Erin & Jono. A Gorgeous Lauderdale Estate Wedding by Isabella Harrex Photography

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Oh la la, today’s fabulicious wedding is a biggie! Shot by the always amazing Isabella Harrex Photography this Central Otago wedding is a feast for the eyes. A gorgeous loved up couple and possibly the most amazing bridesmaids dresses I have ever seen, this fantastic day looked like a blast (and included a flash mob and a meat raffle) Totally my kind of wedding!

A huge congratulations to beautiful couple Erin and Jono, and a massive thank you to Isabella Harrex for sharing her always impressive pics with us. Enjoy!

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How did your love story begin?

Our love story began almost 9 years ago in Dunedin, it was a classy start to the relationship, eyeing each other up at the infamous Gardies tavern (which has since closed). I’m proud to say I made the first move on him!!  We spent 3 years together at Uni alternating sleepovers at each others flats. Reality kicked in when we had to get real jobs and move away.

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Why did you say ‘YES’? 

I couldn’t actually say YES for a couple of minutes cos I couldn’t stop crying! No, but seriously – I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone else. He feels like the other half of me, and his personality has everything I don’t.

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What was your budget? 

Jono and I disagree on what we actually spent on the wedding (he is an Accountant and I tend to talk spending down!)… perhaps we went a little over, but our budget was $25,000.

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What was your inspiration or theme for the day?

Looking back over my wedding scrapbooks, I changed themes so much. It’s hard as there are so many amazing ideas and real weddings on the world-wide web.. I kinda wanted it all. The venue definitely helped us narrow it down, a beautiful country estate in the middle of nowhere with old ruins and lots of green. I would say in the end it was a fun rustic country wedding.

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What were your Save & Splurge items?

Being able to bring our own alcohol into the venue saved us heaps! And we still managed to have our favourite wine – The Ned. We didn’t skimp on the photographer (as you can probably see) and we are so pleased we went all out and had such a talented lady capturing our day. I relive the happiness and joy of the day now through those photos. Good food and music was also important to us, and we are so pleased we went for a band – LA Social Club were unreal and created such an awesome atmosphere.

Our biggest saving was probably flowers… Mum grew the flowers for the tables, and we got wholesale peonies and put our bouquets together the night before. We also made the boys corsages. Not saying I would recommend all that as it got a teeny bit stressful, but I was over the moon with how it all turned out.

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What music did you play for those special moments?

Jono surprised me with the  processional song and we had “Isnt she lovely” by Stevie Wonder. That certainly got the goosebumps going. We signed the registry to “signed sealed delivered” also Stevie Wonder (classic) and walked back up the aisle to Queen “ Crazy little thing called love”. Our first dance song was 1 minute of “youre my best friend” by Queen and then we broke into a Flash Mob with some crazy friends with a mashup of Michael Jackson, Gangham Style, and Blondie!

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In hindsight, is there anything that you would have done differently? 

I’m still unsure if I would have done so much DIY,  luckily I had the worlds best dream team to help leading up to and on the wedding, but I’m not going to lie it definitely got a bit stressful. But, you can’t put a price on that feeling of looking around and seeing an end result which so many people helped make happen.

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What advice and tips would you give to future brides to be?

Something I am so pleased I did was have my bridesmaids all do something on the day rather than traditionally have the Maid of Honour do it all, Kate did an amazing speech (it even had games and a meat raffle!) Nicole had the special job of being a witness and signed the registry, Hannah is a great public speaker and did a reading at the ceremony, Sarah my oldest friend stood next to me on the day and Amy who was my #1 planner/stylist and also held Jonos ring (and made the gorgeous ring boxes!)

I feel like I could write a book of advice! But the main thing…All the planning, countless decisions, late nights, disagreements, bad dreams, calorie counting and hard earned money… its all worth it. Once there is nothing more you can do, relax and enjoy the ride, it will be amazing xx

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What do you love most about being a MRS?

I love looking at Jono’s finger and seeing him wear a gold ring!! I can’t explain it but there is this sense of something which is a bit different now, even after all this time together, its something really special.

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The A Team

 

 

Photographer // Isabella Harrex Photography

Stylist // Erin & her dream team.

Flowers // Wholesale peonies from Erin’s Mums garden

Hair //  Tara Lowe

Makeup & Tanning // Amy Murray at Blush

Cake //  Mediterranean Market,  Queenstown

Brides Dress & Accessories // Maggie Sottero gown, Allanah Hill Shoes, handmade hairpiece

Bridesmaids Dresses & Accessories // Zimmermann dresses

Grooms Suits & Accessories // Suit from Gibson, Melbourne , Shoes from Robert Hannah

Venue  // Judy McNeil at Central Otago Country Weddings, Lauderdale Estate,

Catering // Wanaka Catering

Invitations //  Cocoa Berry Design

 

 

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