Kat & Dave – A Vintage Inspired Family Wedding in Tauranga

Hey there wedding lovers! We’re going to Tauranga today for my first ever Bay of Plenty wedding. Photographer Ruth Gilmour is sharing Kat and Dave’s gorgeous Vintage inspired wedding.

Kat and Dave met at a New Year’s party through mutual friends – they hit it off straight away and ended up travelling the world together before settling down in sunny Tauranga. They have two children – Taylor is 11 and Emilia is 15 months. Another member of the family is due very soon!

Not only life partners, Kat and Dave are business partners and own a series of websites, importing and selling products online. One of their sites is the party supply store Eventfull. This meant Kat and Dave could really go to town and have fun trying out all the fun and whimsical supplies they have for sale.

Here’s Kat with more details of their beautiful day.

Dave proposed in September 2014. We were away on holiday staying at the Hilton in Taupo. We had been out for a lovely dinner and Dave snuck away and asked for the ring to be brought out in the dessert. The funniest thing was the lovely waitress, when she brought the dessert out with the ring she had tears in her eyes and then just stood there smiling at us for a while! Dave got a bit embarrassed since she was still watching us and just smiled sheepishly! The restaurant brought us some bubbly to celebrate, it was lovely.

Our main priority was to have a relaxed wedding, avoiding as much stress as possible! We wanted our guests to be well catered to, relaxed and have lots of laughs. We also included kids in the wedding, adding a fun element. Our aim was to have everyone up dancing by the end of the night.

Let’s take a look at Ruth’s gorgeous pictures…

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Keeping with family tradition, my grandma lent us a 120-year-old bible that every bride in the family has carried down the aisle. This was very special and added a nice element to the ceremony.

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Our ceremony was at St Joseph’s Catholic church in Te Puna, this is a quaint little church, over 100 years old with a lot of history. Once we found the church we knew we would get married here, we wanted something with history and character.

We had a short Catholic service. All of our 120 guests came to the ceremony, it was a little bit of a tight squeeze and the church was full!

We went with the traditional vows, there were a few tears! As the church was so beautiful we did not use any extra decorations. We had confetti cannons let off as we exited the church which made for some awesome photos!

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We looked at a variety of venues throughout Tauranga, there are so many wonderful options in the region. The reason we settled on Charlemagne Lodge was the beautiful look of the venue, the location being close to the church, and it being suitable for our friends with babies to sneak off the lodge to feed.

Bev at Charlemagne Lodge was excellent, very friendly and helpful. I stayed at the Lodge the night before the wedding and our wedding night was spent there too.

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We did all the decorating ourselves, using a variety of products from Eventfull. One of our awesome employees, Shannen, became the ‘event organiser’ and was there to oversee the set up and do the final touches on the morning of the wedding. Having access to all our products through Eventfull meant we had a great time showcasing the products, from giant wedding balloons (we made the tassels and Myrrh & Co. Flowers made the flower garlands.) We used a lot of lanterns, candles bags, LED lights, fairy berries, LED string lights, gel beads and confetti.

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We decided to hire some cocktail makers for the canapés, our favourite drinks were served – espresso martinis and bitter Tom Collins. These were a great way to get the party started!

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Keeping the romantic, vintage feel, we used lots of whites, flowers, greenery and lanterns.  We had giant wedding balloons with flower garlands, and lots of LED lighting. Our centre pieces were pretty and simple, with flowers, lights and real plants. Our favours of handmade scented candles were also used for seating, with each candle personalised with guest names.

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We had a lot of very generous family and friends. One friend gave us a huge 9L Salmanazar of Verve Champagne which was lots of fun to open and serve to our guests. Our cakes were amazing, they exceed all expectations.

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Kat’s advice for brides to be: Enjoy every moment of it! Try not to stress too much, planning makes things easier but at the end of the day you cannot plan every single detail.
Ask for help, delegate and don’t cut costs on the things that are really important to you.
Our aim for the day was to focus on family and friends, not just ourselves – every single person at our wedding is very special to us. They came together to celebrate a wonderful day and leave with great memories.

Thanks to Ruth Gilmour for sharing this lovely wedding with us and congratulations to Kat and Dave!

Photography Ruth GilmourBride’s Gown Daughters of Simone Styling Eventfull Flowers Myrhh & Co.Hair Lynx Hair DirectionMakeup & Tan Kate WalshShoes The IconicVeil Rue De Seine Accessories Samantha WillisGroom’s Attire  BarkersGroom’s Shoes Overland Bridesmaids Dresses Storm Bridesmaids Accessories Samantha WillisCeremony Venue St Joseph’s Church Te Puna | Celebrant Father Mark, Tauranga Catholic Church | Reception Venue & Accommodation Charlemagne Lodge Stationery Anna Roberts | Transport Mount Classic ToursMusic Cassius Catering Lemongrass Catering | Cakes  Donna @ Myrrh & Co. | Rings Pascoe’s Drone Photography Drone Art Ltd |

Welcome, 2017!

Hey there wedding lovers! Happy New Year to you! Here we are at the start of 2017!

