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Queenstown, New Zealand Wedding from Alpine Image Company

When a wedding is this beautiful, you have to stop and stay awhile.  Or more accurately, stop and stare awhile.  Because days like this?  They are sooo chock-full of beautiful details and sooo filled with magical moments, you need more than just a few minutes to soak it all in.  From the breathtaking Stoneridge Estate setting to the beautiful blooms from The Flower Room to the gallery of gorgeous captured by Alpine Image Company, it’s what we call a swoon-fest from start to finish.  See it all right here.


From the Bride… Simplistic timeless elegance are the words that come to mind when I reflect on our beautifully perfect wedding day. On our wedding day we woke up at the stunning Arrowfield Luxury Apartments, to crystal clear out of this world scenery; which is standard at this diamond of a location. As the day proceeds, Nadine captures special moments which depict our intense feelings of love and joy. She portrays the beauty of our bridal party, the caring support of our family and the attention to detail, which all lead to an idea that love is the moment that lasts forever. 

Wedding Photography: Nadine from Alpine Image Company | Ceremony Venue: The Chaple by the Lake, Stoneridge Estate in Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand | Reception Location: Stoneridge Estate in Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand | Event Planning: The Bride | Floral Design: Sarah from The Flower Room | Wedding Cake: Melissa from Cherry Blossom Cakes | Favors: Devonport Chocolates | Wedding Invitations: Jessica from Huetopia Design | Transportation: Classic Carriage | Wedding Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. + Michael Hill | Bride’s Veil + Pins: Natalie Chan | Bride’s Nail Art: Cherry Nails | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Pandora | Groom + Groomsmen Atire: Belmoral Suit Hire | Hair: Crew Haircutters | Makeup: Lauren Weir, Maid of Honor

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New Zealand Wedding by Simply Perfect Events & Experiences

Happy Wedding Wednesday, SMPers!  Are you ready for a morning, noon and night of stunning weddings and a plethora of swoon-worthy inspiration to pretty up your day?  We sure hope so, because we have quite the lineup in store for you lovelies – and we just can’t wait another minute to share.  So, clear your calendars for a whole lot of gorgeous and don’t forget to check out those galleries, where even more pretty awaits!

If I could take a last-minute vacation to anywhere in the world, I’d pack my bags for New Zealand ASAP.  The lovely countryside and breathtaking views never fail to seriously AMAZE me – and when you add a captivating wedding like this one captured by Stellar Photography to the mix, well.  I am over the moon.  All planned brilliantly by Simply Perfect Events & Experiences, there’s not a moment of sweet NZ goodness that won’t leave you smiling from ear to ear.  Click here for more!

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From the Bride… With Nick being British and me a Kiwi, both currently living in Melbourne, we had guests travelling from all around the world. It was important to us that our wedding day was a true party where everyone could meet, relax and celebrate! Our love of travel, coupled with Nick’s fascination with history and the fact that many were travelling to celebrate with us, meant that vintage travel was the obvious theme that we tied in through details. We had so much fun with the planning of the day and working with our florist and our coordinator Sarah to ensure the styling of the day all came together so well! We tried to weave in significant details throughout the day wherever possible — I wore one of my grandmother’s silver brooches on my bouquet, and Nick drove to the ceremony with his best man in a Triumph Spitfire, the same car that his parents had on their wedding day in 1972! Tying in London, where we met, we had a double decker bus transport our guests from the ceremony to the reception, and the bridal party arrived in black London cabs. We couldn’t have hoped for a better location for our reception. The Winehouse & Kitchen is quintessentially Kiwi. From framed historic pics of the area and crystal decanters to the historic building itself, it was just perfect. As our friends and family had travelled such a distance, we wanted to show our absolute appreciation, which hopefully we conveyed on our personal handwritten notes to guests at their table settings. We also had a display of our parents/grandparents wedding pictures at the reception, and of course a vintage photo booth to capture some party moments with all our guests that we will truly cherish forever.  

From Simply Perfect Events & ExperiencesGuests arrived at Millbrook Resort to a splendid spring day for the couple’s ceremony, which was held on the petanque court with swimming ducks and 360 degree mountain views providing the perfect setting. After a short cocktail and canape hour at the Millbrook Clubhouse, guests were transported by a vintage double decker bus to the Winehouse & Kitchen, located in the stunning Gibbston Valley. On arrival the rustic gardens were set up with croquet sets for the guests to enjoy a few fun games before the bridal party arrived from their location pictures.

