Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Hello lovelies! How is your week going? I've kinda lost the first two days down to travelling one of them and then dealing with frustrating IT issues most of yesterday (as well as a sick husband... which naturally makes him grumpy!!) But all back up and running today! You may recognise the top image from this lovely wedding by Claire Mossong in the board I posted yesterday... how gorgeous is this vintage plate? I also love the pomander balls hanging from the pergola!
Mark and I met when I was 15 years old and he was 16. I am lucky to say that I married my best friend and childhood sweetheart. When Mark first proposed I knew our wedding had to reflect both of us in some way. We both share a strong love and passion for things vintage! Mine are textiles, colours and pretty eclectic pieces and Marks is with his old cars - so we knew that was going to be the theme and inspiration for our wedding. We choose Feburary as it was our 10 year anniversary and we tied the knot 5 days after the actual anniversary date. Both growing up in Whakatane and coming from large familes, we knew we had to get married there. Finding a venue to suit our theme was going to be a little more tricky. The search was worth it. Our ceremony was held in a private garden in which over looked the town, river and Whale Island. The location is stunning and I knew that I didn't want too many decorations to detract from the view. Dad made the recycled timber pergola and my girlfriends and I made the rose and hydrangea pomander balls. These were the perfect touch, a few hanging from the pergola, the rest hanging from the end seats down the aisle.
After studying fashion design for 4 years I always new what I wanted for my dress and toyed with idea of making it myself - but then I found Corina Snow Bridal. She did an amazing job of turning my ideas into reality, creating my gorgeous dress. Mum made all the rosettes on the dress so it still had that personal touch and that made it ever more special to me. With Corina making my dress I was able to focus on making the bridesmaids dresses. As soon as I found the soft polka dot tulle I knew that was the starting point for my colour palette for the wedding. The polka dot tulle was used as the bodice fabric and as my dress was made from silk georgette, I sent more of that off to be dyed to match the tulle. We found matching shoes, bracelets and earrings which tied everything together.
Our florist was Nikki from Ruby Dunes in Ohope who did an absolutely amazing job on the bouquets and buttonholes! We provided the large dahlias from Mum's garden for the bridesmaid's bouquets and Nikki matched roses perfectly along with lisianthus, gypsopholia, hydrandgeas, Queen Anne's Lace, Vivian spray roses and gorgeous Lambs Ears. My aunt created the flower arrangements for the head table and they tied in perfectly with the table linen Mum and I had made - 110 napkins and table runners to match!! Coming from a family filled with creative people our reception was very much DIY. Family and friends were amazing in helping Mark and I with all the finer details. Not only did my girlfriends help to make the pomander balls they spent many nights with me putting labels on the ice cream tubs, fabric covers and tags on the jam favours and making up all the candy boxes. My darling father crafted the lemonade stand, ice cream sprinkes caddy and cut all the little signs for our sign post. Mark made the screens for the candy bar and ice-cream parlour, while I did the signage, labels and wedding stationery. We had every one involved - even my nana made all the jam favours.
We had a marquee reception in the beautiful gardens of Sweet Magnolia Estate, where Wendy and Cathy were absolute stars and worked like trojans to make sure everything went like clockwork. The venue is perfect and the hosts go out of their way to help. The idea of having vintage china for table settings came from inheriting my great-grandmother's little pink tea set. The cups and saucers, dinner and side plates added the finishing touch to the reception. We had a gorgeous mix of birdcages, candelabra, teapots and vintage glassware with flowers for centrepieces all from The Heirloom. The stunning hand-painted cake also from The Heirloom attracted many compliments - as did the beautiful pink and white two-tiered cake made by my friend Kerry at Sugar Town - it tasted as good as it looked!
Mark's main job was to sort out the wedding cars. Being a car enthusiast and having too many cars to name it was always going to be a difficult decision for him to make as to which one we would travel in. In the end he chose his white 1976 Mazda as we had friends with matching black and grey ones. It was a sentimental choice for him to have his own car carry me to the ceremony - even though just a few short weeks earlier there was a big question as to whether or not we would be able to use it.
It was a godsend when we discovered our photographer Claire Mossong and her husband Alex! They completely understood the idea I was aiming for, their style suited our love for all things vintage! I cannot thank them enough, they caught all the special moments and we both love our photos! It makes us wish we could do it all over again!
Photographer | Claire Mossong, Reception Venue | Sweet Magnolia Estate, Wedding Cake | Sugar Town, Handpainted Cake, Stationery - The Heirloom, Stylist + Props | The Heirloom, Make Up | A Little Beauty Shop, Brides Dress - Corina Snow Bridal, Flowers | Ruby Dunes, Brides Head Piece | Queens and Bowls