Celebrations: Auckland: Seaside splendour

A crisp white colour scheme and sparkling harbour views made this couples’ Auckland ‘do one to remember.

    A crisp white colour scheme and sparkling harbour views made this couples’ Auckland ‘do one to remember. Julie Reid and Aaron Tunstall married at Mantells on the Water on Thursday, March 28, 2013.


    Our love story Aaron and I met as colleagues in 2004 and quickly became friends. Fast-forward eight years and we were picnicking together on the top of Mangere Mountain. It’s special place to me because my dad, who passed away when I was a teenager, used to live at its base. When Aaron proposed there it felt like my dad was present with us.

    Location, location, location We are both from Auckland and love the water, so Mantells’ sparkling harbour views were the perfect backdrop for our outdoor ceremony. We embraced a modern palette with a crisp, clean whites – Florienne Florist created all-white bouquets and table arrangements of roses, dahlias, lisianthus and chrysanthemums, which complemented Mantells’ white tablecloths and candles.

    My bridal look Jane Yeh designed my slimline dress that featured thick shoulder straps, a soft V-neck, and beaded detail. I accessorised with a floor-length veil, also from Jane Yeh, and gold chandelier earrings from Diva. A pair of glittery gold Tony Bicano heels completed my look, while my grandmother’s sapphire ring acted as my something blue.

    A lavish feast We ate in Mantells’ light, spacious dining room where guests were served a variety of different platters including caramelised beetroot tart and baked fish fillet. Sumptuous sweets, such as lemon and yoghurt panna cotta, accompanied two bright pink ombre rosette wedding cakes – one chocolate and one vanilla – for dessert.

    For the girls I wanted my three bridesmaids to have outfits that they could wear again, so opted for navy dresses with polka dot-bow detailing by Ingrid Starnes – the elbow-length sleeves were perfect for our autumn nuptials, and now the girls have a versatile ensemble they can use for work or special outings.

    Something special We found a number of ways to pay tribute to my dad throughout the day – my sister and I both attached a photo charm of him to our bouquets and instead of guest favours, we made a donation to Sustainable Coastlines because he loved the beach. During the ceremony we lit a candle, and my sister made the father-of-the-bride speech at the reception – it remains one of the day’s most memorable moments.

    My advice for brides to be Taking the time to incorporate thoughtful details can make the wedding magic last much longer than the day itself. Aaron and I put together a box with a bottle of our favourite champagne and love letters to open on our tenth anniversary – it’s a special touch I’m already looking forward to enjoying.

    Wedding Details
    Bride’s gownJane Yeh
    HairEmma Peters 
    Makeup Aimee Graham 
    Groom’s attire and shoesWorking Style 
    Groomsmen’s Attire Working Style
    Bridesmaid dressesIngrid Starnes 
    Bridesmaid shoes Hearsay
    Bride’s veilJane Yeh 
    Bride’s shoesTony Bianco 
    Bride and groom’s ringsRobinson Designer Goldsmith 
    FlowersFlorienne Florist 
    CakeBluebells Cakery
    CateringMantells on the Water 
    StationeryBianca van Meeuwen, Mikiodesign 
    CelebrantRochelle Fleming 
    Photography Jody Lidstone, I Do Photography 


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