April + Richard | Auckland wedding

Real bride April shares her experience working with Kenny and Harlow to create a simple elegant silk bias cut dress for her Auckland wedding to Richard. 

Their Story

Can you tell us about your dress journey? 

I had only been to one dress shop before I discovered Kenny and Harlow. As soon as I saw the collection of dresses on the website, I knew that I had found exactly what I was looking for.

I wasn’t sure if the type of dress I liked would suit me, so we tried on similar styles and fortunately it did! We then customised the design of the dress based on my ideas. Meg is incredibly skilled at her craft and listens carefully to your ideas but also offers expert advice. The whole process from design to fittings to taking my dress home was such a wonderful experience! My dress was a 100% silk bias cut with a cowl back and some delicate lace that cascaded from the shoulders of the dress. I also used my mother’s veil which Meg helped us to restore, and we added some of the lace onto it, to tie it all in. It really was the dream dress I had always wanted!

What was your source of inspiration (for your dress)?

I always dreamed of designing my own wedding dress, one that was unique to me, as I wanted to feel like myself on our special day. I was after something classic, elegant, and simple but with a little bit of considered detail. I found a dress on Instagram that had elements of what I wanted but it wasn’t until I had my consultation with Meg that we really nailed the design.

Can you share your engagement story?

Richard took me over to Great Barrier Island to propose. We took a very early morning flight to the island on a perfectly sunny day. We were walking along Medlands beach when he popped the question at the end of the beach. Afterwards we enjoyed exploring the island, having picnics on the beach and going for walks and swims. It was dreamy! When we arrived back to Auckland we went to see our families who had all come together and made a little celebration for us. It was a truly special moment that we will never forget!

Where did you get married / what was special about your venue?

I always wanted to get married in a classic wooden church and so we were married at St George’s church in Epsom. St George’s church has a beautiful wooden interior and stained glass windows which made for a really exquisite backdrop.

Our reception was at Mantell’s on Tamaki Drive which was another stunning venue, looking back across the harbour to the city. Not only was it a beautiful building but its crisp white interior and wooden floors allowed us to decorate the space however we imagined.

What was your favourite part of the day? 

The whole day was filled with so much love and joy, it’s really hard to pick a favourite moment! However, it was special to me to be walked up the aisle by my oldest brother on my wedding day. And a moment I will never forget is when I first spotted Richard waiting for me at the front of the church. I will always remember how calming it was to see him after all the nerves and anticipation beforehand!

If you could give other brides-to-be one piece of advice, it would be…

Definitely eat cake! you deserve it! Stop and enjoy the little things… as they say the day goes by quickly.

Our Vendors

Ceremony location: St George’s

Reception location: Mantells Tamaki Drive

Photographer: Coralee Stone

Videographer: Matthias Skelton

Flora: The Little Flower Shop 

Cake: Catroux

Shoes: Nicole Rebstock

Bridesmaid dresses: All The While