Chanel & James

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 Three years after meeting on a blind date, James popped the question at the same spot where we’d had our third date. It was a huge ‘yes’ from me.

Chanel & James

I’d always adored Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland and loved the idea of holding our ceremony there. It was where my parents were married and where I had been christened, plus it was a central location for our guests to then travel to Shed 10 for our reception. For our autumn wedding we envisioned a formal black tie affair, with an elegant classic feel with a modern touch. To tie into this we kept our colour palette neutral with whites, greens and a touch of soft blush pink.

Chanel & James

When we walked into Shed 10 with its century-old floors, high rafters and large sliding doors opening out to views of the water, we knew we had found the ultimate venue. It also happened to be the spot where my grandfather arrived to New Zealand, another special connection.

Shed 10 provided us with a blank canvas and Kelly and the team at Blush did an incredible job creating the floral décor to decorate the space and bring it to life. We wanted a classic and clean look and they nailed this. Along with creating the bouquets for the bridal party, the team put together the table runners, which consisted of clusters of white and blush pink roses and dark green foliage along the guests’ tables and our bridal table, an impressive floral chandelier with gentle cascading ivy as well as bunches of ivy draping around our vintage swing in the photo and cocktail area.

I’ve always known the style I wanted for my wedding gown and Jessica and her team at Jessica Bridal Couture brought my dream to life. The entire gown was hand-stitched with an Italian beaded lace, and under this a Chantilly lace and silk lining. It featured a low back and nude mesh with a V-neckline, and its long sleeves had scatterings of lace detail. Because my gown was so detailed I kept my accessories minimal, wearing pearl drop earrings and silver heels that my Mum had bought me when I was 15!

My four bridesmaids wore structured, soft pink custom made Anita de la Cruz gowns with a large bow detailing down the front of the gown. James wore a velvet jacket from Hugo Boss as a point of difference. It was the first suit he tried on and it fit him like a glove. His groomsmen sported shawl collar black tie suits from Working Style worn with bow ties and cufflinks we got engraved with their initials. 

Chanel & James

Great food and wine is very important to us and Dawson’s did a superb job with the catering. Crowd favourites were the crayfish entrée and the lamb rack main course. Paula Jane Cakes created our divine four-tiered cake, decorated with white fondant icing and flower detailing to match our invitations and florals. Flavours included lemon cake with a passionfruit filling, white chocolate truffle, dark chocolate truffle and fruitcake. We also had a Mövenpick ice cream station set up in the dance area. James and I love their mint chocolate chip ice cream and we wanted to share it with all of our guests – it was a huge hit.

Chanel & James

The day was such a blast, but having my, now late, grandma Baba attend was the highlight of the day. She was my hero growing up, and after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I felt so lucky that she was able to be there. She even wore the same outfit she wore to my mum’s wedding – it made the day all the more precious and memorable. 

Chanel & James

THE DETAILS: Bride's gown JESSICA BRIDAL COUTURE; Hair WILLIE from BETTJEMANS; Makeup DEB TAN; Groom's attire HUGO BOSS; Groomsmen's attire WORKING STYLE; Bridesmaids' dresses ANITA DE LA CRUZ; Flowers BLUSH; Stationery GTO PRINTERS; Wedding Planner BEX from BELO PRODUCTIONS; Lighting by LA LUMIERE.  


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