Elaine and Josiah are a fun, low-maintenance, easy going couple, who described their style as minimalist and this flowed through to their Oregon wedding as captured by IVY & GOLD. Eucalyptus and lavender filled the air. Bride Elaine said that she wanted to remember her wedding by the way it smelt, so these two fragrant plants were chosen to be carried out in details throughout their day. They chose to highlight the natural beauty of their venue, and accent it with a few complimentary details, while keeping the focus of the day on their families and their love for each other.
Katie Davis of PONDEROSA & THYME worked her magic incorporating their signature scents into the most beautiful bouquets and floral arrangements. From the gorgeous, oversized bridal bouquet, to the floral crown, to the lovely organic ceremony backdrop, and even in the flower petal send-off, there was no shortage of beauty at this celebration. Elaine ordered custom, handcrafted soaps from a local business called SLAB, so that their guests could take a little bit of the wonder home with them.
Kelsee from IVY & GOLD had this to say about their day; “Perhaps my favorite part of this wedding was the ceremony. Though it was short and sweet, (only lasting about 10 minutes long,) it was one of the most genuine, emotional, and love-filled moments I’ve ever had the pleasure of documenting. I’d be willing to bet that everyone had misty eyes by the end of it. Working with couples so deeply in love is an honor and a privilege that I value so deeply, and Elaine and Josiah’s wedding was a brilliant reminder of that. The reception was spent eating homemade strawberry shortcake under a pink sunset, with groomsmen taking people out for boat rides, friends laughing together, and a surprise first dance between the bride and the groom. It was a beautiful day.“
Anna & Dave paid homage to the past when it came to the inspiration for their small town New Zealand wedding. The Victorian era and her Grandmother’s wedding were just a couple of the reference points Anna used when it came to styling the reception. The very first wedding held in the church they were married in (which is on the grounds of a Marae opposite the house the bride grew up in) happened over Easter – as their’s did – and the bride’s bouquet had been preserved for close to 100 years in a glass case. It was this detail that inspired florist ANNA to display some flowers in the same way, and to have flowers in resin paperweights for their guests.
After spending the morning getting ready in the beautiful Tongariro Chateau, the celebrations then continued in the quaint country town of Kakahi in the central North Island. “The style of our wedding drew inspiration from the simplicity of weddings held in my Grandma’s years; a small gathering, local foods ie. smoked trout, walnut cheesecake (all beautifully made by my husbands mother), simple table settings, banquet style dining, Victorian inspired florals & stationary and of course, a modest gown.” Thanks to KATE GREWAL for her beautiful images of the day.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: “Dave took me away for a surprise romantic weekend to the Tongariro Chateau. After failing to propose in an mountain airplane or on top of the mountain (due to the weather closing in), he proposed under the beautiful big chandelier in the ball room of the Chateau.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I knew I wanted a Victorian boho style gown. The Chloe dress was the first dress I saw after I got engaged and I loved it.
DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: Our wedding flowers were inspired by the Victorian artwork I chose for our invitations. Each arrangement was full of cottage garden blooms. No specific colour theme was focused on, I wanted to create a ‘painterly’ visual.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Standing outside the church while the bell rang – holding Dad’s hand.
Despite already sharing friends and an Alma Mater, it was a chance encounter at a coffee shop that finally brought Kristen and Jason together. A magical first date ended with a waltz in the rain on a country hilltop, and from the first kiss, both of them knew they’d found their ‘One’. Four months later, on that same hilltop, Jason asked Kristen to be his wife and RYAN PRICE PHOTOGRAPHY documented the day. The couple, together with a host of family and friends, planned a wedding that combined their bohemian and vintage styles perfectly, resulting in a Gatsby boho garden fairytale, filled with succulents, stargazer lilies, music, and love. Kristen wore a Sottero & Midgley embroidered gold lace dress; Jason looked as if he’d stepped from the pages of a 1920s magazine. Once the personal vows had been exchanged, the couple took to the dancefloor for another waltz – this time as man and wife.
The couple tell us, “In this day and age, there is so much pressure to be unique. While that’s all good and fine, do what makes you happy on your day. Clichés are ok. Doing something crazy and out there is ok too! Make it yours. Make it something that you both will look back on in awe and gratitude. Also, remember that years after the wedding, when no one but you looks at the photos and recalls the day, your marriage will be what remains. Make it good. Don’t spend more time prepping for your wedding than you do prepping for your marriage.”