TAKE ME to the CHAPEL 02.12.2017

ALEXAN­DRA POT­TER and JAMES HARRIS’ sum­mer wed­ding was a vi­sion of jewel- toned florals.

New Zealand Weddings - - GALLERY - Photography LE­VIEN & LENS

Five years ago on a Sun­day af­ter­noon my flat­mate tried to con­vince me to go to Chapel Bar on Auck­land’s Pon­sonby Road by say­ing, “You could meet the guy of your dreams!” I wasn’t con­vinced. But lo and be­hold, two hours later I spot­ted James – it was love at first sight.

Choos­ing early sum­mer to wed was an easy de­ci­sion for us, it’s our favourite time of year – the flow­ers are out, the sun is shin­ing, yet it isn’t too hot. We al­ways knew we wanted to marry at St An­drews Church in Matakana, there’s some­thing so quaint and sweet about it. We chose the in­ti­mate Sta­bles Restau­rant to host our re­cep­tion.

We en­vi­sioned a mod­ern look and feel for our day, with a colour pal­ette of ma­roon, black, for­est green and rose gold with a heavy styling fo­cus on flora. The flow­ers were such a high­light of the wed­ding. MaryAnne from Flower & Flair was amazing. I was keen to in­cor­po­rate ama­ran­thus into my bou­quet and ta­ble run­ner on our bridal ta­ble, but gave her cre­ative free­dom with ev­ery­thing else through­out the space.

I ini­tially had no idea what I wanted for my bridal look, so went along to the Tr­ish Peng Bridal High Tea and tried on the gown that I would even­tu­ally choose. I knew it was the one straight away. It had

such a flat­ter­ing silhouette with off-the-shoul­der sleeves, French lace and a scal­lop- edged skirt. Ev­ery­thing else worked around the dress. I wore a cathe­dral length veil, Alexan­der Wang rose gold pumps, a Tif­fany & Co bracelet that James had gifted me on the morn­ing of the wed­ding, and cus­tom-made green onyx droplet ear­rings by K. Amani Fine Jew­eller. James donned a cus­tom-made black tuxedo by Work­ing Style, which he ac­ces­sorised with a crisp white shirt, a black bow tie and Tif­fany & Co cuff­links which I had given him.

We had a three- course, sit- down din­ner which was ab­so­lutely de­li­cious. Our dessert was ac­com­pa­nied by a three-tiered cake made by Amy’s Se­cret Kitchen in choco­late, red velvet and vanilla flavours, with a cute rose gold top­per that read “Mr & Mrs Harris.”

For our live mu­sic Matt Stone & Coachella per­formed. They were a hit and cre­ated such a fun vibe – every­one raved about their sets. They truly brought the dance­floor to life!

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