Celebrations: Matakana: Wild hearts

Autumnal glamour meets boho chic - Ariane Amantiad and Jonathan Campanilla married at Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana, on Thursday, May 31, 2012.

    Autumnal glamour meets boho chic - Ariane Amantiad and Jonathan Campanilla married at Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana, on Thursday, May 31, 2012.

    Our love story

    Jonathan and I meet in 2009 while living in the same neighbourhood in Auckland. We bonded over our love of photography, and our friendship blossomed into romance a year later, after we spent Guy Fawkes together. On New Year's Eve, 2011, he proposed as the clock struck midnight.

    Scene setters

    To reflect our love of travel, we designed our save-the-date and RSVP cards to look like postcards, we had a world map studded with push pins as a seating charting at our reception, and labelled the seven table after continents. Luggage tags with the names of our 50 guests adorned parcels containing framed photos of our engagement, which served as both name tags and favours. The top tier of our cupcake tower was a wedding cake decorated like a globe.

    Aisle style

    Nature created a beautiful backdrop of stunning autumnal hues - the brown vines had a rustic romantic feel and the weather provided nostalgic lighting. To suit our bohemian style, we added flower-filled beer bottles tied to the vines with twine, and lined the aisle with multi-coloured pinwheels. 

    My bridal look

    My ivory lace dress featured a short skirt with long sleeves - perfect for the cool autumn weather. I added a faux fur vest, opaque tights and a lace scarf, which I tied around my head. My accessories included peach and gold earrings, and a gold necklace with an owl-shaped pendant.

    Passionate moments

    A 'passion table' showcased our love of letter writing and photography. On it we placed Polaroid cameras, and instead of a traditional guestbook, we had a mailbox into which our loved ones could post photos and notes wishing us well.

    Ah, sugar sugar

    As a fun extra for guests to enjoy after our buffet meal, we set up a candy table. There for the taking was coloured popcorn, lollies and liquorice. The colours of the snacks echoed the hues in the pinwheels that decorated our ceremony.

    Music to my ears

    The ceremony was set to Filipino rock ballads that celebrated our roots, and family members acted as our DJs. For the reception, we put together a playlist of artists we listen to when we travel, such as Simon & Garfunkel and The Smiths.

    My advice for brides to be

    Do-it-yourself touches put a personal stamp on your day, but bear in mind it may not be cheaper than hiring a professional. Make sure you go down that road only if you enjoy getting creative, and have the time to do so.

    The details

    Bride's gown Ceci
    Bride's waistcoat Paperscissors
    Jewellery Diva
    Shoes Hannahs
    Groom's attire Marcs
    Rings Pascoes
    Celebrant Carolyn Harkness
    Stationery Typo, Dreamcolour
    Cake Cakes by Tina
    Catering Ascension Wine Estate
    Videography Room 24
    Photography Poppymoss Photography

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