Photos from top left; Ceremony | Tec Petaja, Chairs | Steve Steinhardt, Bride on teal couch | Elizabeth Messina
Bridal Party | Lara Hotz, Bride | Jessica Sim (Rue de Seine veil), Shoes on leaves | Bradeon Flynn
The drama of these stunning florals against the black lace dress is so eye catching! Hillary Muelleck wanted to style and capture a shoot showcasing the contrast between these bright bold colours against the rich black. Using a neutral landscape it’s really allowed the colours to pop beautifully! Be sure to check out the film by Nicole Traveller Films at the end of the post too.
I’m completely enchanted by the beautiful florals in this country garden wedding! As always Naomi from Leaf & Honey has done such a stunning job of them, and Maree Wilkinson has captured them to perfection. The gorgeous bride Claire grew up surrounded by amazing English cottage gardens and wanted to infuse the beautiful colours and romance of them into her wedding day with Nathan, and the fact that they both greatly enjoy being outdoors confirmed the beautiful venue of Bridgewater Estate.
How and/or where did you meet? Nathan and I met on the New Zealand dating website Find Someone. It was meant to be; we both kept being “recommended” as matches on our individual accounts. After chatting online first, we met up and yes it’s corny but it was love at first sight. We hit it off instantly, he made me laugh, he loved dogs just as much as I did and the rest is history – after the first meeting we both knew we were meant to be together!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I didn’t know what sort of wedding dress I would suit until I tried some on. My mum, my best friend Vicky and I went dress shopping together one Saturday, looking at off-the-rack dresses. There were so many lovely ones. We found two dresses that I liked and just couldn’t decide between them! In the end Mum and I went to see a local dressmaker Sue Hunter who was known for making beautiful wedding dresses. She had made my ball dress ten years prior. I really loved that ball dress so I knew she would work her magic on my wedding dress. Sue quickly sketched up a dress from my descriptions and pictures and it was just as I had in mind! Over the months that I went to see her for fittings, the dress evolved and we made little changes to the design here and there which really worked. If possible, I highly recommend brides getting their dress tailor made for a few reasons; it fits you like a glove so you are so comfortable on the day and you can get it just right as you play around with ideas to create a dress that is uniquely yours.
Describe your wedding flowers: Our bouquets were romantic garden flowers, which were lush, gathered but relaxed. I really didn’t want a ‘tight’ bouquet. I wanted the blooms to be natural and wild, like I had scooped them up from the garden on my way to the wedding! They were in keeping with our colour scheme using a palette of deep lavender, with softer hues of cornflower blue, soft lavender & sage green. Naomi at Leaf and Honey was lovely and a breeze to deal with; her style was what drew me to her initially and she did not disappoint, it was everything that I imagined – just gorgeous and natural. The flowers in my bouquet were purple dolcetto roses, lisianthus, nigella and lavender with foliage of caspia, soft green sage and olive and were bound with lace and twine. The corsages for our mum’s and my grandmother were mini-blooms of the same flowers in my bouquet. The groomsmen and our dad’s had lavender buttonholes with garden foliage, bound with twine. Nathan’s only request was that he didn’t want to wear a girlie flower, so the lavender and the twine worked as an awesome compromise! Manly, but still colourful!
Favourite detail of the day: We were so pleased we chose Aaron Bloomfield to be our celebrant, MC and entertainer. He was with us through the day and into the night. Aaron gave the whole day so much energy and it flowed well. We wanted people to be able to relax outside; so having Aaron not only marry us but serenade us all in the garden with his stunning voice while people mingled and played garden games was absolute magic. He was spot on, giving us the right amount of humour to reflect our personalities and the perfect amount of “loved-up tenderness” that you’d like to have at a wedding.
Most memorable moment? Walking down the garden steps towards the chapel at Bridgewater arm in arm with my Dad to our chosen music and seeing Nathan standing there waiting for me. I had thought I might cry but on the day it was such a happy moment that I was beaming from ear to ear!
How amazing does the New Zealand scenery look in this beautiful wedding by Bayly & Moore? It makes me want to jump in my car and hit the road for a road trip! What amazing surroundings to get married in. Janneke & Chris wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere where family and friends could gather and Poronui Lodge - in the middle of the North Island, just out of Taupo – offered the ideal setting combining their love for old world and natural beauty.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: From the outset, I planned to design my own dress. The timeless and vintage-inspired glamour -and the drop-waist of the 1920s – were key elements in the design. With the guidance from my fantastic dressmaker, Marilyn Jones, we achieved my dream dress.
Describe your wedding flowers: The bridal bouquet was a reinterpretation of a 1920′s vintage style combining fragrant white spray stock, Sweet William, spray roses, rosemary, and freesia with a soft train of leather fern and jasmine to compliment the delicate beading and soft fabric of the bride’s dress.
Favourite detail of the day: Of the many memorable, unusual, antique, beautifully formed, and surprising details of the day, our favourite detail was keeping the venue a surprise from our guests, which caused a bit of a stir. Personally, putting on my wedding dress and feeling amazing was also a highlight.
Chris designed and built beautiful banquet tables, which provided a big family dinner setting. It was intimate, relaxed, and simply perfect. Later in the night we toasted marshmallows over a fire, drank hot chocolate, and ate hot chips with fritesassus (mayonnaise) Dutch style!
What advice would you give you out to a couple planning their wedding? Allow yourself plenty of time to plan and to ensure that you have everything sorted. Don’t skimp on your photographer. The day will go by so quickly and the photos are the only thing you will have left. If the budget allows for a videographer, I would highly recommend it. Our photographers were able to film and photograph, which provided the added benefit of there not being many cameras about.
Good planning requires effective communication. A run-sheet detailing all the small jobs allowed us to have a relaxed and fun day.
What could be lovelier than an engagement session in the South of France. Well the South-West of France near the Atlantic Ocean to be precise. Greg Finck spent the day with fellow wedding photographer Jean-Laurent and his bride to be Caroline at Cap Ferret, a small picturesque fishing village with typical oysters houses and then in the pine tree groves, which is renown in this region. The couple are both moving to New York City so they thought they’d make the most of being in this gorgeous area and document their engagement with a beautiful shoot. Thanks so much Greg for sharing your beautiful work with us!