Abby & Jonathan

  • Photography by Hollow & Co.
Abby & Jonathan

Jonathan and I met through a mutual friend in 2012. Three years later, and after a particularly long and stressful year of study and work, Jonathan promised to organise a special day together just before Christmas. It was a wonderful surprise when he took me to Waiheke Island. It’s where I grew up and holds many special memories for me, and is somewhere Jonathan had never been since moving to Auckland from Wellington several years earlier. On a hilltop with spectacular views of the island he handed me a card that simply said, “Will you marry me?” Then he was down on one knee with a ring. It was an awesome day. 

We wanted quite a raw space for our wedding venue that we could add warmth to with greenery and timber. We're both really drawn to industrial style architecture so the whitewashed walls, concrete floors and exposed beams of The Upper Room in Auckland’s Newmarket ticked all the boxes for us for our ceremony and reception. And the Domain’s Winter Gardens made a perfect backdrop for our portrait session – with autumnal-hued blooms filling the light-flooded Victorian-style glass house.

Abby & Jonathan

We had a vision that included stonewashed linen, blond wood, gold accents and lots of greenery, particularly eucalyptus, and classic black and white. The team at Two Foxes Styling brought this to life beautifully, even hanging greenery above the stage to frame us during the ceremony, and creating a backdrop of roses and trailing greenery for the reception. Jonathan’s cousin, Natalie Houston, owns Floramay and added a serious dose of pretty by fashioning our bouquets from white flowers and eucalyptus leaves.

Abby & Jonathan

I wanted a vintage Hollywood look and my custom-made John Zimmermann gown was ivory silk satin with lace overlay, with a train that created a wonderful scalloped detail. Jonathan wore a classic black suit with white pocket square and our bridal party continued the black and white theme with bridesmaids in black silk dresses and the groomsmen in black suits.

Our day reflected “us” in little ways: Jonathan built the staircase to the stage; we chose canapés based on our favourite Japanese street food; my mum made the delicious two-tiered angel food cake; and understated cat paperclips for the menus nodded to our love of cats. Having these very personal touches made our day all the more special and all the more “us”.

Abby & Jonathan

Something I learned: Consider cutting your cake straight after the reception so guests can enjoy it with bubbles, while you head off for your photographs.

THE DETAILS: Bride's dress JOHN ZIMMERMANN; Hair MARIANNE WILKIE; Makeup KARENINA JACKSON; Groom & Groomsmen's attire WORKING STYLE, SUITS ON BROADWAY, MERCHANT 1894; Bridemaids' dresses: COUNTRY ROAD; Flowers FLORAMAY; Styling TWO FOXES STYLYING; Photography HOLLOW & CO.

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