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Gemma & Alex

LOVE GROWS ON

 

Marry Me.

We were on a month long road trip around the West Coast of the U.S after living there for a year. We were travelling in a van and the whole trip was centered around exploring as many national parks as we could cram into 30 days. We got up early one morning to hike up Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, which is known as one of America’s deadliest hikes because of the sheer drop-offs either side of the walking track. The views are magnificent from the top and it was here that Alex asked me to marry him.

 

It took me by complete surprise! He had told me to turn around to look out from a rock - we were making short videos of the trip, so I was focused on what he was asking me to do, while taking in the views.  Then all of a sudden I heard, “Jemzie!” and turned around to find Alex on one knee. He secretly organised friends to video and take photos which I couldn’t be more grateful for, it was one of the best moments ever.

 

The Day.
We got married on 17 March 2018 in a small farming community called Rangiwahia in northern Manawatu, on Alex’s family farm which was established more than 100 years ago. We had our ceremony in the Ian McKean Pinetum, a beautiful, unique and sentimental place that is a collection of more than 300 different types of conifer trees that were planted by his grandfather. We knew from the moment we were engaged that we would get married on the farm and it was so special to have our friends and family experience the pinetum. We held our reception in the cosy, vintage Rangiwahia Hall.

  

The Details.
I ended up sourcing different kinds of flowers from four different locations, including friends and families’ gardens. My mother-in-law had the most amazing collection of vases, antique candle holders and decorations that I just chose what I liked and with the help of very talented friends, and locally foraged greenery, we transformed the hall into a wildly colourful, natural space that felt very in tune with who Alex and I are. The tables were rustic slabs of timber from under the hall’s stage and the seats were old pews from a nearby town hall. I had a friend make hand-poured soy wax candles in mix-matched glass jars that I’d spent months searching for in different second hand shops. Festoon lights adorned the ceiling, casting a warm glow over the hall and when the candles were lit it felt like a magical, cosy and vintage dinner party. It all came together perfectly and looked even better than I could have ever imagined!

 
Inspiration.
I was never keen on having a set theme as there were so many different decorations, colours and flowers I wanted to use. I made a decision to just include what ever I liked and wanted, hoping it would all tie in together as a rustic, eclectic mix.

 

Expectation and Reality.
I knew it was going to be one of the best days of our lives, having all of our family and friends come to Rangiwahia, a significant and important place for us both. It’s hard to put the day into words, it was so filled with love, laughter and positive vibes as the most important people in our lives came together and met one another as we celebrated our marriage. It felt so wholesome.

 I was surprised by the large flock of sheep we stumbled across as we were driving to have a sunset photo shoot, but Alex and I looked at each other, cracked up laughing and knew this serendipitous moment was not one to pass up. The photo of us with the sheep is one of my favourite photos because it is so unique and was not planned.

 

From One Bride to Another.
It’s easy to say in hindsight, but try to not to stress! We organised almost every element of the wedding, which had its ups and downs, but if you’re taking on a DIY wedding, try to enjoy every moment! Involve friends and family, but don’t let their opinions put you off if they don’t see what you’re envisioning - it’s your day after all and almost anything is possible (within reason, and budget, in most cases).

  

Best Bit.
That’s a tough one - I think I would pause time during the ceremony so I could soak in seeing everyone there before us, sitting on picnic blankets and hay bales in the pinetum. I remember walking down the aisle with dad saying hello to everyone as I hadn’t seen some of our guests in months if not years. There are so many moments like that during the day and evening that I would love to relive them all.

 

 

 

Thank you for including BLAK in your day.
Jemma chose the Ivy Dresses in Emerald.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lauren & Shailan

GOLDEN LOVE

 

 

 

 

 

