emma & scott
When Scott and I were invited to a childhood friend's wedding in Hawke's Bay he decided that was where he wanted to propose, as that's where I grew up. The day after the wedding he suggested we go for a walk, so I took him to the Redwoods where I spent a lot of time as a kid. Little did we know there was a concert on that afternoon and people everywhere, which he didn't like, and asked if there was a different place we could go? So off we went to the Tukituki River where I also had fond childhood memories, and as we stopped to admire the view, he got down on one knee, completely taking me by surprise! Ceremony: We wanted a garden setting, and it was important that my 91 year old Nana be there, so we chose Sylvan Park in Milford, at the end of her road. Reception: As I work in the wedding industry, I wanted a venue I had not been to before, and that I was not likely to be styling someone else's wedding at. So, we chose a private venue called The Loft in College Hill. One big open space, exposed brick and white ceiling beams, the perfect blank canvas, and a stunning space all on its own. Having a private venue meant we also had no time restrictions and could party the night away as long as we wanted. We envisioned our wedding reception to be an intimate, relaxed, fun atmosphere, so instead of a sit down meal, we had a walk'n'fork style, with bar leaners and lounge areas from Villa Kula for our guests to mingle and relax before the band kicked off. Celebrant: Graeme Maker, a family friend of Scott's. He was great, and suited the relaxed feel we wanted. Photographer: Kimberley Elizabeth Photography. Our photographer Kim was amazing, and one of the best decisions we made in the wedding planning! We have had so many awesome comments on our photos. We had our bridal party photos taken before the ceremony, partly to ease my nerves, and we also wanted to have the photos taken around where Scott grew up. Bride’s Dress: This was my one splurge, and I am still so stoked with my dress! From the moment I stepped into John Zimmerman's showroom I was in love! I wanted a lace dress as I thought it would be the only time in my life I would wear head-to-toe lace. After trying on many exquisite dresses, we took the bits I loved from them and together we created my dream dress. Having a dress created just for me, with John's eye for detail and easy going nature, was just an awesome experience. John also sewed my new initials in blue thread into the dress as my ‘something blue'. I also had a full length veil made, and wore pearl earrings and pearl bracelets. Groom’s Attire: After searching everywhere for nice grey pants and a waistcoat for Scott with no success, we wandered into Hallensteins one day just on closing and there they were. We bought Scott's outfit and the groomsmen pants then and there. We wanted each person in our bridal party to have their own style, so we found ties from various shops all in different styles, and they each wore suspenders, and their own shirts, shoes and accessories. As a gift we also bought them tie clips and cheese-cutter hats. Bridesmaids: I found an online site that had many different styles, and let the bridesmaids all choose their own style. My only request was that they wore full length dresses in purple, suitable for our relaxed garden wedding. They wore shoes of their choosing, and their own accessories. I also gave them a pearl bracelet each to wear. I bought them a clutch each as a gift, with tissues and lip balm for the day. I also had my gorgeous little sisters as my flowergirls, in dresses made by their mum, and they looked incredible, so cute! Hair and Makeup: Jayne Jewell Wedding Hair & Make-up. Jayne was great, coming all the way down from Whangarei to do our hair, and I loved it! I gave her a basic idea of what I had in mind, and let her do her stuff. Our make-up was by Shona Stevenson, who lived locally to where we were getting ready, and she was fantastic. Cake: We chose not to have a cake. Our mums did an amazing job of making loads of sweet treats, and we had a dessert table instead, which guests nibbled on all night! Décor: We chose a simple, soft colour scheme of white, with touches of purple and green. I work for A Touch of Class – a wedding and event styling company - which means I always have so many ideas in my head for wedding styling and décor. Narrowing them down was almost impossible! I love all things homemade and crafty, and all those personal touches that make a wedding unique. I decided to make everything myself from things around our home. I painted various bottles and wrapped jars in lace and pretty paper for vases and candles. Scott is an electrician so we made some vases out of lightbulbs and hung them from the ceiling, and also hung fairy lights and paper lanterns. One of my favourite things was our gift card suitcase. It was my great uncle's school bag from the 1930s! Lastly, we had a little basket in the bathroom filled with all those things that come in handy on occasions like this - bobby pins, quick ease, hairspray, lip balm, wipes etc, and this was much appreciated by our guests, almost everything was used! Stationery: One of my amazing bridesmaids designed our invites, a beautiful lace design in teal. Flowers: My bridesmaids (with the help of my little brother!) actually made our bouquets the morning of the wedding - white peonies tied with purple ribbon. With some fantastic helpers, we set up the venue the day before, and I did all the flower arrangements there. I wanted them to look they had just been picked from the garden, simple, soft and pretty. Entertainment: A friend of ours played in a band, so he bought a bandmate along and they rocked the reception! We gave them free reign, and asked them to play as long as they wanted. Not only did they judge the crowd perfectly, the dancefloor was packed from the moment they started until after 1am! Catering: I love food, so it was important to me to have caterers who understood my vision. Murray and Sam from AppressoFresh Catering Company were a perfect fit, and we had so many comments on the delicious food! As well as canapés, the three mains were small enough portions so guests could try all options - pork belly, eye fillet and over 180 chicken sliders! Transport: We had our brothers drive the bridal party around for the photos and then down to the ceremony in Auckland. It was great having them be an important part of the day. We also hired a limo to take the bridal party from the ceremony to the reception which was loads of fun. The Service: The ceremony was laid back and reflected our personalities. My aunt gave a great reading that was sweet and funny, and suited us perfectly! For the after-ceremony drinks, we played music from bands Scott and I have seen live in concert together. Memorable Moments: There were so many, but we both really loved the lead-up to the ceremony. Spending time with our bridal party beforehand was great, especially as some of them were from out of town. Talking and having a glass of champagne with one of my best friends on Skype while getting ready, and then the walk to the ceremony. I met my dad and flowergirls at my nana's house, and we all walked the couple of minutes down the road to Sylvan Park. The neighbours came out to wave and wish us well, and it was great to have that time chatting away to dad on our way down. I don't think we stopped talking the whole way! I thought I would be so nervous, but the whole day was so much fun, and I was happy and calm all day, knowing that I was marrying the best guy ever!
Bride Emma Hall Groom Scott Botherway Wedding 8 December 2012