Pretty in the City
Urban chic and dreamy bohemian make a fine match.
C ameron proposed by gifting me a photobook titled, ‘ The Remarkable Adventures of CJ and Cam’. It was filled with photos of us and on the last page was a picture of Cam making my engagement ring. Newly engaged, we travelled to the United States and Mexico. In Los Angeles, I visited Kiwi designer Trish Peng’s showroom and was delighted to discover her custom designs reflected the vision I’d had for my gown. Trish designed my strapless crepe de chine silk gown, featuring a sweetheart bodice with off-the-shoulder sleeves and 3D floral beaded lace. I accessorised with a Trish Peng veil, heels from Shoes of Prey, earrings from Samantha Wills and a personalised leather clutch, gifted to me by my mum.
Cam and his groomsmen wore navy Barkers suits, but as a point of difference, Cam wore a crisp white shirt and dark blue bow tie, while his groomsmen donned floral bow ties and powder blue shirts.
Our ceremony venue, The Ship in Auckland’s Herne Bay, featured wonderful views over the water. We decorated it with white bunting and a lush overgrown floral arch, and lined the aisle with greenery. I loved the eye-catching pops of pink and white florals paired with eucalyptus and tropical greenery created by Lu Diamond Flowers – Lucy was even able to source king proteas for me, despite them not being in season!
The Sapphire Room in Ponsonby was the ideal venue for our urban bohothemed reception, with its recycled wooden floors, high ceilings and industrial fittings. We decorated trestle tables with tall candles, rose gold cutlery, Rosaline glasses and pastel blue table runners, while potted succulents doubled as guest favours. Festoon lights and white papel picado (Mexican paper craft) hung from the ceiling to complement our Mexican menu.
Our 100 guests were welcomed with a ‘his or hers’ cocktail and Barulho in Parnell served up large platters laden with Mexican-style meats, salads and sauces. Our three-tiered semi-naked cake was adorned with flowers and freeze-dried fruits, with each layer featuring a different flavour: flourless chocolate, blueberry and rhubarb, and gluten-free orange.
Towards the end of the night, I pulled Cam aside so we could soak in the moment together. Seeing all our guests enjoying themselves made us so proud of the epic event we had pulled off – we couldn’t have asked for a better day.
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