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Elegant Garden Affair in New Zealand + a Tear-Worthy Toast on Film

This wedding is so many things; a beautiful display of greenery and garden blooms by Leaf & Honey, a bevy of simple, elegant details set against the beauty of Waiheke Island and not only imagery captured by Coralee Estelle but a film from Bubblerock that showcases one sweet as can be toast from the Bride’s 97 year old Grandfather. Get out the tissues and click here for more.

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From Bubblerock Cinematography… Jackie and Michael created one amazing, tasteful, and warm celebration for their wedding set on Waiheke Island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand.
But something we weren’t quite prepared for is the intensity and the goosebumps we felt as her 97-yo grand father said a few words on behalf of her dad who couldn’t attend the wedding due to illness. And it is his closing toast that got us teary and this is why it was what started it all for us when putting their trailer together.

Their day was one of friendship, laughs, love and incredible details. It all just fell into place seamlessly to create an event they sure will never forget (and neither will we).

This is their day in a little film and a few gorgeous photographs by Coralee Estelle.

Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Cake: The Cake Parlour | Celebrant: Rochelle Fleming | Cinematography: Bubblerock | Floral Design: Leaf & Honey | Hair: Amelia Motuliki | Kombi Van: Kiwi Kombis | Make Up: Grayson Coutts | Photobooth: The Amazing Travelling Booth | Photography: Coralee Estelle | Pimms Trolley: PS I Love You Events | Reception Venue: Mudbrick Vineyard | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Stationery: The Groom / Letterpress Magpie Press | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine

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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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Waiheke Island, New Zealand Wedding from Kate Robinson Photography

Every time I see a New Zealand wedding, I consider moving.  Every single time. I suspect it has something to do with the breathtaking backdrops, the seriously stylish couples and the crazy cool accents. (Sure, I can’t hear them, but I know they are there.) It’s a combo that makes me oh-so-happy and this intimate Waiheke Island affair by Kate Robinson Photography is ranking high among my faves. A beautiful bride and groom, their dedication to each other and a celebration of love with their closest family and friends.  Does it get any better? See so much more right here.

From the Bride… Our wedding was inspired by love. Our love for each other as well as our love for our beautiful friends and family, a love for beautiful beaches, landscapes, good food and great times! Our love of all these things inspired every decision we made. Our first step was finding a location. I grew up on Waiheke and lived there for over 16 years. It is such a beautiful place and was an amazing place to grow up –truly the idyllic childhood. James and I have spent lots of time there together and we still have friends living there so it seemed like the perfect choice. Originally we wanted to get married on the beach but after we found Chardy Ridge it made sense to us to have everything all in the one place – the ceremony, the dinner and the party! We did however decide to have our wedding photos before the ceremony on the beach! We decided to do this as we didn’t want to leave our guests for a few hours while we went off and had them after the ceremony. This was one of the best decisions we made and I would highly recommend it to everyone. We felt like we got to have two ‘first looks’ and it meant that the majority of the photos were done by the time we got to the ceremony. One of the locations was Onetangi Beach under the tree that many family picnics were had underneath many years ago and my mums ashes were also scattered on this beach so it was extra special in that respect.

In terms of the theme for the day – I made a mood board of all the things I was drawn to and loved in bridal magazines and a theme emerged of black & white, glass vessels, white flowers and lots of light – whether it was the landscape or lots of candles or the lights at night or floating lanterns. All of which we incorporated! My grandfather who is 91 was able to be at our wedding which was very special. We had friends and family fly in from all around the world – from London, Japan, Spain & Australia as well as from all over New Zealand. For a bit of fun the place names were on little envelopes that had a ‘Fortune Scratchie’ inside predicting their ‘fortune’. We also gave all the guests a ‘Midnight Snack’ bag at the end of the night for those late night munchies! There was a mini bacon and egg pie and a slice of lemon yoghurt cake as well as a berrocca to give them back their b-b-bounce for the next day! There is nowhere open on Waiheke after 9pm so we thought it would go down a treat! A friend of ours baked all these for us too which was extra special and meant they were filled with love too.

Our wedding sign was made by my brother and me. Him and his girlfriends found the wood washed up on the beach; he made the sign up and I painted it. The napkin rings were DIY. The lovely girls at Cocoa Berry designed a stamp to tie in with our dandelion themed invites which we then used on the envelopes of the invites as well as the place names and lollie bags. We continued this on the thank you cards afterwards as well. The table numbers were adhesive blackboard stickers that I cut into circles and stuck onto little bottles that were found at a recycle shop on Waiheke, also continuing the lace from the napkin rings onto these as well. We had a confetti cannon which my brother let off after the ceremony which was fun! We sourced this online. We truly felt like we had the most magical day surrounded by all those that we love. It was a day infused with love, laughter, friendship and joy. Truly the best day of our lives and we are so grateful to everyone that helped make it the amazing day that it was. We will treasure it always.

Wedding Photography: Kate Robinson Photography / Wedding Venue: Chardy Ridge in Omiha, Waiheke Island, New Zealand / Wedding Design: Heidi Altmann Interior Design / Floral Design: Waiheke Flower Company / Officiant: Sandra Biskind / Wedding Catering: Island Indulgence / Wedding Cake: SweetCakes / Stationery: Cocoa Berry / Wedding Dress, Hair Slide + Bracelet: Corina Snow Bridal Couture / Bride’s Shoes: Wild Pair / Bride’s Clutch: Gift from Bride’s Friend / Hair: Tessa Coote of ghd / Makeup Artist: Tatum Dunster + Serenity Anderson (MAC Cosmetics Freelance Artists)

New Zealand Wedding from Erin Lovich

Auckland has the kind of landscape that needs very little decoration. With an infusion of elegant design and styling by Erin Lovich, herbs and all white florals by Wildflower Waiheke plus a a gorgeous Bride and Groom, the natural beauty of these surroundings are enhanced ten fold. And the images by Samm Blake do it all so much justice. See them here.

