Natural New Zealand Coastal Wedding: Holly + Jared

New Zealand Wedding

We always love to see what amazing wedding planners + designers come up with when it’s their wedding they’re designing. Is it easier? More stressful? We’re not sure. But, what we do know is that today’s bride, Holly Otene, knocked it out of the park with her coastal New Zealand wedding to her beau, Jared. No detail was overlooked and the setting was just as stylish + effortless-feeling as we imagine a good NZ wedding to be. As you’ll soon see, the photos by Madeline Druce prove that + then some! But first, let’s hear a bit more about the beautiful, beautiful day straight from Holly:

Our wedding day captures us totally, a bit wild but simple and honest at the same time. It’s full of the colours and things I love about the country we live in, dark greens, dove greys, jagged cliffs, black sand and crisp peaceful mornings set against wild seas. Our venue was breath-taking a true escape into the wilderness, a Tuscan inspired house up a windy dirt road over-looking Cloudy Bay in New Zealand’s wine region Marlborough. The day was styled to pair perfectly with the surrounding environment. We used greenery from the award winning native NZ garden, oyster shells and coral from the local beaches all teamed with fresh washed linen. No detail or texture was over looked to create an elegant but wild coastal feel for the day.

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

white bridesmaid dresses

Flower Girls

wooden signs

Amid the natural surroundings, Holly + the bridal party processed to Bloom by the Paper Kites.

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

Groomsmen

white bridesmaid dresses

white and green bouquets

John Zimmermann Couture Dress

Holly’s John Zimmermann Couture dress was incredibly unique. And her wild, rose-filled bouquet by Mayflower was the perfect complement for it!

white and green bouquets

lawn games

Holly says, We wanted guests to have a taste of black tie with a touch of glam but easily transfer to a relaxed afternoon by the coffee cart or barefoot beach golf after a seafood laden lunch.

greenery overhang

greenery overhang

wedding sign

tented wedding

beach shells

We’re loving the simplistic look of natural shells + sea elements scattered about the tablescape. So fitting for the coastal setting. If you’re going for a similar look, you can snag some natural sea shells herehere + here!

garland

garland centerpiece

garland centerpiece

tented wedding

driftwood sign

berry naked cake

cake cutting

rose petal exit

The most memorable moment was our leaving, we exited the bell tower and burst in to the courtyard were all our guests showered us with petals, I threw my bouquet and jumped in the car next to Jared. I remember looking at him, smiling and thinking, this is it, this is the beginning of our lives together.

just married sign

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

I never thought it would be at all stressed, this is after all what I do for a job. But no matter how much expereience you’ve had planning and organsing there is will be an element of stress. You’re looking after those closest and dearest, don’t trick yourself into thinking there won’t be heighten emotions. The key is having close friends and family around you to keep you grounded and remind you that your wedding is only a day, your marriage is the lifetime commitment.

And of course what I say to all wonderful brides-to-be, decide your look and feel from the start and run with it, no matter what anyone says. Have all your inspiration in front of you when you go to make any big decision, don't be afraid to change up the usual and opt for something that reflects the two of you.

photography: Madeline Druce // venue: Paripuma Coastal Lodge Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, New Zealand // event design + planning: Holly Otene (Bride) // florals: Mayflower // wedding dress: John Zimmermann Couture // shoes: Nude Footwear // bridesmaid dresses: Witchery // hair + makeup: Locks + Lashes // groom suit: Thomas’s Department Store // paper goods: Helen Keen Graphic Designer // catering: Posh Nosh // cake: Ruth Thompson // rentals: Continental // officiant: Ross Bambury // music: Family Friends

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Vibrant Summer Floral Inspiration

Summer Floral Inspiration

Summer is the perfect time to depart from some of the more standard, pastel-driven color stories that weddings can sometimes fall into easily. We totally get it; it can be a little intimidating to imagine incorporating deeper, brighter tones into your day, but doing so through your florals is the perfect way to achieve that fun punch of color, without losing the feel of elegance + romance.

Dreamt up by photographer, Whitney, of Tulle & Grace, today’s shoot was a dreamy collab with Forage + Fleur and actually took place last winter when the ladies were desperate for some pretty summer hues! While spending a month in Charleston, South Carolina, they found the most magical tree at Middleton Place Plantation and their dream became a reality…

Summer Floral Inspiration

poppy bouquet

It doesn’t take much to get us on board with an all poppy bouquet!

Summer Floral Inspiration

Summer Floral Inspiration

Summer Floral Inspiration

floral tree

We can see why the ladies fell for this tree! So dreamy, right?

Summer Floral Inspiration

Summer Floral Inspiration

Summer Floral Inspiration

floral watercolor

Summer Floral Inspiration

gold floral cake

So, what do you think? Are you inspired to incorporate a little summer color into your celebration? Or at least into your floral design? Tell us in the comments below!

Thanks so much to the team for sharing!

photography, planning + design: Tulle & Grace // venue: Middleton Place Charleston, South Carolina // florals: Forage + Fleur // cake: Sugar & Slate // art work: Wedding Story Writer // dress: Fabulous Frocks Charleston // model: Marissa Rocco // film lab: Film Box Lab

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Our Favorite Wedding Dresses Under $900

wedding dresses under $900

Hey soon-to-be-brides, we envy you! If not for the insane pool of talent you get to handpick your vendors from, or the never-ending inspiration to be found on Pinterest, than surely for the fact that these days you can score an unbelievable wedding dress for under $900 without settling even the slightest bit.

We felt like joining in on the fun, so we’ve rounded up our top 16 picks – dresses that would be on our list if we were tying the knot sometime soon. The best part of all? Every single frock below can be yours for under $900! In fact, most come in at under $300! Promise. Check ’em out…

wedding dresses under $900

Clockwise from left: Lola Maxi Set // Jill’s Corsage Dress // Spanish Lace Set // Canyon Moon Mesh Gown

wedding dresses under $900

Clockwise from left:  Marivana Lace Gown // ‘Annabelle’ Convertible Tulle Column Dress // Gywneth Gown // Say I Do Tulle Gown

wedding dresses under $900

Clockwise from left: Drape Back Jersey Gown // Brianna Gown // Jarlo Makena Plunge Front Maxi Dress // Hacienda Maxi Dress

wedding dresses under $900

Clockwise from left: Lace Panel Long Sleeve Maxi Dress // Sophia Lace Dress // Gilded Grace Dress in Champagne (plus shop tons more vintage-inspired wedding dresses for under $300 from Modcloth here!) // Francesca Dress

Tell us, do you see your future dress on our list? So many beauties, that’ll make you feel like you totally splurged, but will free up some extra room in the budget for that photog you’re eyeing, extra peonies, or – hey – just more champagne!

Happy dress shopping!

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