Carmen & Jason

  • Photography by Nisha Ravji

It was love at first sight when we met at Takapuna Grammar School in August 2005.

On 29th of July 2018, Jason asked me to marry him under the stars of beautiful Lake Tekapo and we married on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant.

Carmen & Jason

We wanted our wedding to be small and intimate with only our closest friends and family.

Carmen & Jason

 I bought both my wedding gown and evening dress from Modes on Broadway, the gown is Pronovias – I love this brand and all their designs!

Carmen & Jason
Carmen & Jason

Jason wore a dark navy suit with black bowtie from RJB Design and the Groomsmen wore suits from Zara, also dark navy to match..

Carmen & Jason

We followed Hong Kong pre-wedding traditions – Jason had to come and get me in the morning. In order to do that, the groom and groomsmen had to go through challenges (fun games prepared by the bridesmaids) and Jason had to make his love statement to get me.

Carmen & Jason
Carmen & Jason

 After the games session we had the traditional tea ceremony where we served tea to our families.

Carmen & Jason

Our theme was Tuscan Vineyard Romance. We had accents in silvery pebble grey, soft olive and white. 

Carmen & Jason
Carmen & Jason

The bridesmaids wore a blue grey which tied in well with our theme & colours. I wanted them to each pick their own style of dress; something they were comfortable wearing. We had so much fun trying on dresses.

Carmen & Jason

We both fell in love with Mudbrick the first time we visited. We were also relieved that they had a wet weather option, just in case!

Carmen & Jason
Carmen & Jason
Carmen & Jason

Our wedding favours were a premium Sandlewood & Clove pure soy triple scented candle, with our design on the jar. We wanted to give our guests something special to take away after the wedding. 

Carmen & Jason
Carmen & Jason

We designed everything for our wedding ourselves (invitations, table numbers, welcome sign, seating plan, drinks & dinner menus, wedding favours etc).

Carmen & Jason

It meant a lot to us that we could have DJ Ryuzo play at our wedding - he was our lecturer at Whitecliffe College and has been a part of our long relationship! 

Carmen & Jason

Carmen - I gave a speech to thank everyone and then played guitar and sang a classic Hong Kong love song; which I learnt from scratch and practised for 2 months.  

Carmen & Jason

Jason - I incorporated storytelling and music in my speech to deliver my feelings and promises to Carmen. With the help of my best mate Eric, I prepared a story highlighting different stages of our relationship over the past 14 years; both the good and the bad. I then sang 11 parts of a song, with my mates and with Carmen’s Dad – the whole process made Carmen cry a lot.

Carmen & Jason

The wedding cake was very special to us as it was made by Jacqueline (a very close friend of ours) who has a cake business in Melbourne (Oreo the Baking Dog). She flew all the way to Auckland to be my bridesmaid and she made this beautiful 3-tier sponge cake with earl grey flavour, vanilla bean and swiss meringue buttercream in our own beautiful kitchen. 

Carmen & Jason

DETAILS: Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant; Bride’s gown: Modes Bridal, Pronovias; Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka; Bride’s accessories: Swarovski; Bridesmaids dresses, shoes: Evolution, Novo; Groom’s suit, shoes: RJB Design, Versace collection; Groomsmen’s attire: Zara Men; Photographer: Nisha Ravji; Celebrant or Priest: Yogamani Saraswati; Wedding planner: Mudbrick; Hair: Onion Kwong and Kim Cheng; Makeup: Onion Kwong; Rings: Cartier; Florist: Wildflower Waiheke; Cake: Oreo the Baking Dog; Catering: Mudbrick; Music: Ryuzo Nishida; Stationery & Signage: Designed by us, printed by ICG print; Videography: ShaunPaul Creative; Style & Hire: MyWaiheke; Wedding favours: Designed by us. Handmade in NZ by Kearose. Produced by BlackCurrent NZ.

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