Special touches, artistic flair and nods to their heritage created the ultimate wedding day for OLIVIA MCARTHUR and BEN AFEAKI.
Ben and I first met 10 years ago, but it wasn’t until six years later that we got together, running into each other again at a mutual friend’s party. Ben proposed to me at Ruakaka Beach on Christmas Day 2016, under the Christmas tree and in front of his mum and dad. We stumbled upon the Bishop Selwyn Chapel in Auckland while browsing an architectural blog – we both work in the design and build industry and share a passion for beautiful buildings and spaces. With its gold-tiled ceiling and glass walls, the interior space fused with the gardens and lofty trees outside. For our reception, The Cloud’s 200- guest capacity and central location suited us perfectly.
We wanted a tropical feel for our florals with a colour palette of soft pinks, whites and deep greens. I gave Lucy from Lu Diamond Flowers free rein to create whatever she liked. She completely pulled it off.
I really struggled to find a dress, so with only a month to go I went to visit Anita at Vinka Design who had designed a dress for a close friend. She created a gown featuring beaded lace, long sleeves and a high neck with a dramatic train in dupion silk – I’d never felt more beautiful.
The bridesmaids wore black custom-made dresses in differing styles and the flower girls wore adorable two-pieces, all from Céline
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