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Bride & Groom #96 Autumn 2018

Bride & Groom is New Zealand’s No 1 selling magazine and the essential guide to getting married. Packed full of informative articles, reader’s weddings, inspirational ideas, helpful tips, latest trends and bridal fashion, to make your wedding planning a breeze.

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in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Dear Readers, We have inspiration by the bucketload for you in this issue, starting with the awesome wedding of Katie and Matt, our 2017 Wedding of the Year winners – see how all the elements came together to create their magically Kiwi celebration, on page 14, plus the very special weddings of all the other category winners. We’d like to thank everyone who entered as we had so many fabulous entries. If you’re getting married this year, we have our 2018 Wedding of the Year competition, with awesome prizes to be won on page 34. Plus lots of useful advice to help you with your planning: tips on creating a meaningful ceremony; the latest trends in delicious cakes; helpful advice for your bridal party and the mothers of the bride and groom.…

4 min.
wedding of the year 2017 katie & matt

We’re delighted to share with you the wedding of Katie and Matt, our 2017 Wedding of the Year winners. The couple wanted a rustic and organic wedding that encapsulated their love for one another. We adore their gorgeous celebration. Katie tells us their story… ‘We knew from the moment we got engaged that we wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of us as a couple, and to be truly meaningful and unique. Our wedding style was a mix of rustic and organic with natural timbers, greenery and white. As the beautiful East Coast scenery surrounded our ceremony and reception venue, we wanted the landscape to speak for itself. The estuary is really meaningful to us as we walk our dog along it evey day We did a lot of preparation for…

3 min.
bride of the year 2017 jacinta palmer

Jacinta and Mitchell wed in a rustic barn at Jacinta’s family home. Alongside their family and friends, the pair worked tirelessly to bring their wedding vision to life, and on the day Jacinta’s happiness was evident to all. She tells us more about their special day… ‘It was always a dream of mine to get married at my family home in Nelson, so after Mitch proposed we never questioned where we would get married. However, we never imagined that our wedding on the farm would result in my parents building a barn with a pond. It was the ultimate venue! I think we all underestimated the work involved in building a venue. It did make our two-year engagement go very fast! I cannot express how amazing my beautiful parents are. All the…

2 min.
groom of the year 2017 luke christiansen

Luke and Janah married in a gorgeous ceremony overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. The couple wanted each aspect of their wedding to be uniquely them, and to reflect the supportive relationships around them. Luke tells us more… ‘We enjoy the simple things in life, and with this in mind we embarked on creating our wedding, with the intention of reflecting the things that capture the core of who we are as a couple. We secured the perfect spot for our ceremony, with a secluded circle of pohutukawa trees on the clifftop in one of the parks we had picnicked at early in our relationship. We discussed the look and feel of the ceremony at length and decided on a theme of vintage NZ autumn. Sticking to the fun of DIY, the search for all…

1 min.
wedding party of the year 2017 summer & sam

Summer and Sam planned a spectacular wedding that was quintessentially them. Supported by their amazing wedding party, their day was everything they had envisioned and more. Summer shares their story… ‘We got married at Markovina Vineyard Estate in Kumeu, Auckland. Sam and I decided the chestnut tree was exactly where we wanted to say “I do”. We had such a long time to plan our wedding, which meant we could make sure everything was exactly what we wanted, right down to the smallest details. You could describe our wedding as a chic country, woodland fairy tale. Our wedding party was made up of my maid of honour Brittany, and bridesmaids Rebecca and Victoria, and Sam’s bestman Ashton, and groomsmen Thomas and Isaac. They all looked amazing and everyone was so much fun…

2 min.
flower girl of the year 2017 phemie

Having been together since 1997, Katie and Michael’s wedding was 19 years in the making. With their children there to witness the day, the couple wed in a gorgeous ceremony that celebrated their journey. Their six-year-old daughter Phemie was their flowergirl, and took great pride in her role. Katie shares the details… ‘Over a year in the planning, our wedding day will be etched in the memories of all our friends and family as a creative, unique, warm and beautiful gathering to celebrate making it this far! Something really special about getting married later in life is that you have your own beautiful children there to share in the wonderful occasion. All the kids were in the bridal party and were asked permission for us to marry, with our son George as…