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Formal 30th Birthday Soiree

At Harlow Garland, we have a wealth of experience in not just weddings, but corporate events, special occasions and formal soirees like the one held recently for our Managing Director's 30th birthday.
With an affinity for the opulence of Paris and the feel of the 1920s, we came up with this formal birthday reception which mirrored a wedding reception in its formality yet breathed an air of frivolity.

Choosing a home in Remuera for the venue, we gutted the house of all furniture and turned the living room into a formal dining room for 32 guests. The mantle was dressed with a selection of brass vases and compotes and an antique look bust and finished with flowers and greenery.

We went direct to Van Lier Nurseries for the 600 white avalanche roses and to the early morning flower markets on the day to find the Hypericum berries, Succulents, Kaspea, Gentin and gypsophila (baby's breath) and to our own garden for the various grasses and ivy.
Printed linen invitations, a formal dress code and a tonne of glitter rounded out the evening and created a memorable atmosphere.

This lady in black and gold is Rhonnie, our Managing Director - the Remuera Library is one of her favourite buildings and so it was only natural, that we'd head there for the afternoon to shoot around the amazing building to capture this milestone with Lene from Lene Photography before heading back to the venue to meet with the videographers.

We were so impressed with the video of the event by Alex & Victoria Mitchell who were near invisible the entire night but managed to expertly capture the elegance and atmosphere of the event through their lens.

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