Floral Inspiration at the Beach

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We’re taking you into the weekend with a whole lot of pretty from florist JESSICA ZIMMERMAN and photographer LAUREN KINSEY. How gorgeous are all these blooms? I’m in love with that oversized bouquet spilling with tulips! With both a soft palette and a richer moodier one there’s something here for everyone!

From Jessica, “My inspiration for this shoot came from the beach and its surroundings. I chose a soft colored palette for our first look with a simple white flowing dress. We chose a location near the beach filled with trees and natural grown landscape. The sun was absolutely perfect for this portion of the shoot. For the second part of the shoot, I wanted a darker, more moody color palette. When seeing the dunes and the driftwood, I knew it was the perfect backdrop for this look. The colors of the bouquet bounced off the black lace on the dress, which made this look so dramatic. This day was by far an awe-inspiring experience.

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Photographer LAUREN KINSEY / Florals JESSICA ZIMMERMAN / Wardrobe SCARLET / Coordinator SHELBY PEADEN /
Hair & make-up LANNA BLOODWORTH / Rentals LOVEGOOD WEDDING & EVENT RENTALS / Ribbon SILK & WILLOW
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Winter Inspiration in a muted palette

AdrianMichael_Elopement_1 This beautiful shoot by ADRIAN MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY highlights how beautiful a winter wedding can be. With planning by FRENCH KISS EVENTS and styling & florals by VERBENA FLORAL DESIGN they took advantage of the bare trees and made the most of a muted colour palette. I adore the beautiful magnolia leaf garland… such a great idea to dress up a table or piece of furniture! And that gorgeous beaded gown by ANNA CAMPBELL is a knock out!

From Barb of French Kiss Events, “For this modern elopement, we drew inspiration from the cool winter color palette and modern architecture elements that are found in this stunning kiwi orchard and home. The cool blue tones, and warm browns made the perfect muted backdrop for the simple, yet high-end details found throughout, to really shine. Striking a balance between modern touches and soft imagery, our focus of this shoot was to showcase how sometimes simple is better, and that with just a few well chosen pieces, you can create something truly special.”

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Photography ADRIAN MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY / Planning FRENCH KISS EVENTS / Florals & styling VERBENA FLORAL DESIGN / Stationery TUKTU PAPER CO. / Bar SIGNATURE BARS / Hair CONSCIOUS HAIR BY ELENA / Make-up ALEXANDRA FORMAN ARTISTRY / Gown ANNA CAMPBELL from THE WHITE PEONY / Cuff Bracelet ANNA CAMPBELL / Earrings HAUTE BRIDAL / Suit OUTLOOKS FOR MEN / Lingerie KNICKERS LINGERIE BOUTIQUE / Ring Box THE MRS BOX / Shoes MANOLO BLAHNIK / Venue PRIVATE RESIDENCE
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Relaxed Earthy New Zealand Wedding

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You guys… internet issues drive me round the bend!! I lost broadband connection nearly 48 hours ago and I’m still looking at about another 24 before it’s up and running again! All because the powers that be decided to switch my area over to another network. SO frustrating! Here’s hoping the new network means faster more consistent service (country living problems!!). If you’re one of the many waiting for an email from me or an answer to a submission I appreciate your patience!! It has however freed up my time to work on the next issue of the magazine and wholly goodness people, it’s a beauty!!

In the meantime I have a lovely real wedding from way down south today by NICOLE GOURLEY PHOTOGRAPHY who had this to say about this woodlands wedding, “I was looking forward to Megan and Thomas’ wedding from the moment they told me they had chosen a whimsical woodland theme. The venue they chose is in rural Southland, about 20 minutes from Invercargill, and it is just gorgeous. I had said a few prayers that the aisle of blossom trees would be blooming and right on cue they did just that. Look how stunning they are. They chose to use wood, antlers, birds nests, bottles, and flowers as centrepieces. The floral work was vintage, raw, and perfect. The cake was made from three wheels of cheese, accented with figs and mint, and was served before dinner. As well as being a visually stunning wedding, these two absolutely adore each other. The respect and admiration they share left me feeling very overwhelmed at the end of the day. Absolute perfection.

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From Megan the bride, “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile.”

Thomas and I met in a camping ground when were kids and our families became good friends. After finishing school it wasn’t until a chance meeting at a coffee shop that we rekindled and our childhood friendship became a romance. We fell in love. I love Thomas because he is quick witted, Ryan Gosling good looking, extremely hard working, and loyal. He knows me better than anyone and still loves me.

Thomas proposed to me after 6 years together on a hill that overlooked Dunedin, in Southern New Zealand, on a cold winter night. All we wanted was a fun filled day together with our friends and family. I fell in love with weddings that had an earthy feel, unstructured bouquets and metallic tones.”

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Photography NICOLE GOURLEY PHOTOGRAPHY / Floral design AMBROSIA DESIGNER FLORIST / Megan’s dress RUE DE SEINE / Megan’s shoes NUDE FOOTWEAR / Thomas’ suit HANDMADE IN THAILAND / Thomas’ shoes CHRONICLES OF NEVER / Thomas’ cufflinks SCOTCH & SODA / Venue HIDEAWAY 201 / Make-up HARMONY SKIN & BEAUTY / Hair RAW BLOND / Bridesmaid dresses MOOCHI / Cheese cake EVANSDALE CHEESE
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