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday time wherever you are. As you probably noticed by my lack of post last month I had a very very busy December! When you work in events it turns out everybody wants to have their Christmas party in December for some reason so I was a very busy bee. So although I am working away on a gorgeous real wedding to share with you very soon, I thought how great would it be to take a little trip back and see how 2016 went here on Rosemary and Twine!

Here are some of my favourite posts I’ve shared with you this year:

January

In January I got to meet the lovely Lainee Hermsen and see her lovely bridal studio and workroom! Lainee is such a gorgeous and friendly person and we’ve stayed friends ever since. I loved seeing her stunning wedding gowns and hearing more about the process of creating a gown from scratch for her brides. You can read my post with Lainee here or you can visit her website and see more of her gowns here

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Photo: Nisha Ravji

Chris and Hayley’s wedding was such a joy to put together, Nisha Ravji’s incredible pictures made it so very easy!
Hayley and Chris were married down on the farm at Hayley’s childhood home. Such a sweet and thoughtful day with plenty of personality!
Take a look at more pictures from Hayley and Chris’ wedding day here

February

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Photo: Claire Aicken Photography

In February I got to share some pictures from my cousin Mitchel’s wedding! Mitch married his sweetheart Rosie in a stunning rose garden in Nelson. Attending their wedding was one of my highlights of the year! From pup Taco as their flower dog to Rosie’s amazing purple wedding dress, this couple made their wedding all about them as a relaxed family wedding. See more of Rosie and Mitch’s wedding here

March

Another stunning real wedding that lead to a beautiful creative collaboration! Zane and Moana’s wedding really is one of my personal favourites on this blog for 2016. I love all the styling details that Moana put into her wedding day, and how personal and family oriented the wedding was. Held on Moana’s family olive farm, photographer Talia Sian captured some wonderful images of their ceremony and dinner beneath the trees. What I also love about this wedding is that I got to collaborate with Talia and Moana on a styled photoshoot! More about that later.
See more of Moana and Zane’s wedding here

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Michelle and Tom’s hip Wellington wedding was also a highlight! Married at the SPCA of all places, Michelle and Tom’s city wedding was chic and stylish from beginning to end. I can’t get over Michelle’s wedding dress – so perfectly elegant! Their windswept couples portraits are about as Wellington as it gets. See more of Tom and Michelle’s wedding here

April

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Photo: David St. George

Olivia and Karen’s wedding went live on the blog in April! This one was pretty special as it was the first same sex wedding to be featured on my blog! Karen and Olivia said I Do at a chic art gallery in downtown Auckland. I love their vintage wedding gowns and the relaxed cocktail-style wedding reception they shared with their guests. They also had not one but three wedding cakes from one of my favourite Auckland bakers!
See more of their wedding right here

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Photo: Meredith Lord

April was when I got to share something very special – my very first styled photo shoot! The lovely Meredith Lord and Lushka Flowers collaborated with me on this photo shoot in Hawke’s Bay. It was pretty nervous as I had never done a photo shoot before. I couldn’t believe these amazing women would want to work with me, even bridal designer Sally Eagle agreed to send me the stunning Marie dress for the shoot! This shoot means so much to me as it was my first one and I still am in love with the images. I’ve done two more shoots since then and I’m probably a little bit hooked! See the full post here

May

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Photo: Ruth Gilmour Photographer

In May I got to share pictures of these sweet lovebirds! Amy and Jamie were married on a hilltop in Northland – all the gorgeous details Amy brought into the wedding day are absolutely stunning, although what else can you expect from a textile designer! These lovely pictures by Ruth Gilmour still stay with me long after the post went up. See more of Amy and Jamie’s wedding here

 

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Photo: Talia Sian Photographer

My second photo shoot went live in May! This time we were based literally in my own back yard in collaboration with some amazing creative ladies. That this photo shoot was completely born out of the blog was a really cool thing for me. I met Talia and Moana through the blog as I had featured Moana’s wedding back in March. I loved her wedding so much I thought I have to work with her on a styled shoot! Samantha Keen did the gorgeous flowers and her fiancé Danny made an amazing video (it makes me cry a little bit) If you haven’t seen this shoot you should definitely take a look here

June

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Photo: Misi Chan Photography

This is one of my absolute favourite weddings on the blog. Hayley and Mark’s wedding is one of my all time faves because of a few reasons: #1 is the dress. It’s always about the dress with me and I’m 100% in love with Hayley’s bespoke wedding dress. #2 is the West Auckland campsite location and their amazing marquee (yay for festoon lights!!). #3 is how everybody just looks like their having so much fun! See more of Hayley and Mark’s wedding here

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Photo: Laura Ellen Photography

Another one of my all time faves is Gem and Phil’s wedding. My first international real wedding, this one comes all the way from England! Featuring a ruined castle, glitter Kate Spade pumps and magical dinosaurs, Gem and Phil’s wedding is super fun and whimsical. I love it from beginning to end and it was a joy to blog about! Do go over and see more of their wedding day here

July

A little tips and advice time! Because this post has been dominated by real weddings (you guys get it though, right? They’re fabulous)
In July I wrote about why you should get pre-marriage counselling – not because you’re a shoddy partner and need to clean up your act before you say I Do, but because marriage is for life! You’re planning to spend the rest of your lives together so why not take some of that time and invest in making it awesome? Find out more about pre-marriage counselling here

