Handmade New Zealand Wedding: Sophie + Si

New Zealand wedding

Say hello to Sophie + Simon, a talented husband + wife photography team from New Zealand who recently tied the knot themselves! Their beautiful, laid back wedding celebration took place at a private Auckland residence with views of the sea, forest, and expansive fields. Every detail was pulled together by these two + their friends, and tradition was practically non-existent as the ceremony was the last event of the day! They had a homemade slingshot station, the cake cutting was done with an axe, and guests enjoyed their fave made-to-order coffee drinks from the on-site espresso bar. Want to hear even more about how they made their day their own? Sophie shares additional details + their inspiration with us below:

We knew we wanted bonfires, tacos, good music, good coffee and for it to be enjoyable for our guests – basically an extension of the regular crazy communal dinners we have with friends in our backyard – except we’d get married at the end of it and we could invite everyone we know and love. Best Made Co. & Kinfolk were our two main inspirations for the look and feel of the day. Getting ready together at a little Auckland bach (holiday house) in the middle of nowhere helped get rid of any nerves as it felt like the day was about us from the get go. 

Thanks so much to Forged in the North for the beautiful images and big congrats to Si + Sophie!

pocket handerchief

imprint ring

New Zealand first look

New Zealand wedding

New Zealand wedding

New Zealand wedding

New Zealand wedding

New Zealand wedding

Loving Sophie’s Belle & Bunty dress and Si was lookin’ dapper in a suit by Crane Brothers.

New Zealand wedding

New Zealand wedding

New Zealand wedding

New Zealand wedding

That shot above brings the wow-factor, right?

New Zealand wedding

bearded groom

New Zealand wedding

New Zealand wedding

Sophie says, Walking up the aisle together for the ceremony made sense for us since we spend all our time together running a photography business and traveling around the world shooting, so we’ve done everything 100% together since we met ­and walking up the aisle together surrounded by our friends just made sense.

everything is wonderful sign

everything is wonderful sign

exchanging rings

Having the ceremony towards the end of the wedding day (right on sunset around a huge bonfire) was the most memorable moment. Since we'd already welcomed and talked to all of our guests earlier in the day, eaten a long lunch and listened to our friends’ bands play around the bonfire it felt as if everyone was really ‘present’ (including us) so we could really soak up every bit of it. We got married in May, which is the middle of the Southern Hemisphere autumn, so the day flowed with the light and as the evening cooled off we lit the bonfires and just relaxed into the presence of our friends and said ‘I Do’. It felt ridiculously natural.

new zealand cermeony

new zealand cermeony

Mt. Vesuvius by­ Grand Rapids played as the newlyweds made their way back up the aisle.

new zealand wedding

new zealand wedding

antlers

coffee bar

We love their branded coffee cups + the “Everything Here is Wonderful” sign. Such good details!

everything is wonderful sign

slingshot game

slingshot game

long table reception

pattern napkin silverware holders

jam favors

family style eating

cake with antlers

axe cake cutting

Such a funny shot of S + S at cake cutting time – and so telling of their playful personalities!

axe cake cutting

blanket favors

New Zealand wedding

long exposure shot

Incorporate things into your day that make sense for you rather than just replicating the last wedding you attended. The 'getting married' bit only takes about 10 minutes so everything else surrounding your day is up for grabs. Find ways to stay present throughout the day as it flies by SO fast, take moments away from every little part of the day that you can cherish

photography: Forged in the North // venue: Private residence in Auckland, New Zealand // event design + planning: Sophia & Simon // event stylist: Bonnie Machell  – Kyla Davies // wedding dress: Belle & Bunty // hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade // fur stole: On My Hand //groom’s shoes: Joseph Cheaney ­// bride’s shoes: Hunter // hair + makeup: Abby Jayne Black // groom’s suit: Crane Brothers // paper goods: HMNI, printed by Magpie Press // catering + cake: Meola Kitchen // live music: New Zealand bands & artists who were friends of the couple – Ben King, Jaime McDell, Brian Platt, Nathan King, Tom Healy, Scotty Pearson

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryForged in the North and Mignonne Handmade are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Boho Camping Engagement Session: Nicole + Dan

boho camping engagement

We have such an adorable e-session to share with you guys today – that’s sure to provide perfect engagement photo inspiration to couples who share a love for adventure + the great outdoors, just like Nicole + Dan do! Piney River Ranch in Vail, Colorado was the perfect place for Whitney of Tulle & Grace to really capture these guys in their environment. Between the sweetest little tent decorated with florals (thanks to Lale Floral Design), Nicole + Dan’s fun boho style, and the epic Colorado mountain views, there’s too much to love – we couldn’t even begin to pick a favorite element!

boho camping engagement

boho camping engagement

Piney River Ranch

That shot above is what it’s all about. L-O-V-E!

