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Sarnia Park Wedding by Lavara Wedding Photography

There is nothing like some sweet romance to cure those moody Monday blues real fast!  We are bringing it by the bucket full this fine morning with a New Zealand stunner by Lavara Wedding Photography.  With a mix of feminine antique pieces and fun DIY projects by the lovely bride and her family you know you are in for a real treat.  See it all in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…Florence has been called the Athens of the middle ages, and the beautiful home of the Renaissance looked stunning when we arrived there in the European summer of 2010. It hadn’t yet been a year since we first laid eyes on each other, but we were in the middle of our overseas adventure through Europe, and somehow Max had chosen the perfect place to propose. There were roses, fine Italian food and wine, and a street musician – all which fell into place seamlessly and without plan, as if fate was lending a hand. We walked the cobbled streets home that evening and when we got to the famous Piazza Michelangelo, overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and the luminescent Tuscan city itself, Max finally got down on one knee. Being eager to begin our new lives together the planning for our wedding began the moment we had our feet back on home soil.

After the trip of a lifetime, and with both of us embarking on new university studies, there wasn’t too much money to go around. With a little innovation – and a lot of generosity, creativity and inspiration from friends, family, and our florist (Petal Passion) – we pulled things together for less. The theme was romantic antique. My mum utilised her scrapbooking skills to make gorgeous invitations (pearls, ribbons, embossing), and her best friend was enlisted to make the cake, provide the canapés, and do our make-up. To save on the table decorations, arrangements of old books, doily’s, strings of pearls, china, silver, pewter, glass and crystal were thrown together. Most of these coming from my Grandma’s estate and my Mum’s antique collections. These charming centre-pieces tied in well with both the old elegance of Sarnia Park and the lace and pearl detailing of my dress.

We had both the ceremony and the reception at Sarnia Park. The guests were able to enjoy the beautiful grounds awash with autumn colour for the afternoon while the bridal party were whisked around the nooks and crannies of the venue for photos. The reception was an incredible time for us, celebrating with all our loved ones – the perfect start to the rest of our lives together.

Venue: Sarnia Park / Floral Design: Petal Passion / Invitations: Mother of the Bride / Wedding Photography: Lavara Wedding Photography

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Inspiration to Reality New Zealand Photo Shoot by Ruby & Willow

If there is one thing I truly love over here at SMP, it’s seeing the pretty little dreams in the heads of talented vendors coming to life. And boy do they come to life in a big way! So when the lovely Kate at Ruby & Willow sent over this shoot inspired by the prettiest inspiration board I ever did see and captured by the talented Sutherland Kovach, well let’s just say I was a little excited to share it with everyone. OK, I was really excited. Ants in my paper-loving pants excited. Ruby & Willow initially used this lovely board to inspire the line of stationery in the shoot, and ended up inspiring the entire shoot…and all of us. Go on and get cozy because there is so much to soak in, including all the lovely in the full gallery of images, -  so let’s get this pretty party started! First up, the inspiration board I’ve been gushing about…

Did you really soak in all that lovely from Ruby & Willow? Go ahead and take another look – stop and smell the lilac-laden inspiration board one more time (so to speak) – we like to prolong the pretty over here at SMP. Ok, ready for the reality? It’s good, real good…

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From Ruby & WillowThis shoot drew inspiration from the Copper & Amethyst Inspiration Board, from which I designed the ‘Woodstock’ Invitation Suite. We wanted to incorporate an earthy, rustic look while still keeping things pretty, an element we captured in the girlish ruffles, very feminine stationery and colours, and charming wild floral arrangements.

The venue was perfect in so many ways… The lovely rusted poles, the piles of chopped wood and the old doors lent a rustic charm to the scene, while the natural copper and wood colours offset the gorgeous lilac dress worn by our model.

A key element was the dessert table. Rather than the usual treats laiden with sugar we wanted to present a more organic, healthy option – both on the budget and the heart! Inspired by farmers market stalls of dried fruits and nuts, we piled burlap bags full of them and complimented them with sweet treats and a fabulous ruffle cake which added a little more ‘pretty’ to the table. We also created a save-the-date cookie rather than a paper invite. Judit makes these cookies which can be sent through the mail and we thought that would be such a novel idea to replicate! Would you love to get that in amongst the bills!!

Concept, Styling, Stationery: Kate Holland of Ruby & Willow / Photography: Sutherland Kovach / Bridal Bouquet: Flowers by Blush / Rustic Bouquet & Wreath: Val Sutherland of Sutherland Kovach / Cake + Dessert Treats: Judit Meron / Venue: Matakana Country Park / Dress + Shoes: Yvonne Bennetti

Mudbrick Vineyard Wedding by Shine Studios

I have fallen head way over heels in love with this bride’s custom, vintage-inspired A la Robe gown.  It is a dream that I would never, ever want to wake up from if it were mine.  The rest of this gorgeous, bohemian, New Zealand wedding by Shine Studios definitely lives up to the bar the dress set for it.  It is a romantic, woodsy fairy tale and I want to spend the rest of the day in the full gallery being enchanted by it.

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From the Bride…We chose Mudbrick as our venue purely because it is such a stunning setting. We love Waiheke and we wanted our special day to be an experience outside the norm for our families. Mudbrick has that magical, rustic, slightly Italian quality we were looking for. Everything about it is gorgeous and they really know what they are doing! Logistically it was great to be able to have it all at the one place. Because it was a small wedding we used the Potager room for dinner and we particularly loved the intimate feel. Our guests also commented on this. Our wedding was slightly unusual in that my father married us and my brother was my ‘bridesman’ (no bridesmaids). This worked out perfectly and I think it’s important not to feel that you have to try and fit into normal conventions. Make it your own!

My dress was by Elizabeth at A la Robe, Newmarket. The inspiration was vintage, but timeless – not of any particular era, and really personal to me. Elizabeth was amazing and made the process a pleasure from start to finish. She hand dyed everything and it felt like a real collaboration.

Our photography was done by Lauretta from Shine Studio’s. Lauretta and her assistant played a big part in our day, capturing the memories we will cherish forever! They truly captured the essence of us, the place, the atmosphere, with humour and consideration. This is exactly what you want in a photographer, I couldn’t have asked for more and they were worth every penny! It’s so vital to feel comfortable with your photographer as it always shows in the shots, in our case positively.

Venue: Mudbrick Vineyard / Wedding Photography: Shine Studios / Wedding Dress: A la Robe / Floral Design: Poppy Jones / Bride’s Hair: Katie from Servilles Ponsonby / Bride’s Make-up: Rochelle Strathdee