I love oak trees!! I would love to live on a property surrounded by grand ol’ oaks!! Oregon based photographer Nikita Lee captured Katy & John’s engagement session on the bride-to-be’s family property in a beautiful field surrounded by – yep you guessed it, oak trees! And with a sweet little goat observing proceedings how could they not include him!!
We have the loveliest of shoots to finish of the week with. Singapore based Jemanci Photography collaborated with Poppy Flora Studio on this romantic editorial. Showcasing gowns from A Gown to Remember, and some gorgeous looks courtesy of Charmaine Tok it’s all rather dreamy… perfect for a Friday afternoon!
Photography | Jemanci Photography, Flowers & Bridal Adornments | Poppy Flora Studio
Hair & Make-up | Charmaine Tok, Gowns | A Gown to Remember, Furniture | Second Charm
Simple elegance wins the day in this quaint vineyard elopement shoot by Jennifer Pharr Photography as featured in Magnolia Rouge Magazine Issue 5. Laura McCarty from Marked (who played dual roles modeling in the shoot as well!) put together some stunning florals with pops of rich burgundy dahlias and fuchsia garden roses which compliment the wildly green backdrop. With a handmade and endearing quality to it, vintage pews lend a sense of tradition to the ceremony, whilst cotton paper invitations by Victoria Austin Designs with hand torn edges offer an organic touch. A warm and inviting tablescape awaits guests, featuring dinner plates with gold edging, a handmade garland littered with rich red berries. And the most darling little cake you ever saw!!
Photography | Jennifer Pharr Photography, Stationery | Victoria Austin Designs, Florals | Marked by Laura McCarty
Attire | Bella Bridesmaids, Mobile, Hair & Make-up | Hair and Makeup by BBM, Accessories and Dinnerware | West Elm
Styling & Direction | Elle Affairs, with additional help from Tori Austin and Laura McCarty, Pews | P.E.W.S
Winnie & Victor were looking to have an intimate and relaxed outdoor affair for their wedding. Finding Abbeville Estate put them on the right path, and greatly influenced how the rest of the day came together. Running with a modern, rustic look they created their dream day and had the wonderful Danelle & Hook from A Couple of Night Owls along to document it all.
How did you meet? We met in university. We both studied Spatial design. I was in my final year when Winnie was in her first year. We first knew of each other back then but never really crossed paths until years later we bumped into each other on Ponsonby Road. Then somehow we ended up at a Nine Inch Nails concert weeks later, and then…. the rest is history!
Tell us about your proposal: When I went to see Winnie’s parents and asked for the blessing to take Winnie’s hand marriage. The walk up their steep driveway felt like the longest walk and I could see my hand trembling before the door bell was rung – it was probably the most nerve wrecking moment thus far.
I did manage to get their permission. In fact, they were really gracious and supportive of the idea. A week later, I popped the big question to Winnie (with the aid of a LEGO cat ) in front of her family. She cried, her mum and sister had teary eyes, and I gave her 100 extra brownie points for the right reaction. And so the wedding planning began…
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: As expected, this journey wasn’t easy! After trying on dozens of all sorts of styles (and devastatingly discovered that I don’t suit lace!) I decided to keep the overall bridal look simple. Confident that I would find the perfect dress here locally, I came across Katie and her wonderful team at Hera Bridal. They had just the dress… with its lightweight soft drapes the dress embodied simple elegance, youthfulness and subtle playfulness. It just felt right the moment I tried on the frock, like it was in sync with my vibe. Given the nature of the venue and our preferred format of the wedding, the chosen dress made moving about mingling with guests a breeze. With accessories and heels I thought it was critical to source clean, crisp modern pieces I could easily wear again with casual clothes.
Any DIY/Budget elements? We had a reasonable budget, but as with our design backgrounds we absolutely had to make our mark when it came to the theme for the wedding. We enjoyed the process in designing our own logo, then the save the date, invitation & envelope, favour tags, petal holders. Both Winnie and I had similar ideas and preferred the rustic, country look.
Describe your wedding flowers: Our good friend Daisy made all the flowers for us. We shared our floral inspiration board on Pinterest covering colour palettes and ‘look’ of flowers we preferred. With her passion and creative eye, she effortlessly made it all happen, surpassing all expectations! For the bridal bouquet we had a mix of roses, David Austin, succulents and lily of the valley. Being quite obsessed with billy buttons, and succulents, we asked Daisy to create corsages based on the 2 plants.