The venue lends itself so well to a vintage style theme already with the historic cottage feel and a stunning rock floored marquee off the back. White lanterns and pompoms were strung from end to end, and candlelight was a huge element in creating the right ambiance as the night went on. As guests entered the marquee, they were greeted with a rustic French ladder that had the seating arrangement pegged to twine. Mason jars tied with twine complemented the hessian table runners and garden-style flower arrangements on every table. Each individual place setting was set with a small paper bag filled with local pinot noir chocolate truffles, clipped with a small wooden peg attaching the postcard styled place cards (which had a handwritten note from the bride and groom on the back of EVERY one!). Their rustic cheese cake was styled with hessian fabric, figs, dates and amazing toffee creations — local artisan cheese was used to create this lovely feature. After an amazing dinner with local delicacies including New Zealand whitebait and venison, the guests enjoyed the sounds of Kiri and Her 1940s Jazz Club Band (Shari’s uncle, who was also the celebrant, happens to be the drummer). It was truly a perfect wedding, and this fantastic couple deserved nothing less.

Wedding Photography: Stellar Photography / Ceremony: Millbrook Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand / Reception: The Winehouse & Kitchen in Queenstown, New Zealand / Event Planning: Simply Perfect Events & Experiences / Floral Design: The Flower Room / Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Papyrus Design / Celebrant: The Bride’s Uncle / Band: Kiri and Her 1940s Jazz Club / Wedding Gown: Novia D’Art

Queenstown Wedding by Sequel Events + Wanaka Photography

Up next on our list of lovely weddings for today is this breathtaking winter wedding by Wanaka Photography. Winter in New Zealand just seems so incredibly romantic, don’t you think? Just take one look at the images below, and I have a good feeling you’ll be feeling the romance too. From her drop dead gorgeous custom dress by New Zealand designer Tanya Carlson, to the stunning New Zealand backdrop – it’s all breathtaking, and there is even more in the full gallery of images!

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From the bride…Hamish and I enjoyed an excellent winter wedding with 130 guests at Millbrook Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand in June 2011.  I had told my parents years ago that I wanted to get married at Millbrook so I was delighted when Hamish agreed!  I have my own event management company in New Zealand so knew what to look for in a venue that would make the planning process straightforward and the day itself a success.  Hamish is an architect so he was hard to please as the venue needed to be stylish with great buildings.  Millbrook Resort was the obvious choice.  The experienced and professional staff impressed me and the buildings got Hamish’s approval.

My dress was designed by New Zealand fashion designer Tanya Carlson.  I have worked with Tanya on a number of fashion events and was thrilled when she agreed to design and make my dress.  I knew Tanya would choose something that suited my figure and the only feature I really wanted was the beading at the back of the dress.  The dress was silk, bias cut with draping at the front and tulle detail.  Tanya sourced the tulle from a market in Paris when she was visiting just weeks before the wedding.  The back had exquisite beading as well as a cowl and a long train.  My bridesmaid’s dresses were simple black tiered dresses from Dunedin designer Charmaine Reveley.  There was a sash at the back which was edged in the silk from my dress which was a really special touch.

Family and friends were very excited about the opportunity to visit Central Otago in winter, and many guests stayed at the Resort and took advantage of the facilities and services that it offers.  The wedding ceremony was held at the Clubhouse building with guests filling the room and taking advantage of the stairs and mezzanine to get a close up view.  The ceremony went smoothly and then the celebrations started as Millbrook staff served drinks and a variety of tasty canapés.  The wedding party explored the grounds of Millbrook on golf carts with Wanaka photographer Simon Darby and were spoilt for choice with a number of settings and impressive mountain backdrops.  Guests stayed at the Clubhouse and were well cared for by Millbrook staff including entertainment by the local golf pro with a pitch and putt competition. The reception was in the Millhouse building with eight long tables filling the room.  The three course menu, served with precision, showcased local seasonal produce.

Photography: Wanaka Photography / Flowers: The Orchid Florist / Event Planning: Sequel Events / Ceremony + Reception Location: Millbrook Resort / Invitations: BrandAid / Brides dress: Tanya Carlson / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Charmaine Reveley / Flower Girl Outfits: Trelise Cooper Kids / Band: The Elevators