Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
Originally both from Auckland, Eddy and I met through friends from home shortly after both relocating to Sydney in 2014.
We were drawn to the big city buzz, the beaches and the warmer climate that Sydney has to offer. Eddy works in Commercial Real Estate and I work in Communications and Event Management. We share a mutual love for good food, wine and taking holidays.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…
Despite being an event manager by trade, planning a wedding was something I procrastinated as much as possible. The Hunting Lodge was the perfect location for us, we were able to do everything in one place, the grounds were beautiful for an outdoor garden ceremony (the surrounding trees were welcome given it was during the summer heat wave) and the modern barn was perfect for a summer reception. Their in house events manager Alex Henwood took care of so many of the details for us which made the day run incredibly smoothly. I wanted the overall style to be a combination of fresh and modern with some classic influences, this was brought together with incredible fresh florals by Hannah at Grace and Flora, modern balloons, candles and signage and classic touches from a traditional ceremony and format to the day. It was important to us to involve as many friends and family in the occasion as possible.
Tell us about your main outfits: Outfits were not as important to us as many of the other details of the day.
I chose my dress on a spur-of-the-moment day-trip to Melbourne, only trying it on once prior to the week of the wedding, it was touch-and-go but it all came together beautifully on the day. We left the suits a little last minute but after our original plan fell through we were really happy with the service we received from Hallenstines Brothers in Queen St, Auckland to suit the boys up for the occasion the week of the wedding.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
For me the florals were an absolute highlight, Hannah blew me away with her interpretation of the brief, I since wish I had got my bouquet preserved. We also really appreciated the huge effort all our guests made to be there and especially those who were given jobs to do on the day, from the cake, to readings, the bridal party, witnesses, speeches, and MC – it’s some degree of pressure taking part in another couples big day and we felt like everyone involved in our day showed up like absolute rock-stars. I’m also so glad we invested in photography and videography to capture the occasion. The day went so quickly, and now it’s so nice to be able to look back on the shots and see how obviously happy we were in the moment, the images speak for themselves.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
Remember what’s important in the scheme of things when it comes to the wedding. Always try to keep it simple (much easier said than done) and good luck!!
Photography: Kirsty Peta Stone | Videography: Wild Souls
| Ceremony and Reception location: The Hunting Lodge Winery | Celebrant: Reverend Warner Wilder | Bride’s gown: Chosen Wedding Gowns | Veil and alterations: Megs | Earrings: Isabella May | Groom’s suit: Hallenstein Brothers | Bowties and Pocket Squares: Otaa | Shirts: T.M.Lewin | Rings: Ron Crisp Jeweller, Sydney | Shoes: Bride- Stuart Weitzman, Groom- Crockett and Jones | Hair and Makeup: Beauty on Demand | Fragrance: Jo Malone | Bridesmaid’s outfits: Blak | Groomsmen’s outfits: Hallenstein Brothers | Entertainment: The White Tree | Flora: Grace and Flora | Hire: The Pretty Prop Shop | Food/beverages/catering: The Hunting Lodge Winery | Cake: Charlotte Connoley (sister-in-law) | Signage: Harlan Creative | Balloons: Lunar Balloons |