Marry Me.
Shailan and I were heading to London for Xmas with his family. For me this was my first time meeting them face to face. We had of course been on face time a lot. It was a freeing Boxing Day in London and Shailan and I had already planned to go into London for a nice dinner just the two of us. So off we went on the train. We got to the tower bridge and got a few photos, lucky for us it was a clear but cold evening. We wondered around looking for places to eat. Well at least that’s what I thought we were doing. Shailan was actually searching for somewhere to propose. I kept making suggestions and he was fob them off. We then found this wee arcade with a huge Xmas tree and lights everywhere. I then spotted a red phone box and I suggested we go take a selfie in there. We took a few photos and then next minute Shailan said he needed to tie is shoe lace so got out my phone and took another selfie. As you do. Then I turned around and Shailan was on one knee asking me to marry him. It was a very surreal moment. I think I was in shock. I said yes of course. Then he took me up to top of the Shard and we celebrated with bubbles and then headed to a beautiful restaurant looking over the Tower of London for dinner where we called our family with the news. It was so special to be able to share it with all our family and close friends. A holiday I will never forget. 

 

The Day.
Shailan and I got married on April 4th 2018 at The officers Mess, Devonport. We fell in love with the venue and backdrop. Considering 95% of our guest were from out of Auckland we thought it would be an ideal place to show off Auckland. We were super lucky and had a beautiful warm sunny day and an even better sunset.

 

The Details. 
I did all the planning and organising myself but wanted something classic, easy and timeless. We didn’t want a big fuss, but wanted people to just enjoy the day with us. I chose the white and gold theme with the greenery as I felt it was timeless and classic just how i wanted. We had fairy lights to help create a intimate/romantic setting.
Shailan and I had such a special day with our friends and family. It was intimate and beautiful. I wouldn’t change anything and I wish I could go back and do it all again.

 

Inspiration.
Shailan was bought up in the UK with both his parents moving to the UK from India.
Although we didn’t have a traditional Indian wedding we included a Hindu blessing into our ceremony. It was extra special to be able to share/mix a different culture into our day. Something that was so special and important to us and something we will also be grateful for.

 

Expectation and Reality.
Everyone told me the day would fly by and to make sure Shailan and I took 5mins to ourselves to just take the whole moment in. For me the day went at a great pace, I remember all the fun and laughter. Shailan and I did sit on the deck while our guests were seated for dinner and it was the first time we had both just stopped and taken in the day, we even shared a wee slow dance as our singer Josh Leys was just finishing for dinner.

 

From One Bride to Another.
Plan plan and plan. Be super organised and have a budget for everything. Shailan and I had a spreadsheet for every bit we spent and in the end our budget covered us for all 4days of events not just the wedding. Also shop around, don’t buy the first thing you see. Do online research, 98% of the time you’ll find it cheaper or something very similar for cheaper.

 

Best Bit.
I wish that we had videoed the speeches. They were incredible and I would love to go back to that moment often. I wish that we recorded the speeches so we could one day show our kids too. Also I would love to see myself walking up the aisle! I would love to see it from Shailan’s view. He was really struggling to hold himself together.

 

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Thank you for including BLAK in your day.
Lauren chose the Lola Dresses and the New Beginnings Dress in Burgandy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Erin & Dan

BOHEMIAN BLISS

 

 

 

The Day.

We got married at Old Forest School in the Bay Of Plenty. It was the only venue we looked at and we fell in love with it immediately!
It was such a beautiful setting within the forest, amongst gorgeous wild gardens and buildings full of history.  
We were married three days before Christmas so to get in the spirit of it we asked our band to play the Pouges, Fairy Tale of New York, which had all of our guests up on the dance floor with a bit a festive flavour.


 

The Details.

Our venue fitted perfectly into what we imagined our wedding day to be, fun and relaxed with a vintage bohemian vibe. I knew I wanted beautiful wild colourful flowers for our bouquets against the gorgeous soft subtle colours of our Blak bridesmaid dresses. I loved the relaxed look of the bridesmaid’s hair, loose and softly curled. I also had flowers in my hair to match my bohemian style long sleeve dress. We wanted it to be great big celebration, where everyone had a good time and enjoyed themselves

 

Expectation and Reality. 

We wanted our bridal party and families to feel completely relaxed on the day and we wanted our ceremony to be relatively short yet still beautiful and meaningful! we were looking forward to the formalities such as the speeches that make it feel like a wedding just as much a letting loose on the dance floor. I absolutely loved our wedding; it was the best day ever marrying my greatest love in front of all my friends and family. I was only surprised about how fast the day went!!