Most memorable moment? Victor: when I first saw Winnie walking down the aisle towards me. I was so nervous that I had a smile on my face while my cheek was twitching uncontrollably.
Winnie: Hard to decide! From dad walking me down and aisle, exchanging our personal vows…. to watching kids go bonkers at the destruction of the strawberry piñata.
Photographer and Videographer | A Couple of Night Owls, Cake | Bella Cupcakes, Florist | Daisy Wang, Stationery | Bride & Groom, Venue | Abbeville Estate, Dress Designer | Hera Bridal, Shoes | Bride; Orin (from Taiwan), Groom; Country Road, Jewellery | Engagement ring designed & made by James McCarty, wedding bands custom made in Taiwan based on James’ design, Bridal accessories | The Boyscouts, Meadowlark, Hair | Bonny Liu, Make up | Joanna Chang, Bridesmaids Dresses | Misty Lang, Grooms Attire | Tailored overseas, Caterer | The Great Catering Company
Nordica Photography are the absolute masters of combining exquisite landscapes with the documenting of a wedding, and this rustic winter celebration of renown New Zealand photographer Danelle Bohane is an absolute gem, and showcases the central North Island so beautifully. Poronui Lodge offered Danelle & Dirk the perfect backdrop for the organic and natural style of wedding they wanted. And how stunning are the florals from the amazing Leaf & Honey?
From Danelle: ”To us it is was all about creating an atmosphere for everyone to gather and have a good time with one another, all on a beautiful winter’s day. I drew my inspiration for the day from all sorts of places. It was really just a reflection of the things in life we both like and it surprisingly came together well, as we were pretty relaxed about it all. Obviously the venue and the landscape spoke for itself, so I was inspired visually from the rustic natural surroundings at Poronui. We wanted it to feel like a big family dinner – all cozy and romantic – and to us everyone there was all like family, so it came together perfectly. We drank mulled wine in one hand and toasted a marshmallow over a fire in the other, all whilst being wrapped up snug in a blanket or a fur coat. We had so much fun together and would do it all over again, I am so thankful that we have the most incredible images to treasure.”
“I think my absolute favorite memory of the day would have to be two… sorry I can’t just say one! The first one would be saying my vows to Dirk — those promises are so important and intimate that you make to one another and I made sure I soaked it up.
The other moment would have been sharing the meal with everyone in the dining room. It is not often you have all your favorite people in one room together, so it was pretty ultimate for us both!
One thing I recommend to brides and grooms who are planning their wedding is to pause every 15 minutes of your wedding day and take it all in… then you can treasure the feelings and memories and it doesn’t feel like one big blur the next day.
Also just to add another little thing… we had an instagram hashtag for our guests to use and it was so great to look over those photos the next day… such fun!”
Photography | Nordica Photography, Venue | Poronui Lodge Taupo, Florals | Leaf & Honey Flowers
Bride’s gown | Rue De Seine ’Louvre Dress’, Bride’s party dress | Vintage range from Rue De Seine, Bride’s shoes | Kathryn Wilson
Bride’s head piece | Zara, Groom’s suit + accessories | Crane Brothers, Make-up | Kate Solley for MAC
Hair | Amelia Rush at Le Boutique, Catering | Yum Food Company, Styling | Danelle (bride), Stationery | Jess Holdaway
Lieschke and Pieter got married at Rosemary Hill Farm just outside Pretoria, South-Africa. Offering a wide range of photographic opportunities from open fields full of herbs to more intimate pine plantations, and of course fields of cattle as you can see below, the farm is a very special place to the couple. Thanks to their photographers Carolien & Ben for sending this beauty our way!
From Carolien & Ben: “Lieschke wore a Pronovias gown, and her soft look as far as hair and make up was concerned gave a very dreamy feel in the gorgeous light that we had on the day – a winning recipe for stunning photos! The barn where the reception was held is such a stunning rustic location, and the outside chapel suited the entire wedding perfectly. The Cadillac was very special, being one of only four of the specific model in the entire country! The wedding was a true celebration of love, a day filled with heartfelt moments, tears, happy laughs and an overall great atmosphere. “