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New Zealand Wedding at The Northern Club by Kate MacPherson Photographer

Billy Idol hit the nail on the head with his lyrics: “It’s a nice day for a white wedding”. Indeed. In our SMP books, it’s always a nice day for just such a weddingErin Lovich crafted an affair so timeless, so elegant and monochromatic in the most beautiful of ways with blooms by Cartier for Flowers and enough soft light filled images by Kate MacPherson to make this the poster child for wedding done so, so right. We’re cheering from behind our computer screens for this baby. See more of the day right here.

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From the Bride… Matias proposed in a tiny French restaurant in Saint Tropez. It’s one of those moments you dream of, but can never prepare yourself for. The world stops, and it’s just you and the person you love more than anything in the world.  We were married a year later.

Matias and I are doctors in Melbourne. Work, combined with obsession for detail, ridiculous expectations and an overseas wedding meant I needed some guidance.  In stepped one of my best friends and wedding planner, Erin Lovich, to realise my vision. She was perfect in everyday.  We have been friends for ten years and she instantly understood what I wanted … We collated images, inspiration and ideas.  Our concept… Sophisticated Elegance.  A palette of neutral whites and creams combined with leafy greens, with a hint of luxury. An occasion filled with allure, romance and beauty. Our wedding was a day filled with love, passion and delight. It was the beginning of the rest of my life with a man who couldn’t be more perfect.

From Erin Lovich… Annaliesa & Matias wanted a perfectly crafted and timeless day. Sophisticated elegance was the theme…timeless beauty, all built around a palette of neutral creams and whites. They were married at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland and the reception followed at the historic Northern Club.

The Cathedral was adorned with large over the top ‘couture’ style tulle bows, paving the way for a gorgeous bride to make her walk down the aisle. Annaliesa was beautiful, appearing effortlessly demure and wearing Vera Wang adorned with an elaborate custom made veil with lace. Her appearance and the love between the couple so obvious as she reached the altar which set the tone for the seamless celebration that followed. Bridesmaids stood alongside, so fitting in simple cream with Groomsmen in classic suits. Every detail was laboured over, of course with the best intentions.

Guests dined on beautiful food and wine…the menu and wine list hand picked with the help of Annaliesa’s parents. Guests arrived to the sound of an upbeat Jazz trio with rows of buxus hedge in pots draped with tulle, decorating the old world style hallways of the Northern Club. Flowers were gorgeous and lush, generous blooms gathered simply in round vases to adorn large long tables of 20. It appeared as effortless beauty. Votives were scattered amoungst every surface to create a romantic atmosphere full of glamour. An elegant suite of stationery set the tone, firstly with letterpress invitations abundantly wrapped in satin ribbon and continuing right down to the menus at each place setting individually printed with guests names. The formalities of the evening concluded with everyone dancing the night away in a room lit up in purple while the DJ’s played timeless hits that had the dance floor rocking. Just when the clock struck twelve, it was home time…but not without a piece of the elaborate wedding cake, individually packaged in tiny boxes embellised with bows. The day was over, but not without memories, every moment captured brillantly by photographer Kate MacPherson.

Wedding Photography: Kate MacPherson Photographer / Wedding Coordination & Styling: Erin Lovich / Floral Design: Cartier for Flowers / Wedding Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Wedding Reception Venue: The Northern Club / Wedding Stationery Design: Cottonwood Studio / Letterpress Printing: Magpie Press / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Wedding Cake: Judit Meron of Artisan Cakes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anne Barlow

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Auckland Wedding by Sutherland Kovach

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!

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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

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Auckland Wedding by Jel Photography

We have a lot of gorgeous weddings that come through our doors. Beach weddings, city soirées, lovely country affairs – we see them all and on Wednesdays we get to share the prettiness with you. Today we are opening up the Style Me Pretty vaults and giving you a sampling of weddings that had us at hello. And believe me, this line up is crazy gorgeous so be sure to set aside some time to check out the full wedding gallery for each of these affairs. It’s a total must.

And speaking of gorgeous beach weddings that had us at hello, this New Zealand beauty did just that. We have nothing short of heart pitter-pattering, insta-love for this yellow-infused stunner. Jel Photography manned the camera helm and produced one fabulous image after another. Lucky you, they are all camping out in the full gallery and just waiting for your click!

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From the Bride…Our Waiheke island wedding was a magical day in a stunning place despite the rain! The ceremony was held on my grandfather’s lawn overlooking Onetangi Beach with 100 friends and family watching on. This was followed by a reception at Mudbrick Vineyard where we made an entrance on a bike and danced in to the morning. Everything was perfect and just as we had imagined. Our favourite part of the day was being able to spend it with all our family and friends – many of who had travelled from overseas. This was the first time ever that my entire family had been together in one place – this was very special.

