Say Yes to the Dress

Say Yes to the Dress

*This was originally posted on May 11. I’ve added some new pictures as well*

My first idea for my dress was to buy one online. I was planning on buying my dress at JJ’s House. The one I was eyeing up was this one, which you can see from all angles here. There were a few others I liked, but I just really liked the look of this one, and there were lots of positive reviews from this site. Jo and Kruti got their bridesmaids dresses from JJ’s House in the end.

JJs House

However, for fun and giggles, I thought it would still be fun to go into a bridal boutique and try on some dresses. My sister was coming down to town that weekend (May 14), so I thought it would be fun for her and me to try on dresses and to bring along mum. Sounded like a lot of fun in general. So I contacted Sally Eagle and made an appointment to come in.

The below images are not mine, but from the official Sally Eagle site on Google Maps. But it shows just how beautiful and open the boutique is.

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Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers

I talked a little about this in my latest Pinspiration video about weddings. I wanted to share with you guys a little more about my wedding flowers. It was one of the parts that I really loved planning. From looking at Pinterest for inspiration, then talking to my florist, to the final result, it was all fun! I did tinker with the idea of DIY at the beginning, but I know myself too well. I would not have the energy for it, or the patience. I would rather work with someone who knows what to do.

First off, when I first investigated what kind of wedding flowers there were. Things got insane. There’s almost too much information out there. To all the kinds of wedding floral arrangements, what flowers are in season, colour of flowers, types of bouquets and arrangements, I was confused.  So I stuck with the basics first, a bouquet. I looked at all the different types of bouquets (there’s a lot), and decided on a posy. They’re the smallest types, and what with me being small too, it just made sense.

Globe thistle and hydrangeas are stunning blue accents to the peach flowers in this wedding bouquet.
Bouquet inspiration

I found a few pictures that fit with the blue/peach/rose colour scheme I liked. Then I emailed a few wedding florists around town, asking for general costs and sharing my current idea.

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Centrepiece ideas

I ended up going with Emma, from Em’s Flowers. This was in June. She’s a new, smaller vendor who does this just as a side hobby. But she is already well known and came recommended by both Sweet Bakery and Cakery (who did my cake), and Sally Eagle (who made my dress). We met up at a cafe and got to talking. We got along straight away. She knew her flowers (always a good sign) and talked to me about which flowers would be in season for the time of the wedding, what could go well together, how her costs worked, and so on. She was also happy to make mocks along the way, so I could get a look and feel of how the floral arrangement would be.

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Ceremony floral arrangement idea

As we met on and off during the eight months (I booked people earlier than I needed to), we finalised the floral arrangements. There were a few scrapped ideas along the way. Boutonnieres for the guys. Flower crown for me. More floral arrangements. These were mostly due to me finally realizing that the floral budget was getting more extravagant than it needed to be. Even with Em’s reasonable prices. The flowers we agreed on in the end was for bouquets, one for me, and three for the two bridesmaids and groomswoman. A floral arrangement for the ceremony, on top of the fireplace mantelpiece. Small loose flowers in jars for the centrepieces. That was that.

Enough talking, let’s look at pictures.

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A mock of my bouquet

So these were the final bouquets. We all had the same style, with mine being slightly more full. I’m so happy with them! The flowers were a mix of peach avalanche, sweet avalanche and solsy roses, blue hydrangea, lisianthus, hypericum berries, sea holly, chrysanthemum and greenery. Tied together with lace ribbon from my dress.

Our little centrepiece flowers. We didn’t fuss too much on decorating the reception tables. Pinterest led me down a rabbit hole, and in the end, we realized that it didn’t matter too much in the end. Just a few jars of flowers, a table runner, some tealights (that we forgot to light till the last minute), and we were happy.

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For the head table, we brought out the A & R block letters I bought on a whim. We also reused our bouquets, since we figured we don’t need them during the reception, we had them placed in jars and decorated our head table with that. Originally I was thinking of getting a separate floral arrangement, but Em suggested this, as it saves money (which she knew I wanted to stick to a budget as much as possible).

This collage I took off Em’s Instagram page. Funnily enough, the wall hanging and floral arrangement for the fireplace took me the longest time to be happy with. Throughout the planning, this was the part that I kept umming and ahhing about. On the day itself, I literally didn’t even see it until after the ceremony. I only had eyes for my future hubby, that I didn’t even realize how everything looked till I was munching on some nibbles after the ceremony, talking with friends.

