Rebecca & Ignatius

Rebecca Lin and Ignatius Wong married at Markovina Vineyard Estate, Kumeu, on Saturday, November 7, 2015. 

  • Photography by Carolyn Haslett
Rebecca & Ignatius

When envisioning our wedding, I couldn't get past the vision of a romantic, floral, garden celebration. We also wanted the day to be relaxing, so we knew we would ideally say our vows and hold our reception in the same place to save any rushing around. Located in Kumeu, and characterised by its rustic interior and lush gardens, Markovina Vineyard Estate made the ultimate setting. 

Rebecca & Ignatius
Rebecca & Ignatius

Beautiful blooms: We chose to hold our wedding in late spring, when roses, peonies and other garden beauties start blossoming. A majestic chestnut tree in the vineyard's garden marked the sport for 'I do'. We exchanged vows under a beautiful stained wooden frame covered with cascading flowers and pretty foliage, before moving to the indoor courtyard for our reception. 

Rebecca & Ignatius
Rebecca & Ignatius

Romantic ambience: The vineyard's rustic interior glowed with twinkling LED light glass holders hanging above the bridal table. On each long guest table, we had along, low wooden box filled with peonies, garden roses, sweetpeas, ranunculus, poppies, lilac and pretty, delicate foliage. Clusters of gold mercury glass votives and candles created a romantic ambience complemented by vines that trailed from the ceiling. 

Rebecca & Ignatius

Dream dress: I had always pictured myself in a soft, romantic wedding gown and La Sposa's creations ticked all the boxes. I fell in love with my dress instantly. With its intricate Italian lace beading bodice, long train and illusion lace back, the ethereal look was a perfect match for the relaxed garden vibe of our wedding. 

Baby steps: My lovely three-year-old niece Rebecca was our flower girl and her five-year-old brother Boaz played the part of the ring bearer. Rebecca followed her big brother everywhere on the day and her playful innocence, coupled with his cheeky smile, lit up our guests' faces throughout the day.

Rebecca & Ignatius

Seasonal feast: Our guests enjoyed a delicious buffet of dishes such as grilled salmon fillet, roast lamb and fresh salads, while dessert included pavlova, chocolate mud cake and a decadent cheese board. We coupled dessert with a three-tiered City Cake Company creation featuring tiers of lemon syrup and chocolate. 

Special moments: There are a few special moments I remember most clearly from the big day. Mingling with our guests after the ceremony and hearing they were enjoying themselves as much as us made all the effort worth it. The dancefloor, too, was special– we chose Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me to The Moon' for our first dance. I'll never forget Ignatius lifting me into the air, with lightbeams from the fairylight backdrop sprinkled around me like fairydust. 

THE DETAILS: Bride's gown LA SPOSA FROM MODES; Bride's shoes MI PIACI; Groom's attire SABE BY VINNY THE TAILOR; Bridesmaid's dresses FOREVER NEW; Flowers LEAF & HONEY; Rings THE DIAMOND SHOP; Cake CITY CAKE COMPANY; Videography P&N; Photography CAROLYN HASLETT.

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