As a Queenstown wedding stylist, I am always taking an interest in the smallest details, soaking up different colour-ways and immersing myself in new ideas. When Kate Roberge approached me about a collaboration to help inspire couples with new ideas, different ways to gather and celebrate and to bring a splash of colour into the wedding world, I absolutely jumped at the opportunity.
The new normal, arising from Covid-19, has made everyone re-think so much. Family, business, home cities, priorities and celebrations. Engaged couples can’t necessarily have everyone they would have wanted at their weddings, when they are oceans apart. This might have some couples turn to live-streaming or having a gorgeous video made of their day to share with friends and family, while other couples toy with the idea of eloping or down-sizing to an intimate wedding.
We chose to work with the Thomas Brown Art Gallery, an incredible character space for any gathering. Originally a cheese-factory, the walls are a tapestry of different building materials, from white-washed concrete and wooden beams to mint-green floating doors and the beautiful floor-to-ceiling French doors. Sarah from The Flower Room then joined our dream team and the magic started to come together, as we both wanted to shake up the typical ceremony backdrops and explore something different.
We made a slated, curved wooden backdrop that presented a nod towards the lines of a mid-century style, and then went running with that style in mind. For the flowers, we went for burnt reds, sienna terracotta and peach with some white and brown for contrast and to help the colours pop. Kim from Smitten with Love created a gorgeous stationery suite embracing the peach and soft pink tones and Major & Minor Hire’s smokey acrylic chairs were the ideal match for a few guest seats. Their new gold lanterns were also tucked into the bottom of our ceremony backdrop to bring a little glam back in, as the 50s would only encourage!
For an intimate dinner, we again centred around the idea of terracotta, peach and intriguing textures. Tble.Linen sent us a burnt pink linen cloth that set the scene and a rich colour base, which I then styled with white honeycomb charger plates set against a black dinner plate to help the colours pop against the fabric, with a peach menu card to circle the colour back around again. We also had gorgeous nude linen napkins, gold cutlery and divine crystal glassware to complete the setting. Sarah brought in some new concrete/stone vases and candle holders in a mixture of white and terracotta, filled with textile florals like preserved ruscus and fern leaves. With a mixture of white and sand taper candles running through the centre of the table, everything came together like it was meant to be!
Brittany from White Rabbit Cakes had the creative freedom to create something in our colour-way and she went for an incredible concrete-textured sienna-coloured cake with wafer paper detailing in a dark gold. Sarah also hand-died an orchid stem that came up with the most beautiful pink veins, which was a flawless addition to finish the cake off.
Our beautiful couple, Heather & Ruben, were styled by Novia Brides and Sergios Menswear. Kate and I popped over to Hawea to meet with Sandy and pick out some incredible dresses that complemented our style, which is how we came away with four completely stunning looks, including:
Camelia by Daisy Brides / Nevesta by Jessica Coutour / Le Chic by Hera Coutour
Tina from Hair To Wed and Juliet from J.E.T Makeup pampered Heather all morning and had her glowing with peachy details and big soft curls. We were also lucky enough to have Vu Jewellers share some of their immaculate gold-toned jewellery to help bring our finished look together.
Enjoy browsing through our creative shoot and I hope you find some inspiration for your own celebration! 💞
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