Now of course, is the question of what to do with the flowers after all the wedding. Some of the girls kept their bouquets. I asked Em for help with drying mine. She took out the flowers that wouldn’t dry, and made them into a smaller arrangement. We hung them upside down for a few weeks, and now I have a small memento from the wedding. The rest, my mum kept (even though I told her she didn’t need to), she dried the ones that would dry, and now has them in a neat arrangement in a basket. I personally would have probably chucked them all, as I said before, DIY, not my forte.

That’s the long tale about my wedding flowers. I am trying to keep these short, but I’m having too much fun writing and reliving all the wedding adventures. So I hope this was entertaining to read, it was very entertaining to write!

How did you guys go about with the flowers if you got married? Or if you’re not married, what kind of flowers do you guys think you’d go for?

Angela.

Wedding Venue and Catering

Wedding Venue and Catering

*Let’s talk about how we landed on our wedding venue. This was first posted on July 13.*

This is one of the earliest aspects of the wedding we landed on after the date, pretty much. But it is something that both Rory and I spent ages talking about and deciding what would be best for us, which was really fun in the whole planning process.

A few weeks after being engaged, I started looking at venues around Wellington. There were a lot of incredibly gorgeous places, some along the waterfront, some were a lot more private atop hills, but they’re all also crazy expensive. We knew we wanted a small wedding, so we wanted somewhere that could accommodate that, as most places wanted at least 50 people, and we were looking at a guest list of 30 (crept up to 40 in the end).

So, after looking at quite a few places online and weighing pros and cons, there were three places we wanted to look at.

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Dransfield House
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Gear Homestead
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Alfred Coles House

You guys get the idea of what I was looking for? I like villas. So I emailed all three places and over a few weekends, we visited all three.

First was Alfred Coles House.

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We met with the manager Lyn, who was very nice and chatty, she was busy cooking at the same time, but told us to feel free to have a look around the house. Her grandson ended up tailing us around as well which was hilarious, he was very curious about why we were there and interested about the wedding. The house was nice, there was a balcony at the back which led to the upstairs room. They had a bar room and separate dining room, and they also ran a motel on site. Good for family coming out of town, and also lots of carpark spaces on the property. The smallest they catered for was 30, which fit us perfectly. We really liked the place and promised to keep in touch via email if we had questions.

Second was Dransfield House.

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This place was in the middle of town. It had very limited parking, and also had a specific ‘vintage’ look. I liked how it looked in pictures, and in person, it’s beautiful, but it’s not us. I could tell Rory immediately didn’t like it (lots of pinks, reds and green). So we politely decided that this wasn’t our thing and moved on.

Third was Gear Homestead.

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This place was just gorgeous. It’s surrounded by  lots of greenery, and has this barn area as well. It overlooks part of Wellington and the harbour, there was so much photo spots that I kept finding in my head. There was again a balcony. The inside of the place wasn’t too bad, it’s normally a cafe, its modern and pretty. But the outside it was pulled me to the place. Rory and I talked a loooot about the place, it was just stunning.

So now we had two places we really liked. Gear Homestead and Alfred Coles House. It got to a point where we just literally couldn’t decide. We decided to do a good old fashioned pro and con list. In the end Alfred Coles House came out on top. Why? Well, the main positive of Gear Homestead was the outside area, and even though we were getting married in summer (the tail end of it), we knew the risk of weather. Wellington can get pretty windy and rainy, even in the summer months. We liked the inside area of Alfred Coles more, it also had a motel attached for guests out of town. They included catering, it was in an area that was within a short driving distance from most of us. We enjoyed talking with the manager. It became obvious which was the winner. So another weekend, we brought our families down to have a look at it, and everyone loved it. So it was settled. We booked the date in and that was that.

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We’re so happy we went with Alfred Coles. Lyn was so nice throughout the whole planning process, I occasionally would send super long emails with  thousands of questions, and she patiently answered every single one. The price to rent the house, and the catering/drinks were all reasonable, it didn’t break us (it wasn’t super cheap either, but we got a really good deal), and also it included a free night for me and Rory! So after being exhausted from  the whole day, we literally walked a few feet into our nice little motel room and just crashed.