We wanted to have a fairly relaxed wedding overlooking the sea as both of us love to spend time in the stunning NZ outdoors. Lemon was the colour theme which was used throughout the wedding from the bridesmaids dresses to the handmade lemon candles as favours. We also used fresh lemons to brighten up the wedding ceremony and my mother-in-law made us our delicious lemon wedding cake.

We tried to do as many personal touches and involve our family in as many ways as possible as we felt this was a huge part of what our wedding was about. Aaron had my younger brother as a groomsman and my Grandad signed our register. On my flowers I had a vintage dragonfly brooch which my late grandfather had given to my mum as my “something old”. We used wine barrells to decorate the wedding ceremony reception which were from Casita Miro vineyard where Aaron had recently carried out a renovation for work and made our entrance to our wedding reception on an old push bike as Aaron is a keen rider and this tied in with the images on our invitations and stationary.

Wedding Photography: Jel Photography / Ceremony Location: Private Residence / Wedding Invitations: Bride + Sister of the Groom / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner / Wedding Dress: The White One from Jane Yeh / Jewelry: Shell Shock / Groom’s Suit: Working Style / Hair + Make-up: Nikki Paton from Stephen Marr / Reception Location: Mudbrick Vineyard

New Zealand Wedding by Sutherland Kovach Studio

Be prepared to have some serious wedding venue envy!  Sutherland Kovach Studio sent us this gem all the way from New Zealand with stunning views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.  The whole affair has a casual, backyard feel to it but still shines with elegance.  I love the wild, garden party arrangements and handcrafted details made out of vintage paper.  Stay a little longer in wedding paradise by visiting the full gallery!

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From Sutherland Kovach Studio… Amy and Matt got married on New Year’s Eve on Waiheke Island in New Zealand.  Matt is from the UK and Amy is a New Zealander, and they met while crewing yachts in Europe.  Most of their wedding was organised over e-mail as the yacht they were on sailed around the world.  They chose Waiheke Island as it’s a short boat ride from Auckland and would make a great holiday destination for their guests, many of whom were also travelling great distances to celebrate with them.

Their ceremony and reception were held at Mudbrick Vineyard, a truly beautiful venue overlooking Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.  The bridal party got ready and had some of their pictures taken at the stunning Delamore Lodge.

The flowers were done by Waiheke florist Wildflower, following Amy’s (very brief) brief of ‘just picked’. Amy and her stepmother folded over a hundred paper cranes to hold each placecard at the tables, and the orders of service were printed onto vintage papers.  Family wedding pictures spanning the generations were displayed throughout the dining room.

Guests toasted the bride & groom and partied into 2011 with the aid of the local Chocolate Fish Band.

Wedding Photography: Sutherland Kovach Studio / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mudbrick Vineyard / Pre-Ceremony Preparations & Photos: Delamore Lodge / Flowers: Wildflower / Bride’s Dress: Macy’s / Bride’s Shoes: Sergio Rossi / Groom’s Suit: Dolce & Gabbana / Wedding Band: Chocolate Fish

Groom Style Inspiration from Sutherland and Kovach Studio

This goes out to all the fellas. We know there are about two of you out there and for all the rest, your lovely ladies will take notes. Yes, yes we know the wedding dress is uber important but so too is the wedding day attire of your hubby to be. So today we are bringing you some serious groom style that is screaming dapper from the rooftops and the best part? Most of these stylish threads where found at second hand and vintage stores. Looking hot while not breaking the bank is super duper in our books.  Photographed by Sutherland Kovach Studio, with florals and styling by Me, Myself and I, this will surely get your inspiration wheels a turning. Check out the gallery for more fashion for your dude.

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There are some fabulous alternatives to the traditional black suit for grooms and we at Sutherland Kovach Studio wanted to explore them, with a vintage twist. It was our aim to show that a stylish and distinctive outfit is totally possible on a budget and most of the clothes were found at charity and retro shops. Annie, our florist, created the beautiful boutonnieres from vintage buttons and autumn leaves.

Photography and Design: Sutherland Kovach Studio / Flowers and Design: Annie Oxborough at Me, Myself and I / Venue: Auckland Domain, Auckland, New Zealand / Clothes: Sourced from Salvation Army stores, Mrs Jones, and Hallensteins

Real Wedding: Anna and James, XII

We have had an absolutely absurd amount of posts go up today! The wedding was just so pretty and the bride was sweet enough to share so many details, I wanted to make sure that we got it all in. Here is a last look at the beautifully photographed, by the wonderfully talented Lauri Levenfeld, New Zealand wedding…

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From the bride…

At the reception and dinner, we wanted to showcase the very best NZ and Waiheke Island ingredients and highlight produce from the winery’s vegetable garden.  We served the Mudbrick’s own award winning Rose, Chardonnay and Syrah, as well as a special wine from Anna’s family vineyard in honor of Anna’s late brother Kiet who planted the grapes as a boy.