki Avanzino, our gorgeous model Natalia Wowczyko, and the stunning processing by Photovision Prints all worked together to create such a beautiful presentation of the latest collection.”

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Photography LAURA GORDON / Accessories & headpieces ENCHANTED ATELIER BY LIV HART / Gown SAMUELLE COUTURE / Rings TRUMPET & HORN / Make-up ASHLEE GLAZER / Hair stylist NIKKI AVANZINO / Model NATALIA WOWCZYKO / Location LYNDHURST CASTLE / Film scans PHOTOVISION

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There is something incredibly romantic about all things Irish – the moody weather (rain and all!), the beautiful castles, breathtaking landscapes, dramatic coastal cliffs – I could go on. The ladies from POP THE CORK DESIGNS and CJK VISUALS have demonstrated it perfectly in this shoot that makes you want to jump right into the screen and live in it for a little while.

Jenna from POP THE CORK DESIGNS tells us, “After talking with Caitlin of CJK Visuals and being inspired from her recent European trips, I knew I wanted to do an Irish Inspired Shoot. I’ve always been inspired by the Irish landscapes, colors, and romance. With this in mind, I dreamt up a color palette that would fit the perfect red-headed Irish bride. With various green tones and a cooler palette, this wedding could happen any season in Ireland.

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Sweet horses, hills, and a couple in love- this shoot takes me straight to Ireland and makes me want to plan elopements and weddings in Ireland every season!

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Photographer CJK VISUALS / Florals THE FLORAL STUDIO / Planner POP THE CORK DESIGNS / Calligraphy & stationery BUTLER’S PANTRY / Linens ADORN / Cake LA CAKERIE / Truffles MARY O’MALLEY CHOCOLATIER / Venue REGENT AT STONE HOUSE / Bowties BOUTAUGH / Welcome Gifts MARIGOLD & GREY / Hair BEYOND BRIDES / China rentals SITTING PRETTY CHINA / Dress TARA LA TOUR / Vintage rentals RUSTY LOVE VINTAGE RENTALS

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