Mod­ern EL­E­GANCE

Spe­cial touches, artis­tic flair and nods to their her­itage cre­ated the ul­ti­mate wed­ding day for OLIVIA MCARTHUR and BEN AFEAKI.

New Zealand Weddings - - REAL WEDDINGS - Pho­tog­ra­phy ANNA KID­MAN

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

brIde’s gown Vinka De­sign HaIr Amelia from Bou­tique Bride and Fiona Clare Beauty makeup Bobbi Brown Groom’s at­tIre Work­ing Style grooms­men’s at­tIre Bark­ers brIdes­maIds’ and flower gIrls’ dresses Cé­line Rita flow­ers Lu Di­a­mond Flow­ers cake Niu Cak­ery cel­e­brant Rev Warner Wilder fIrst dance song A Pi­rate Looks at 40 by Jack John­son Pro­cessIonal song Higher Love by James Vin­cent McMor­row re­cessIonal song Cute by DRAM

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