Winter wedding in the New Zealand countryside

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JAMES BROADBENT knocked it out of the park with these beautiful images of Rachael & Joel’s country wedding. Woven with woodland touches and heartfelt details, this nature loving couple had imagined an outdoor wedding, but when they chose a winter date, decided to bring the outside in with their décor instead. Rachael’s talented relatives crafted, sewed, baked and foraged to create each beautiful detail. The bouquets included manuka flowers, something that was especially meaningful to the bride, whose arrangement also included anemones, greenery, and yellow blooms. Even her dress reflected the natural theme, with a beaded lace overlay inspired by trees. And if you can’t already tell from the joy on her face in every image, I think she’s pretty darn happy to be married!!

“It was so important to us that everyone there felt valuable and included and wanted, and that we honoured our bridal party and made sure they knew exactly why they were so special to us.”

“The most memorable moment for both of us was catching our first glimpse of each other as I walked down the aisle. We were both so overcome by emotion – Joel was fighting back tears and I was blatantly laugh-crying the whole way. It felt like everything we had shared together – the conversations, the adventures, the friendship, the holidays, the day-to-day – was compressed into that one moment.

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Photography JAMES BROADBENT PHOTOGRAPHY / Photography assistant KATE WARK / Videographer THIS DAY and ROKSHANA GRACE / Jewellery GI’AMOUR / Cake LAUREN DAVIS-GOFF / Florist JO ALLEN AND RUTH LINDFIELD / Stationery JASMINE MAY DODSON / Bride’s gown SARAH VINCENT / Venue THE WOOLSHED, MATAKANA COUNTRY PARK / Bride’s shoes OVERLAND / Hair & make-up SARAH KNIGHT / Band THE SWIFT TAILORS / Bridesmaids’ dresses LYNNE BRISCOE / Bridesmaids’ make-up PHOENIX / Groom’s attire COUNTRY ROAD / Caterer THE STABLES RESTAURANT
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Coastal village wedding in the Pacific Northwest

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After meeting at Podiatry school and realising they were ‘sole mates’ (pun intended!) Paris & Matt decided to return to her home town of Seaview on the coast of southern Washington to get married at the bride’s family home. With the demands of school and residency schedules, a lot of the planning was left to her Mother who having previously planned her sister’s wedding, knew the challenges faced when organising a wedding in a remote location. It became a labour of love with merged families, friends and community all coming together to create the magical event you see here. I think the church in the image below may just be the sweetest one I’ve seen! What a beautiful setting! Thanks to Jake and Anna from SWEETLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY for sharing this lovely wedding with us.

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“True to Washington State weather, rain continued into the start of the wedding week. Early arriving family and friends stood by with umbrellas and worried that preparations would never get done, but by mid-week the clouds gave way to sunshine. Family, friends and neighbors joined in to paint, clean, iron, prepare food, arrange flowers and landscape the property. A large tent was assembled on the grounds of the historic home next to the carriage house. My hand painted signs were placed at the oyster grill, s’mores fire pit, cigar bar, and on an old beach surrey used for our get-away vehicle.

Matt’s contingent of family and friends from Ohio stayed at neighboring beach homes, vacation rentals and the local landmark B&B, just a short walk from the reception in Seaview.

On Midsummer’s Eve, our guests garbed in Gatsby style clothing arrived to the ‘Seaview Speakeasy’ Welcome Party held in my family home. Cocktails included the ‘Matt-hattan’ and ‘Paris 75’, local craft beer and Oregon Pinot Noir. The evening was topped off with my favorite Tiramisu dessert, a gift from my brother.”

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“The First Day of Summer started with brilliant sunshine (a rarity in Southwest Washington). The girls and I dressed in my family home and the men at the groom’s compound, while the mayor of nearby Long Beach delivered the large tiered wedding cake from his bakery.

By mid afternoon, guests started filling the pews at St. Mary’s McGowan, an old wooden church overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. Now a National Park, it was the site of an old Chinook Nation Trading Village and a Lewis & Clark expedition camp in 1805.

The reception back in Seaview continued the assimilation of Midwest guests to seafood, with oysters and salmon among the menu. Dinner and dancing continued until sun set on the longest day of the year, and into the night. Dashing through a sparkler send-off, Matt and I enjoyed a quiet wedding night before catching flights back to our hospital duties in Cleveland. We are looking forward to a honeymoon in the future, but know it won’t match the beauty of the quaint little beach village of Seaview or the love of our family and friends who gave us such a wonderful wedding weekend.”

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Photography SWEETLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY / Florist FIFTY FLOWERS / Gown JUSTIN ALEXANDER from CHARLOTTE’S WEDDINGS & MORE / Shoes ADRIANNA PAPELL / Bridesmaids’ dresses JENNY YOO COLLECTION from BHLDN / Menswear CALVIN KLEIN from MEN’S WAREHOUSE / Ceremony Venue ST. MARY’S MCGOWAN CHURCH / Reception venue BRIDE’S FAMILY HOME / Cake COTTAGE BAKERY / Paper goods CARDS & POCKETS / Rentals THE PARTY PROS / Rings ELI ANTYPAS JEWELERS / Officiant DEACON DICK WALLACE, ST MARY’S MCGOWAN
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Luscious floral inspiration

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Happy Monday! What could be better than starting off a the week with some killer florals? The colours in these arrangements by BLUSH N VINE are just scrumptious and they really pop in these beautiful images by MARSAIS PHOTOGRAPHIE.

On a more somber note this morning my heart goes out to anyone and everyone affected by the Nepal earthquake. It’s utterly devastating that the people of Kathmandu and the areas surrounding it are fighting for their lives right now… not to mention living in complete fear. It’s very hard to imagine on any scale what they’re going through and I hope that they get all the aid and assistance they require very swiftly.

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Photography MARSAIS PHOTOGRAPHIE / Florals BLUSH N VINE
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