Nicholle & Paul
The day of our wedding dawned beautifully. I wore a gorgeous custom lace gown with my nana’s pearl-and-diamanté bracelet that I placed around the handle of my draping bouquet. Paul’s blue suit contrasted wonderfully against the groomsmen’s charcoal suits, and they were all topped off with trilby hats.
My teenage nephew stood up bravely to deliver our ceremony reading with such poise, and we laughed through our personalised vows. Our celebrant was a friend and it made the whole experience so intimate. We had an acoustic band play for the cocktail period, and games to entertain while we slipped away for photos.
In our styling, Paul and I wanted to acknowledge the contribution our late grandparents made to our heritage. Paul’s grandfather was a wood turner by hobby so the use of wood and items linked to the islands was a touching way to bring them into our special day. We used woven fans placed on seating at the ceremony, wrapped wooden floral boxes in tapa-printed paper, and dotted samples of Paul’s grandfather’s wood carved bottles and ornaments around the reception space.
We chose banquet-style seating, which allowed us to use long wooden boxes to showcase bright floral arrangements, interspersed with white and crystal candleholders. Stationery and welcome signage were all designed around our bright coloured theme and really allowed us to inject that fun energy into our day.
We topped plates with vivid and tasty fortune cookies to bring it all together. We decided to be a little unconventional in our approach to our reception arrangements. We didn’t want a bridal table, preferring to be in the middle of everything, and cutting the cake as soon as we arrived back from photos. We also chose a share-style menu. We had a three-layer semi-naked cake to be served as dessert with fruit, yoghurt, cheese and crackers. There were a lot of very happy faces and full bellies, particularly after the toasted sandwiches came out later in the evening! We couldn’t have asked for a better day.
Photos: C. Alex de Freitas
Bride’s gown: Jessica Bridal
Venue and flowers: Landsendt Tropical Gardens
Styling: Take A Vow Weddings & Events
Favours: Fortune Cookies NZ
Others that made their wedding special: Hare & Hunter, Leah Loves Makeup, When Squirrel Met Bear, Claire Robertson Design, Bridal Brilliance, Flo & Frankie, Working Style, DHGate, Event Essentials, Villa Kula, White Chapel Jak, Source Entertainment, Kathryn Pearce, Digimedia