Emma + Todd | Auckland wedding

Emma and Todd’s day evolved into an intimate and special celebration at Todd’s family farm. We loved working with Emma to design her perfect, timeless dress. Here she shares her experience and wisdom for other brides to be. 

Their Story

Can you tell us about your dress journey? 

My mum and I had a trip planned to Melbourne so we could pick my dress but at this point I wasn’t to know Covid would ruin our plans. After this I looked online at NZ boutiques wanting something simple, with a high neckline & came across the Luciana gown. I only booked the one appointment – she was the first dress I tried on and the The One. Meg had me fluttering around the studio in frills, sweethearts & poufs after Luciana just to make sure I was sure. It was such an amazing experience working with Meg and the ladies while they constructed my gown.

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

Hello May and the together journal helped me pull together the look I wanted. But I am an old soul at heart so there was no doubt my dress would be something timeless and classic. 

Can you share your engagement story?

Our Engagement story is rather laughable. We walked to the little beach just down the road from our home with our dog Ella, swum ate some tea and then Todd snuck a ring hanging on a clip on the dogs collar – it was a temporary silver band as I am rather fussy. I noticed the clip but not the ring and thought it was a bit strange it was on her collar so placed it in my bag. After attempting a subtle hint Todd told me to look on the clip. I had no idea what he had been up to but was so very happy to say yes to marrying him! 

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

We got married on a hill at the farm that Todd grew up on in Pollok on the Awhitu Peninsula, it has been in his family for generations and that made it super special. Because we kept it local we were able to have all our living grandparents attend which meant so much to us. 

What was your favourite part of the day? 

His vows, we wrote them both ourselves and listening to them was just the most precious moment.

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

Remember that the reason for the day is you and your partner and your commitment. Focus on what is important to the two of you but be open to adapting, and doing something different. Covid completely altered our plans. Our venue changed to an open air hayshed, our caterers to takeaway pizza and our guest list restricted to 25 and honestly it couldn’t have been more beautiful. It was intimate, fun and about each other. 

Our Vendors

Photographer: Kirsty Peta Stone

Florals: Isadia