 

From One Bride to Another.
I would just say to make sure you relax, take it all in and enjoy it! It is so true how fast the day will go so make sure you take a moment to breathe it all in and appreciate how special the day really is! There are not that many opportunities in life for all your nearest and dearest to come together under one roof. Everyone wants to be there to celebrate you and your future and in the end that’s all that really matters.

 

Best Bit. 
There are so many moments I would love to go back to! It was so much fun getting ready with my bridesmaids and family with all the nerves and excitement. One of my stand-out memories would have to be walking down the aisle with my parents and first spotting my future husband waiting for me that was pretty special. I couldn’t believe everyone had actually all turned up and it was such a lovely feeling, receiving all the congratulatory hugs from everyone special in your lives afterwards. And of course the party afterwards! That was so much fun and I loved having everyone up on the dance floor enjoying our amazing band, I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

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Thank you for including BLAK in your day.
Erin chose the Haven Dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 xxx

 

 

 

Chloe & James

Rose Tinted 

 

 

 

Marry Me.
On our five-year anniversary of ‘getting together’ - which happens to be Valentine’s Day - we always plan a night away and, usually, James surprises me. This year was no different; we pulled up to a beach just 30 minutes north of where we live, and over the cliff he had drawn ‘Marry Me?’ in the sand. Next moment, he is down on one knee with a ring! I was absolutely overjoyed, and I couldn’t wait to share the news with family and friends.

 

The Day.
10 March 2018 at Pihama Lavender Farm, located in the small rural town where I grew up and where my parents still live. The venue is an old converted dairy factory with lavender gardens and a stream running through the property. The cool thing is that my late Pop used to deliver milk to the factory on horse and cart back when he was a boy!

 

The Details.
It was a bit of this and a bit of that! You could say there was a boho/feminine/rustic ‘feel’ about the day. I am the biggest fan of everything pink, so I was incredibly excited about the colour of our gorgeous Blak bridesmaid dresses. The guys wore blue suits with open collars - a very relaxed and handsome look. The reception room (an old concrete factory) was dressed with long wooden tables, greenery, and hanging foliage wreaths.

 

Inspiration.
I absolutely love the bohemian, romantic, natural and ‘imperfect’ wedding styles around at the moment! I couldn’t help but be inspired on Instagram and Pinterest. Rue De Seine and Together Journal were great to follow, and they totally embodied my wedding flavour! I loved my wild cascading bouquets, bohemian-styled wedding gown, and hanging macrame in the old Pohutukawa tree where we were married.

 

Expectation and Reality.
I was expecting it to be an emotional and immense day - and it was! There were moments of absolute gratitude where I’d be looking up at the sun, and basking in all the love and joy. The best part about the day had to be the people! It was quite overwhelming to think all our guests were there to celebrate with us. I was also surprised at how amazing the weather was after battling rain and gale-force winds all week!!

 

From One Bride To Another.
Just enjoy the ride! There will be highs and lows, stressful, and testing times. The lead up, the appointments and the wedding chat are all part of the experience. Accept that not everything will be perfect or go 100% to plan. Don’t lose sight of the real reason for your wedding – to marry that special someone!

 

Best Bit. 
Just after the ceremony, in the sun, on my own - but with my new husband and amazing bridal party in sight - and just thinking... Man could life get any better?! It was a moment of absolute euphoria and gratitude

 

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Thank you for including BLAK in your day.

Chloe chose the Cairo Dress, Florence Dress, Ivy Dress & Daisy Dress

 

 

 

xxx

 

 

 

 

Becca & Joel

Love Under The Branches

 

 

 Marry Me.

Joel and I went to high school together and were always good friends however we didn’t start dating until the year after we finished. 
Whilst at high school my family hosted an exchange student from Sweden. She very quickly became like a sister to me and our families ended up visiting each other and we now have a Swedish extension to our family. 
On our second trip to Sweden we went to the beautiful west coast where our family friends have a holiday house. One morning he said that my friend and her sister wanted to take us on a walk up one of the hills to see the view. It was at the top, me in trackies and puffing like I’d ran a half marathon that I heard him say behind me ‘you know what this would be a good place for’, I turned around to see him bent on one knee. I barely let him say anything or actually ask the question before I said yes and jumped into his arms. 

