Nicole + Liam | Waiheke Island Wedding

Can you tell us about your dress journey?

Kenny & Harlow were the first dress shop I went to – from the beginning I knew the look I was after, and Megan’s designs really aligned with my vision. After trying on nearly every dress they had and falling in love with two but still feeling they weren’t quite right, I decided to go down the custom route – taking elements of two dresses and combining those elements with the rest of my vision. Megan and Shirin brought my vision to life by designing and creating my dream dress.

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

I have always been drawn to dresses with a simple classic silhouette that have a modern twist. And a lot of my inspiration came from how I wanted to feel on the day, which was confident and beautiful.

Can you share your engagement story?

I had no idea what Liam had planned when we hopped on a plane to spend 3 weeks in Bali. On our second night in Seminyak Liam surprised me with a beautiful dinner at Ku De Ta’s restaurant Mejekawi. Liam popped the question while we were watching the beautiful Bali sunset over the ocean. The next few weeks were a whirlwind of celebrations which included a special trip over to the Gili Islands.

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

When we were thinking about where we wanted to get married, we initially loved the idea of a destination wedding. For a few different reasons we decided to get married in New Zealand, and there was really only one option for us – Man O’ War Vineyards.

We’ve been going to Man O’ War every summer for about 6 years with our families and absolutely love the location – it’s far away but still close enough to where we live, intimate and by the water. The fact they make our favourite wine (the Dreadnaught) just sealed the deal for us.

What was your favourite part of the day? 

There were so many different parts of the day that I loved, starting with waking up with my bridesmaids and mum and lying in bed together talking about the day ahead, to then having a quiet coffee on the beach at Man O’ War bay.

Overall, the most magical part of the day was heading away for some sunset photos – just Liam and I. It was so special, being able to spend some time together alone and have a few laughs.

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

Relax – try to take in the small special moments of the day. The day goes by so quickly so steal a moment away in the evening with your new husband to look back at the venue and take it all in – your guests talking, laughing and enjoying themselves.

Our Vendors

A special shout out to Paul Taylor Jewellers for their work on my Great-Grandmother’s wedding band to ensure it fit and sat perfectly next to my engagement ring.

And a very special thank you to our dream team:

Photography / Jonny Scott Photography

Flowers / Wildflower Waiheke

Venue /  Man o’ War Waiheke

Bridesmaids dresses / Evolution Bridesmaids

Stylist & planner / The Island Collection

Makeup & hair /  Serenity Makeup