Colour CRUSH

With a sea­side set­ting and ex­otic styling, SOPHIA ELTAYEB and JEREMY MUIR­HEAD’S day was a DIY dream.

New Zealand Weddings - - REAL WEDDINGS - Pho­tog­ra­phy EMMA WIL­LETTS

M y best friend Fran set me up with Jeremy, her cousin, when we were liv­ing in Lon­don. She hosted a BBQ, which is where Jeremy charmed me. Two years on, he pro­posed, and seven months later we were mar­ried.

With its quaint vibe, in­ti­mate size and great his­tory, Mahu­rangi West Hall was the venue for us from the get-go – its view of the sparkling wa­ter was the cherry on top!

I wanted to cre­ate a re­laxed and homely at­mos­phere, so got stuck in do­ing things my­self. We went for a rustic Mid­dle East­ern theme, us­ing pops of tan­ger­ine, fuch­sia and sun­flower-yel­low, and set up a large mar­quee with coloured fes­toons and pa­per pom poms and lanterns. Low, Moroc­can-style pouffes from Raj Tents fur­nished the space, and ta­bles were dec­o­rated with colour­ful fab­rics and clus­ters

of glass vo­tives, brass can­dle hold­ers and lanterns. For even more colour, Leon from En­chanted Rose did a won­der­ful job of bring­ing the blooms I wanted – daisies, sun­flow­ers, dahlias and pe­onies – to­gether in a fun but el­e­gant way. As a nod to my home­land, I hired a bright red English post box for guests to drop their cards into.

Af­ter en­vi­sion­ing a re­laxed and floaty dress, I was de­lighted to find just the one in Katie Ye­ung’s Daisy col­lec­tion. It had a key­hole back, flo­ral lace bodice and chif­fon skirt. My two brides­maids wore bright man­go­hued dresses from ASOS, while the boys wore navy suits and donned Queens Park Rangers ties – a trib­ute to Jeremy’s favourite foot­ball club.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, a Stumpy’s Pizza food truck served fresh pizza to our 100 guests. My sis­ter and I made our Vic­to­rian sponge cake with lay­ers of berry jam, but­ter­cream, fresh berries and flow­ers. The food was an ideal start to a great party. We didn’t do an of­fi­cial first dance, but with lots of tal­ented mu­si­cians for friends (and with a fog ma­chine in full force!) we were all on our feet un­til the wee hours.

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