Amidst French-inspired detailing and dreamy tones of pink and cream, Sarah Kellow and Oliver Foote exchanged vows at Cibo restaurant, Auckland, on Saturday, February 11, 2012.
Our love story Oliver and I met at a party and became friends before we started dating. One year after our romance began, in 2011, I arrived home to find flowers and champagne – I knew something was up right away! Sure enough, Oliver took out a diamond ring and popped the question.
Location, location, location My bridesmaids and I got ready in style at Mollies Boutique Hotel, where we stayed the night before the big day: this gave the feeling of taking a holiday, while never venturing far from our home in Ponsonby. For the ceremony and reception, we chose a favourite restaurant named Cibo in Parnell. We love the food, and its outdoor pond lit with a floating fire delivered the relaxed atmosphere we wanted.
Aisle style Our classic French theme carried through to the colour palette, which used soft tones, primarily pinks and creams. Fairy lights adorned the hedges lining the restaurant courtyard where we said our vows, and tulle-covered topiaries lined the aisle and entranceway.
My bridal look Kate Dowman designed my romantic and ethereal gown. It featured a sweetheart bodice, vintage-style waist detailing and flowing skirt made from seven layers of tulle. I accessorised with a diamond tennis bracelet and stud earrings, both of which were designed by my bridesmaid, Angela Daniel, who is also a talented jeweler.
Floral fantasia The bouquets were made with roses in soft pink, cream and sage shades by Blush Flowers. To add dimension to the table arrangements, Blush used glass vases in a variety of sizes.
A sumptuous feast Cibo designed a ‘mini’ à la carte menu, as it was important to us that guests could choose their food. For dessert, our 90 guests selected from rocky road, lemon meringue tart and Brie de Meaux with cherry compote, and teas and coffee.
Music to my ears As guests arrived and after the ceremony, Auckland City String Quartet played relaxed, uplifting melodies. Later in the evening, we entrusted the entertainment to our favourite DJ, Thane Kirby from George FM – he chose the music, and he had our friends and family dancing all night long.
My advice for brides to be Surround yourself with professionals you trust. Leaving it to those who know what they’re doing means more time to relax and enjoy the day.
Bride’s gown from Kate Dowman
Bridesmaid dress from Alannah Hill
Hair and makeup Johanna Salmen
Groom’s suitWorking Style
Groom's shirt and tieTM Lewin
Groom's shoesTed Baker
Cake The Cake Boss
PhotographyMaree Wilkinson Photography