Piney River Ranch

Piney River Ranch

boho camping engagement

boho camping engagement

boho camping engagement

boho head band

boho camping flower chandelier

boho camping flower chandelier

What a cute feather + floral chandelier!

boho camping flower chandelier

boho camping engagement

camping engagement

camping engagement

camping engagement

camping engagement

camping engagement

boho tent flower garland

That little tent has our hearts! Wanna create one for your own shoot? We pulled together the pieces (and some extra finds inspired by this cute session!) for you below:

boho tent flower garland

boho tent flower garland

boho camping engagement

boho camping engagement

boho camping engagement

Let’s hear a little bit more about these two from Whitney of Tulle & Grace:

Nicole and Dan met at Nebraska Wesleyan University. They started out as good friends with a love for music and soon realized they had a lot more in common than they could have ever imagined. After graduation, being the free spirits that they are, they packed up their belongings and moved to Denver with no jobs and no idea what they were going to do in hopes of living an authentic life that fit them. They later found great jobs and built a life in the Rocky Mountains. Dating for 7 years and building a life in a different state got them thinking about the next step in their journey. They talked about marriage and picked out the perfect ring, but Dan wanted it to be a surprise. One random Wednesday, while out with some friends at a local Denver hangout, Dan asked Nicole to join him in the photobooth. They sat down, discussed their game plan for the 4 images they were about to take, and between the 2nd and 3rd click, Nicole heard something fall to the ground. With one swoop of the hand, Dan recovered the ring that had fallen from his pocket, proposed on the 3rd click, and ended the roll with a YES and a big kiss.

What a cute story! Big congrats to the happy couple + thanks for sharing your photos with us!

photography: Tulle & Grace // venue: Piney River Ranch Vail, Colorado // planning + design: Tulle & Grace // florals: Lale Floral Design

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Intimate Fall Seattle Wedding: Jessica + Kirk

Corson building wedding

If you’ve flipped through the March issue of Martha Stewart weddings, you just might recognize these cuties, Jessica + Kirk, and their gorgeous fall wedding at The Corson Building in Seattle. And for those of you who didn’t catch this wedding already, get ready to be completely won over by all its sweetness! When it comes to intimate settings, this one is truly tops. And we love how the beautiful environment J + K’s stylist, McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design, created can easily translate to a holiday dinner party or other stylish, intimate event! Jessica backs us up here, as that was exactly her thinking, too. She shares, We wanted a day that was as much about the guests as it was us. By making the wedding more of an intimate dinner party, it allowed us to fully enjoy the day with our family and closest friends.

We love it! Thanks so much to Michele M. Waite for the beautiful photos and big congrats to Jessica + Kirk!

gray flats

Seattle first look

Seattle wedding

berry toned bouquet

Major love for Jessica’s gorgeous bouquet! That berry-hued beauty is filled with pink roses, orchids, amaranthus, chocolate cosmos, blushing bride protea, snowberry and more! So stunning.

Seattle wedding

Corson building wedding

Seattle wedding

berry toned bouquet

Seattle wedding

neon accent flats

Love that little peek at J’s cute Seychelles flats!

Seattle wedding

Seattle wedding with weimaraner

Seattle wedding with weimaraner

Seattle wedding with weimaraner

chair floral aisle accents

Corson building ceremony

I don’t think there was any one memorable moment of the day. It ended up being a gorgeous sunny day in Seattle, which had not been the case the day before. All the details fell into place and ended up being everything we imagined it to be.

Seattle wedding with weimaraner

Corson building ceremony

Corson building ceremony

Corson building ceremony

Corson building ceremony

berry wreath

signature cocktail

Corson building reception

Fall berry centerpiece

pink menu

pink menu

The reception had all the components necessary for a stylish family-style dinner. Backyard brides hosting their weddings at home or those of you going for a restaurant reception, take note! We love how this cozy, intimate setting came together in such a beautiful way.

berry colored reception

Fall berry centerpiece

corson building reception

menu

Corson building reception

skinny candles

cake and pies

ad libs wedding gift

guests together

Don’t feel like you have to plan your wedding around a traditional mold. We did not have many elements of a traditional wedding and that’s what I loved most about our wedding. We created a day that was right for us and our style and owe couldn’t have been happier.

photography: Michele M. Waite // venue: The Corson Building Seattle, Washington // event design + planning: McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design // wedding dress: Cymbeline // bride’s shoes: Seychelles // groom: Magnanni // hair + makeup: Megan Bingham // groom suit: Ted Baker // paper goods: Merchants Design // catering: The Corson Building // cake: Macrina Bakery for cake and Whole Foods for Tarts // music: Alex Ho

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