Wed­ding Belles

17.02.2018 JONIE EL­LIS and LAURA MCKEN­ZIE’S Auck­land nup­tials were the per­fect union of cul­ture, spir­i­tu­al­ity and fun.

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The per­fect union of cul­ture, spir­i­tu­al­ity and fun.

Ipro­posed to Laura on a balmy evening in Hong Kong City, around the cor­ner from where Laura used to read poetry at the lo­cal open mic, one of our favourite spots.

Al­most two years later we wed at Auck­land’s Kauri Bay Boom­rock. We loved the classy and mod­ern feel of the venue; it had a cosy fire­place, com­fort­able lounges and looked out across the moana. It was also a lovely co­in­ci­dence that our sum­mer wed­ding co­in­cided with the week­end of the Pride Pa­rade. Dur­ing our out­door cer­e­mony Laura wore a ko­rowai and I wore a

pah bing (Lao­tian sash) – we wanted a wed­ding that em­bod­ied both our cul­tures, Mao­riand Lao­tian, and re­spected the bi­cul­tural na­ture of Aotearoa. We were hon­oured to have Dame Naida Glav­ish as our cel­e­brant; she per­formed the cer­e­mony in Te Reo Mao­riand English. We also had a Lao­tian su kwan, a cer­e­mony per­formed to bring bal­ance and har­mony to the cou­ple and their guests.

Un­know­ingly, we both chose gowns that com­ple­mented each

other’s. I found my rose-hued gown with hand­stitched gems at BHLDN in Los An­ge­les, and ac­ces­sorised with my mum’s Lao­tian ear­rings and gold bracelet. Laura’s gown was de­signed by Martin Thorn­burg for Mon Cheri – a gor­geous strap­less, flo­ral dress with a sweep­ing cathe­dral train and ac­ces­sorised with Zoe & Mor­gan ear­rings.

Twig & Twine cre­ated our flo­ral cen­tre­pieces in blush and neu­tral blooms with sprigs of green­ery, ar­ranged in clear glass vases in vary­ing heights to cre­ate a nat­u­ral, un­pol­ished look.

Fol­low­ing our deli­cous three- course din­ner, dessert was a di­vine two-tier semi-naked cake by Blue­bells Cak­ery in car­rot and choco­late. We also served a late-night snack of parme­san fries with aioli, a big hit!

The high­light of the day was gath­er­ing up our gowns and run­ning up to catch the sky as it changed from tan­ger­ine to blush as the sun sank into the slopes of the Cleve­don Scenic Re­serve. It was a won­der­ful chance to re­lax, breathe and take it all in.

Lavinia Mafi and Genezy Ilo­lalia’s nup­tials oozed cool­fac­tor. Turn to page 60 for more.

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