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Vineyard New Zealand Wedding

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Where to start with Renee and Reece’s New Zealand wedding? How about Renee’s gorgeous cape, gorgeous bridesmaids’ dresses, or the gorgeous 100-year-old vineyard? Lavara Wedding Photography seriously knocked this wedding out of the park, so make sure you absorb every detail!

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From the bride, Renee: We wanted our wedding day to be filled with colours that had a vintage-shabby chic-rustic feel. For people to feel relaxed and inspired but the DIY projects we chose to do but mostly to feel our personalities shine through in every aspect of our wedding. It made is easy to style the day with such a beautiful venue to work with. We always knew that when this day came we would get married at our friend’s family-owned Vineyard which has the most amazing brick work and a 100 year old vine that grows above the seating inside.

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With the venue being so amazing it really did make the theme and colour scheme easy to pick. Rustic, vintage pastel colours with bright accents of different florals made for a relaxed, quirky but romantic atmosphere. The bunting that I made to hang above the tables was different floral patterns that would of clashed if side by side but were broken with sage green and blush pink, black and cream stripes and polka dots pieces. It was a soft and bold mixing of colours which was fun. The tables and chairs were black so it worked out well to have a black pattern. We always wanted the bridesmaids in a patterned floral fabric and the none of the groomsmen in black so it really opened the door for the use of colours in our bridal party having so many colours in the styling of the wedding, it made it so fun being able to use colour and not have just one or two colours.

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handmade new zealand wedding by lavara

The DIY was so much fun. Table runners made from Calico, homemade muesli put into old baby food Jars that myself and all my baby mumma friends collected over the 9 months before the wedding, ring cushion made with an old sack with a floral heart sewn on from the same fabric as the bunting, photo props from materials from the local art shop, place cards made out of old manilla folders and hand stamped with floral design, to my sons waistcoat to match his Dad’s suit were all made my amazing Mum, friends and of course myself. It really did feel good to get some arts and craft back into my life. It was so rewarding to see the finished product.

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handmade new zealand wedding by lavara

handmade new zealand wedding by lavarahandmade new zealand wedding by lavara

My advice to brides and couples getting married would be to stay true to who you are. Our guests really noticed that it was ‘Reece and Renee’s wedding,’ one guest saying that even if he turned up to the venue and didn’t know which one of his friends was getting married by just looking around he would have known it was ours! That was all achieved from keeping our invite worded exactly how we talk every day to our friends, to the background music, aisle song and keeping everything as relaxed as you can. We know that our guests truly did feel the relaxed, fun colourful spirit of the wedding. I believe that by being creative and growing that atmosphere allowed them to be apart of and see how we are as a couple to share and insight into our outlook on life as we start our journey as husband and wife. Friends and family love to help so ask them, you will be amazed at what you can pull off with the help of more hands and you will be surprised at how many people can dig up their creativeness, we all have it in us. Make sure you have a fantastic photographer, we really did. We have these photos for the rest of our lives for generations so see, I still look at my parents’ photo album and I am sure Jet (our son) will too. So make sure you find someone you trust and who listens to you and take care in helping you create photos that are special to you and your family. Lastly, trust that everything will come together on the day because it will and when it does, my golly gosh it’s amazing and you never want it to end…

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Wedding Songs:
Our songs were picked by me and Reece. Our aisle song was Estelle and John Legend ‘You Are’ the words are so meaningful and the tempo a bit more up beat than your usual aisle song. Once we were announced Husband and Wife we had a surprise for our guests as we had organised our friend Jacob to play the saxophone along with Nina Simone’s classic ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’. It was such an amazing sound to echo around the vineyard and really make the moment more dramatic and personal to us. Such a great memory!

Wedding Vendors (Hamilton, New Zealand):

Wedding Venue: Vilagrads Estate / Wedding Photographer: Lavara Wedding Photography / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Cape: I Sew 4 U / Bride’s Ring Bracelet: daliadaliak / Bride’s Earrings: Tre Chic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: bespoke / Groom’s Suit: Working Style Chancery Lane / Groomsmen’s Suits: Cambridge Suit Outlet / Boutonnieres: Mignonne Handmade / Wedding Flowers: Homewood Gardens / Celebrant: Kay Gregory / Wedding Cake: Lara at Cake Couture / Wedding Hair: Olivia Noble of Servilles Newmarket / Wedding Makeup: Tori Hart Makeup / Labels for Muesli: kawaiigoodies

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Sue Gallo Designs

We here at Sue Gallo Designs are big lovers of flowers! We live and breath in their beauty and all things pretty. As a fresh floral and event company in Hamilton, On., our passion is to create a beautiful celebrations of love. Our designs are the perfect pairing of garden chic and laid back elegance with a whole lot of fabulousness. We see flowers as a big component to any celebration. Together we collaborate the story of you and carefully craft components that are thoughtfully gathered and stunningly styled. Defining your vision for a singular day to beautifully mark that special moment in your lives to celebrate, relish and remember.

From intimate back yard celebrations to elaborate affairs our services are crafted with each of our couples personal style and unique vision in mind.