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Photo: Naomi Jorge

In July I got to share with you my final photo shoot for 2016. This Winter shoot happened on one of those days when just about everything went wrong, and yet we were still able to create an absolutely stunning shoot. For this photo shoot I got to work with some of my favourite people in one of my favourite places. I love Naomi Jorge’s moody and wintery pictures, she perfectly captured what I had imagined this shoot to be. See more moody gorgeousness here

 

August

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In August we got to meet Sophie from the blog Peace Out Anxiety. Sophie shared a guest blog about how she’s planning her wedding and how she navigates the stress of that as someone who lives with anxiety. Mental health is such a big part of who we are, and I was so happy when Sophie agreed to share her story with us on the blog! You can read her post here

September

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Photo: Anahita Paul

I got to share a really pretty styled photo shoot with you in September! This shoot was put together by some lovely Wellington folks. Marie Antoinette continues to inspire generations of people with her opulent style. How these ladies interpreted that style lead to some whimsical and colourful images that are just so much fun to look at again and again. See more of this super pretty photo shoot here.

October

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Photo: Laura Ridley Photography

Another lovely Wellington photo shoot from my friends at Sophie Voon Bridal for October. Wellington’s rocky south coast was the inspiration for this shoot with just the right balance of boho and glam. My good friend Bridget was the stylist for this shoot and pulled all the lovely elements together. You’re always going to get some gorgeous veil shots too with the Wellington breeze like another subject in the photo! See more from this photo shoot here.

November

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Photo: Avosa Photography

Rounding out the year is my favourite engagement shoot of the year. I’ve known Jadon from Avosa Photography for a number of years now and I was over the moon when he sent me through this gorgeous engagement shoot with Alex and Izak. The idyllic Lake Tarawera was a dreamy backdrop for some perfectly romantic shoots. Jadon perfectly captured the sunset light over the lake and so many sweet moments between these two. See more of this shoot here

Thank You so much for taking a look back over 2016 with me! 2017 to me is a brand new beginning and despite getting used to having less time to blog, I think I’m finally getting back on my feet and looking forward to sharing more with you in the new year. It’s been so cool to look back and see how much has changed for this little blog over the course of the year! I think this is a really special blog and I want to share more amazing stories and inspiring simple weddings with you this year.

Many thanks also to all these wonderful photographers and creatives who have shared their work on the blog and given their time and products to photo shoots. The best part for me is connecting with all of you and sharing your beautiful work. Thank you!

Happy New Year 2017 to you! I hope that this year brings wonderful things into your life beyond what you could have imagined. For brides planning their 2017 and 2018 weddings, this is the start of something amazing! All the best to you as you’re planning and guess what you’ve found a great resource for making your wedding awesome. Let’s hang out more this year!

Talk soon,

Let me know what you would love to see on this blog!

Alex and Izak – A Dreamlike Engagement Shoot on Lake Tarawera

OK Wedding lovers, I don’t know about you but I think 2016 needs to calm the heck down.

Things have been getting a bit crazy in our end of the world over the past week. To all my lovely readers in Wellington and the South Island, I really hope you’re doing OK and staying safe amongst all the shaking that’s going on!

What I think we all need is a little bit of escapism, and who better to help us out than the adorable Izak and Alex who are sharing their stunning engagement photos with us today.

These gorgeous images come from Jadon at Avosa Photography.The beautiful Lake Tarawera was the backdrop for some breathtaking shots.

Although their relationship didn’t start out well when they were classmates at high school, Izak and Alex eventually found they had a lot in common and their friendship swiftly blossomed into romance. These highschool sweethearts are now studying and planning their wedding together. How romantic is that?

I’ll hand over to Alex to tell you all about how she and Izak met:

We met at school in a year 12 maths class because the teacher made us sit next next to each other with assigned seating. Izak was very distracting and I would often ask to be moved away from him. But soon we became best friends and by the end of school we were dating.
We are now both studying at university. Izak is focusing on photography and studying a bachelor of creative enterprise, and I am studying midwifery.
In between our studies we love going on adventures and creating memories together. This often involves early morning trips up north to see the sunrise, walks to waterfalls, romantic picnic dates on mountain sides and lots of polaroid photos!

Tell us about the proposal! Izak took me down to the South Island, to a place known as the mud hut on the side of a beautiful mountain range outside of Queenstown. As the sun was setting, he gave me the lyrics to “I can’t help falling in love with you”, got down on one knee, and his eyes began to water as he asked me to marry him. We were both completely overwhelmed with emotions as I said yes and he put the most beautiful ring on my finger! The rest of the evening was very surreal and it took a few days for it to sink in that we really were engaged to be married!3b8a60983b8a60663b8a60653b8a59923b8a60203b8a6045alex rosemary and twine blog avosa photography3b8a60783b8a60853b8a60723b8a5983alex rosemary and twine blog avosa photography

 Jadon planned the location, and we felt as though it was absolutely perfect for us. We love being in that sort of environment. We are drawn to anywhere with forests, lakes, waterfalls and mountains. So the photo shoot we a very enjoyable experience!

