Set against the sparkling Hauraki Gulf amidst a spellbinding display of crystals and beads, Bronia Kent and Gavin Prangley married at Delamore Lodge, Waiheke, on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Gavin proposed in October 2012 during a weekend trip away that he surprised me with – I came home to find our bags packed and the car loaded. We started driving, and Gavin pulled up at Scotts Landing, a secluded bay north of Auckland. The scene was picture perfect, with the setting sun casting vibrant sparkles against a full tide. After pulling the chilly bin and a sleeping bag out of the car for a picnic, he got down on one knee and popped the question. Of course I said yes.
With its Mediterranean-inspired architecture and electrifying sea views, Waiheke’s Delamore Lodge reminded Gavin and I of our travels around the European coast and made the perfect venue. After dining on a gourmet breakfast prepared by their amazing chef, my bridesmaids and I stayed the night before the wedding and got ready at the lodge’s apartment.
Setting the scene
We chose a classic Hollywood glamour theme that came to life in a shades of silver, black and cherry-blossom pink. The Delamore Lodge’s innate grandeur meant it needed little decoration – diamante-encrusted photo frames displayed our table numbers, and candelabras – dripping with crystals – held long, slender white candles and made a striking table decoration.
I found my dream dress at Modes; it was designed by Manuel Mota for Pronovias. Delicate bead appliqué embellished the mermaid silhouette, and wide shoulder straps enhanced the sweetheart neckline. Because the gown featured such heavy beading, I decided to wear my hair up – a Mohawk-style quiff added a rockstar edge to the updo, while my silver clutch and shoes (both by Jimmy Choo) gave my look an elegant finish.
My three bridesmaids and I grew up together. They each wore a beaded, cherry blossom pink dress made by Rachel Gilbert – custom designed to suit their frame and personal style.
A lavish feast
Our 40 guests enjoyed champagne and a sumptuous spread of canapés before and after the ceremony. Gavin is quite the baker, so instead of a cake he made chocolate ganache cupcakes. My cousin decorated each one with a ganache rose.
My advice for brides to be
It’s your special day, so no matter what dramas might crop up, brush them aside. The day goes by so fast, so it’s important you don’t waste time worrying about little things and instead concentrate on enjoying and savouring every moment.
Hair Malestrom Hairdressing
Makeup Claudia Rodrigues
Groom’s attire and shoes Rembrandt
Groomsmen’s attire Rembrandt
Bridesmaid dresses Rachel Gilbert
Bride’s shoes Jimmy Choo
Groomsmen’s attire Rembrandt
Flower girl’s dress Missy Frilly
Rings Jewellery Workshop
Flowers Bloomsbury Florist
Photography Jessica Photography