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Pacific Northwest Farm Wedding

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I had the honour of meeting RYAN FLYNN – the man behind the camera for this wedding – and his lovely wife Emily, on our recent trip to the US in their home city of Seattle. It’s so fun getting to meet the talented people whose work I’m lucky enough to feature and these two couldn’t have been nicer!! This wedding features in Issue 7 of MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE.

Jensine and Matt’s story began when they worked at the same restaurant. The two developed a tradition of stopping for ice cream at Molly Moon’s after hours, where time would slip by as they chatted, laughed and fell in love. And it was there, in their usual spot, that Matt proposed on a rainy Monday night, Jensine’s ring secured on an upright spoon in her two-flavoured single scoop. Needless to say, the Seattle ice cream brand made a reappearance at their wedding, providing the sweetest ending to a perfect day.

For their wedding they inspired by understated rustic style. “All the scenes and ideas we had in our minds came to life when we arrived at Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo and were greeted by a border Collie, Porter. It was everything we wanted in a venue and then some – the contract was signed before the tour was over! On the day, it somehow even managed to rain for a short time, producing a rainbow.”

At the end of the night, when we retired to our guest house at Farm Kitchen, we went through our guestbook containing everyone’s Polaroid and special message. It felt like an achievement to bring a mass of folks together and have them leave with such a feeling, Almost everybody danced at our wedding. From the little kids to the elderly, people were moving! 

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Photography RYAN FLYNN / Cake BLACKBIRD BAKERY PIES / Florals PERSEPHONE FARMS / Venue FARM KITCHEN / Bride’s dress CLAIRE PETTIBONE from THE DRESS THEORY / Bride’s shoes ANTHROPOLOGIE and VANS / Hair & make-up LIZ WHITE / Groom’s attire EXPRESS / Caterer ESSENCE OF THE THYMES
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Stylishly rustic Matakana Wedding

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It was a love of art brought Lucinda and Simon together. Despite pursuing different degrees at university, they regularly bumped into one another at exhibition openings or film screenings, and soon their relationship went from abstract to Romantic. Seven years later, they tied the knot with a wedding that was as beautiful as it was personal and had CORALEE STONE on hand to capture it. Wearing a delicate French lace COLLETTE DINNAGAN gown, Lucinda reflected the same timeless, elegant and romantic aesthetic as their flowers and décor, in soft shades of nudes, pastels and a dash of plum. 

Being a designer and having a creative-minded/handyman fiancé, Simon and I managed to do almost everything ourselves, which really gave that personal touch to the day. I designed our letterpress invites using simple, elegant embellishments and our own wax seal to make our guests feel special (it worked – everyone was thrilled!). We had loads of fun designing personalised tea towels and notes for our guests, making signs and garlands, crafting bunting and confetti cones, and even making our wedding cake. Our amazing friends and family were also involved in every part of the day, which just made it feel all the more personal. It would not have been the same without all of the lovely people that pulled it together.

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Photography CORALEE STONE / Cinematography ANOUSKA RICKARD / Florals LEAF AND HONEY / Ceremony venue ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, MATAKANA Reception venue THE GLASS HOUSE, BRICK BAY VINEYARD / Letterpress MAGPIE PRESS / Hair CHLOE ZARA STYLING / Make-up NATALIE DENT / Bride’s gown COLLETTE DINNEGAN / Bride’s shoes STUART WEITZMAN / Jewellery DAVID JONES BRIDAL / Bridesmaids’ dresses SANCTUARY / Groom’s attire WORKING STYLE / Stylist CAROLINE PAYNTE / Catering THE GREAT CATERING CO.
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Elegant and stylist Wedding in Bali

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Well if this doesn’t convince you that a destination wedding is the way to go nothing will! The secluded Uluwatu area of Bali was the perfect fit for this wedding by ANGGA PERMANA. The ALILA VILLAS are perched on the edge of the Indian Ocean and offer a complete paradise for you and your guests… not to mention breathtaking views for your ceremony backdrop.

From the bride; “It has always been personal right from the very beginning. Each and every little thing about this wedding is a reflection of us. We knew exactly what we wanted: a wedding stripped to its very core, the union of two souls and a celebration of love, no glitz and glam. Far from typical Indonesian weddings with thousands of guests and the fanfare; it was going to be an intimate affair with our closest friends and family, a personal sweet memory lasting for years to come.

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“The inspiration was simple: nature’s beauty meets ethereal elegance. Simplistic, subtle, yet stylish. First things first: the wedding dress. Instead of world-class designer-labels, we opted for a piece by a talented local designer, for the sake of originality. The dress holds special significance since it is one of a kind, with a hand-painted design incorporated into the gown through laser cut. No other dress in the world could be the exact same.

It was a remarkable journey: humbly starting with the vision and some scattered creative ideas, watching it take form and in the end, unfolding to a realisation before our eyes. We couldn’t have done it without the help of a solid teamwork from the vendors. On the day of our wedding, our décor was a portrayal of subtle elegance and the pureness of white. Sunset Cabana was basking in golden sunshine, white floral arrangements and ornaments, embellishing the beauty of the wooden structure as it already was. The ceremony began just before sunset with white petals down the aisle, tingling crystals above our heads, and the perfect shade of blue as backdrop, that of the clear sky and the Indian Ocean. Nothing could be more perfect.”

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“Next was alfresco dinner under the stars, serenaded with a selection of our favourite music. Our wedding reception was set on poolside terrace of the villa, overlooking the serene ocean. Wooden structures and withering frangipani tree blended beautifully with lushes of white floral, accented with chandeliers; creating a surreal image of our very own secret garden. The table setting was a romantic image of its own, white floral composition on Victorian vases, gold tinted crystals and glassy cutleries, soft lace table runner on rustic wooden tables, completed with lovely Tiffany chairs. Each set comes with a laser-cut box of macarons and a personalised thank you cards, showing our deepest gratitude towards the people that are dearest to our hearts. To top it all up, this splendid setting captured gorgeously by our favourite photographer!

Crazy after-party all the way through midnight make the night unforgettable. Everyone was down on their feet having a really good time. It was not only our night, but theirs too. It warmed our hearts to hear everybody’s compliments of how amazing the day has been. A few months passed, I still remember vividly stills and episodes of the wedding; it will be our cherished memory for the rest of our lives.”

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Photography ANGGA PERMANA PHOTO / Gown FIFI FIRIANTY / Shoes VENILLA SUITE / Cake ALILA / Ceremony Venue SUNSET CABANA, ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU / Bridesmaids’ dresses PRISKA HENATA COUTURE / Suit WONG HANG / Decor ROSE BARREL DÉCOR / Stationery COTTONVILLE / Hampers SILVERBOX
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