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Because Izak is a photographer, we were very excited to look into wedding photography. We really do feel that we have the best photographer for our wedding – the engagement shoot proved that!

We also sorted out the ceremony and reception locations very quickly, and of course the dress! The most exciting thing has been organising for our pastor to officiate the ceremony and thinking about this part of the day. It reminds us of what the day is about and the covenant we are making together.

The challenging part has been planning our budget, as we have discovered many wedding costs that we hadn’t previously thought of.

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We have been completely blown away by all the love, support, and encouragement from our friends and family. We love being able to celebrate this time with the people that mean the most to us. We also really enjoy bouncing ideas off each other. We are very lucky to be on the same page about nearly everything to do with the wedding planning! This time has allowed us to grow even closer together and fall more and more in love.

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What has been the most useful piece of advice about marriage you’ve received so far? 

To be selfless… Marriage is about what you can give to the other person, not what can you get from them.

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Is there anything you know now about wedding planning that you wish you’d known earlier?
Ask for help from anyone and everyone! Even though you think you want to plan it all yourself, it very quickly becomes overwhelming. Having people to help get you back on track in these times is so important!

Thanks to Jadon from Avosa Photography for these absolutely stunning images and to the lovely Alex for her words on being engaged.

If you love this couple and their story, be sure to read more about their engagement over on Izak’s blog!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you loved these beautiful pictures as much as I do.

Thoughts with everyone caught up in the earthquakes in the past week! Do stay safe and keep those loved ones close by.
Until next time!

Leah x

Coastal Wellington Photo Shoot with Laura Ridley

Hello, wedding lovers! We’re heading to Wellington’s southern coast today with this gorgeous shoot from Laura Ridley Photography.

Laura has captured the gorgeous textures of Sophie Voon’s lace gowns and cosy furry stole against the rugged backdrop of Wellington’s red rocks.
Regulars around here at Rosemary & Twine will remember by bestie Bridget Nicholas from our Winter styled shoot we collaborated on back in June. Bridget is back with more Sophie Voon goodness for us today!

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I love the smoky eye look that makeup artist Sarah Bennett has created on model Rachel.

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Bridget has styled Sophie’s beautiful lace gowns with a dark slip. It shows up the pretty details in the fabric and is great for something a bit different!

Stacking and layering fashion jewellery is perfect for creating a less formal bridal look that is on trend boho.

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Thanks to all of the wonderful creative people who were involved in this photo shoot, and thanks to Bridget at Sophie Voon for sharing these pictures with us today!

Until next time,

Leah x

Credits

Photography Laura Ridley PhotographyDresses, Veil and Stole Sophie Voon Bridal Model Rachel LodsStyling Bridget NicholasFlorals Of Noble Nature |Makeup Sarah Louise Makeup Artist | Hair Cuisle Stanton-Davis Jewellery Voon

 

Wedding Essentials – The Budget

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Hey there wedding lovers!

I recently sat down with a friend who is newly engaged – I felt like there was so much I had to share with her that I completely overwhelmed her with waaay to much information!
The thing is, I love talking to people about weddings, and I felt that I had so much I could share with her. I didn’t know when I’d see her next, so I got a little bit carried away! It served as a great reminder though about what my blog is all about, beautiful and simple weddings with heart.
So I thought for her benefit, and for yours of course! I’d go back to basics and start with the things people need to plan a wedding.

There’s a lot of information out there about weddings, and a lot of people trying to tell you (or sell you) all these wedding essentials where actually most of it is completely beside the point. What you’ll get from me is the actual goods – what is and what is not essential when it comes to planning a great wedding.

Setting a Budget 

Talking about money is hard. Thinking about money can be stressful. Most couples planning their nuptials are doing so on a budget. It’s important to have the talk about money with your partner as one of the first conversations and devise a budget for how much you can realistically spend on your wedding.
Many couples choose to pay for the wedding themselves, but others include family in their plans. Remember that when you include your family in the finances of your wedding you’re also including them in the decision making.

Make sure you research how much things cost as you set your budget. Most people have no idea how much things cost, and that’s entirely understandable! It’s not like you plan a wedding every other weekend! Even for folks who have been married before, a lot may have changed since then. The wedding industry has grown so much in the last ten years, I know first hand from being in this business for 7 years now.
Having a clear understanding of how much you should be expecting to pay for things will help you plan your finances around that and avoid coming up short for an important item.

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Let’s Cost Up A Typical NZ Wedding

For example, in New Zealand:

  • Venue hire could be around $5,000.00 – $10,000.00. This may or may not include items like tables and chairs.
  • A standard wedding dress and accessories will generally cost $4,000.00-$6,000.00.
  • Bridesmaids dresses could cost $300.00-$700.00 each.
  • Suits are around $400.00 – $600.00 per groomsman.
  • Makeup for a bride will set you back up to $180.00 and $120.00 per bridesmaid.
  • For catering you’re looking at $45-60 a head on average, excluding drinks.
  • A good photographer will start at $3,500.00 for a basic package.
  • Add a videographer for about the same amount.
  • You could pay another $1,000.00 – $3,000.00 for flowers.

