Happy Monday, lovelies! We’re super excited to start the week off with Danelle + Dirk’s absolutely gorgeous New Zealand Winter wedding! Their day was brimming with simple, but romantic details, like overgrown fern table arrangements and lots of warm, glowing candlelight. Perfect for a dreamy wintertime celebration! And the stunning images by Nordica Photography are so full of emotion, it’s as if they transport you to the woodsy river valley where the Danelle + Dirk exchanged their vows. Here’s more from the beautiful bride:
To us it is was all about creating an atmosphere for everyone to gather and have a good time with one another, all on a beautiful winter’s day. I drew my inspiration for the day from all sorts of places. It was really just a reflection of the things in life we both like and it surprisingly came together well, as we were pretty relaxed about it all. Obviously the venue and the landscape spoke for itself, so I was inspired visually from the rustic natural surroundings at Poronui. We wanted it to feel like a big family dinner – all cozy and romantic – and to us everyone there was all like family, so it came together perfectly. We drank mulled wine in one hand and toasted a marshmallow over a fire in the other, all whilst being wrapped up snug in a blanket or a fur coat. We had so much fun together and would do it all over again, I am so thankful that we have the most incredible images to treasure…
I think my absolute favorite memory of the day would have to be two... sorry I can't just say one! The first one would be saying my vows to Dirk -- those promises are so important and intimate that you make to one another and I made sure I soaked it up.
The other moment would have been sharing the meal with everyone in the dining room. It is not often you have all your favorite people in one room together, so it was pretty ultimate for us both!
How lovely is Danelle’s bouquet by Leaf + Honey?! The rustic feel is perfect for a winter wedding.
These portraits of the newlyweds are just breathtaking…
One thing I recommend to brides and grooms who are planning their wedding is to pause every 15 minutes of your wedding day and take it all in... then you can treasure the feelings and memories and it doesn't feel like one big blur the next day.
Also just to add another little thing... we had an instagram hashtag for our guests to use and it was so great to look over those photos the next day... such fun!
photography: Nordica Photography // venue: Poronui Lodge Taupo, New Zealand // bouquet florist + flower girl head piece: Leaf & Honey Flowers // bride’s dress: Rue De Seine ‘Louvre Dress’ // bride’s party dress: Vintage range from Rue De Seine // bride’s shoes: Kathryn Wilson // bride’s head piece: Zara // suit + accessories: Crane Brothers // make up artist: Kate Solley for MAC // hair: Amelia Rush at Le Boutique // catering: Yum Food Company // styling: Danelle (bride) // stationery: Jess Holdaway
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