Art deco de­light

Enya Ho and Robert Shao mar­ried at Man­tells Mt Eden, Auck­land on Sun­day, March 2, 2014

New Zealand Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS -

How we be­gan Robert and I met dur­ing med­i­cal school and started dat­ing soon af­ter. We’d been to­gether for six years when we took a trip to Syd­ney to­gether. One night, dressed in his best suit and hav­ing re­hearsed an elab­o­rate speech, Robert got down on one knee on the bal­cony of our ho­tel. He for­got most of his speech, but luck­ily he man­aged to get the im­por­tant ques­tion out! Lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion Tucked away in cen­tral Auck­land, Man­tells made both a con­ve­nient and pic­turesque re­cep­tion spot. Its el­e­gant, rustic in­te­rior was ab­so­lutely ideal for our art deco theme: we com­ple­mented its pared-back con­crete in­te­rior with lush ar­range­ments of pas­tel-coloured blooms. Florist Leaf and Honey gath­ered roses, lisianthus, tulips, hy­drangeas and fern to­gether in art­ful clus­ters. They made up my bridal bou­quet and adorned evey­thing from the venue’s bath­room to each re­cep­tion ta­ble. You’re in­vited Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the hang­ing lamps at Man­tells’ en­trance­way, we de­signed a gold vin­tage lamp em­blem that car­ried through­out our sta­tionery. Printed on thick, creamy card stock our in­vi­ta­tions fea­tured a gold art deco mo­tif and I fin­ished them with a flour­ish of cal­lig­ra­phy. My dream dress Aim­ing for a ro­man­tic, other-worldly look, I chose a Rue de Seine gown that fea­tured a sweet­heart bustier with a French lace over­lay and a floaty, pleated skirt. I ac­ces­sorised with a waist-length veil, also from Rue de Seine, and di­a­mond clus­ter ear­rings. A pair of nude Chanel wedges fin­ished my look. A sump­tu­ous feast Man­tells has a snug dining room so we knew a sit-down meal would be the most com­fort­able op­tion for our 60 guests. We en­joyed dishes such as smoked salmon fil­let, An­gus eye fil­let and co­conut panna cotta, while a tow­er­ing ba­nana cake topped with blush-hued roses com­ple­mented dessert. Suited up Crane Broth­ers cre­ated Robert’s cus­tom-made suit. Its clas­sic navy hue made it a ver­sa­tile in­vest­ment for the fu­ture, while the fab­ric’s sub­tle sheen pro­vided a cel­e­bra­tory feel for the big day. My ad­vice for brides to be The plan­ning process can be stress­ful at times – we took the pres­sure off by treat­ing ven­dor ap­point­ments as op­por­tu­ni­ties for ro­man­tic dates. For in­stance, we whiled away a Satur­day af­ter­noon with wines in hand as we lis­tened to our prospec­tive wed­ding mu­si­cian play a pub gig – this ap­proach made the plan­ning process much more en­joy­able.

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