Shar and Ryan in the Abel Tasman

When you think of a DIY wedding, images of jam jars, bunting and homemade photobooth props often come to mind. But not this wedding ~ Shar and Ryan put in some serious work to personalise their idyllic Nelson wedding and make it stand out from the rest.

Months before the wedding they scoured junk shops, collecting plates, glassware, cutlery, candlesticks and even festoon lights (it always helps when the groom is an electrician). The whole family helped make their day extra special with the brides family whipping up delicious salads, the groom's father catching fish, crays and oysters and to top it off, the venue was the grooms mother's property in Marahau.

It was a sunner of a day in the Abel Tasman where the bride and groom stood under a tree, (which started as two saplings and grew into one), saying their 'I Do's', 

Getting the bridal party to that point was hampered slightly when the vintage car they were riding in broke down in the stream but they made it eventually.

These kids aren't short of friends, there were pals from high school, uni, overseas, old flatmates, new flatmates, girlfriends, boyfriends and everyone in between to help them celebrate.

 The florals were wild summer blooms in shades of plum, berry and blush. A delicious and dreamy combo.

The whole day was captured by the talented chap from Tom Powell Photography.

 

   

 

    

 

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

       

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Caitlin and Cole on a wild Waiheke

With so many weddings each season, I look at the photos a month or two down the track and get blown away again. Seeing everything come together and seeing the brides and grooms look so happy, it's amazing. This makes it really tricky when trying to choose which photos to share on here. Now is one of those times. Danelle Bohane is such a talented photographer that I became fully immersed in these photos and struggled to narrow it down to just 20 or so. I managed it, just...

It was a blustery autumn day which made for beautiful wedding photos, not so great for a bride on her wedding day. Caitlin and the girls started the day at Te Whau Point. Hair, make up and nails were done by two of her close friends, the scene like something from an old world Hollywood movie; soft curls, plum lips, silk gowns and soft sunlight filtering through the curtains.

Although the weather added a drama and beauty to the surrounding, Caitlin's bride tribe was on hand to keep her veil in check. The ceremony and reception were held at the oh so beautiful Mudbrick, where Caitlin and Cole said their 'I do's'. After the formalities, photos of the couple were taken in the Waiheke wilderness, among olive groves, gravel roads and rolling fields.

The evening was filled with friends and family, delicious food, they ate, drank and danced the night away.

Photos: Danelle Bohane

Caitlin's dress: Watters

Hair and nails: Heather Vette 

Make up: Rani Shortland

Bridesmaids: Lulus

 

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Jess and James ~ Autumn at Markovina

Where do I start with Jess and James?... We spent months chatting about their wedding, creating florals that perfectly suited them, the venue and their vision for the wedding. Months of planning and several months on and we still haven't met. They were (and still are) are living the London life, planning an Auckland wedding then when the day on May 27th finally arrived, I had the flu. Proper, full blown flu. Luckily, my wonderful assistant Izzy was there to take the reins and brought everything together.

Jess decided that a whimsical combination of garden roses, lots of lush greenery and a sprinkle of autumn wildflowers was what she wanted. She knew what she was doing, the florals perfectly complimented the venue, Markovina Estate, with their dreamy trailing indoor greenery.

Her Grace Loves Lace dress was the epitome of youthful romance, and Justin Aitken's photos captured this beautifully. 

 To Jess and James, my favourite pen pals x

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Harriet & Michael

I know I say this about all of my brides but it's true, they are ALL lovely ladies (and gents) who I get on with as though we're old friends catching up for coffee. Harriet and Michael were no different. I met them after sending flowers to one of Harriet's colleagues; she loved them so much that she got in touch and we began planning her wedding florals.

They were married at Abbeville Estate with green garlands and draping florals adorning the venue, inside and out. The bridesmaids wore dove grey with delicate flower crowns to finish off the look.

Pre-wedding photos at an East Coast beach gave Harriet and Michael some time together before meeting their guests at Abbeville where they said their I-Do's and danced into the small hours.

All of it was beautifully captured by Chase Wild.

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* Fabia and Ryan *

I only met Fabia and Ryan a few weeks before her and Ryan's wedding. We did the majority of the floral planning via email (all the Pintrest boards) and the odd Skype chat. Everything came together, Fabia's vision of a soft, romantic colour palette with accents of raspberry and burgundy was floral heaven. 

Her gals were in matching dusty pink floor length dresses, their bouquets finished with trimmings from Fabia's gown. 

Their summer wedding took place in West Auckland, before the ceremony, she came face to face with Ryan in his navy tux and slick pink tie (we love) for some time together before walking down their aisle at the Tasting Shed.

