Victoria & Stephen

  • Photography by Meredith Lord

I didn’t have the best first impression of Stephen, but it didn’t take long until this completely changed and well, the rest is history! 

Victoria & Stephen
Victoria & Stephen

I’d flown over from Sydney to look at wedding venues when I got the call that my dad had suddenly passed away – it was a huge shock. Looking at venues became one of the things that got us out of the house while we were grieving, but none of them felt right. That was when a family friend generously offered his property in Havelock North. Dad was a well-known sculptor and we wanted to include his work throughout our day, much of which was influenced by his farming days, so our wedding theme took on a similar shape: old school meets rustic, with a colour palette of navy, white and gold. 

Victoria & Stephen
Victoria & Stephen

I spent hours designing the stationery, signage, even wine labels and had it all printed by Vistaprint in linen. Lushka Flowers did a fabulous job making our florals look like natural oases filled with old fashioned roses, rosemary, lavender and lots of greenery. 

Victoria & Stephen
Victoria & Stephen
Victoria & Stephen

Under a dinner followed by a next-level semi-naked chocolate and banana cake and dessert wall created by Cookie Delicious (owned by my sister). 

Victoria & Stephen
Victoria & Stephen
Victoria & Stephen

Adam Dixon in Sydney created my beautiful gown. He was a dream. The dress was a silk drop satin in bone white with pearls that were embroidered by Adam across the back. I’d collected the pearls over the years from my 21st birthday, friends and antique shops. 

Victoria & Stephen
Victoria & Stephen
Victoria & Stephen

Before the ceremony I took my sisters to Bull Hill, where one of Dad’s sculptures stands. There, I gifted them pounamu pendants each containing Dad’s ashes. I’d been dreading not having Dad there on the wedding day but having this moment with the girls really eased the burden. Along with paying tribute to Dad throughout the day (which included a post-ceremony photoshoot at his best friends house in the church they built for him), the speeches were also such a highlight, they evoked laughter and tears, followed by dancing and partying until four in the morning! 

Victoria & Stephen

THE DETAILS: Bride's gown ADAM DIXON; Groom's and  groomsmen's attire OXFORD SUITS; Bridesmaid's dress POP UP SHOP; Rings HOUSE OF WINDSOR, MICHAEL HILL; Flowers LUSHKA FLOWERS; Cake COOKIE DELICIOUS; Photography MEREDITH LORD


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