Holleigh + Dylan by David Le

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

Dylan and I both own a couple of business together so alongside running those we also work on the family farm together. Every day is completely different and never the same which is amazing!

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

We meet way back in 2012 but never saw each other again until a local gig in Hawkes Bay called nest fest. Dylan saw me and yelled out. At first I didn’t even recognise him and thought he was one of my younger brothers friends. Alas we I soon figured out who it was and we caught up and I was highly impressed with what he had been up to since we last saw each other. Needless to say I wanted to find out more.

I saw him not long after then at another gig called laneway. I was saying how I didn’t really know what I was doing this year and he was saying I should join him and a friend doing the seeding season in WA Australia. To me I thought why not, it will be good experience and money. We arrived over there and Dylan had already told the farmer that we were a couple which was news to me but I went along with it. We haven’t really looked back since then.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

We had organised an easter tramp in the Abel Tasman with a close couple. Dylan had our Friend Angus lug around a massive magnum bottle of red wine for the occasion. Dylan chose the second night to drop a knee on the beach which took me by surprise! It was so lovely sharing a special memory with some of our closest friends and also not having any service was nice to let it all sink in first before we told anyone.

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

I always like to go against the grain a little and have something different. So I had envisioned something really simple classy, mood, timeless and elegant (I could have gone the complete opposite and done fun and quirky but I couldn’t mix both). I told most of the vendors what I was trying to achieve and let them do what they do best which is their job. I was worried as I planned it all myself that it wasn’t going to come together cohesively.

I took the guests on a journey around the homestead starting off which white and green for the ceremony and then entered canapé area and introduced dark furniture and bring pink and lime green florals and to finish in the marquee we had a moody tonal vibe with dark wooden tables and tonal pink florals.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?

I thought to myself what do people enjoy the most? Food and entertainment. Wallingford does impeccable food, one of the reasons we picked the venue) and sweet mix kids provided entertainment over the entire day which I loved. I loved that we had a saxophonist playing during canpes and later that evening.

Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?

I never had a vision of my wedding dress it was really trial and error when trying styles on. I knew what I loved though and slowly developed what sort of look I wanted to achieve for the day. Again it was quite similar to the overall style of the wedding, something timeless, elegant. 

Location and Catering: Wallingford, @wallingfordhawkesbaynz / Videographer: Sink or Surface, @sinkorsurface / Photographer: David Le, @davidle_nz / Celebrant: Orlando MacDonald / Entertainment: Sweet Mix Kids, @sweetmixkids / Hire: Flock Events, @flockevents + Miss Frou Frou, @missfroufrounz / Marquee: Flagship Events, @flagship_events / Flora: Pixie Blooms, @pixie.blooms / Cake: Pretty Little Details, @prettylittledetailsco / Stationery: Paper Darling, @paperdarlingnz / Groom’s Attire: Thomson Suits, @thomsonssuits / Bride’s Attire: Kenny and Harlow, @kennyandharlowbridal / Bride’s Second dress: Hexie, @hexie.official / Rings: McClurg’s, @mcclurgsjewellers / Shoes: Lana Wilkinson, @bylanawilkinson / Second shoes: Loeffler Randall, @loefflerrandall / Earrings: Jasmin Sparrow, @jasminsparrowjewellery / Makeup: Hannah Southcombe, @hannahsouthcombemua