Their venue was adorned with garlands, flowers and clusters of succulents and it was all captured by our friend Libby Robinson Photography 

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Shelby and Callum ~ Those crazy kids

Working with Shelby was like working with an old friend...we got along so well that it was almost too easy creating her perfect florals. It was a treat to have so much face time with Callum the groom and their fur baby Toby too.

After a couple of meetings we had everything sorted, the florals for their Allely Estate wedding were going to be in muted, almost ashen sorbet shades, wild and draping. 

The florals framing the bridal table had to be my favourite part, I couldn't have done it without my right hand gal Izzy.

Shelby and Callum, you guys are ace, I wish you all the happiness - give Toby a cuddle for me x

Photos by: Libby Robinson

Dress by: Grace Loves Lace

Hair and Make Up by: Lipstick and Co

Cake by: Amy's Secret Kitchen

 

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Jo and Geoff // colour pop wedding

Each wedding is different, special in its own way but this one was particularly bright, bold and fun.

I met with Jo and that's exactly what she wanted, all of the above. And we delivered of course.

Her bouquets were wild with pops of candy pink dahlias, roses, lisianthus, riceflower and eucalyptus, bound with silk ribbon. The groomsmen, simple yet bright with a single rose, gumnuts and eucalyptus, bound with ivory ribbon and the tables were just as bold as the bouquets. The stunner was the garland for the mantlepiece at Mantells, the bright flowers sitting pretty against the concrete backdrop.

Hair by Boutique Bride

Make up by Kimberly Hill

Photos by Gemma Flay Photography ~ Captured at The Auckland Museum, Winter Gardens and Mantells Mt Eden.

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~ Nicole and Sam ~

Nicole = Incredible.

When I met Nicole to chat about her wedding flowers, she knew exactly what she wanted ~ rich, deep shades of masala and plum with hints of raspberry, ivory and peach.

She wed Sam at Markovina on January 14th, 2017. The bridesmaids wore mis-matched, tonal dresses and Nicole, a backless lace dress from Rue de Seine.

The lads were dashing in navy which offset their burgundy buttonholes.

The January sun was shining (finally) and they were both cute as a button and so in love.

Such a genuinely sweet, kind and loving couple x

 

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Mel and Steve, sitting in a tree...

Despite a drizzly morning on December 10th, 2016, Mel and Steve had a blast at their Matakana wedding. The sun peeked through just as the guests arrived.

Their rustic Matakana venue was the perfect spot for their relaxed, rustic wedding. We scattered clusters of posies around the venue and suspended floral hoops behind the bridal table.

The bouquets were in muted sorbet shades of peach, pink and cream with delicious texture and greenery sprouting through. 

To Mel and Steve, with love x

 

 

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Becks and Ben's Kumeu Wedding

I had a blast helping Becks plan her wedding fleurs. She knew exactly what she wanted and I was so happy when we executed her floral vision with bouquets, buttonholes, garlands and table flowers.

The flowers were a mix of creamy white and peachy sorbet shades with hints of sage green. Scroll down for all the photos.

Captured by my talented friend Samantha Donaldson Photography

Wedding Venue Kumeu Valley Estate

Brides dress from Hera Couture

 

 

 

 

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Winter Wedding Inspo

Winter can be pretty dreary so when the lovely Jodie called asking if we wanted to create florals for a mid winter shoot, I said hells yes.

It was pretty special to use real life couple, Kirsty and Adam who are tying the knot later this year. 

Shooting at the McGrath Estate, we wanted to keep the florals wild and organic to fit with the natural surroundings. Using the old farm building and beautiful grounds, Amy (from Amy's Secret Kitchen) styled the shoot, keeping it rustic with a contemporary twist.

Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, we were in good company x

Venue - McGrath Estate
Cake & Styling - Amy's Secret Kitchen
Dress - Hera Bridal
Grooms Attire - ASOS
Makeup & Hair - Seb Makeup
Stationery - Just My Type
Table Props, Cutlery & Freestanding Lanterns - The Pretty Prop Shop
Photography - Jodie C Photography 

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~ Gwen + Jeffery ~

Oh Gwen. You little beauty. The epitomy of the etheral bride in a delicate lace dress for her wedding at Markovina Vineayard. So dreamy.

For the flowers, she wanted wild, romantic and rustic, as though they had been plucked from the meadow. That's just what we did using soft, sorbet shades of peach, strawberry and pistachio, bound with ribbon and raffia.

Photos by Patterson Brown Photography.

Make up by Rani Shortland.

 

 

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