Long story short, the average Kiwi wedding costs somewhere in the region of $30-40,000.00, that is a heck of a lot of money. 

There is good news, your wedding doesn’t have to cost anything like this much money! If you’re willing to compromise and think outside the square a little bit you can save yourself thousands of dollars.
(Check out my “7 Tips for a Beautiful Wedding on a Budget” as I cover a lot of this stuff in there!)

Make It Work
Once you’ve set your budget, now it’s time to make it work! You’ve researched and found out what you can afford, so don’t be tempted to visit swanky venues or try on couture wedding gowns. If your budget is so wee that you’re really struggling to find something nice that isn’t way too expensive, try a different angle or ask for recommendations. Remember those people who offered to help, and take them up on it! I’m sure there are a lot of talented people in your world who want your wedding to be wonderful.

Remember What It’s All About
I think an important thing to remember as you plan your wedding, despite all the trimmings and trappings that are out there, is that your friends and loved ones are coming to your wedding to see you, not an expensive show. If they wanted to see a performance they’d go to a theatre. If they wanted to be entertained they’d go to a concert. The truth is they are at your wedding to see you and to celebrate with you! You do not need to go into debt to impress people. Have a simple celebration and enjoy yourselves. More about simple weddings in this blog post

Thanks so much for reading! Have a question in mind or something you’d love me to write about? Let me know in the comments below!

Leah x

 

Life Lately

Hey there wedding lovers,

I just wanted to share a little update with you on what I’ve been up to in my life lately. If you are a regular around here you may have noticed I haven’t been posting as regularly as I used to. I feel really bad that I haven’t been able to devote enough time as I like to Rosemary & Twine and make the really wonderful content that I want to.

So what have I been doing with my life the past couple of months?

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I started a new job

The first very big and very exciting thing to happen at the start of August is I started a new job working in functions and events! I love my new job and I feel like I’m finally doing what I’ve been wanting to do for so long. I’m not quite doing weddings yet but getting a taste for the world of events and functions is really cool and exciting and I think I’m pretty OK at it so far! The only downside is that I don’t have as much time to devote to the blog as I used to – especially recently as I’ve been finding my feet in the job, it’s been a huge learning curve. Hopefully once I get a bit more confidence and feel more like I know what I’m doing, I’ll be back into blogging more frequently.

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Mike Birdy

We moved house

Well, we actually went house sitting for a bit, and then we moved house! So we moved out of our little place at the end of August and spent three weeks looking after one house, two teenagers and a very adorable dog. So as well as getting used to my new job I was also doing all these other busy things and participating in a very different type of family life! It was fun for Matt and I to look after my teenage cousins for three weeks, even with the challenges they provide! Lucky for us, my cousins are super awesome, smart and well behaved, they were no trouble at all to look after.
Now we’re in our new place and although we don’t have our own space anymore, we do have the opportunity to spend lots of great quality time both with our flatmates and with the wider community of their friends, partners and family who stop by. I think that’s pretty cool, and we can still retreat to our bedroom when we want some time alone.

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Allen Carbon

Birthdays

Very unceremoniously here, and I’m really annoyed at myself for not celebrating it, Rosemary & Twine turned one! I was so busy with work and family things that I didn’t get to do anything cool to celebrate but I’ll definitely make it up!
I also had a birthday for me! Though my day started with some minor work dramas and things not going right. Matt came to the rescue with beautiful flowers, a trip to my favourite bookstore and a gorgeous dinner out.
Matt and I also celebrated our third wedding anniversary this week! It was a bit of a crazy time as you’ll read below but we did manage to make a little bit of time to celebrate us. A movie at a cool independent cinema and pizza wasn’t a fancy celebration but it was ours!

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My Granddad Died

A sad thing happened this month as well. The day after my birthday, I received news that my Granddad had passed away. He’d been ill for quite a while and had recently suffered a serious fall that left him with a broken shoulder and in a lot of pain. My Granddad’s death actually lead to a lot of really interesting things. I was reading Katherine Mansfield’s short stories (a birthday present from Matt) which deals with the topic of death A LOT and has been weirdly comforting and helpful. I also got to have a lot of conversations about death with my flatmates, coworkers and friends which is kind of cool, because we don’t often talk about death in our society. It was really interesting to hear about some of their experiences with loved ones who had passed away and helped me to understand them better. Attending the funeral with my Dad’s family and spending time with them was really special as well.

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Patina Photography

Giving Myself Grace

Looking back over these past weeks, so much has been happening! Much more than I can get down in a post. I’ve welcomed old friends and made new ones. I’ve danced, cried and yelled out expletives in a public space. I’ve said haere ra to a loved one and seen in a brand new year in my life, my blog and my marriage! So there’s a lot to celebrate, some things to feel sad about and lots of wonderful memories. It’s time for me at the moment to give myself grace over this period, and be OK with things being unfinished. They’re only on their way after all.

Phew! So there’s a big online unload of everything that’s been going on in my world! Believe me, this is not something that I do all the time. I’d love to hear from you and if maybe some of these things seem a little bit true to you as well. You can always drop me a line anytime, or leave a comment here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog! There’s definitely more in the pipeline so do stop by again soon.

