Mallory & Tyron

  • Photography by Kate Wark Photography

Our love story is an unusual one; it all started in South Africa, when a woman called Joan told her 13-year-old grandson that she had found his future wife. Seven years later, Tyron and I met at a friend’s dinner party in Auckland. We quickly realised that we grew up in neighbouring towns in South Africa and that I knew some of his family, including his grandmother… Joan. Two years later we were engaged! Tyron proposed on April 2, 2017. That morning, he told me we were going for a long walk so I got dressed in my gym gear and we headed to Waitawa Regional Park. As we were nearing the entrance of the track, I could see a picnic setup overlooking a beautiful view. There was champagne, chocolates, red roses and tears. He got down on one knee to ask but we both already knew the answer!

Mallory & Tyron

I went dress shopping with an idea of the kind of style and look I wanted. I tried on at least 30 dresses in a similar style; they were all beautiful but I just wasn’t getting that “wow” feeling. I ended up choosing the last dress I tried on, one that my bridesmaid begged me to. When the shop assistant drew back the curtain to show me in the dress, ladies in the neighbouring dressing rooms shouted, “that’s the one!” I couldn’t deny it made me feel like I belonged in a romantic fairy-tale. We had found a winner. The dress I chose was a Stella York gown from Alma J Bridal Boutique. It was a strapless ball gown-style dress in blush, with a sweetheart neckline and floral lace motifs. It had textured layers of tulle with double horsehair details and diamante beading on each layer. The horsehair detail on the layers of lace made it feel couture and I loved that it wasn’t a traditional white but rather blush. This made it feel modern, soft and romantic. I accessorised with an ivory floor-length veil and rose gold drop earrings – and I couldn’t resist a faux fur wrap in blush to keep cosy after the ceremony and during the cocktail hour. When I found my dress and it was blush, we added this hue into the colour scheme, which gave it a soft, romantic touch.

Mallory & Tyron

I had a maid of honour (my sister-in-law and best friend), one junior bridesmaid and three flower girls. They all wore deep burgundy chiffon floor-length dresses, each in a slightly different style. I gave them a few options, then let them choose their favourite. Tyron wore a simple, modern navy suit and white shirt from Suits on Broadway, paired with brown shoes and a burgundy tie and pocket square from Hallenstein Brothers.

Mallory & Tyron
Mallory & Tyron

We were engaged for just four short months before we were married. It was a push to get everything organised, but we didn’t want to wait any longer than we had to. Kauri Bay Boomrock was the first venue we looked at and we booked it without hesitation. As soon as we walked through the double doors at the entrance we were mesmerised by the view and couldn’t imagine having our wedding anywhere else. The venue lent itself to a warm, intimate, romantic setting with glowing candlelight and crackling fireplaces – with this in mind, we opted for a winter wedding and a modern, romantic theme. For the colour scheme we wanted to achieve a rich, wintery feel, so we went with deep burgundy and gold.

Lucy at Lu Diamond Flowers did an amazing job creating an elegant modern arch of greenery, orchids and proteas for the ceremony. She carried the theme through to my stunning bouquet of wild eucalyptus and orchids. We chose orchids as they come in a variety of colours and they have also been used in all the girl’s weddings in my family, so it felt as if we were keeping a hint of tradition. The proteas reminded us of our South African roots and their blush colour tied in nicely with our colour scheme. Funnily enough, my engagement ring also has a Protea setting.

Mallory & Tyron

When it came to styling the venue we used lots of gold; gold candlesticks, gold charger plates, gold cutlery and gold vases to hold the floral centrepieces. Tyron also wrote out our seating plan on a gold framed mirror. The floral centrepieces featured a mix of greenery and florals in burgundy and deep purples.

After trialling three cake makers, we settled on Magnolia Kitchen’s dark chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache and salted caramel. I showed Tyron a few pictures of cake designs and we went with his favourite, a two tired, gold foiled design with blush ganache drizzle. It tasted as good as it looked! What a masterpiece!

Mallory & Tyron

My advice would be that sometimes it's best to go with your initial concept. It can be overwhelming looking at lots of different themes and often it's your original idea that best reflects you as a couple.

Mallory & Tyron

THE DETAILS: Bride's dress STELLA YORK from ALMA J BRIDAL BOUTIQUE; Hair and makeup KAITLIN CHAPMAN MAKEUP & HAIR; Flowers LU DIAMOND; Cake MAGNOLIA KITCHEN; Catering and venue KAURI BAY BOOMROCK; Celebrant BURGER OOSTHUIZEN; Videography DREAMLIFE PHOTOS AND VIDEO; Props and decor THE PRETTY PROP SHOP; Photographer KATE WARK PHOTOGRAPHY


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