Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Romance in the City

I am fizzing with excitement to be able to present these photos to you today. I have been waiting, since this beautiful wedding took place in October last year, to see these pictures and am so thrilled for my dear friends, Amy and JP, that they are as beautiful as I'd hoped for them.
Amy and JP married at the very stylish Mantells in Mt Eden on the 4th of November 2010 and their wedding was a fabulous blend of classic romance, modern chic, and a little bit of rock 'n' roll.

These stunning photos were taken by Liz March

Amy's exquisite dress was designed by Melissa Hooykaas, the lace bodice with floret detail is divine.

Amy and JP are definitely not your average couple. Amy has a fantastic sense of fun and fashion and JP is a musician in a few different bands ranging from garage rock to death metal. So their style was wonderfully eclectic and personal. Amy chose a palette of elements she loved from her dress and earrings with a hint of vintage, to the glam red shoes, to shabby chic wild flower themed invitations. I am so loving how it all pulled together in these photos. All the beautiful interesting details create a exciting synergy together making their wedding truly personal and unique in the most beautiful way.

What a absolutely beautiful bride Amy is!

How to pull all these gorgeous elements together into the bouquets in way that would accentuate them was a fun challenge.
The bridesmaids dresses (hand made by JPs Mother) were in a modern style in very dark purple/blue with lavender/mauve splotches and waist sashes. The invitations were a soft mixture of white, mauve, lavender, pink and green and this floral motif was also in the table numbers and name place cards. Then we had Amy's fabulous red satin shoes....

So the bouquets featured pale pink peonies, mauve sweet peas, mauve roses, mauve delphinium, white ranunculus, and lavender. Essential to any garden picked vintage floral look is some gorgeous foliage so the bouquets were interspersed with scented geranium foliage and lambs ear. And the finishing touch were the scarlet red spray roses to accentuate the shoes.

The photos of the guys here are so fantastic. Beautiful black and white shots. Looking very dapper indeed!

For those that don't know Mantells is a gorgeous wedding venue smack in the middle of Mt Eden. It is like a little oasis and feels very sheltered from bustle of the busy urban sprawl outside. They have a gorgeous open courtyard area for the ceremony with an old Grecian feel and then an award winning dining experience a few steps away for the reception. It is the perfect choice for intimate weddings close to the city.

The mantelpiece behind the alter was adorned with more of the wild flowers featured in the bouquets in cut crystal vases interspersed with tea lights candles.

Don't you love JP's Nikes! Also very cool was Amy's brother Ben who was a Bridesman rather than a Groomsman. It was rather funny when he casually linked arms with one of the Groomsmen to exit after the ceremony.

Congratulations JP and Amy, two beautiful people truly deserving of long happy lives together.

There are those fabulous shoes again!

This photo above is my absolute favourite! It reminds me of a romantic medieval painting I saw once with a maiden embracing her betrothed. It is just beautiful work from Liz March.

It is wonderful that Amy and JP have such a beautiful creative wedding album with a pleasing mix of traditional and edgy photography, a true reflection of them as people.

The reception tables featured clusters of cut crystal vases filled with wild flowers and interspersed with tea light candles. The candle light is so beautiful when it bounces off the cut crystal vases. Very sweet and romantic.

The delicious chocolate whiskey cake was created by Rocket Kitchen and adorned with more wild flowers.

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Watson! What a wonderful wedding day! Best wishes to you both xoxo


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