Thanks lovelies!
Leah x

 

Fleurs Et Opulence – A Marie Antoinette Inspired Photoshoot by Anahita Paul

Bonjour, wedding lovers! I have some delightful treats for you today. This gorgeous photo shoot is from some of my favourite Wellington creatives. Inspired by the classic Sophia Coppola film Marie Antoinette and featuring a host of fabulous Wellington creatives. I just know you’re going to love it as much as I do!
Marie Antoinette has to be one of my all time favourite visual films. There aren’t many folks out there making films where it’s basically all about the styling. It’s sort of like they wanted to make every scene as fabulous as possible.

This film was made 10 years ago (I know right, anybody else feel old?) It still looks as stunning and fresh as it did when it was first released. I still love all the gorgeous dresses and the piles and piles of cakes!
(Fun fact: Marie Antoinette did not actually say Qu’ils mangeant de la brioche or “Let them eat cake”  It was actually said by Jean Jacques Rosseau.)

I love the quirky hanging tea cups and the opulent layering of sweets, florals and even jewellery by Wellington stylist Twig and Arrow. Louis Sergeant’s delightful cakes and French pastries are absolutely exquisite. All has been captured by Anahita Paul Photography.

Enjoy this little moment of prettiness from this talented team.

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I hope you enjoyed these perfectly pretty photos from Anahita and the team.

This photo shoot also has a fun connection to Rosemary & Twine in a couple of ways. Photographer Anahita Paul has been featured right here on the blog a couple of months ago, and floral stylist Twig & Arrow has also been featured!

Leah x

Credits

Photography Anahita Paul Photography | Makeup & Hair Miss Dom at Jo & Dom StylingFlorals and Set Design Twig and ArrowCakes and Desserts Louis SergeantDress Rue de Seine Vintage c/o Paperswan BrideFurniture & Fabrics Small AcornsShoes & Accessories The Happy Emporium Jewellery Tory & KoModel Isabella Bothamly from Kirsty Bunny Management |

How To Ask For Money (Without Poetry)

Hey there wedding planners! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Today I thought I’d talk to you about wedding invitations because I just received one in the mail! You might remember Rosie and Mitch’s wedding from back in February. Well now it’s another cousin’s turn to get married, and I’m super excited about it!

I received a lovely invitation in the mail which totally made my Friday, and of course featured all the information about the wedding that I need to know, including what they would prefer for a gift. I’ve noticed a few of these around when I receive wedding invitations – a wishing well poem. My blog pal Amanda of Southern Bride makes invitations and has a whole range for poems to choose from! But what if you’re not a poem sort? How can you ask for money on your wedding invitation and not have to write a poem to do it?

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Black Lab Studio

Obviously lots of folks like wishing well poems, and that’s great! If you like them, then absolutely go for gold. I’d love to know where the idea came from, my guess is with greeting cards. I kinda see a couple of problems with them though:
1. They Take up a lot of space
Wishing Well poems are a long way of saying “hey, gifts are great and all, but we pretty much just want money. K thanks.” If you’re writing a whole paragraph of what you can say in just a couple of lines, it’s taking up a lot of space. Most invitations aren’t very big so space is a premium. Keep the word count down and save that space for important information

2. They’re not always clear on what you’re actually wanting to say
Wishing well poems tend to be very vague, and they certainly don’t provide any information about how you might like to receive a financial gift, what you’ll be using it for or in what form you want it to be given. If you’re wanting gift vouchers instead of money, how do you convey that?

3. They Can Be Awkward
Poems are hard. There are rules around beats, rhythm, choice of words and so much more. I love a good poem and I think a wedding is an ideal place for poetry, but why not save the poem writing to the experts and just ask for money in a more prose fashion?

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Heartwood Paperie

So, how do you ask for money then? We don’t want to offend anybody, right?
Although there will be folks who are traditional and love to give gifts at weddings, most people nowadays are used to giving cash gifts to newlywed couples. It’s not as taboo as it used to be and some people actually prefer it.

The first thing to do is to get over the awkward thing of asking people for money. Most of your guests will want to get you something. For many of your guests, this is the last or only present you’re ever getting from them. So you may as well get something that you actually want. It’s a slightly awkward thing to ask for, but people appreciate knowing what you want instead of having to guess.

There’s also an etiquette thing about giving people information about wedding presents on the wedding invitation itself. I know for many people this is important and they get offended if couples talk about the wedding gift on the invitation. I’ll be honest and say I totally don’t understand what the big deal is. Relying on hearsay about what someone may or may not want just doesn’t make sense to me. The more mature thing to do is to just ask for what you want, isn’t it?

So if you are going to ask for money without a poem, what should you say?

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Cricket Printing

Ask politely, but be clear
When Matt and I wrote our invitations, we just straight up asked people for money or vouchers. You can word it nicely but you have to mention the words “financial” “vouchers” or “cash” so people reading it know what you mean.

