Well, hello you. Aren’t you just the prettiest garden wedding I ever did see? I just want to put you in my pocket and keep you forever and ever. Seriously though, how completely gorgeous is this Auckland wedding? Couldn’t you just fall over from sheer joy after seeing the beyond dreamy images by Sutherland Kovach. Every inch of the lovely tented (and me, oh, my what a tent) beauty is just pure perfection. You must check out all the details from this fantastic 50s-inspired fete in the full gallery!
From the Bride…As soon as Dave saw pictures of All Souls Church in Clevedon, NZ, we had a location for our day. The area holds a lot of my family history & nearby is our family beach house where I spent many happy hours as a child. We held our reception in a marquee next to our beach house, on my great aunt and uncle’s beach front lawn. We currently live in Australia, so planning was done here & in a couple of trips I took home. I got most decorations sent to New Zealand where possible, but we still had full suitcases on the way over. My brother & sister visited me a week before in Brisbane for our respective hen’s and buck’s parties & helped me make the tissue paper rounds & pom poms that hung in the marquee.
The theme was 1950’s inspired. There were a lot of DIY touches: tealight holders trimmed with lace, my Dad’s handmade sign, my grandmother’s shortbread, biscuits from family recipes baked by my aunt, the cake made by Dave’s cousin in Australia, flown over & iced here! I also learned some calligraphy & collected old Australian and New Zealand stamps for the invitations. The hanging pictures, brooch on my garter, preserving jars, cake knife, horseshoes, and collection of cake stands & tea cups are all collected family treasures from here and there.
I anticipated rain knowing how unpredictable the weather in Auckland can be. So when it did, it didn’t worry us. Thankfully there was a small break in the weather to get some outdoor shots on Duder’s Regional Park which used to be owned by family. I’d gotten access to drive onto the park by the council, but Dave almost talked me out of it out due to the rain. But having pictures on the track to the bay my granddad used to take me fishing is so special, so I am glad we didn’t skip it.Thanks to the rain, our photographers discovered the vintage décor inside the historic family homestead. Jasmine & Hannah worked so hard & were so fun to be around, they really made our day. I wish that we’d gotten them to stay longer to do a photo booth for guests. I found Sutherland Kovach via Style Me Pretty, when looking for New Zealand photographers with a style like that you would find on SMP. Jackpot!
We had a great day, it went too fast, but it was filled with so much love and laughter.
Wedding Photography: Sutherland Kovach / Wedding Cinematography: Michael Phillips (Brother-in-law To Be) / Flowers: Pauline Melles / Ceremony Location: All Soul’s Church / Reception Location: Duder’s Beach / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Programs/Print: Rifle Paper / Bride’s Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Wedding Dress: Henry Roth / Bride’s Jewelry: Dana Daisy’s / Veil: The Bride / Bride’s Cardigan: Forever New / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nina Shoes / Marquee: Intents Events / Wedding Day Director: RSVP Events / Wine: Turanga Creek / Make-up: Carolyn Haslett / Hair: Carlos Elias of d+m hair design / Band: Beatmobiles