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.
Photographer | Lene Friesen, Florist | Flowers by Blush, Music | Paper Cranes, Cake | The Boutique Baker Co
Venue | Kumeu Valley Estate, Dress Designer | Rue de Seine, Shoes | Mi Piaci, Hair & Make-up | Olga Gill
Bridesmaids Dresses | Kingan Jones, Grooms Attire | Working Style
I have a serious dose of pretty for you from Greta Kenyon Photography but before I get onto that I have to apologise as I completely forgot to announce the winner of the giveaway!! SO the lucky winner of all these goodies is Eliana from A little bit of Country!! Congratulations Eliana!! If you’d like to send me an email we can work out delivery details.
So back to this gorgeousness below… where to start… there is just so much to say about this beautiful wedding, from the bride’s stunning Luci DiBella dress, to the amazing florals by Kelly from Blush, You can also see Lisa & Ant’s lovely west coast engagement shoot here. Lisa is a graphic designer so naturally her wedding has style in spades and luckily for us she’s sharing some of the details with us…
“From the outset I knew I wanted a unique gown that exuded the glamour of the 1920s, 30s and 40s but I didn’t want to limit my search to a particular style. I discovered Luci DiBella’s ready-to-wear collection through the wonderful Louise Anderson. From memory my dress was the second or third I tried on and I loved it instantly. My mum and sister were with me also and it was a special moment when we realised we all agreed that the dress was ‘the one.’”
“We have a mutual love of the ocean – Ant is a volunteer lifeguard at Piha and I grew up in Hawaii so I love to surf. We’ve spent lots of time on the West Coast together over the years and it has always been special to us. We were excited to find Cassels, nestled amongst beautiful native bush on the way to Muriwai. The stunning venue spoke for itself so it carried our vision for a relaxing semi-outdoor wedding easily. Our styling incorporated shades of ocean, peach and grey. We named our reception tables after significant places in Piha and each card was attached to a corked glass bottle filled with black Piha sand.
I am a graphic designer so my first project was to design our stationery. I enjoyed odd little jobs like searching for envelopes in the perfect shade of grey! My amazing mum made our flower girl’s dress and my grandmother spent hours embroidering tiny flowers onto the sash and sleeves – I’m sure it will become a treasured family heirloom. Mum also made our wedding cake – a tower of white almond lamingtons and our bomboniere – apothecary jars filled with our favourite baking including afghans, yo yo’s and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.”
“Our bouquets featured pale grey Dusty Miller leaves, white, peach and blush roses, dahlias and gypsophila. Floral arrangements at the venue consisted of a selection of roses, dahlias and gypsophila displayed in a variety of glass bottles and vases.
We enlisted the talents of dance teacher Aaron Gilmore to help us with our first dance and we had an absolute blast with him in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Aaron had us whirling around the dance floor in no time and we surprised our guests with some great rock ‘n’ roll!
Trust your own judgement and instincts and having confidence in the decisions you make can save lots of time and worry. Make your wedding day uniquely yours by filling it with the things that you and your partner love. Don’t worry about too much about trends or what others might think. Once you start making decisions and sticking to them, everything comes together without too much fuss.”
Photographer | Greta Kenyon, Videographer | White Wedding Video, Cake | Bride’s Mother, Florist | Blush by Kelly Amundsen Stationery | Bride, Venue | Cassels, Dress Designer | Luci DiBella, Shoes | Jean-Michel Cazabat, Hair | Karin Kreutz Talauta, Make-up | Grayson Coutts, Bridesmaids Dresses | Ivy & Aster, Grooms Attire | Working Style
The lovely Kelly from Intertwine – who I was lucky to meet at the A bit more Soul workshop earlier this year – sent in this gorgeous shoot she did Mindy from Twig & Arrow. The shoot took place at Te Rama, a historic estate in Waikanae that will be newly opened for weddings later this year… it looks rather lovely don’t you think? I’m loving the muted autumn tones throughout… so pretty! And the gorgeous dress is from Sophie Voon – another Wellington based vendor.
Photography | Intertwine, Venue | Te Rama Estate, Flowers and styling | Twig & Arrow and Intertwine, Dress | Sophie Voon Bridal, Hair | Ben of Willis York hairdressing, Tableware rentals | Heirloom Vintage Tableware, Shoes | Vintage Manolo Blahnik
Ok I admit it… I had to pull the hubby in to name this board and Blue Danube is what he came up with! It’s a stretch I know but he was rather proud of himself so I had to go with it!! Inspired by the gorgeous image of the bike against the cornflower blue building, I think it works so well with soft blush or peach tones. So so pretty!!
Photos from top left; Building | via bergdorfprincess, Cake | by Layered Bake Shop, Bouquet | , Shoes | Ryan Ray, Bridesmaids | We heart Photography, Bride | Elizabeth Messina, Peach goblet and glass | Avery House
Oooo this weekend went way too fast!! We were treated to some amazingly beautiful Autumn weather which was welcome after a week of hideous and heavy rain! We caught up with nearly all our family over the weekend which was great and I had a mostly work-free couple of days!
I don’t have a whole lot of information about this wedding so the pretty pictures by Sutherland Kovach will have to speak for themselves!! Black Barn Vineyards – down in Havelock North – looks like such an amazing venue!
Photography | Sutherland Kovach, Cake | Bride’s Mother, Florist | Zinnia Floral Design, Stationery | Hello! Lucky
Venue | Black Barn Vineyards, Hawkes Bay, Dress Designer | Caroline Castigliano, Shoes | Christian Louboutin
Jewellery | Alex Munroe and Tiffany & Co, Hair | Milton Andrews – Havelock North, Bridesmaids Dresses | Monique Lhuiller Grooms Attire | Henry Herbert Tailors, Saville Row