Mention that it’s not compulsory
Some people won’t get you anything, and that’s absolutely fine. Weddings are not just expensive for the people planning. Some guests will have to travel a long way to your wedding. They’ll have to book accommodation and rental cars and feed themselves. Most people like to buy a new outfit to wear to a wedding as well. Many of your guests will have dropped over 1K just getting themselves to your wedding, that’s a lot of money for some people. Don’t push the gift thing too hard. Of course it’s being there that really matters after all.

Tell people how you want to get the money
Do you want vouchers, cheques or cash? Will you set up a bank account and give people the number, or open a honeymoon registry at your local travel agent? Think about how you’d like to receive money and let people know on the invitation. A little tip I picked up from friends about cheques – they can be difficult because if people spell your name wrong, or write the wrong surname on the cheque it can be a nightmare to bank.

Say How You’re Going To Use It
People like to know what they’re giving money to. You’ve probably got some ideas about what you’d like to use it for: Buying a house, going on honeymoon or doing some renovations. A couple I know used their wedding money to buy a new bed. Stuff like that is nice and people like knowing what they helped you buy. If you don’t know yet what you’ll spend the money on, just say it’s to bless your new life together.

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Champaign Paper

Be Grateful
There’s nothing that peeves wedding guests off more than not being thanked for their gift. I hear it all the time from folks who took the time to go to a wedding, gave the couple a generous gift (sometimes cash, sometimes not) and they get nothing back. While you’re sorting out your other paper goods like invitations and order of service, get some thank you cards made too. And remember to express on your invitation that you’re grateful for any kind of gift you get.

Remember, you’ll still get presents
No matter what you say on the invite, you’re still going to get actual presents. That’s because some people express their love through gifts. It can also be a generational thing. Some couples might find they’ll get wedding gifts from their parents’ friends or their older relatives, and cash gifts from their peers. So as well as expressing that you’d prefer to receive financial gifts, I always advise people to register for a few things as well.

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The Printable Shop

Some Examples

To make it even easier for you, I’ve written out some examples! Feel free to just copy one of these onto your invites.

The couple would appreciate a financial gift to bless their new life together. There will be a place at the reception to leave a cash donation. This is not compulsory but very much appreciated.

For those who would like to give a wedding gift, Lisa and Jess would love to receive a financial gift to bless their new home and life together. This is by no means compulsory, your presence with us to celebrate means so much.

For those considering giving us a wedding gift, we would love for guests to contribute towards our honeymoon. The friendly staff at Holidays Travel can assist you with your donation. Thank you for helping us on the way to our dream holiday!

For guests considering giving a wedding gift, we would appreciate vouchers to our local hardware store, Hardware Store. These will be used to help with home renovations after the wedding. Thank you for helping us build the home of our dreams!

Having you join us in celebrating our day means so much. For those wanting to honour us with a gift, we have a wedding account set up for anyone who would like to make a financial gift and bless our new life together. Please leave your name with the donation so we can personally thank you after the wedding.

So you see, it’s just as simple as that! Feel free to borrow one of my examples or come up with your own. Remember these are people that you love and who love you. Most of them will want to give you something that you’ll enjoy and treasure for years to come. If you want money, just ask for it and don’t be shy. Remember to thank your guests who give you wedding gifts and don’t forget to register for a few items for those who insist on buying a present.

Love, Wedding Planning and Anxiety – Sophie’s Journey (Guest Post)

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Hey there wedding lovers! Today Sophie is joining us as a guest blogger on Rosemary & Twine. I’ve been following Sophie’s blog Peace Out Anxiety since she began earlier this year. I’m so inspired by how she shares her mental health in such a real and honest way. Thanks Sophie for sharing your thoughts with us on your wedding plans!

Hello everyone, my name is Sophie from the blog Peace Out Anxiety. My fiancé, Shehan, and I got engaged December and we will be getting married in November of this year. It will be an 11 month engagement to the day. We were engaged on 12/12 and we will be marrying on 12/11. Pretty fun, I think.

If you don’t know much about me or my blog, I have anxiety and I blog about it in a raw and honest way. While on my journey coming up against anxiety and depression I had felt pretty alone, so early this year I decided to start writing about it. It’s been an amazing outlet and I’ve had such a beautiful response from people. I only mention this because as you know, I’m planning a wedding, which can be stressful along with dealing with anxiety.

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Photo: Brandi Redd

 I have been so determined to not let the anxiety get in the way of enjoying the process of engagement and wedding planning and so far, I think I’ve aced it. I’ve remained pretty relaxed throughout the planning process and it’s only very recently that i’ve experienced moments of anxiety and panic. Though I think, a large part of it is me putting unnecessary pressure on myself.

 Shehan and I were originally to be married at the end of April this year, meaning our engagement was going to be 4-5 months. I know a lot of people have engagements this short and good on you, I say! We were already well into the planning process when a couple of things came up (other events and such) that made us sit down and decide to extend our engagement. I was absolutely gutted and it took me a few days to get over the fact we would be waiting longer to get married. I was also super worried about having to tell people we changed our wedding date.

 As time went on I started feeling very peaceful about our wedding date change and it has been a huge blessing to us. It’s given Shehan and I so much more time to enjoy the engagement season and also helped me immensely in the wedding planning.

