Emily and Hugh

Emily & Hugh | Clevedon wedding

Can you tell us about your dress journey?

With a 4-month-old baby at home my time was very limited, so I was fortunate that I was pretty set on Kenny and Harlow from the get-go. I knew I wanted a very classic simple dress, and I was lucky that the very first dress I tried on there I loved, which made for a very straight forward process. I completed trusted Meg and her talent to fit the dress to suit my body shape so I pretty much picked the initial design but completely trusted Meg with all the slight changes and alterations and couldn’t have been happier with the final result.  

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

I am not really a ‘girly girl’. I rarely wear dresses, don’t do pink or sparkles and would describe my dress sense as quite neutral, so thought I would struggle to find a wedding dress that suited me. I had spent quite a lot of time trawling Instagram for dresses and was always drawn back to Kenny and Harlow and their beautiful classic and simple designs, so when it came to making the decision on a designer it seemed like a no brainer. 

Can you share your engagement story?

Our engagement story isn’t overly exciting. My partner and I were supposed to be going on a trip to Fiji, but I found out I was pregnant a couple of months before and so we decided to cancel the trip because Zika virus was quite prevalent at the time. I was sick and exhausted during the first trimester so was in bed at 7pm like I was most nights, completely unaware that Hugh had hidden the ring under the pillow (I was supposed to find it when I got into bed). He came in disappointed that he hadn’t heard a big fuss, told me to look under the pillow and that was that!

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

We got married at The Farmhouse in Clevedon. It is my husband’s family farm and cafe, so the venue obviously is a massive part of our lives and it was so amazing to be able to bring our dream to life and share a very special place with our friends and family. It honestly could not have been better. 

What was your favourite part of the day? 

My husband has a lot of friends that live in Australia (including his best man and two other groomsman) who were unable to be there due to COVID. It was super disappointing that we couldn’t share the day with them, but the best man recorded himself doing his speech and got all of their other friends to record a message that they compiled into a video that we played during the reception. It was bittersweet at the time that they couldn’t be there but was such a nice way to include them in the day. 

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

Everyone says this but try to relax and enjoy the day, it really does go so fast. Also, try not to stress over little things, no-one cares or remembers what plates or napkins you end up going with. 

Our Vendors


Photography / Stephen and Nakita

Venue/ The Farmhouse NZ

Flowers / Rose Tinted Flowers

Styling / Two Foxes Styling

Marquee / Platinum Hire

Make-up / Yelena Babich

Hair / Inspired Hair