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New Zealand Elopement from Alpine Image Company + Sunshine Wedding Films

You might want to take a deep breath and sit down before soaking in this wedding – because to say it’s breathtaking would be the understatement of the year. And really, I am struggling to find words to do it justice. So instead I’ll let the images from Alpine Image Company and the film from Sunshine Wedding Films speak for themselves. And boy to they have something really gorgeous to say. See them all here.


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From the Bride… When Kevin and I first got engaged, we were incredibly conflicted over what kind of wedding we wanted. Both Kevin and I are fairly introverted and dislike being the center of attention, making a big wedding (the only possibility given the size of Kevin’s close extended family) rather overwhelming and not completely “us.” We also were concerned with the high cost of weddings, which we would predominantly be paying for ourselves, and did not want to be overwhelmed with planning a wedding. On the other hand, we knew our family and friends were excited to celebrate with us, and we did not want to disappoint anyone.

Ultimately, we decided on the best of both worlds. Kevin and I decided to “elope” in New Zealand — a country we visited three years ago and absolutely fell in love with — and then we will have a New Zealand-themed reception near Kevin’s hometown in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (the party is in May). We chose to do a “heli-wedding” – a helicopter picked us up from our hotel and took us to the top of Coromandel Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand, a stunning lakeside town in the South Island. Our decision was absolutely perfect for us (“perfect” was a word used about a hundred times that day), and 12.12.12 was a magical day.

We wanted our wedding in New Zealand to be official, so we worked with Minetta Hope of The Wedding Company to coordinate all details of our wedding. She planned every detail (from all the legalities to the coordination of all vendors, including photography, videography, hair, makeup, flowers, and dinner) perfectly and was so incredibly helpful. She made the process entirely stress free and fun — all I had to do was pick out my dress and accessories, and make some flowers decisions. Everyone we worked with just made the day so special. We could not be happier, and now we have our reception to look forward to!

Photography: Alpine Image Company | Cinematography: Sunshine Wedding Films | Floral Design: Crimson Floral Design | Event Planning: The Wedding Company | Ceremony Location: Coromandel Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand | Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender | Wedding Dress: Bea’s Bridal Nook | Hair + Makeup: Alice Salon

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New Zealand Wedding from The Piccadilly Flower Company

Truth be told, I can be a bit of a chatty Cathy. And rarely do I find myself completely speechless. But this New Zealand stunner has left me tongue tied and heart aflutter. No joke. With what may be the most pretty natural setting I’ve seen and endless peachy blooms  by The Piccadilly Flower Company, this wedding is the total package. But don’t just take my word for it. See all the lovely captured by Catherine Cattanach right here.

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From The Piccadilly Flower Company…This wedding was a moment of loveliness that I will add to a bank of weddings to daydream about for years to come. Katie and Charlie arranged a wonderful day to celebrate with family and friends at Springfield on the Kapiti Coast, just north of Wellington, New Zealand. Springfield is a setting that many would dream of.  Not only are guests treated to delicious food from the famous kitchens of Ruth Pretty but they get a country garden setting and beautifully restored homestead to enjoy. Katie’s day started at an amazing house designed by Fritz Eisenhofer. It had an indoor pool just inside the front door, white curves and a flower shaped skylight and was the perfect backdrop for photographer Catherine Cattanach to capture the bouquets and beautiful details.

The shiny polish of perfection in Katie and Charlie’s late summer wedding can be credited largely to nature itself, with a little help from some of Wellington’s finest. If we could have asked for the ash trees that lined the aisle to coordinate with the wedding flowers we would, and if it was possible for us to tone the sun to be the perfect warm shades of coral and peach we would. We didn’t need to; nature just delivered those little treats. Katie and Charlie’s lovely day shows how using season can add a delightful sense of harmony to a wedding. I’ve been fascinated by this for a long time and since making New Zealand home and facing the challenges of seasonality here (very few flowers are imported to protect the ecology) it’s become a part of how we work to evoke this subtle satisfaction through any event.  Couples really have to rely on us to select, design and create in the moment with the flowers and foliage that are best on the day. We work on the inspirations we are given and choose blooms to create the bride and groom’s vision. Katie and Charlie inspired me with their sense of individuality; they wanted their wedding to include the things they liked and in a style that was theirs. 

Katie and I spoke afterwards about how we’d managed to create exactly the look she wanted, with our suggestion to change the standard fairy lights to café lights and to take out the flowing tenting. We also worked with a plant and tree nursery; Katie loves ferns, so we wanted to use punga ferns for height in the marquee. They were really special and were under planted with other soft ferns and New Zealand native plants to make them look like they had sprung from the ground in exactly the right places (an example of how we can influence nature). Katie really wanted to hang flowers over tables, as the centres were low and made to accommodate sharing platters, so we made sure the scheme worked to include ceiling space for the floral chandeliers. Katie’s favourite flowers are Asiatic Lilies so we made sure there were lots of these throughout. This is the first season we have been able to enjoy David Austin roses in NZ (commercially) and one of the three available are Juliet. We mixed the roses with interesting botanicals and of course lots of ferns. With Katie’s love of flowers she and I even joked about her not having any wedding food and spending everything on flowers. We all loved making this wedding; I especially loved throwing the leaves for the fallen leaf aisle and I think the pictures speak a million words on what a gorgeous day the couple had with all their favourite people.

Photography: Catherine Cattanach | Floral Design + Styling: The Piccadilly Flower Company | Hair + Make Up: Miranda Millen | Ceremony + Reception Location: Springfield, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand | Catering: Ruth Pretty Catering | Celebrant: Pru Lamason | Wedding Dress: La Sposa via Robyn Cliffe Couturiere | Groom’s Suit: Working Style

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New Zealand Wedding Film from bubblerock

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.

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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

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