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Auckland Wedding at The Wharf from Kate Robinson Photography

White weddings get me every time. They scream chic and exude elegance – and for me, that’s my end all be all. I surrender to weddings like this one by Kate Robinson Photography, and I’m not ashamed whatsoever to admit that fact. And then there is this couple. So completely in love, so incredibly adorable and so obviously having the best day of their lives – when you add in those cuties that’s when I throw my hands up and wave my white flag, because I’m a officially done. It’s just too good. See it all here!

 

From the Bride… Mike and I met during our last year of school and quickly became close friends. It wasn’t until a few years later during university in Otago when we  lived together with friends that we finally got together. After uni, we moved to Auckland, which we quickly made our new home and after an awesome six years together, Mike proposed a couple of days after Christmas while we were on holiday in central Otago with an amazing day full of surprises — we were both beyond excited.

We made a rule early-on as we were planning that there was to be no stress — it was all going to be super fun and nice and relaxed, and (surprisingly) it was! We wanted everything to have a classic, chic feel and chose to stick with mostly white and champagne tones. We got to work with some amazing vendors during the process who made us feel totally at ease with all of the planning. The Wharf was the perfect venue for us and had everything that we were looking for – an beautiful venue, amazing food, awesome people and several different spaces so we were able to have both the ceremony and reception there, which was ideal for us. We chose Kate Robinson as our photographer and after spending the day with Kate at our engagement session, we became even MORE excited about our big day. My french lace, chiffon and dupioni silk dress was designed and custom-made by the amazing Jane Yeh. Our four-tier chocolate and lemon cake was made by Jenny from Heavens Cake’s and was amazing – Jenny even decorated two of the cake tiers with an exact copy of the lace from my dress. Susan from Orlando arranged all of our beautiful flowers for our bouquets and throughout the venue. We went with a total overload of white hydrangeas everywhere and a few metalina roses scattered throughout, which matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly.

We had about 80 of our 110 guests travel from out-of-town to come to the wedding, so family and friends played the most important part in our day. We were married in front of our parents’ and grandparents’ old wedding photos, and I wore my mum’s veil and had a ruby from her engagement ring designed into my wedding band with the help of the awesome team at Carats, who also designed Mike’s ring. We attached photos of my nana, grandma and Mike’s late grandparents to my bouquet as a special little memory, and we wrapped my bouquet and Mike and his dad’s buttonholes in their family tartan. After the ceremony, while we were off for our photos, all of our guests enjoyed a harbor cruise, which was a great way for those from out of town to get to see Auckland. Our reception at The Wharf was lovely and the food was fantastic! We had personalized candles made in the USA as our wedding favors in the seven yummiest flavors we could dream up, including peanut butter cookie and caramel dark chocolate raspberry truffle, which was so much fun. We topped the night off with some serious dancing and a lovely surprise from our band, Bringing in the Band, who specially learned to play our first dance song for us.

Our favorite part of the day (aside from seeing each other at the altar, of course!) would have to have been having all of our favorite people in the whole wide world all in the same room at the same time. It sounds so cliché, but its true and is such an overwhelming feeling! We wish we could of locked them in there and re-played the day in super slow motion – it went so fast! Our advice to anyone planning a wedding would just be to make sure the day is reflective of you as a couple and everything that you love and that is meaningful to you both (even if no one else knows!). Most importantly HAVE FUN and enjoy every moment of the planning and, of course, the big day.

Wedding Photography: Kate Robinson Photography / Wedding Venue: The Wharf in Auckland, New Zealand / Floral Design: Orlando / Officiant: Melanie Kerr / Wedding Cake: For Heaven’s Cake / Wedding Stationery: Alison Owen Design / Wedding Dress: Jane Yeh / Bride’s Shoes: Guess / Bride’s Accessories: Natalie Chan / Bride’s Hair Accessories: MDB Weddings & Events / Hair: Charlotte Zieleman + Chloe Evison / Makeup: Olivia Russell / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Hera Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Frank Casey / Rings: Carats Jewellery

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Auckland Photo Shoot from Jel Photography

If you are looking to add a little sparkle to your Tuesday morning, this is just the shoot to turn to. Because it sparkles and then some, and we get to see every pretty bit of it thanks to the seriously fun images by Jel Photography. Imagine a land where antlers and glitter stand side by side and confetti falls from the sky – and you get this gallery of images that will surely add dazzle to your day! See it all here!

From Jel PhotographyThis photo shoot was held in a vacant office space here in Auckland, New Zealand. Our starting point for inspiration were the colors pink, yellow and gold and the words alternative, fresh, pops of color, light and fun. Mel, the stylist, sourced some amazing items such as a gold piñata and a faux dear head. We also had feather eyelashes and handmade hair accessories, and our models had lots of fun breaking open the piñata!

Photography: Eleanor of Jel Photography / Photo Shoot Location: A Vacant Office Space in Auckland, New Zealand / Styling, Props, Floral + Event Design: Mel of All The Frills / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Karla of Bluebells Cakery / Wedding Dress + Hair Accessories: Sarah of The Little White Dress / Hair + Makeup: Michele of Makeup By Michele

New Zealand Wedding at Mantells on the Water by Lavara Photography

Rustic meets blush-filled beauty in this next little number, and it is making my heart sing the prettiest of songs this morning! I can already tell you that you’ll want to cozy up with gallery of this gorgeous gala because there were too many oh-my-gosh-these-are-gorgeous images from the lens of Lavara Photography to possibly post. It’s enough to make this blogger want to squeal with glee, and after poring over these pretty pictures I do believe you’ll feel the same way!

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From the Bride… We were engaged in Cornwall Park and loved the photo opportunities, so we made sure that we could squeeze it into the plans somewhere.We had an amazing engagement shoot in Cornwall Park, which we themed around our first kiss on a swing. We used the props and bits and pieces from our engagement party to create the look of the shoot and with a little bit of ingenuity, Cole was able to attach a rope swing to the tree. Our engagement ended up having a bit of a French country theme, and it was hard to overlook our vintage and little bit retro tendencies. This, along with a trip to Wellington, inspired the vintage tea cups. We managed to find one for each of our guests which they took home as favors filled with sweet treats.

Our wedding theme evolved around our first names, the alliteration was too hard to ignore! C&C with a little navy is where it all began. We had booked Mantells on the Water as our reception venue and wanted to mirror the playful sophistication in our photos. The newly developed Wynard Quarter provided the perfect back drop for this. With our unique surroundings (piano included!) and Lavara’s natural creative flair, the individual personalities and quirkiness of our bridal party were captured.

Wedding Photography: Lavara Photography / Ceremony: Memorial Steps at Cornwall Park in Auckland, New Zealand / Reception: Mantells on the Water in Westhaven, Auckland, New Zealand / Floral Design: Roses Florist / Wedding Dress: Made by Robyn Pascoe (07 576 3371) / Hair: Suzy Lee Hair and Makeup (suzyleefx@gmail.com) / Makeup: Angela Stewart (angela.s.stewart@hotmail.com)