A little from Anouska about their day...
"Caleb and I had been close friends long before we shared a new year kiss and summer romance that turned into an amazing relationship. We both fell in love with Waiheke Island after an extremely intimate and romantic wedding proposal there in Jan 2011. Caleb out did himself kidnapping me from work, and surprising me with helicopter trip over the Hauraki Gulf on a beautiful Auckland day, before proposing to me at a secluded holiday home with a private beach on Waiheke where we stayed for the weekend. Before heading home and still on a high from the proposal Caleb had organised a beautiful celebration lunch with our parents at Mudbrick Vineyard, with the food, wine and amazing view and fond memories – It was a dream come true to have our wedding day there. The rest of the wedding planning took place from London. I dreamt of timeless soft romantic colours, lace and a hint of vintage rusticness which I knew would suit Mudbrick. We had planned on a ‘first look’ given that we were having a late afternoon wedding and not wanting to leave our guest for too long. Surrounded by fields of golden waist height grass and with a beautiful big old Pohutakawha tree in the back ground, we knew this was the perfect place to set the scene for our first look. Our photos captured the special moment when Caleb and I first saw each other; it was better that I could have ever imagined and an experience I will never forget. Our ceremony followed at Mudbrick, being conducted by a close friend it gave it the intimacy we wanted. Caleb and I exchanged our personally written vows and asked our guest to participate by offering us a piece of marital advice which made for a memorable and lighthearted end to our ceremony.
Looking back on our day, to say we felt blessed would be an understatement. We were both so happy to be spend our wedding day with all our closest friends and family . We had a fabulous, fun and glamorous bridal party, glorious weather and a beautifully relaxed day that flowed perfectly. The photos captured the amazing scenery, weather, stunning guests the ecstatic atmosphere not to mention the love Caleb and I share for each other. We could not have been happier, at the time I didn’t want the day to end and looking back I want to do it all over again.”
“I tried on several vintage lace dresses before trying on the Aspen by Jenny Packham and it was love at first sight. It was perfect with its embellished waist, full lace back, capped sleeves and silk train. I was lucky enough to have my Aunty in London with me to get a second opinion. She also gave me a beautiful lace handkerchief that she had on her wedding day which was tucked in my garter. My bracelet was bought for me by a very good friend while on holiday earlier in the year in Croatia. For the bridesmaids we were going for romantic dresses, dusky pink embellished with silver beadings. This was accentuated by low side buns and matching feather hair clips. Each wore a single peal bracelet I had bought while in Croatia, which matched mine.
The flowers were dusky pink roses and lisianthus as well as cream hydgrangers. I love simple bouquets and think that roses are timeless and wanted to tie the dusky pink colour into the flowers of my bouquet. The girls held simple cream bouquets. Lisianthus and hydrangeas where placed in lace jars on all the tables.”
What unique touches did you add to your day? “All the wedding stationery was hand made, each invite was printed, stamped and embossed with lace doily and folded into a paper doily envelop that had a photo of Caleb and I on it. Each table place name was also hand made to match the invitations in a bookmark size. The girls embellished with pink and pearl, and the boys with old keys collected from around London.
We asked a close friend to conduct of ceremony and worked closely with him to ensure it was personalised to us. We had written our own vows to each other. We also asked that each guest give us one piece of advice during our ceremony which was a fun, entertaining and memorable way to involve all our friends.”
What was the most memorable part of the day? “Our ‘first look’. The golden waist height grass and a beautiful Pohutakawha tree in the back ground was the ultimate place for our first look. We were blessed by amazing weather and on the day it was better than I could have ever imagined or dreamed. To have that special moment where we both saw each other for the first time in such beautiful surroundings with our best friends was slightly surreal and an experience that I will never forget.”
What advice do you have for brides to be? “Relax and enjoy every second as it all goes too fast. Spend time alone with your husband on the day. Take extra time planning the important things, we really feel that spending extra time and effort discussing the finer details with the celebrant and our photographer meant that things went perfectly and exactly how we had dreamed.”
Florist: Chloe Smith
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Knight
Bride’s Dress: Jenny Packham
Bridesmaids: Miss Selfridge
Groom’s Atire: Crane Brothers
Accommodation: Cape Retreat - Stay Waiheke
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