New Zealand is a little magical, isn’t it? Maybe it’s because I’m almost always seeing it through the eyes of a couple in love, but I’m convinced it’s got that special something. And when a wedding film comes our way from bubblerock, filled to bursting with so much love, joy, laughter, and that magical something, it’s a good day indeed.
From the beautiful bride … We had been together for nine years when Jase proposed to me via a message nestled in a giant fortune cookie. He had organised a pre-30th birthday back home in NZ, a week shy of my real birthday, and presented the cookie to me in front of a restaurant room full of friends.
We decided to celebrate our marriage just over a year later at Waiheke, mainly because we love the low-key and get-away vibe of the Island, and being foodies that we are, Mudbrick with its delightful menu and fabulous views was definitely the venue that ticked all the boxes. We only felt slightly disconnected with planning and coordinating the wedding from afar, as the wonders of the internet, several blogs, and the help of our bridal party, made narrowing down great options, much easier.
I had so many favourite moments of the day, everything from the excitement of waking up early to see a glorious sunrise, to getting ready with the girls amongst the buzz of the Waiheke house, and hearing the excitement of the girls playing bridal games with the boys. I loved tip-toeing on the sand to see Jase for the first time in my dream dress, travelling in a tiny blue convertible with my bridesmaids with piles of tulle squished in the front seat, and finally seeing everyone’s smiling faces as I made my way down the beautifully petalled cobble stone aisle.
The day was also full of surprises with Jase gifting me a “mrs” necklace in return for a song and dance from the bridesmaids and myself. Jase was also brave enough to get down on one knee during our vow exchange. At the reception, our MC rapped his welcoming speech and later on, after we performed our surprise first dance, we got surprised right back with a flash mob dance performed by our bridal party and guests!
The advice I would give to future brides is to just go for what you love and like the look of. Seek the opinions of your friends and family if you need, but also stay true to what you believe would genuinely fit your wedding day vision. For those that don’t feel the need to have your wedding day filmed, we really do recommend it. bubblerock were not only a joy to have with us, but really captured and prolonged the living memories of our wonderful day.
I am so thankful for all the help from family and friends, especially with our DIY arrangements and many thanks to the fabulous suppliers, with some, whom we’ve befriended in the planning process! To us, the wedding day & night was meant for celebration, laughter and love. With perfect sunny weather, our wedding was exactly that.
Photographers: Coralee & Alex | Videographers: bubblerock | Grooms Tux: Ted Baker | Shirt: Politix | Bowtie: Spurling | Groomsmen’s attire: Hallensteins | Bride’s Chinese Dress: “Cheong Sam” | Bride’s Gown: Pronovias from Brides by Francesca | Bride’s veil: Marisol Aparicio | Bride’s shoes: Aldo | Bride’s Bracelet: DIY with materials from Tessuti | Earrings & headpiece: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Sheike | Hair: Terry Chan from BC Hair & Spa | Makeup: Sox Teng from Sox Teng Makeup & Wardrobe | Flowergirl’s outfit: Cotton On Kids | Bouquets & buttonholes: Vicki from Wildflowers in Waiheke | Photobooth & Photobooth props: DIY + Etsy | Table adornments, flowers & aisle petals: DIY with flowers sourced from Pip at Bloom Brokers | Wedding invitation & stationery: DIY | Wedding croquembouche: Ma Cherie | Wedding venue: Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant | Celebrant: Rosemareyn van der Sluis | DJ: Adam Antonevic organised by DJ Marrs