Bronia & Gavin

Mediterranean exotica meets Hollywood glam - amidst a spellbinding display of crystals and beads and set against the sparkling Hauraki Gulf, Bronia Kent and Gavin Prangley married at Delamore Lodge, Waiheke, on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

    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.

    The proposal
    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.

    The venue
    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.

    Gorgeous gown
    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.

    Beautiful bridesmaids
    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.

    The Details

    Bride’s gown Modes
    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

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