Stuff's wedding of the week
We're captivated by the stunning lace dress, soft pink blooms and picturesque location of this vintage-inspired wedding.
Here's Susie to fill you in on all the details...
How did you meet? Ilya and I met when I moved over to Sydney after finishing my degree. We both lived in the same share house with five others.
Tell us about the proposal: My parents were visiting from NZ and were staying at Manly Beach. Ilya thought it would be nice to ask while my parents were there so that we could celebrate with them.
Location of wedding: Bracu Pavilion, Bombay Hills, Auckland.
Describe your wedding day: We had the wedding ceremony in a gazebo at the venue. It had a cute bridge that everyone had to cross to access it. The reception was in the hall on the property. While we had our photos done we had a cello/guitar duo play.
The dress: After much searching I walked into John Zimmerman's showroom in Mount Eden and instantly knew he would make something that would suit. He fitted me and adjusted the dress as close to the wedding date as possible so that it was a perfect fit.
The flowers: Sardna from Wildflower florist arranged all the bridal flowers and also the floral table arrangements. She made a gorgeous garland for the end of the hall where the reception was held.
Invitations: My cousin Charlotte did the wedding invites and graphics for the wedding as a gift to us. It was perfect as she knows us so well and the end product suited us perfectly.
Highlight of the wedding: Every part of the wedding was a highlight. Walking down the aisle was thrilling, racing through the olive groves with my husband and bridesmaids doing photos was hilarious and the reception was heartwarming.
Was there any drama? Yes! Well, nearly... my dad gave me an heirloom blue sapphire ring on the day, it was the perfect 'something blue'. As we were walking towards the ceremony I noticed it had fallen of my finger! I panicked and ran back to look for it - thank fully we found it. Crisis averted!
The honeymoon: Thailand.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Neither of us are fans of having our photos taken, but Jody from "I do photography" was great and helped us enjoy it.