Just a few months’ shy of our 10-year anniversary, Dean popped the question at Cable Bay Vineyard on Waiheke Island with our beloved fur baby Flo on his knee.
We always knew we wanted an outdoor wedding and my family’s beach house in Matarangi instantly sprung to mind. We’ve visited every summer since being together, so the place already held so many meaningful memories.
Our muted colour palette and extensive use of wooden furniture, décor and signage leant to the natural beauty of our surroundings, drawing styling inspiration from our days spent at the polo. We had an area for guests to relax between ceremony and reception, set up with Hamptons-style outdoor loungers, white shady canvas umbrellas, Turkish rugs, bean bags and wooden bar leaners. Come evening, it transformed into the dance floor, with festoon lights twinkling from the pine trees above. Under a stretch tent nearby, long wooden trestle tables and white bistro chairs were arranged to seat our 180 guests for the reception. The tables were dressed with big bunches of off-white roses in large glass vases, vanilla scented candles, and waxy green garlands strung from the ceiling.
I own the boutique fashion label, Céline Rita, so designed my own gown. I opted for a simple strapless dress with a centre split in the same crepe fabric as my bridesmaids, worn with an intricate 3D floral lace overlay. Featuring a fitted silhouette and full, off-the-shoulder length sleeves, I went for simplicity but still with that wow-factor. I also designed the four bridesmaid dresses and three flower girl outfits, all wearing white to match me. I worked one-on-one them to come up with a design they loved and felt comfortable in. Dean and the four groomsmen donned grey and white check blazers with navy trousers from Topman, white linen shirts from Zara and brown belts and white pocket squares from Barkers. They looked impeccable!
We couldn’t have pulled the amazing day off without the help of our generous friends and family. From my aunty making a divine three-tiered and three flavoured cake (with a surprise filling of chocolate kisses,) to my god-daughter saying grace before we sat down for our meal, even just by helping us set everything up, everyone had a role in our day, which made for a day that was all the more special and personalised.