Well it’s been a little silent around here!! You may recall I was having computer issues, and of course on the day I was due to put the magazine live well it well and truly decided to stop cooperating! Thankfully it was fixable and nothing was lost, but I’ve been without it most of the week. So we’re back to playing major catch up – always fun!!
To start – and end of the week, we have a beauty of a vintage inspired wedding from the fabulous Greta Kenyon who never fails to impress with her beautiful work. I will leave it to the gorgeous couple Cara & Mathias to tell you more about their day…
How did you meet? Mathias and I met in Auckland six years ago when he came to New Zealand from Germany to live for six months. I opened the door to him when he came to interview for a room in our flat! So we started our relationship as flatmates, and I then followed him to Germany for an amazing trip around Europe in 2008 in our blue VW campervan, and the real start of our romance! Mathias moved to New Zealand permanently four years ago, and we married in New Zealand on that day four years later. We had our first, and legal, wedding ceremony in January this year in Germany with Mathias’ family and friends, and friends from the UK. This was such a special celebration, and also meant we got some of the nerves out of the way for our second wedding!
Tell us about your proposal: Mathias organised a weekend away to Waiheke where we stayed at a gorgeous lodge and explored the island. I had a sneaky feeling a proposal might be on the way… and on the Saturday evening, while sitting together on the hills of Waiheke looking back at the city lights, Mathias pulled my engagement ring out of no-where and asked me to marry him. It was a ‘yes’ of course! We had a direct view of Waiheke from Shelley Bay beach in Beachlands where we had our wedding ceremony, which was a sweet reminder of our engagement.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I love vintage style and since childhood had wanted to wear my Grandmother’s wedding dress for my wedding. Unfortunately her dress was too fragile to restore and I started to look for a new dress when we were planning our wedding. I was shopping for a dress with my Dad, for what I thought would be the first round of dress trying. However, I knew the minute I saw the rack of beautiful vintage dresses at Rue De Seine that one would be for me! When she saw my interest, the lovely assistant immediately pulled my dress from the vintage rack as a suggestion, and from the minute I tried it on I knew I wouldn’t be able to leave without it!
What was the inspiration for your wedding? My vintage dress lead the way with our theme, and my love of old style decorations including the crochet lace used to decorate jars, doilies, hand-made bunting, and miniature posy vases. We loved the muted, pretty colours of everything that came together on the day. The whole day, with its relaxed feeling, definitely came down to the location – we wanted the day to be local to our home in Beachlands, Auckland and where possible all the vendors we used were from the area. This way we could avoid too much travelling, and allow our guests to spend our photo time enjoying beautiful Beachlands.
Any DIY/Budget elements? Our entire wedding was DIY! We were on a tight budget and did all the planning, decorations, and favours ourselves with the help of family and friends. We decorated the whole ceiling of the reception hall in various sizes of round paper lanterns which Mathias lit randomly with tiny LED lights. We hung handmade bunting which I made for our engagement party on the outside of the hall. Our favours were two spring bulbs and a box of Spaceman candy sticks in a wee paper bag. My mum did a beautiful job on the wedding cake, and a big group of family and friends did all the decorating of the reception together with us the day before.
Favourite detail of the day: The gorgeous Chrysler car in our photos. The use of it for the day was a generous gift from our neighbours, organised four days before the wedding! Eddie, our neighbour, was an amazing driver and we were lucky enough to have the car for the photos after the ceremony.
What advice would you give out to a couple planning their wedding? Plan your day together, and try not to get carried away with all the extras you could possibly spend money on that won’t necessarily make your day any more personal or memorable. If you and all your friends and family are there – it will be a special day! Definitely prioritise a photographer in your budget. Its worth every cent to have your memories captured by someone who gets you and your style.
Most memorable moment? Standing at the top of the aisle – the stairway to the beach, with the beginning of our song playing, feeling so excited to reach Mathias and trying to keep back the tears! Our spontaneous exit from the reception was another favourite moment – running together through a tunnel formed by our guests with bare feet and an armful of shoes and bags!
Anything other details that help tell the story of your day: Having done the ‘legal’ side of things in Germany in the local town hall, our New Zealand ceremony was much more a personal declaration of our love, and chance to share with each other and our guests our feelings for one another and the meaning of marriage to us. We had a lovely Celebrant – Helen Rutledge, who supported us and gave us lovely ideas. She spent hours with us before the wedding talking about our story, love, and aspirations for our lives together which she wove into the ceremony, as well as our own vows. We did a sand ceremony to symbolise our lives both independently and coming together in marriage, with sand from Mathias’s childhood sand box, from Bethell’s beach as I was born in West Auckland, and from Shelley Bay beach where we were married.
Photographer | Greta Kenyon, Cake | Mother of the Bride, Florist | Michelle at Clevedon Flowers, Stationery | Vistaprint
Ceremony Venue | Shelley Bay Beach, Beachlands, Auckland, Reception Venue | Beachlands Memorial Hall
Dress Designer | Vintage from Rue De Seine, Shoes | Something Bleu from Rue De Seine, Hair | Nobel Hair Design
Bridesmaids Dresses | Kate Sylvester, Grooms Attire | Hugo Boss, Caterer | Sarah Stacey