Can you tell us about your dress journey?
I came across Kenny & Harlow scrolling through the web finding dress designers in Auckland. I fell in love with the simple and timeless designs I had seen on Kenny and Harlow’s Instagram page, so I knew straight away I had to make an appointment. Kenny and Harlow was the first and only place I looked at for my dream dress.
I took just my Mum along with me and it was the most perfect experience, Meg was so welcoming and really listened to what I wanted whilst also suggesting that I try on gowns out of my comfort zone.
I kept going back to the idea of a gown with a blouse, Meg and the team worked with me to custom design my dress, we designed the sleeves on the blouse which just looked so beautiful in photos and really felt like me!
What was your source of inspiration (for your dress)?
I knew I wanted something very simple, to feel like myself but also with a touch of elegance and style. The addition of the blouse with beautiful sleeves just added a touch of difference to the gown. I had seen some inspo pictures so we sort of adapted those and created something beautiful.
Can you share your engagement story?
My husband Leo and I went away to the Coromandel for the weekend and decided to do the Pinnacles hike. Once we reached the top of the Pinnacles he got down on one knee and proposed to me! He even managed to hide a bottle of bubbles in his backpack – which we shared at the top. I think the walk down must have taken us half the amount of time as we basically ran down, we were so excited!
Where did you get married / what was special about your venue?
We had a very short engagement, so we didn’t want to ask people to travel too far with such short notice. We knew we would get married in our home town Auckland and we wanted an al fresco style wedding reception, with dinner dining outside. This obviously wasn’t possible in April as the weather is just too risky, so we decided on The Glasshouse in Morningside. This beautiful garden oasis meant we could have our long dinner tables and an Italian style family dinner. It just looked so gorgeous with the festoon lights hanging low over the dining tables – it was even more perfect when it started to rain a little during dinner.
What was your favourite part of the day?
My favourite part would have to be when my husband and I went off to get our photos. We didn’t have a bridal party so it was just the two of us, our photographer and videographer who jumped in the car and shot off. We managed to get so much together and really catch up on each other’s morning and just take it all in together. It was so special.
If you could give other brides-to-be one piece of advice, it would be…
Take a minute just to yourself, stop and have a look around at all of your guests enjoying themselves, take a look at those details you have spent so much time (and money) on. It’s really nice just to watch everyone enjoying themselves – after all, you have thrown this party for everyone to enjoy!