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The Day.
We were married in the 2nd of December 2017 at Woodlands Historic homestead. When looking for a venue we wanted somewhere that had a spot for the ceremony and and reception all in one! Woodlands was the first venue we looked at and boy did it deliver. The gardens are stunning and huge, we knew that we would have lots of kids at the wedding so wanted room for them to run and play. They had at least 3 or 4 places to have the ceremony. We fell in love with the oaks and ended up saying I do amongst the beautiful trees.

 

The Details.
I was really unsure about having a veil, it had seemed that many brides had either stopped wearing one or had a really long one. While trying on my dress I said to my mum that I was really indifferent to it, mum never pushed me into doing or wearing anything for the wedding but she did say that she likes the look of a veil. Since I didn’t really mind and mum suggested it would be nice I went for a long veil the same length as my dress. I am so glad I had one! It made me feel incredible and the photos were beautiful.

 

Expectation and Reality.
Everyone tells you that the day goes by so quickly, ours was no exception. I expected to be really anxious and worried about my hair and makeup, worried that it wouldn’t turn out how I’d hoped, even though I had seen and had trials done be by both my amazing artists. On the morning of my wedding I had not one shred of fear that it wouldn’t be perfect, and it was! 

Also, I would suggest if you have the time to have a lunch the next day, where anyone who was invited to the wedding could come. This was a more relaxed day, we had catered finger food and it gave us the opportunity to really talk to people, especially those who had travelled such a long way!

 

From One Bride To Another. 
If I could give other brides any tips it would be to savour ever moment you can. The night before my wedding my bridal party, my mum and I all went and got our nails done, went to the oh so glamours food court for dinner and flooded the supermarket for chocolate and cheese before heading to our accommodation. It was amazing to spend a night like that with all of my best friends, sister and mum. 

 

Best Bit.
If I could pick any moment in the day to go back to it would be walking down the isle with both my parents and seeing my soon to be husband. I could live that moment over and over. 

 

 

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Thank you for including BLAK in your day.

Becca chose the Haven Dress

 Vendors:
Woodland Historic Homestead
Diana Marie Flowers
Marque Brand Studios
Jessica Bridal
Hallenstines Brothers 
Leahloves Makeup
Rachel Mackwood Beauty 

 

 
 
xxx

 

 

 

Kali & Ricky 

Seaside Sweethearts

 

 

 

 Marry Me.
We were on holiday in Sydney and  Ricky surprised me with a picnic breakfast on a pier overlooking Sydney harbour in a beautiful cove in Watsons bay. 
He had asked the hotel to organised a picnic for us and at the end of breakfast he asked me to marry him. We spent the rest of the morning drinking champagne and celebrating with friends, it was the best! 

 

The Day.
We got married in Pauanui in the Coromandel, which is Ricky's hometown.
His family has a lot of history there and we have spent many holidays, and weekends there over the years so its a special place for us with lots of memories. 

 

The Details.
Our wedding was a mixture of relaxed beach and romantic whimsical with lots of fresh flowers, greenery and a big clear marquee so you could feel at one with the surroundings (farmland, trees etc ) and were able to see the starry sky at night.

 

Inspiration.
I love the minimal theme so I didn't have too many decorations, just fresh flowers and greenery. Pinterest, Instagram, other friends weddings, together journal and other bridal magazines 

  

Expectation and Reality. 
All we expected, and received, was big celebration with everyone we love. 
Everyone says how fast it goes and I don't think you can appreciate it until its your turn but we made sure there were a few slow moments where we could just step back  and feel so grateful for all the amazing people in our lives who were there just for us. 

  

From One Bride To Another.
Delegate jobs leading up to the day and on the day of the wedding so you can relax and enjoy every moment, have a run sheet and a plan B, especially if its a wet weather option and on the day, just embrace anything that happens especially the things that 'go wrong' they make great stories later! 

 

Best Bit.  
Our Vows, its like the whole world stops and in that moment nothing else matters except from the person standing in front of you. I loved that. 

 

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Thank you for including BLAK in your day.

