we finally have our photos back from 'the big day' so i thought i would share some of the details. weddings get a lot of hype, some of which i understand, some i really don't. basically it was an awesome day that had me smiling form ear to ear. no disasters, no stress, just plain celebration with family, friends, and the love of my life :)
invitations: invite out in palmerston north. katie, the designer, took a handfull of ideas i sent through and managed to come up with a great concept that really reflected our style. not only did she create the invitations, her site also hosted a page for electronic rsvps and other wedding info.
venue: church road winery. the ceremony was held outside on the lawn with the winery's vines in the background. the reception was just inside the main building in the tom cellar, a room lined with wine barrels, clad in dark wood and lit by soft yellow chandeliers. the caterers, dish catering, came with the venue, but we honestly couldn't ask for more delicious meals.
decorations: we had minimal decorations and those that we did have were handmade from upcycled, repurposed and borrowed materials. luckily one of my friends is getting married next year and will be able to re-use several of these items. i like recycling :)
photographer: susan siu of glow studio and her sister assisting her. we've worked with susan before and know that she does amazing work. it was so much fun having a photographer you know and trust, it really makes a difference when you have a lens on you all day.
necklace: made by me. the longest chain with the embroidered pendant was purchased at a craft fair from eejay design (my former initials, ej, it seemed destined to be!). the other parts are bits and pieces i've picked up over the years from various friends and family members, so each piece held sentimental value and helped to incorporate loved ones who couldn't be there on the day.
earrings: the main set once belonged to my grandmother and aunt cheryl had them adapted for pierced ears. i had never seen them and aunt cheryl had never seen my dress/jewelry and yet they matched perfectly! my second set are diamond studs from reuben several years ago, they were my very first diamonds.
hair: reuben's sister dominique made the mistake of making the offer of doing hair. she probably didn't think i would take her seriously, but i did! after a few practice runs, we came up with a style that had its best day on the big day. what dom didn't expect is that all of my bridesmaids ended up stealing her for their styles.
makeup: my aunt and maid of honour arranged for sue devitt makeup for me and all of the bridesmaids and she applied it all herself as well. i must say, we all looked pretty stunning :)
veil: i also made my veil, mostly because veil prices are absolutely outrageous for the materials involved. mine cost about $13 and i got exactly what i wanted. i used some vintage-looking lace from spotlight, leftover material from my dress and some fake pearls from a bracelet one of reuben's grandmothers gave me. i used the matching necklace as a layer in my necklace.
cufflinks: my wedding gift to reuben was a set of silver cufflinks by signature silver on etsy. they had an impression of my ring finger fingerprint in them and on the back they read '14 january 2012' on one of them and 'i wanna hold your hand' on the other. for the groomsmen's gifts, we got wooden map cufflinks from dlkdesigns on etsy with one map of frederick and one of palmerston north.
rings: both of our wedding bands and my engagement ring are from max wilson diamond jewellers in palmerston north. i am still mesmerised by their sparkle :) the grey pearl on my right pinky finger was inherited from my mom, who got it as a gift from my uncle bob many years ago.
shoes: surprisingly enough, i didn't buy any new ones!! believe me, i looked, but i had two styles in mind and one was pretty much a style i already owned. i actually purchased these shoes to go to an awards ceremony for reuben when we first started dating, so i'm pretty proud of how long they've lived. the only shoe-related cost was a pair of plastic heel cap things that are meant to keep you from sinking into the grass. unfortunately, they didn't fit my heels, so i just lived with the sinking and everything was all good.
perfume: simple love by wildeivy. i'm a big fan of all wyldeivy's scents, but not only did this one smell just right, it had the perfect name as well.
dress: phil hausman of 1984 in palmerston north. the designer from this little dress boutique was recommended by a coworker of mine and the shop is just around the corner from our apartment. i came in with a few pictures and after a few sketches and fittings, i had a completely unique, and more importantly not over-the-top, fluffy, sparkly ball gown. it fit the windy winery venue perfectly.
flowers: anne gough of moss n stone. we were pretty lucky to have an amazing florist in reuben's family. not only did she put together some stunning bouquets and centrepieces, she did a good deal of it by raiding the gardens of other family members in the feilding/palmerston north area. i can see why people get their bouquets preserved because i just loved every single flower she chose.
cupcakes: sweet as cupcakes in the hawkes bay area. i once dreamed of a krispy kreme donut 'cake', but cupcakes have always been a close second wedding 'cake' choice. we opted for the passionfruit and choc/vanilla flavours and they were enjoyed by all. my 8-year-old self would be a little disappointed i didn't get a 3-tiered cake with a fountain in the middle, but hey, people change.
cars: colin trevelyan's classic wedding cars, including a 1935 rolls royce and two daimler majestics. beautiful and classy.
band: i put together playlists for when the guests were arriving and during the bubbly and nibbles on the lawn, but the real musical entertainment for the evening was groove foundation. they didn't play a single bad song and the dance floor was full the whole night.
songs: i walked down the aisle to the across the universe version of 'i wanna hold your hand'. reuben and i have held a special place for this song and it was a perfectly slow and emotional version. during the registry signing it was the romantic 'come what may' from moulin rouge and exiting down the aisle after i do's we rocked out a little to 'modern love' by david bowie. last but not least, of course, is our first dance song 'around the world' by nat king cole.
all in all, we couldn't have asked for a better day - no hiccups, no worries, all fun and lots of great times with our family and friends. now on to writing those thank you cards!