This New Zealand wedding by Vela Images falls into the category of weddings that I completely and wholly adore.  It is totally handmade with loads of uber-sweet details and awesome, candid photos of smiling faces.  I can tell just from these images that it was a day full of joy and romance for everyone who attended.  On a side note, I need to get my hands on one of those bridesmaid dresses ASAP!  I am quite smitten with the whole sh-bang!  Check out more DIY from down under in the full gallery!

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From Vela Images… Luke and Melati travelled from Sydney, Australia to be married in New Zealand at The Ridge Country Retreat in the spectacular Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand.  Melati not only made all of her decorations (yes that does include the meters and meters of hand sewn bunting!), she also brought it all over on the flight from Australia to New Zealand with the help of her bridesmaids and guests. This hilltop wedding was an intimate affair with 35 close family and friends taking part in the celebration.

Melati’s advice for anyone planning an overseas destination wedding would be to make sure you have plenty of friends to help you transport decorations and do make sure you confirm all hair and makeup bookings in advance. Melati was double booked at her hair salon but a local Tauranga salon, Salon One, pulled some strings to accommodate her at the last minute.

Wedding Photography: Vela Images /  Wedding Dress: Custom, Friend of the Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner / Event Styling: The Bride / Bride’s Engagement Ring: Antique / Wedding Bands: Michael Hill / Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Stylecorp Australia / Hair & Makeup: Salon One / Wedding Venue: Ridge Country Retreat / Bridesmaid Dresses: Portmans / Wedding Cake: Family of the Bride & Groom / Flowers (Bouquets & Buttonholes): Blanc / Flowers (Table Centerpieces): The Bride