So how we decided to go with the venue, is to have the ceremony upstairs, in front of the fireplace. The original plan for the aisle was to come up through the stairs and balcony, but it was raining on the day, so we went through the inside staircase. Downstairs, we had the reception. This all took ages to decide on by the way. On top of trying to think of decorations, etc.

Let’s sidetrack into the catering. Everyone, I mean everyone loved the food. I talked about our desserts, but the rest of the food was insanely good. We don’t have as much photos of it, but I’ll tell you the menu.

Cocktail Food (served after ceremony, before reception)

  • Blinis (smoked salmon on a mini pikelet served with lemon and dill)
  • Spiced Chicken Nibbles (finger sized chicken wings with spicy coating and sauce)
  • Mini Beef Slider (baby burger bun with beef gourmet patty, green salad leaf and chutney)

Main (served during reception buffet)

  • Topside beef (marinated in garlic oil, cooker medium rare and served with seeded mustard sauce)
  • Glazed Champagne Ham (carved off the bone and served with seeded mustard)
  • Vegetarian Lasagne (Aubergine, zucchini, red capsicum and spinach, baked in onion, garlic and tomato paste sauce, topped and grilled with a creamy bechamel sauce)

Breads

  • Selection of fresh bread rolls with a side of butter

Sides

  • Garlic, Sea Salt Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

Salad Bar

  • Pasta salad (served with salsa dressing)
  • Zesty Kumara (Kumara, spring onion, orange zest and juice, herbs, spices and dressing)
  • Seasonal Green Vegetable Medley with Herbed Seasoning

Sweet Treats

  • Fresh Fruit Salad (served with vanilla ice cream)
  • Apple Crumble (served with whipped cream or vanilla yogurt)

Coffee and Tea

So why did I share all that? Well other than it was all amazing (I did have a fair bit of the food), this only cost $70 per person. They had a fairly big menu, where you choose two or three items for each category. That’s why we decided to get a little bit of desserts anyway, even though we also had the cakes and cupcakes from Sweet Bakery and Cakery.

Back to the venue itself. As for getting some nice greenery in the pictures (as I couldn’t let that go), Kent said we could go somewhere else for photos before the ceremony. Which is where we found Percy Scenic Reserve, and had our first look and portrait photos taken there. This was literally 5 minutes away from Alfred Coles so no one was rushed.

However, some of my favourite photos were taken at the venue itself. The stairs, and the balcony photos came out so magical.

Anyway, that’s the story of how we landed on our wedding venue 🙂

Angela.

Wedding Venue and Catering

Wedding Venue and Catering

Ready for another wedding related TBT? Today’s post is about how we picked the venue (and catering)

This is one of the earliest aspects of the wedding we landed on after the date, pretty much. But it is something that both Rory and I spent ages talking about and deciding what would be best for us, which was really fun in the whole planning process.

A few weeks after being engaged, I started looking at venues around Wellington. There were a lot of incredibly gorgeous places, some along the waterfront, some were a lot more private atop hills, but they’re all also crazy expensive. We knew we wanted a small wedding, so we wanted somewhere that could accommodate that, as most places wanted at least 50 people, and we were looking at a guest list of 30 (crept up to 40 in the end).

So, after looking at quite a few places online and weighing pros and cons, there were three places we wanted to look at.

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Dransfield House
Image result for gear homestead
Gear Homestead
Image result for alfred coles house
Alfred Coles House

You guys get the idea of what I was looking for? I like villas. So I emailed all three places and over a few weekends, we visited all three.

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Looking Back on Our Wedding

Looking Back on Our Wedding

Today is a special TBT. One, it’s my four month anniversary for my blog!! Two, I wanted to share with you all lots of extra wedding photos. We recently got back almost 400 of wedding photos from our photographer Kent Yu over the weekend. Going through them all was amazing! So many moments captured from the best day ever.

I’ve compiled 25 (that was as small as I could make it!) to share with you all on the blog. They’re all ones I haven’t shared before, so I hope you enjoy this extra sneek peek into our wedding!

Strap in and have a look!

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Groom and Groomsmen Suits
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Rory and co getting ready

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Wedding Sweets and Treats

Welcome to another TBT! Today’s is another wedding related one. Last year in May, I emailed two businesses about wedding cakes, one called Sweet Bakery and Cakery, and  the other one called Stiletto Studio Cakes. I had heard amazing things about both places. In June, we went to a tasting at each one.

