Emma + Michael by Haute Weddings

The feeling we were going for was an elegant, fresh, romantic, spring garden wedding.

Emma –   We were both born and raised in Wellington and I trained with the NZ School of Dance when I was 17. I spent 12 years working as a dancer. I also trained in Pilates and own a Pilates Studio in Wellington. Michael is a personal trainer and sports massage therapist. We met in a very modern way – two swipes right on Tinder! I previously attended the gym where Michael was a trainer and he recognised me as soon as he saw my photo. He was the only Tinder date I ever had. We went for cocktails and I knew from the start that it was special.

Michael –  A year into our relationship, Emma went to Edinburgh to perform in the Fringe Festival for five weeks. That time that we had apart highlighted how special she was and I knew I wanted to be with her. I proposed 2.5 years into our relationship. I planned a secret weekend in Queenstown for Emma’s birthday. We had a nice birthday dinner in Queenstown and had a nice dinner to celebrate her birthday. The next day we went for a helicopter ride to a point on The Remarkables with a snow-capped glacier and phenomenal views. I got down on one knee and proposed.

Emma –  The venue speaks for itself and we didn’t have to add much to it to bring our wedding day to life. With the house at one end, vineyard at the other and beautiful gardens in-between, we didn’t want to over complicate it with too much else. Ten months before we got married, my sister got married. I went to some of her dress fittings at Trish Peng’s boutique where she was getting her dress made.

I love the quality of Trish’s dresses and how she can customise them to suit you. I always knew I wanted something timeless and elegant, but soft and feminine. Trish was great at pulling together certain aspects of dresses that I liked and adjusting them to suit my shape. The whole process of doing a custom dress and seeing it all come together was so exciting. It was also a really special experience having my sister who lives in Auckland come to each fitting with me and share those memories together.

Michael –  The whole process at Barkers was seamless. Having myself, four groomsman and my father fitted was stress free. Emma suggested we have two white shirts for the day as we were planning on a hot Hawke’s Bay day, and we got it! Some of the boys were struggling in the heat during the ceremony and their shirts got a little sweaty. Having a change of shirt was essential and I’d definitely recommend that for warm locations.

PHOTOGRAPHER Haute Weddings hauteweddings.co, @haute.weddings BRIDE’S GOWN & VEIL Trish Peng trishpeng.com, @trishpeng GROOM’S ATTIRE Barkers barkersonline.co.nz, @barkersclothing HAIR Debbie Pearce Hair debbiepearcehair.com, @debbiepearcehair MAKEUP Juliet at JET Make Up @jetmakeupartist LOCATION Te Mata House tematahouse.co.nz, @te_mata_house FLORA Michele Coomey Floral michelecoomeyfloral.co.nz, @michelecoomeyfloral STATIONERY Paper Darling paperdarling.co.nz, @paperdarlingnz BRIDE’S RING Naveya & Sloane naveyaandsloane.co.nz, @naveyaandsloanejewellery GROOM’S RING The Village Goldsmith villagegoldsmiths.com, @thevillagegoldsmith EARRINGS Amelie George Bridal ameliegeorgebridal.com, @ameliegeorgebridal BRIDE’S FRAGRANCE Scarlet Poppy by Jo Malone jomalone.co.nz, @jomalonelondon GROOM’S FRAGRANCE Maison Margiela maisonmargiela-fragrances.eu, @maisonmargielafragrances BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE Maggie Marilyn maggiemarilyn.com, @maggiemarilyn; Aje ajeworld.co.nz, @_aje_; Shona Joy shonajoy.com, @shonajoy GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Barkers barkersonline.co.nz, @barkersclothing VIDEOGRAPHER Flatroc Films flatrocfilms.com, @flatrocfilms CELEBRANT Annabel Reynolds of Married By Annabel @marriedbyannabel ENTERTAINMENT Mixit DJ mixitdj.co.nz, @mixitdj.co.nz PLANNER & STYLING One Fine Day onefineday.co.nz, @onefinedayweddings HIRE Flock Events flockevents.co.nz, @flockevents; Twelve Tables twelvetables.co.nz, @twelve_tables; Royal Laboratorie royallab.co.nz, @royallaboratorie MARQUEE Twelve Tables twelvetables.co.nz, @twelve_tables CATERING & BEVERAGES Ortons ortons.co.nz, @ortonshawkesbay CAKE Pretty Little Details prettylittledetails.co.nz, @prettylittledetailsco BRIDE’S SHOES Chaos & Harmony chaosandharmonyshoes.com, @chaosandharmonyshoes GROOM’S SHOES Ecco eccoshoes.co.nz @ecco

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