Kali chose the Calm Dress

 

 

 

xxx

 

 

 
Jamie & Jared

A Family Affair

 

 

Marry Me. 
There was no official proposal.  We had been together since the end of high school and talked about marriage from time to time but it wasn’t a priority for either of us with everything else we were busy with.  We bought a 1970’s fireball boat a few years ago and at the time Jared said “well you can have a ring or the boat!” – we got the boat!
One night I got home from work and Jared said to me “you have one happy mum and your parents are coming round to celebrate!”.  He had caught up with Dad that day when he had called in to visit and asked the question.  I didn’t want an engagement ring or anything flashy, instead I have a gorgeous wedding band designed by Jeremy Leeming which I love.
 
 
 
 
The Day.
Our aim was to have a relaxed and fun wedding.
The wedding was February 24, 2017 in a small town called Clyde in Central Otago. Clyde is a place where we spend a lot of time as we both have family there. It is a very laid-back town and you can walk everywhere so there’s no need for vehicles which makes it even better when hosting a big party! It was the hottest day of the month, reaching 34 degrees at 4pm.
We chose Oliver’s for the reception because they were so accommodating and just perfect for us. You stay onsite at the incredible lodge and they were almost fully booked out, so we chose the one weekend that worked. We also booked out Dunstan House across the road and so most of our guests were within 1 block of each other. The pub even stayed open for our guests especially after the wedding. Jared was in charge of choosing the ceremony location which he did a great job of sorting out. He chose the lakeside where we go boating in summer and we couldn’t have done better. Dad made the furniture and archway for the ceremony so that was pretty special. We were a little bit worried about getting married in a public area, but it turned out just perfect.
 
  
The Details.
We kept styling in keeping with the era of our venue which was Oliver’s Lodge in Clyde. Oliver’s was built in 1869 so the theme just grew from there.
Inspiration came from anything vintage, and my dress! Once I had my wedding dress everything just came together.
Our florist Jolene (Estelle Flowers) suggested potting up plants from my parent’s garden shop into brass pots. Things escalated very quickly from then on in - I had a really good time buying chaise lounges and antique furniture, travel chests, fur, a gramophone etc for decorations. I even borrowed some of my grandma’s furniture. It got a little out of hand, but it was a really good time!
 
 
Inspiration.
Makeup and hair for the girls was kind of a modern take on the 1950’s glamour girls with the bold red lippy and waves. Navy was a colour that suited everyone, and my sister Brooke chose the dresses which she did a brilliant job of. Not an easy task to find a dress that suits everyone! Pinterest was definitely a big help but at the end of the day I left the hair (Tu Meke) and makeup (Janine Joseph) to the professionals to decide. The boy’s outfits were organised by Jared and his mum which was a big help.
Expecation & Reality.
 We had put a lot of effort into planning and the biggest surprise was how stunning the weather turned out to be.
The day went smoothly. My mum and sister were a huge part of that, and many friends pitched in. The boys set up the marquee. A family friend sung us down the aisle, the cars belonged to family or friends, others co-ordinated flowers and decorations. It was a real family effort with my Aunt and Uncle supplying us with wine from their vineyard Ceres, and the boys had been fishing the week prior and got their huge tuna turned into canapes for after the ceremony. Everyone well and truly deserved a drink once the ceremony was finished! Oliver’s was just amazing, and nothing was too much trouble. One thing I loved about our wedding was that we sat with our parents at the head table with our bridal party. Mum had the idea and it was one of my favourite things that we did.
 
 
From One Bride to Another.
Our MC made the day, so I would recommend putting a lot of thought into that.
It also took time to find a wedding dress, but I absolutely loved my dress from Louise Anderson. We had shopped around many suppliers but the second we got to her studio we didn’t want to leave. If you have your favourite people together with great music, food, and wine it’s hard to go wrong.
Enjoy the journey as well as the destination.
 
  
 
Best Bit.
I would do the whole day all over again tomorrow! I actually couldn’t choose one moment because the whole day was so full of special memories. Spending time with family, friends and of course my new husband (even though we had already been together for 13 years).
I just felt so lucky all day! I would do the whole week over again!

 

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Thank you for including BLAK in your day.
Jamie chose the All Eyes On You Gown


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