Autumnal glamour meets boho chic - Ariane Amantiad and Jonathan Campanilla married at Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana, on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Our love story
Jonathan and I meet in 2009 while living in the same neighbourhood in Auckland. We bonded over our love of photography, and our friendship blossomed into romance a year later, after we spent Guy Fawkes together. On New Year's Eve, 2011, he proposed as the clock struck midnight.
To reflect our love of travel, we designed our save-the-date and RSVP cards to look like postcards, we had a world map studded with push pins as a seating charting at our reception, and labelled the seven table after continents. Luggage tags with the names of our 50 guests adorned parcels containing framed photos of our engagement, which served as both name tags and favours. The top tier of our cupcake tower was a wedding cake decorated like a globe.
Nature created a beautiful backdrop of stunning autumnal hues - the brown vines had a rustic romantic feel and the weather provided nostalgic lighting. To suit our bohemian style, we added flower-filled beer bottles tied to the vines with twine, and lined the aisle with multi-coloured pinwheels.
My bridal look
My ivory lace dress featured a short skirt with long sleeves - perfect for the cool autumn weather. I added a faux fur vest, opaque tights and a lace scarf, which I tied around my head. My accessories included peach and gold earrings, and a gold necklace with an owl-shaped pendant.
A 'passion table' showcased our love of letter writing and photography. On it we placed Polaroid cameras, and instead of a traditional guestbook, we had a mailbox into which our loved ones could post photos and notes wishing us well.
Ah, sugar sugar
As a fun extra for guests to enjoy after our buffet meal, we set up a candy table. There for the taking was coloured popcorn, lollies and liquorice. The colours of the snacks echoed the hues in the pinwheels that decorated our ceremony.
Music to my ears
The ceremony was set to Filipino rock ballads that celebrated our roots, and family members acted as our DJs. For the reception, we put together a playlist of artists we listen to when we travel, such as Simon & Garfunkel and The Smiths.
My advice for brides to be
Do-it-yourself touches put a personal stamp on your day, but bear in mind it may not be cheaper than hiring a professional. Make sure you go down that road only if you enjoy getting creative, and have the time to do so.
Bride's gown Ceci
Bride's waistcoat Paperscissors
Groom's attire Marcs
Celebrant Carolyn Harkness
Stationery Typo, Dreamcolour
Cake Cakes by Tina
Catering Ascension Wine Estate
Videography Room 24
Photography Poppymoss Photography