Celebrations: Russell: Old World Charm

It's seaside splendour set amongst clusters of soft pink blossoms and the elegant architecture of yesteryear – Elizabeth Scott and Bradley Wilson married at Pompallier House, Russell, on Saturday, February 23, 2013.


    It's seaside splendour set amongst clusters of soft pink blossoms and the elegant architecture of yesteryear – Elizabeth Scott and Bradley Wilson married at Pompallier House, Russell, on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

    The proposal

    Brad and I met at a friend’s birthday party in 2009. Two years later, we were holidaying in Turangi and he insisted we go for a scenic drive. After pulling over at a stop-off point overlooking Lake Taupo, he got down on one knee which, considering he had recently undergone knee surgery, was quite a feat. We celebrated afterwards with my parents over a bottle of champagne before spending the night at National Park’s Chateau.

    Seaside escape
    We love the slow-paced, relaxed vibe of Russell, our favourite holiday spot, and knew sharing this with our loved ones would make for an extra warm atmosphere.

    Setting the scene
    After our garden ceremony, set against a backdrop of the French Provincial-style Pompallier House, we headed to the Duke of Marlborough Hotel  for our reception. With its polished floors, wide verandas and twinkling chandeliers, the hotel evoked old-world charm. The 19th century architecture spoke for itself, so we kept decorations simple, opting for candles, fairylights and loose arrangements of roses, lambs ear and white lisianthus. Our soft colour palette of pink and apricot reflected the tones of the hotel’s garden flowers, while hints of duck egg blue matched the hue of its sea views.

    My bridal look
    The moment I saw my Astra Bridal gown’s, ruched satin bodice, full-bodied lace skirt and elaborate train, I knew it was the one. We imbued it with sentimentality by sewing fabric from my mum’s wedding dress into the skirt. I accessorised with a crystal and pearl bracelet and glittery silver heels, finishing my look with soft curls and natural-looking sweeps of makeup.

    A sumptuous feast
    After enjoying canapés, champagne and live music on the deck, our 100 guests moved inside for dinner. They enjoyed dishes such as eye fillet and seafood chowder, before indulging in a dessert table which boasted a range of our favourite sweet treats including jaffas and milk bottles. Our three-tiered cake, made with layers of banana, fruit and chocolate cake, topped off the dessert buffet.

    Something special
    Brad has a skill of always writing the perfect words to go inside cards at special occasions. I have kept every single one, so as a wedding morning surprise I cut his sweet messages out, created a collage, framed it, and had Brad’s brother deliver it to him on the morning of the wedding.

    For our guests
    As favours, Brad’s grandmother and I made heart-shaped seating plan nametags from marine charts, with the thought that the tags could act as Christmas decoration keepsakes from our big day.

    My advice for brides to be
    Watching our wedding video keeps the memories crystal clear, making it feel as though our big day was only yesterday – as well as a great photographer, hiring a good videographer was a priceless investment.

    The Details

    Bride’s gownAstra Bridal
    Bride’s veilAstra Bridal
    MakeupNicki Collett
    Hair Lauralee Nolan
    Groom & groomsmen suitsDorset Suit Hire
    Groom & groomsmen shoesNumber One Shoe Warehouse
    Bridesmaid dressesGlassons
    Bride’s shoesAstra Bridal
    Bridesmaids’ shoesNumber One Shoe Warehouse
    Bride’s ringPascoes Jewellers
    Groom’s ring NZ Jewellers  
    Flowers Putts Green
    Cake Great Cake Limited
    Catering The Duke of Marlborough Hotel
    Stationery Julia Smith, printed by Neville Newcombe
    CelebrantHeather Lindauer
    Music Craig Wright
    VideographyShoot North
    PhotographyDillion Photography


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