I had already planned quite a bit of the wedding when we decided to change dates, I had our budget set up, everything we needed to buy or hire for the wedding all set up in a spreadsheet. I have found doing this helpful. It has everything set out so clear and I can just open it whenever I need to update and tick off an item paid, hired or deposit paid. If you’re planning a wedding, I’d highly suggest you do something like this- it will help you keep track of everything.

 Knowing I have everything written out and in order has helped me stay on top of everything and thankfully there have been no signs of a bridezilla happening and I plan on keeping it that way.

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Wedding planning doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s all in the way you approach it. If you go in thinking it’s going to be stressful and a nightmare, then it probably is. But if you go in thinking it’s going to be fun and you have an open mind, then I would say you’re very likely to enjoy the whole process.

 Engagement and wedding planning should be a fun and special season for you and your partner. Plan it how you want it. It’s your day to celebrate. It’s the one day you spend a decent amount of money on a party haha so you’d very much want to enjoy it. Shehan and I are very lucky that both of our families have been very supportive of us throughout the planning process. They understand that it’s our day and we’ve been able to do everything the way we want to which has helped a lot and relieved other stresses.

 We are having our ceremony in a beautiful church in Epsom, Auckland and we came across a really cool industrial basement building in Kingsland. We looked for quite some time for the right venue. We visited so many places but when we stepped inside this place we knew it’s where we wanted to have our reception. We’ve decided to do something a little different and instead of the traditional sit down dinner, we are having more of a relaxed party with food vendors, a bar, live jazz and a DJ. We will still have tables and chairs for sitting and eating but it’ll be a lot more relaxed and there will be A LOT of dancing throughout the night.

 It has been such a fun process and thankfully Shehan and I have been on the same page with everything so far. We can’t wait to celebrate with our closest family and friends and to finally become husband and wife (that’s kind of crazy!). As cliché as it may sound, I am stoked I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. He’s pretty rad!

Thanks to Leah for asking me to guest blog about my wedding!

30Sophie is a twenty something gal, living in the rad city of Auckland, New Zealand. Suffering from anxiety most of her life and coming up against challenges, she has set a plan to overcome anxiety, trying out new ways of coping and discovering ways to kick anxiety forever.

Sophie’s blog is a personal space of her writings about life, dealing with anxiety and ways she has found help in the journey to freedom.
Join her on the journey at Peace Out Anxiety.

Leah x

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A MidSummer Daydream Styled Photo Shoot

Hey wedding lovers! I have a beautiful Midsummer styled photo shoot to share with you today! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know I’m passionate about simple and beautiful weddings with heart. I believe a wedding does not have to cost the earth to be special, unique and meaningful. That’s why I’m super excited to be sharing this photo shoot with you today from the incredible team at Skinny Love Weddings.

The team at Skinny Love asked photographer My Heart Follows and stylist Confetti Love Boutique to work with them on a photoshoot to celebrate their first Wellington pop-up wedding day. The location for the shoot is a stunning private Wellington estate, available exclusively to Skinny Love for their pop-up weddings.
The inspiration behind the shoot was a midsummer daydream: long and hazy days, and summer brides that are effortlessly chic. The styling of this shoot gives a bit of a nod back to the classic backyard weddings of the 70s.
Real life married couple Romaine and Benji lent their ridiculous good looks to the shoot as the bride and groom. These two have been married for five years, so it was a lovely way to celebrate!
After all the wintry weather we’ve been having lately, it’s definitely time to start daydreaming about Summer! I know you’re going to love these photos.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed these beautiful photos from My Heart Follows and Skinny Love Weddings! Thanks to the team at Skinny Love Weddings for sharing these images with us today.
About Skinny Love:
Skinny Love is NZ’s original pop-up wedding company, specialising in small bespoke weddings, elopements and host wedding pop-ups in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga & Wellington. They take all the fun and exciting parts of getting married and roll them into an affordable, stylish wedding service. Skinny Love offers pop-up style weddings with style AND substance that won’t cost a bomb. Their packages start at only $2,899 – all you need to do is show up on the day with a marriage certificate, rings and the love of your life!
I’ve been a fan of Skinny Love Weddings for a wee while now, I think what they do is fantastic – no fuss, no stress and less than 10% of the cost of the average NZ wedding. If you’re after something a little more elegant than a registry office wedding, but you don’t have the budget for a big celebration, Skinny Love Weddings is just perfect for you!
They still have a few spaces left at their March 2017 Wellington wedding, so if you’re a Wellington bride make sure you register!
Thanks for reading, until next time!
Leah x
Credits
Photography  My Heart Follows | Facebook | @myheartfollowsphotography
Styling & Florals  Confetti Love Boutique | Facebook  | @confettiloveboutique
Hair & Make-up  Romaine Make-up Artist | @romaine_makeupartist
Venue Private Estate, Lowry Bay, Wellington – Venue for Skinny Love Weddings pop-ups
Bride wears Lady Roar Boutique | @ladyroarboutique
Models Romaine & Benji – married 5 years
Pop-Up Wedding Skinny Love Weddings | Facebook | @skinnyloveweddings