We’d love the chance to meet you to discuss this fabulous wedding you are planning and to tell you more about Sue Gallo Designs and how we can bring your vision to fruition.

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Multicultural New York Wedding

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This stunning couple is all over the map, quite literally. The groom, Oliver, was raised in Singapore with a German background, while the bride, Maria, was raised in Pennsylvania with a Ukrainian background. Whew. Both are extremely close to their families, and wanted to infuse their day with personal ancestral details. From framed photographs of close family to custom cake toppers with miniature versions of a German-clad Oliver and Ukrainian Maria (and with a bonus bonfire to end the evening), I’d say they definitely achieved their vision. A special thank you goes to Nelson Hancock of Weddings By Two and Lauren Sozmen of Loli Events!

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From the planner, Lauren of Loli Events: Maria and Oliver really wanted to host a fabulous dinner party followed by dancing and through out everything weave in their personality. As guests entered the beautiful and slightly mysterious Foundry they were greeted by a bed of moss covered in vintage keys each with their names and table number for the dinner later. The intimate ceremony took place in the courtyard on a warm fall evening as the sun was setting. Cocktails and dinner was filled with the couple’s favorite food.

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international love at The Foundry

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international love at The Foundry

After dinner guests went into another room where a table was cover with bite size desserts. For the cake the couple had a custom cake toppers one of a Ukrainian girl and the other of a German boy both resembling them quite well.

international love at The Foundry

international love at The Foundry

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After lots of dancing, their guest were handed a candied apple as they left each with a calligraphied message from the couple. This was appropriate because of the season but also because their first date was making an apple pie, so apples always hold a happy place in their hearts.

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international love at The Foundry
international love at The Foundry

international love at The Foundry

international love at The Foundry

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Wedding Vendors (Long Island City, NY):

Wedding Venue: The Foundry / Wedding Photographer: Nelson Hancock of Weddings By Two / Event Planner: Loli Events / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Wedding Flowers: Poppies and Posies / Wedding Caterer: Michael Stuart NY / Wedding Cake: Nine Cakes / Calligraphy: paperfinger / DJ: 74 Events / Makeup: Sharon Becker

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Fall Connecticut Wedding

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This fall wedding is such a winner for all of its perfect little details, all carefully planned by Jubilee Events: the candy apple escort cards, the handmade drink stirrers, the apple slice wedding cake… we could go on and on. Raya Carlisle was on hand to capture Ramsey and Danielle’s (you may recognize her from Community, no?) wedding, which is the epitome of a chic autumnal soiree in Connecticut.

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From the bride, Danielle: The theme — if there was one — was apples. It was a Fall wedding in Connecticut in September which is apple picking season. We wanted the apples to be the theme. We used them in many different capacities. We used caramel apple for the seating card and favor, we used apples all over the place for decor and in the center pieces. We also had two types of apple themed cocktails. Our invitations were handmade by a friend and had an apple tree on it. Pretty much the whole wedding was DIY. Some of the things my mother made were the cake toppers, we had a clothesline with many old pictures of our families from past weddings (our grandparents, and great grandparents, cousins, etc.), at the end of the night we had a homemade cookie table for people to much on after the wedding was over. We also had a beautiful vignette of old furniture set up in the barn. It added to the rustic and homey feeling.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice after going to so many weddings is there are certain things you should not skimp on, but other things that you can totally do yourself if you want to save money. Food and venue should always be good. The layout of a room is important and there should always be plenty of room to dance. Also music should be fantastic. After that- you really can improvise. What people mostly commented on at our wedding was the love between my husband and I and they couldn’t get over how “different” the venue was. So at the end of the day- it all comes together and your marriage is the most important thing.

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From the Jubilee Events: Danielle and Ramsey were married at a gorgeous and intimate barn in Connecticut, surrounded by their closest family and friends. We had the fortune of being part of their wedding day as they planned their wedding from LA. Danielle is currently guest starring on one of our all time fave television shows — Community! One of my favorite parts of this wedding was that it wasn’t just a celebration of a new family unit, but it also honored their history. The couple was married on the lush lawn overlooking the river surrounded by their closest family and friends. Their ceremony was deeply personal as their parents and siblings stood by them underneath the Chuppah, which housed them with a family prayer shawl. Guests made their way up to the cocktail hour, where they were greeted by one of the most cheerful and entertaining A Capella groups, the LarKings. Guests were quick to find their seats as the sweet candy apple escort cards were too good not to touch!

Wedding Songs:
Groom’s Processional: “Annie’s Song,” John Denver
Bride’s Processional: “Make You Feel My Love,” Bob Dylan
Recessional: “Whenever I See Your Smiling Face,” James Taylor

Wedding Vendors (Middletown, CT):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills / Wedding Photographer: Raya Carlisle / Wedding Cinematography: Vantage Point Films / Event Planning: Diana and Candice of Jubilee Events / Wedding Flowers: Azalea Floral Design / Wedding Cake: Palmer’s Bakery / Wedding Dress: Marisa / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Bride’s Makeup and Hair: DD Nickel / Wedding Invitations and Event Design: Bride’s Mother / DJ: NSR / A Capella Group: The LarKings

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