I’m so excited to see some film photography coming out of New Zealand, and Claire from We are Wildwood is such a talent as you can see in this gorgeous shoot she did at Willowdene Boutique Bed & Breakfast down in Tauranga with Lindsay from Fly away Bride. As always Shaye from On My Hand created some stunning florals… right in the middle of the far too short Peony season we have here! Beautiful stuff team!!
Photography | We are Wildwood, Florals | On My Hand, Styling & Calligraphy | House of Hannah, Planning | Fly Away Bride
Venue | Willowdene, Gowns | A la Robe, Veil | Percy Handmade, Model | Kelsey from Monarch Models, Ribbon | Frou frou Chic, Hair & Make-up | Claire Mantelli from Madame M
Teri Lynn & Casey didn’t want your typical cookie cutter wedding. Choosing to hold it in the brides parents backyard, they planned an intimate, simple and relaxed celebration. Their goal was to ensure that everyone ate delicious food, drank more than they thought they were capable of, and danced until their feet hurt! And on all accounts they accomplished just that with a party that ran well into the morning hours, an amazing taco buffet dinner, and bonfire with hotdogs and s’mores to close out the night… all surrounded by their closest friends and family!
Tell us about your proposal: I’m not much of a romantic, but I always said that I wanted a proposal to be a surprise…and preferably not on a “special occasion”. So true to Casey’s (my husband) style, I had a pretty good guess he was planning something, and on Christmas for that matter! He kept telling me that my Christmas present was so big that he had to leave it at my parent’s house. Anticipating a proposal, I assumed that was his way of distracting me from thinking such. On Christmas morning, he brought me down to the laundry room in my parent’s basement to reveal an antique Singer sewing machine! Ok, maybe he did fool me! Until he mentioned there was something in one of the drawers. I rifled through them all until I found the little box. I opened it to find a beautiful sterling silver ring with small turquoise stone, and then he popped the question! It was perfect. And, contrary to my belief, getting engaged on Christmas was the perfect way to spread our news and excitement with all our friends and family!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Wedding dress shopping for me was just short of a nightmare! I knew what I wanted, but it was nearly impossible to find. I fell in love with a dress by the designer Volan Cris (based out of Barcelona, Spain), but it wasn’t a tangible option. My criteria: simple, yet unique, no sparkles, no fluff, affordable (under $1000), and most importantly, comfortable! I tried on dress after dress, but there was nothing that I was satisfied with. Then one day I remembered seeing a Vera Wang white dress at David’s Bridal (the last place I ever thought I’d buy my dress from!) while shopping for bridesmaid dresses for my sister’s wedding. I went back with a few of my bridesmaids, and surprisingly, almost 2 years later I still loved the dress as much as the first time I saw it. Tried it on, and made a purchase! It’s a beautiful dress with subtle details, unfinished raw edges and allowed me to dance the night away!
Any DIY/Budget elements? Basically everything was DIY. I made the backdrop for the head table out of scrap wood with the help of my dad, the seating chart made from old windows found in our garage painted with chalkboard paint, scarves and vases for the tables were from local thrift shops, succulents we propagated and transplanted over six months before the wedding, my sister (maid of honour) and bridesmaids spent hours helping glue twine to recycled jars for candle holders, making the feather/craspedia centre pieces, and knotting and beading yarn for the decorations about the guest book table. Even uur podium was made by my dad and close family friend the day before the wedding! Guests even took part in the diy experience by taking instant photos with our fuji instax camera and taping their photos with little notes In our guestbook/scrapbook.
Describe your wedding flowers: I met with the lovely Britney of Fache Floral Designs about a year before our wedding, with one request: no flowers!! She nailed it! Beautiful bouquets with eucalyptus, wheat, succulents, feathers, lavender, etc.
Favourite detail of the day: having all of our closest friends a family under one “roof” to spend our incredible day with us
Most memorable moment? Definitely walking down the aisle, with both parents by my side. Seeing Casey for the first time with a tear in his eye, standing up with 12 of our best friends (our wedding party). Amazing feeling!
Photographer | Brittany Mahood Photography, Cake | Tall Grass Prairie Bakery, Florist | Fache Floral Designs
Ceremony Venue | Family Residence, Bride’s Gown | Vera Wang White, Shoes| Handmade Moccasins
Jewellery | Locket from Brooke Elissa, Hair | friend of the bride, Make-up | Makeup Expressions by Rimpal
Bridesmaids Dresses | skirts from Ashley NEF, Grooms Attire | Custom Suit by EPH Apparel, Caterer | Modern Taco Company
It’s so lovely when photographers contact me and want to put a shoot together especially for the magazine, which is what happened when Chris and Kristen Photography got in touch. Together with an amazing crew of vendors such as Gather Events, The Vine’s Leaf, Claire Pettibone, Copper Willow Paper Studio who designed a gorgeous stationery suite, they spent a day at Willowbrook Apple Farm creating all this pretty.
“With summer coming to a close, we find ourselves longing for the warm tones and abundance of the fall harvest. Delicious seasonal fruits, dried wheat, warm copper tones, farmhouse textures and a stunning bride and groom inspired us to create a styled scene to get us in the mood for the bountiful beauty of autumn.
The invitation paper suite incorporated real apple seeds that were hand-pressed into luxurious thick and pulpy paper and the entire package serves as a gift complete with cinnamon sticks.”
Photography | Chris and Kristen Photography, Concept, Event Design and Production | GATHER Events, Location | Willowbrook Apple Farm, Invitation Suite and Paper Goods | Copper Willow Paper Studio, Floral Design | The Vine’s Leaf, Catering | Whoa Nelly Catering, Donuts | Leftcoast Donuts, Cinematography | Tower Films, Furniture Rentals | Archive Rentals, Wedding Gown | Claire Pettibone, Abigail, Hair | Ashley Locks, Make-up | Kelly Jo Grandy, Headpiece | Jannie Baltzer; Carly Rose
Bride’s Ring | L’Dezen Jewelry, Model | Levi Lingle
I love doing these Colour Stories with Greta Kenyon and Naomi from Leaf & Honey, and this one was especially fun, not to mention pretty!! The florals that Naomi created in shades of beautiful plum, lilac and peach are just divine! And how cool is that floral heart? Maggie from Florabunda Cake made some delicious looking meringues and a rustic cake.
So it’s the first day of autumn here!! Definitely feels pretty summery still but it is starting to get slightly cooler. The warm cosy months are before us, but unfortunately where I live we don’t get to experience pretty winter scenes like in this Austrian engagement shoot by the ever so lovely Nisha Ravji. Austria is one of my favourite places and I can’t think of anywhere more romantic to celebrate your engagement like Mel and Nigel have.