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Claire & James. A Kumeu Valley Love Story by Lola Photography

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When a wedding includes a dress from Rue De Seine and gold shoes from Kathryn Wilson well… you know it’s going to be a goody! Gorgeous Claire & James married in the magical Kumeu Valley and the breathtaking images by Lauren Wright from Lola Photography show the love story, and all the little details perfectly. Enjoy!

Photographer Lauren Wright, Lola Photography | Planner/Stylist Olivia Wylie (Maid of Honour) | Flowers Aneliese Jones (Bridesmaid) | Hair & Makeup Eve Whale & Rachel Beedell | Cake Bride | Brides Dress Rue De Seine dress from Secret Lace Bridal | Brides Shoes Kathryn Wilson | Brides Jewelry Meadowlark Bridesmaids Dresses Made by the Maid of Honour’s Mother | Bridesmaids Necklaces ASOS | Bridesmaids Shoes TopshopGrooms Suits & Accessories Barkers & HallenstiensCeremony Wild at Heart B&B | Reception Kumeu Valley EstateInvitations Elspeth Hoskin
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Who James and Claire Davy
When 8th November 2014
Where Ceremony at Wild at Heart B&B, Reception at Kumeu Valley Estate
Budget 35,000

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How did you meet?
Over a DVD and bottle and wine with mutual friends.

In three words describe your wedding style…
Relaxed, fun and family oriented.

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What were your save and splurge items for your wedding?
Save – Decorations and bridesmaid dresses
Splurge – The dress, venue and photography

Did you DIY? If so what did you do?
I love crafty projects so was very keen to do as much as I could, along with my very helpful and creative family and friends. I printed and cut all the invites, menus, place cards. My maid of honour and I made hundreds of paper cones which were decorations at the ceremony. We painted the boxes for the tables and a friend’s father made the wreath for the head table backdrop. One of my bridesmaids did all the flowers for the day.

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Where did you go for you honeymoon and why?

We have booked a trip to Europe for 6 weeks later this year – to visit friends on their OEs in London and travel France, Italy and Turkey.

In hindsight is there anything you would have done differently?
We went through a few iterations of style and decorations before finally deciding on the end result – some of our initial ideas became too complicated so we quickly realised that keeping it simple kept costs and stress down. In the end there is nothing that we would change!

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Do you have any tips or tricks for engaged couples?
Find your own style: Sites such as Pinterest are so great for finding inspiration and cool ideas. However, try to avoid a ‘Pinterest wedding’ – make sure the style of the day reflects you.
Consider having your photos before the ceremony: Some brides feel uncomfortable with this as they don’t want to lose that special moment of their hubby-to-be seeing them for the first time at the end of the aisle. However, it definitely is worth considering. The hour or two taking photos with your wedding party is so special and fun; it was perfect enjoying it with them without needing to rush back to guests. You can still achieve a romantic ‘first look’ (and it’s just between you and your man!).

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Photographer Lauren Wright, Lola Photography | Planner/Stylist Olivia Wylie (Maid of Honour) | Flowers Aneliese Jones (Bridesmaid) | Hair & Makeup Eve Whale & Rachel Beedell | Cake Bride | Brides Dress Rue De Seine dress from Secret Lace Bridal | Brides Shoes Kathryn Wilson | Brides Jewelry Meadowlark Bridesmaids Dresses Made by the Maid of Honour’s Mother | Bridesmaids Necklaces ASOS | Bridesmaids Shoes TopshopGrooms Suits & Accessories Barkers & HallenstiensCeremony Wild at Heart B&B | Reception Kumeu Valley EstateInvitations Elspeth Hoskin

2 Comments

  1. Jax

    January 5, 2016

    Hi Kay, I think so! Are you referring to the letters hung inside the wreath? 🙂

  2. Kay

    January 4, 2016

    Such a stunning wedding!! Did the bride DIY that darling mini marquee sign as well?

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