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Relaxed and casual New Zealand beach wedding

It’s been some time since we’ve featured a beach wedding and what better way to break the hiatus with this New Zealand surf beach wedding by WE ARE WILDWOOD. With a blank canvas offering them the freedom to add their own touches, the location also served to reflect the couples love of the sea and the outdoors. They went about transforming the local surf club into a beautiful venue – all with the help of some local school children who helped them move things around. Sarah’s easy to wear gown by GRACE LOVES LACE was the perfect relaxed option, and flowers from ROSIES WILDFLOWER CO. finished it off.

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HOW DID YOU MEET? I moved to New Zealand from Germany 6 years ago for my job. Cameron worked in the same company and I met him on my first day I arrived in New Zealand while I was getting introduced to all the employees in the company. We started having after work drinks on Fridays and he was very charming and funny and the rest is history.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL? We wanted to get out of Auckland for a weekend so we went away and stayed at Cameron’s family bach in Whiritoa. It was a beautiful, sunny day in November 2013. Cam went for a surf in the morning and came back and asked if we wanted to walk our dog Max at the beach. He packed a bag with some beers and we went on our walk along the beach. Cam wanted to go over to the next bay, so we went up the walking track. He proposed up on the hill overlooking the ocean and Whiritoa beach. I couldn’t have asked for anything more romantic. We celebrated with a beer and went back to the bach to call our family and friends and share our amazing news.

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TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I knew that I really wanted a dress with a low back but just couldn’t quite envision what it would look like. My mum, who was here in New Zealand for a holiday, and I went to a few wedding boutiques around Auckland but I just couldn’t find the perfect dress. I also looked online and stumbled across “Grace loves Lace” who are located at the Gold Coast. I instantly fell in love with all their dresses and style. The designs totally matched my idea of having a relaxed, laid-back beach wedding. Luckily my husband’s brother and family live very close by so I visited them last year and went to the GLL showroom to try on some of their beautiful dresses. The dress I loved online was the one I ended up falling in love with at their showroom and the one I chose for our wedding day. The team at GLL are amazing and very helpful. The quality of the fabric and design is amazing – I can highly recommend them.

WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Choosing the right venue is important. Make sure that you know if you are prepared to plan every little detail yourself or if you may prefer to book a venue where almost everything is set up for you. If you choose to do it yourself, be prepared for a lot of work and try and book your favourite vendors early so that you can lay back and relax closer to the time. Make sure you have weekends where you don’t organize anything as it can get stressful. It is your day and should reflect your personality. If it’s important for you to walk down the aisle barefoot but your mum may want you to wear her favourite shoes – find a compromise and wear them at the reception.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? From spending time with our family and friends who have travelled from so far away to walking down the aisle with my dad on my side and seeing Cameron waiting for me and seeing our family and friends relaxed and enjoying themselves – it was just overall the most magical day.

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Elegant South African Farm Wedding

Both coming from families with farming backgrounds, Nelia & Rodney were inspired by their venue, MAKOJALO OP STAL when it came to styling their wedding day. This beautiful South African wedding by GENEVIEVE FUNDARO is the perfect example of simple timeless elegance. A fresh green and white cascade bouquet added a modern touch.

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HOW DID YOU MEET? One Saturday I was doing groceries shopping. This guy recognized me from our church and introduced himself. I honestly knew I was going to marry him. We got to know each other in church after that day.

TELL US ABOUT THE PROPOSAL: The proposal was not really romantic. My husband had put the ring in my champagne glass on New Year’s Eve and I did not see it at all. Finally when my glass was empty my husband’s nerves were shattered and he told me to look in the glass and he went down on one knee.

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I went to a few places for a wedding dress. Each place I went to the gowns was in the normal (expensive) price range but they felt of such low quality fabrics. They also did not compliment my body. I found ELISABETH STOCKENSTROM through a cousin. When I walked into her studio and touched her gowns I just knew I had to wear one of them. She designed and made a dress for me.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?Relax on the day!! Be organized and take enough time to plan and to do all of the preparations before the wedding day. Everything on that day must be organised.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Standing at the pulpit with my husband to be.

