Bloom­ing LOVELY

Re­becca Lin and Ig­natius Wong mar­ried at Markov­ina Vine­yard Es­tate, Kumeu, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 7, 2015

New Zealand Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS -

hen en­vi­sion­ing our wed­ding, I couldn’t get past the vi­sion of a ro­man­tic, flo­ral, gar­den cel­e­bra­tion. We also wanted the day to be re­lax­ing, so knew we would ide­ally say our vows and hold our re­cep­tion in the same place to save any rush­ing around. Lo­cated in Kumeu, and char­ac­terised by its rus­tic in­te­rior and lush gar­dens, Markov­ina Vine­yard Es­tate made the ul­ti­mate set­ting. Beau­ti­ful blooms We chose to hold our wed­ding in late spring, when roses, pe­onies and other gar­den beau­ties start blos­som­ing. A ma­jes­tic ch­est­nut tree in the vine­yard’s gar­den marked the spot for “I do”. We ex­changed vows un­der a beau­ti­ful stained wooden frame cov­ered with cas­cad­ing flow­ers and pretty fo­liage, be­fore mov­ing to the in­door court­yard for our re­cep­tion. Ro­man­tic am­bi­ence The vine­yard’s rus­tic in­te­rior glowed with twin­kling LED light glass hold­ers hang­ing above the bri­dal ta­ble. On each long guest ta­ble, we had a long, low wooden box filled with pe­onies, gar­den roses, sweet­peas, ra­nun­cu­lus, pop­pies, li­lac and pretty, del­i­cate fo­liage. Clus­ters of gold mer­cury glass votives and can­dles cre­ated a ro­man­tic am­bi­ence com­ple­mented by vines that trailed from the ceil­ing. Dream dress I had al­ways pic­tured my­self in a soft, ro­man­tic wed­ding gown La Sposa’s cre­ations ticked all the boxes. I fell in love with my dress in­stantly. With its in­tri­cate Ital­ian lace bead­ing bodice, long train and il­lu­sion lace back, the ethe­real look was a per­fect match for the re­laxed gar­den vibe of our wed­ding.

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