Bohemian-Inspired New Zealand Elopement: Carmen + Ingo

New Zealand elopement

Carmen + Ingo’s bohemian-inspired New Zealand elopement is one of those weddings that’s just so pretty it could easily be mistaken for a styled shoot. But alas, it’s 100% real and 100% amazing. These two reside in Germany, but after planning a month-long New Zealand summer vacation, they decided why not get hitched while there? They have a little secret spot, on a magical island near Auckland, that’s their favorite place in the world, so it sounded like a perfect idea + plans for a simple, intimate day got underway.

We’re not sure we could love the dreamy, romantic details of Carmen + Ingo’s celebration more. From Carmen’s breezy Miss Tashina dress, to the casual, boho sun-deck reception, the day had such a sweet + laid-back feel that we majorly, majorly love. And as you’ll see in just a sec, Nadia Meli Photography captured the day with the same soft, anecdotal vibe + the images are just so beautiful…

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Such a great bouquet, right? Leaf And Honey used picture-perfect garden roses and an abundance of pretty greenery to give it a whimsical, picked from the garden feel. Loving that gold sequin bouquet wrap, too!

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new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

The most memorable moment is hard to pick, as there were so many, but it had to be when we saw each other for the first time under the tree. It was kind of magical…the wind, the evening sun, our song -- and it was just us looking at each other with tears in our eyes. Even though the ceremony wasn't very long, it was a very emotional and intense experience. We had some personal vows in German that made the ceremony very personal and special for us both.

new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

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This has to be one of the most breathtaking spots to exchange your vows!

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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The reception was as intimate as it gets, with a super pretty table decorated with an olive branch + garden rose garland. Pillow seating + oversized lanterns gave the deck a sweet, bohemian-moroccan feel.

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new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

new zealand elopement

If you are thinking about eloping, DO IT! We loved doing our own thing, and even though some of our friends and family were a little sad that they couldn't be a part of it, we knew that they know us and that they would come around. We talked with them (a lot), and over the time everybody understood that we had to do things our way. So if you are considering an elopement, don´t listen to anybody else, just listen to yourselves! Maybe you can do a little BBQ reception (this is what we do in summer at home) to celebrate it with your family and friends afterwords. Then everybody should be happy!

photography: Nadia Meli Photography // location: Waiheke Island, New Zealand // catering: Chef Deb Waiheke // makeup + hair: Estelles Makeup // florals + styling: Leaf And Honey // wedding dress: Miss Tashina // wedding rings: Aphrodite Diamonds // suit: Raymond India // shoes: Barker // officiant: Celebrants On Waiheke

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Romantic UK Lake District Garden Wedding: Chloe + Stuart

UK lake district wedding

Happy Monday, guys! We’re excited to start the week with Chloe + Stuart’s super romantic UK wedding, which was brimming with some of the most lovely details + gorgeous florals we’ve seen in a minute! The day had a total summer picnic-meets-secret garden vibe that we seriously love and we’re guessing you’ll find yourselves smitten, too. Lots to pin, share + be inspired by! Here’s a bit more about the day from Chloe:

What made our wedding special was there was no specific theme. If I was to pick an inspiration it would be my mum and her wonderful vision of combining vintage china, second hand velvet sofas, and an abundance of homemade touches. We were married in my parent’s garden, in a picturesque little corner of the southern lake district. Beautiful scenery combined with countless happy childhood memories meant that there was never any question of the day being held elsewhere.

A big thanks to Dylan + Joanna from Kitchener Photography for the stunning photography and congrats to Chloe + Stuart on such a lovely day!

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The ladies in my family are obsessed with flowers. Lots of flowers were always top of the list! Ideally we would have raided my parents garden, but I didn’t want to leave the it bare! The day we found Juliet from Thoughtful Flowers, I knew she was the lady for us. She got giddy about ideas of a flower arch, crowns and big bouquets of seasonal wild flowers + what she created was out of this world!

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UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding

Walking down the aisle, seeing Stuart waiting underneath the flower arch and looking around at all our guests was my favourite part of the day. Everyone looked amazing and it hit me all at once how happy I was.

UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding


Dying over this sweet kiss + ceremony exit!

UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding

UK lake district wedding

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Chloes’ 1960’s-inspired dress was from the decades collection at the Vintage Wedding Company. It evokes such a classic + timeless look.

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And we love all of the happy prints + patterns present in the playful reception, which took place in super rad yurts! Such a fun picnic-y vibe.

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patterned napkins

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Try not to get your knickers in a twist over the smaller things. It will work out and everyone will notice all the little things that you spent hours fussing over!

photography: Dylan and Joanna from Kitchener Photography // venue: Parent’s garden, Southern Lake District, England // event planner: Bride’s mom // floral design + flower crown: Thoughtful Flowers // table decorations: family // wedding dress: 1960’s inspired dress from the decades collection at the Vintage Wedding Company // shoes: Office // bridesmaid dresses: The Vintage Wedding Fair in Chiswick town hall in London // hair + makeup: Gemma from Hair for a Wedding // groom suit: Stuart hired a kilt from Macgregor and Macduff in Glasgow // paper goods: Lucy Says I Do // catering: Karen Rhodes Weddings and Events // music: The Groove Addicts

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GWS Hearts Our Talented Sponsors!

Happy weekend ladies + gents! We hope it’s off to a lovely start! We wanted to take moment to highlight a few of our talented sponsors – the amazing folks who help keep GWS going! :)

First up is Plum Pretty Sugar, who’ve become practically a household name in the wedding world. And for good reason to! Their incredibly ethereal robes, slips and separates are a wedding day getting-ready must-have! Aren’t their fabrics + prints the prettiest?

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And if you’re looking for a unique + ethically made engagement ring or accessory, be sure to check out Ash Hilton. A family run business based in New Zealand, Ash Hilton fits right in with the natural, boho vibe of the GWS aesthetic.

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Guys, are you searching for something fun + stylish to wear on the big day? The Grunion Run Groomsmen Shop sells some of our absolute fave patterned ties + bow ties! Check ‘em out…

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Our love for Untamed Petals really has no bounds! With pretty party frocks, gorgeous hair adornments + romantic, dreamy veils, they should be on every bride’s list of places to shop for beautiful bridal adornments!

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Choosing bridesmaid dresses can be a seriously daunting task. That’s why were so grateful for Joanna August. Her super lovely + flattering dresses will make both you + your besties a happy bunch!

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And a big welcome to some of our newest GWS Preferred Wedding Artists! Our Guide is full of some of the most talented and passionate artists in the wedding community. Check out the Guide to find the perfect artists for your day!

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Some of our newest GWS Preferred Wedding Artists include:
Liz Lui Photography
Rachel Gulotta Photography
• Planning + Design  by Kate Miller Events
Renee Loiz Makeup
• Fashion from Wanlu Bridal
Betty Clicker Photography

Check out more of our Preferred Wedding Artists in the Gallery. If you’re interested in becoming part of the GWS Wedding Artists Collection, click here to apply!

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