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Photographer GENEVIEVE FUNDARO / Ceremony Venue MAKOJALO OP STAL / Dress Designer ELISABETH STOCKENSTROM / Shoes & jewellery LILLY BLUE / Hair & make-up TIFFANY TAYLOR / Bridesmaids Dresses MANGO / Grooms Attire HILTON WEINER / Caterer TWICE AS NICE
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Classic yet rustic Auckland Wedding

We love featuring the work of local photographer JESSICA SIM and this classic yet rustic Auckland wedding with warm tones of dusty lilac is the perfect way to start our Friday. Although you could also say that jetting off to Paris – which I’m about to do in an hour – is also the perfect way to start a Friday! If you want to follow along with all the prettiness of my trip be sure to follow along on INSTAGRAM.

Courtney & Robbie always knew they wanted their ceremony and reception in the one place, so that helped to narrow down the venue options and GRACEHILL VINEYARD ESTATE on the outskirts of Auckland fit the bill perfectly. “We’ve always liked more of a ‘rustic’ than ‘chic’ look and feel that the end result was a classic, country-themed day. The venue just suited what we were looking for and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Beautiful flowers by our favourite LEAF & HONEY were the perfect accompaniment to the bridesmaids mauve gowns from HERA BRIDAL – where the bride’s gorgeous fitted gown also came from. Another of our wonderful DIRECTORY members Amelia from BOUTIQUE BRIDE did a beautiful job of the girls hair, resulting in a natural look that was fitting for this country wedding.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Unbelievably well thought out and romantic! My birthday was coming up and Robbie asked me, a few weeks in advance, if I could keep Saturday 8th March free as he was planning something for my birthday. Of course I could, that was easy, didn’t think anything more about it. The day before I got a message saying I should pack my wetsuit, but wear something nice for lunch afterwards and be at his place for 10am. When I got there, his car wasn’t there and I started to get a bit curious… on his front door was an envelope and a letter saying he had planned a treasure hunt for my birthday and I was to quickly get in my car and get going. The first clue was ‘where we had our first date.’ I arrived at the Takapuna Beach Café to find his best friend and wife having a coffee; they had my next clue. And so it went; to one of my houses I lived in growing up, the Sky Tower Observation deck, Takapuna Beach, the old Fire station, finally finishing at Lake Pupuke’s French Café. At each stop were some of my and Robbie’s best friends to give me my next clue. When I arrived at the final spot I was to do a Sudoku before entering the café; this was to buy him and our friends some time to get there before I did! Honestly, the whole time I was driving around I had no idea. I wasn’t expecting a proposal AT ALL, which I think made it all the more special when it did happen. When I walked in all I could see was Robbie, dressed in some pants and a smart shirt which is very unusual for him on a Saturday! It was only at this point that I had a feeling something was up. As I walked in, he dropped to one knee and hidden behind the partially closed doors were all of our friends, there to share in the moment. We celebrated with champagne and lunch with everyone afterwards. It was truly special and I’ll never forget it; I still have the letter and all the clues in their envelopes!

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TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: Before I’d even gotten engaged I knew I would want to go to Hera Bridal in Auckland to try some dresses on. I had been with my friend a few years back as a bridesmaid and Katie and her team made everyone (incl. bridesmaids) feel special. They are incredibly talented… and lovely people. I ended up getting a dress that I thought I wouldn’t like. I “didn’t want lace, didn’t want strapless, didn’t want mermaid or a sweet-heart neckline.” I ended up with all of the above! As soon as I put it on, after having tried on about 20 others, I knew it was ‘it.’ I would love to do it all over again just so that I could wear my dress a second time!

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: Unbelievably fantastic! Just beautiful and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. The bouquets were also simply stunning. Naomi knew exactly what we were after and we just trusted her to do her thing. She’s amazing.

FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: The flowers and the little things she did; Naomi had created a little bunch of flowers to go on top of the menus, she had placed extra milk bottles of flowers around the place and the colour of the girls’ bouquets matched the dresses perfectly. When we got our photos back I was truly able to appreciate how great they were!

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WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO COUPLES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?Have a budget, but also allow for a ‘buffer.’ Someone said to me at the beginning of it all that I would need a $5k buffer. I didn’t believe them, but actually; you do! Also, don’t buy things too early. I made the mistake of buying table place names, thinking I would use them, but as time wore on I changed my mind. You’ll find things fall into place when they’re good and ready; don’t rush it all at the beginning.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? As I got to the bottom of the aisle and Robbie met my Dad and I. I remember the look on his face and holding his hand as I walked up the stairs to stand with him; I get butterflies just thinking about it!

ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT HELP TELL THE STORY OF YOUR DAY: I’m South African and Robbie is Dutch so we wanted to incorporate a little of our heritage into the day. For favours we made Dutch Speculaas biscuits and had tulips on the tables. The table names were of well-known places in South Africa.

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