First, Stiletto Studio Cakes is incredible. They do amazing and creative designs.

We went into the tasting with no idea about what we wanted. We just thought, hey…cake. The tasting was a group one with around 20 people. Everyone milled around trying cake. They had lots of little pieces of different flavoured cakes, as well fillings, icings, examples, and all sorts. The lovely people who worked there asked us what we were thinking for our wedding cake. We wanted something small ish, as we were having a small wedding, we didn’t want a huge cake, as who would eat it all? Other than that, we had no idea. We liked a few flavours (vanilla, and lemon and raspberry stuck out a lot), and said we would email through ideas or any questions we had.

Next, we went to Sweet Bakery and Cakery. They were a smaller business, but just as recommended. They did more ‘naked’ cakes, they looked less ‘spectacular’, but just as beautiful.

  

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Say Yes to the Dress

Say Yes to the Dress

Are you all ready for this week’s little Throwback Thursday post? I was scrolling through Google Photos, trying to think of what I could do for a TBT, and I realised that around this time last year, was when I first tried on what would become my wedding dress. On May 14 2016 in fact, according to the date on these photos. So I thought I would take you through the adventure I went through choosing my wedding dress.

Here we go.

Originally, I was planning on buying my dress online over at JJ’s House. The one I was eyeing up was this one, which you can see from all angles here. There were a few others I liked, but I just really liked the look of this one, and there were lots of positive reviews from this site. Jo and Kruti got their bridesmaids dresses from JJ’s House in the end.

JJs House

However, for fun and giggles, I thought it would still be fun to go into a bridal boutique and try on some dresses. My sister was coming down to town that weekend (May 14), so I thought it would be fun for her and me to try on dresses and to bring along mum. Sounded like a lot of fun in general. So I contacted Sally Eagle and made an appointment to come in.

The below images are not mine, but from the official Sally Eagle site on Google Maps. But it shows just how beautiful and open the boutique is.

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Our Wedding Highlights

Our Wedding Highlights

This post is going to be a little different.

Regular readers will know that I got married around a month ago (and I don’t stop talking about it lol). If you’ve read Our Wedding, then you already have a fair idea of how it all went down through all my ramblings and pictures. However, we also have video footage of our wedding..

Okay, so, I’ve been going back and forth on sharing this video. It’s personal and while part of me wants to keep it to ourselves, another part of me wants to show everyone I meet. My sister’s fiancee, Tibor agreed to film our wedding (it was kinda thrown on him when he arrived a few days before the wedding), and he was happy to have a role to play. He used my parents little camcorder that we’ve had for a while, and took lots of little clips throughout the day, which he said he would put together into a highlights reel. A few weeks after the wedding, he and Jo sent me and Rory a link on Google Drive. Attached, was a 6 and a half minute highlights reel of our wedding. I was so happy when we first we saw this (I cried as I do when there’s too much emotion happening). We’ve shown it to our families and friends, and everyone loved it.

I talked to Rory and asked if it would be cool if we shared it with you guys too. He said “Go for it”. I share a lot on here, but mostly through pictures and words. A video is a lot more real. It’s not as impressive as some of those fancy wedding videos I’ve seen out there (they’re so much fun to watch though), but to us, it’s beautiful, full of love, and perfect as it showcased all the best moments from our day. The song playing was used for the procession. It’s a cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” by Simply Three.

Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into one of the best days of our lives 🙂

Angela.

The Marry-Wed Game

The Marry-Wed Game

Hello all! I found this cute variation of the Newlyweds game through Pinterest. Rory and I were doing our own thing at home a couple of days ago when I came across it. As newlyweds ourselves, we thought we would give this a go. It was a fun way to kill some time as we finished household errands and wound down from the day. This may be a long post, so skim read if you want 🙂

the MARRY-WED game- a lot like the

There were only 20 questions, and we had a lot of fun thinking about our answers. First, I wrote down what I thought Rory’s answers for these questions would be. Then came the fun part, talking it through and seeing what the other person thought! As we went through this, I thought it would make a fun blog post, so I asked if he minded, and he laughed and said of course not. So you will have both of our voices in this blog, which makes this my first collaboration, of sorts. Rory’s voice will be in bold, as I will continue being in regular text. Here we go.

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