Olivia & Daniel

  • Photography by Erica Kurth

Dan and I met Amstelveen in the Netherlands in 2011 while working on a super yacht build. It began with a beautiful friendship; we would stay up for hours talking into the night and Dan would seem to time his morning coffee break around the same time as I’d be having my breakfast! One day I received a little note under my pillow, just something sweet that made me laugh. I replied with a note under his pillow and we grew closer and closer this way, with little secret letters. If we ever bumped into each other during work hours it absolutely lit up my day – simply exchanging a secret little smile with him was enough to make me float through the rest of my day. Then one day we got a few days off and organised a romantic getaway to a resort in the Caribbean.

Olivia & Daniel

Six years later, Dan took me to the top of Wentworth Falls in the Coromandel, one of our favourite spots. He led me out over the rocks, took my hands, told me he loved me more than I could imagine and asked me simply ‘Will you marry me?’. We then walked back down through the trees and had a (freezing) celebratory swim in the sparkling waters at the bottom of the waterfall. We were on a total high. We were engaged just six months before we were married. I was keen to make our wedding as DIY as possible and wanted the day to reflect the season, from the flowers to food to the décor.  Our shared love of the ocean was the reason we chose a summer wedding. We wanted to be in nature and Okura Beach House at Hot Water Beach, Hahei was perfect. With its long driveway flanked with native bush and a beautiful stream, large rolling paddocks and perfectly manicured lawn and elegant farmhouse – this was the perfect setting for our wedding theme; vintage meets nature meets boho.

I wanted to do the wedding flowers myself – coming from a very talented and creative family I thought it would be something we could do ourselves. I decided to collect wild flowers in the months leading up to the wedding and then dry them. It was total trial and error; Dan and I collected then hung them upside down and watched as the colours changed. By the end we had an abundance of colours and textures to play with. Florist Yolande Palmer from Here Among The Wild also coached me with drying the flowers and we (bridal party) also attended a full day workshop with her as our guide.

Olivia & Daniel

My bridal look was a mix of pretty, whimsical and boho. Mum and I designed my dress together, and mum cleverly made it. We started out by shopping for the perfect fabric; turns out the lace I fell in love with was called Olivia!  My gown was three dresses in one – two silk linings, one in white silk and the second a biscuit-coloured silk. Over the top was sheer lace, which draped perfectly over my curves with a wide neckline and lace cap sleeves. Mum also appliqued lace around the neckline and around the bust. I accessorised with gold earrings, which were a gift from my sister Genevieve, and a headpiece of white roses and gypsophila made by my sister Josephine. I wore my hair loosely pulled back and I had natural makeup, with gold and bronze highlighting around my eyes.

Olivia & Daniel
Olivia & Daniel
Olivia & Daniel

The archway we were married under was made by one of my uncles. He made it using old rustic wooden farm gates and we decorated it with wild flowers. Dan’s uncle was our MC – it was wonderful to have someone we knew and loved to take us through those special moments.

Olivia & Daniel

Remember that the energy of the bride and groom filters down through the guests. If you are bright, happy and joyful then your guests will be too. Love the day for all that it is.

Olivia & Daniel

THE DETAILS: Bride's dress CATHERINE SCHULER ( BRIDE'S MOTHER ); Hair GILDA WILSON HAIR; Makeup BROOKE JONES; Groom's attire CANVAS CUT; Rings LIBBYS; Flowers YOLANDA PALMER - HERE AMONG THE WILD; Photography ERICA KURTH PHOTOGRAPHY; Venue OKURA BEACH HOUSE


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