Alongside our custom Kenny and Harlow bridal gowns, we take great pride in our problem solving alterations. Specializing in readymade dresses, sourced by our brides.
It gave us immense pleasure, not only seeing Eloise fall back in love with her dress that we remodelled. But also restoring a third generation veil, her Nana had worn on her wedding day, 70 years ago.
Nick and I swiped right on each other on Tinder about 5 years ago, exactly three months before I was due to move to London. After a few months doing our best to pretend we weren’t ridiculously into each other, we finally caved and dove head-first into long-distance. Nick ended up travelling Central America for 9 months while I worked at a London advertising agency, and we managed to catch up in various spots around the world every few months. Then after a year and a half of missing each other, we moved back home to New Zealand, and have been pretty much glued to each other ever since!
Our engagement story
We’d been talking about “when we get married” for ages, but somehow Nick still managed to make it a surprise. We were heading out for what I thought was just a regular date night, and Nick suggested we go to the bar in Mission Bay where we’d had our very first date. When we were walking back to the car, we took a detour by the water. Nick stopped us at the exact spot on the beach where we’d sat for ages talking on that first date, and that’s where he popped the question. After a very loud yes and a few tears, we went out for a big, boozy dinner to celebrate, just the two of us.
Source of inspiration
The words we had in mind when thinking about our wedding were classic, modern, relaxed, and personal. We were married at the stunning Kauri Bay Boomrock, which totally ticked the classic, modern, and relaxed boxes. To make sure the day really felt like us, we tried to add personal touches wherever we could. We named our tables after our favourite beaches, and hand-painted the table names onto driftwood pieces that we collected from Ōhope Beach, where we live. We dug through our old photo albums (and Facebook timelines!) and found a photo of us with each guest to use as their place-cards, which everyone got a huge kick out of. We were also married by a really close friend, and having someone who knew us so well doing the honours was amazing. It made the ceremony so personal and touching – and hilarious!
I knew I wanted something simple and modern, with no lace or embellishments. But I still wanted it to feel different and memorable. I was hoping to find something with an interesting back, or an unexpected feature. I also love the off-the-shoulder look, so that was high on the list. I ended up finding my dress at a bridal boutique overseas. I loved its soft, romantic drapery, and the cheeky little flash of skin underneath when the wind caught the fabric.
Unfortunately, when the dress arrived, it was about three sizes too big, which meant all that beautiful draping I’d fallen in love with fell totally flat. The Kenny and Harlow team swooped in and saved the day. The dress looked simple, but its construction was incredibly complex, and Kenny and Harlow basically had to reconstruct the whole dress from scratch. Their work was impeccable; it fit like a glove, and the drapery fell just perfectly. I paired the dress with the gorgeous veil that both my nana and my mum wore at their own weddings. Kenny and Harlow did a beautiful job of restoring the 70-year-old veil to its former glory, so it looked right at home with the brand new dress.
Advice for other brides-to-be
If you can, we definitely recommend doing your bridal party photos before the ceremony. We’d always thought we wanted to see each other for the first time at the aisle. But in the end we went with photos first, so we could spend as much time as possible with our guests. Looking back, we’d do it that way again in a heartbeat. We wouldn’t trade those extra moments with our favourite people for anything.