From the Bride… Scotty proposed at Lavender Hill. It’s an idyllic spot on Waiheke Island in Auckland, New Zealand. We had stayed there before, and I had declared it one of my favorite places on earth. After that, there was no question it was the perfect venue for us to get married at. We had a few must-haves on our list. An amazing photographer, great music, great food and a neutral cream color scheme that let the beauty of the venue do the talking. Also hugely important was an atmosphere where all our guests could relax and have fun. We wanted to create a beautiful day that didn’t feel too contrived where everyone would fall in love with the location like we had.

As a wedding stylist and planner, I had to make a conscious effort to have everything organized and ready to hand over to my wonderful friend who ran the day for us, so I could relax and be a bride not a planner. Lavender Hill is a venue where you need to bring everything on site, so there were a lot of logistics I had to pretend not to notice during the setup of the day. But it was amazing because we had the freedom to style the day just as we wanted. We had a late afternoon ceremony at the front of the property, overlooking the olive groves and out across the ocean to Auckland. We wrote a snippet each about why we fell in love with each other, which the celebrant read out on our behalf. We opted for traditional vows.

After the ceremony, the guests moved through to the lawn for drinks and canapes while Tom Rodwell & Storehouse played acoustic gospel blues and we disappeared for photos. Dinner was in a long marquee with cream fabric and fairy lights draped from the ceiling. We had six, large, rectangular tables, each set for 20, which created a really intimate atmosphere. The tables were littered with tealight votives and wire baskets filled with different types of vases, jars and zinc planter pots. The theme was a long Italian lunch, and our menu reflected just that. Delicious, easy food. We screenprinted cloth napkins with a cute verse designed in line with our wedding stationery. Cream pashminas were draped over the back of each female guest’s chair for later in the evening when the temperature got chilly.

The evening concluded with dancing — a combination of the live band from earlier in the day and DJ’s the Sweet Mix Kids. We had festoon lights and large tin S & E lights to create an outdoor dance floor. Our first dance was to “Obla di obla da” by The Beatles, which got everyone up dancing before the song had even finished. Looking back on the photos, we feel so lucky we were able to have Samm Blake there to capture the day. Our photos are amazing, and it is so hard to choose which ones we want to frame. I look at them and want to travel back in time and repeat the day! It was the happiest day of our lives, and everyone there looks like they are having a great time too, which is exactly what we wished for. 

Wedding Photography: Samm Blake / Wedding Venue: Lavender Hill in Waiheke, New Zealand / Event Design + Planning: Erin Lovich / Floral Design: Wildflower Waiheke / Officiant: Luana Crompton / Catering: John Oyagawa / Wedding Cake: Jo of Delivision / Wedding Invitations: Kate of Cottonwood Studio (A Friend of the Bride) / Letterpress Printing: Magpie Press / Band: Tom Rodwell & Storehouse / DJ: Sweet Mix Kids / Lighting: La Lumiere / Tent: Platinum Hire / Tabletop + Rentals: Figment Event Outfitters / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Hair: Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design / Makeup: Aimie Fiebig / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom by Anne Barlow / Men’s Attire: Crane Brothers

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New Zealand Wedding by Brandon Kidd Photography

Brandon Kidd Photography sent us our next gem of a wedding and it is about as naturally gorgeous as you can get. You know those people that roll out of bed without a stitch of makeup and look positively radiant? Ya, I’m definitely not one of those lucky ducks but this wedding sooo is. It is paired down to gorgeous views, perfectly edited details and of course, one extremely happy and oh so in love couple. See it all here.

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From the Bride… We wanted to showcase New Zealand (after all, we were lucky enough to have people traveling from all over the world!), so a quintessentially New Zealand location that had gorgeous scenery and excellent food and wine was key – Mudbrick Vineyard was perfect! Our families and many of the guests hired holiday houses (called a “bach” in NZ) on Waiheke for the time surrounding the wedding, so there was plenty of pre- and post-wedding celebrating. Our travel theme was an easy choice, considering the thousands of miles we’ve traveled to see each other over the years, the many guests traveling from all corners of the globe, and the fact that now with families in two different countries there will be plenty of travel ahead! We both love maps and old letters and parcels wrapped up with string, so we had great fun bringing it all together. Jenny fell in love with the bridesmaids’ dresses at first sight, so styled things around them as well, keeping things romantic and soft with an old-fashioned feel. The trickiest part was finding the guys’ ties!

Photographer: Brandon Kidd of Brandon Kidd Photography / Florist: Waiheke Flower Gallery / Invitations and Stationery: by the Bride and Groom / Cake: Cupcake / Favors: Makana Confections / Entertainment: Jabsco Sounds / Gown Designer: La Sposa / Bridal Salon: Fashions by Farina / Hairpiece and Veil: Flowers pins from Etsy, veil borrowed from a friend / Hair and Makeup: Lexia Dyer Hair and Makeup / Formal Wear (Men’s): Frank Casey Formal Suit Hire / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie / Mother’s Dresses: Nicole Miller / Wedding Rings: Tiffany and Co., Boston Ring and Gem

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