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2014 Wedding Party of the Year

Bride and Groom Harlow Garland  Ria van Dyke

The wedding we planned and styled for our beautiful bride, Ria has been featured in another magazine, this time winning '2014 Wedding Party of the Year' in the latest Bride and Groom Magazine

We loved working with Ria and her mother towards this beautiful wedding, still the most intimate and love-filled wedding we've had the pleasure of working on, which is such a testament to the character and love of this amazing couple. 

Congratulations Ria and Andrew!

Their photography was by the incredible Danelle Bohane, ceremony venue was Lavender Hill, reception venue was Mudbrick Vineyard, gown by J'Aton Couture, planning and styling by Harlow Garland.

Behind the Scenes: Lauren & Bart

Just a behind the scenes peep of us setting up for Lauren & Bart's wedding at Mantells on the Water in Auckland (Westhaven Marina). 

When we style a wedding, we create a design with our bridal couple that perfectly encapsulates their vision. The next step is sourcing the vendors and elements to make it happen and then liaising with those vendors to bring our design to life. 

On the day, you'll find Harlow Garland on site, early, triple checking details, setting up props and other elements, directing every vendor to ensure that the design is followed to the letter to make sure our clients will be overwhelmingly happy when they enter the venue and see everything as they dreamed and as we've promised. 

We make sure every bride is comfortable, relaxed (and relieved!) and above all, ecstatically happy with the results. 

Real Wedding: Lynn and Peter

When I first met Lynn and Peter, it was at the Grand Wedding Show last year and they were telling me about the gorgeous Kauri trees they had at their property up north and that they wanted to get me up there to see them. Well, when I finally did, what I found was incredible and a little unnerving.
About an hour north, I came to their property which was ensconced in native bush with a gorgeous home that was almost a part of the landscape itself.
They took me for a walk down the landscaped paths to a strikingly beautiful curved lily pond with a summer house poking over the water to take in the view.
Here's where the unnerving part comes in - Lynn and Peter had already been working on this for months, dredging the pond to bring it to its optimal potential and were planning to grow grass on the bank before the wedding - cue me noting that it was November and the wedding was to be in March - how long does it take to grow grass from scratch?!
As it turns out, this was one thing I certainly didn't need to worry about as at the rehearsal, I arrived to find the lush green grass carpeting the bank with the lily pond looking pristine and the sun gleaming on the water to top it off.

Raj Pergola Tents were set up on the bank to shelter guests from either sun or rain (thanks to Auckland's penchant for dramatic weather changes) with white seats and we made a greenery garland to wrap around the pole of the Summer House, adding in a few bits of the native greenery we found on the property to really tie their home into the wedding theme a little further.

After the wedding, photographer Owen Allison trudged through the native wilderness on the opposite side of the pond and precariously perched on the edge of the water to take a few group shots looking back onto the tents.

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful - a harpist played as guests arrived and then played at the summer house for the wedding party. The music was incredible and so fitting with the surroundings.
The bride looked spectacular and Lynn and Peter are such a relaxed couple - something that was very evident in the ceremony - no rush, no stress, Peter trying to sneak looks at the bride getting ready ha, it was a perfect day.

Lynn sent us through this note afterwards :

" We both wanted to thank you very much for your help and participation in making our wedding day so very magical. You certainly made things run smoothly and was great to know you were there. We loved, loved, loved everything about the day and it is a day we will never forget and I can honestly say it was the best day of my life."

We truly loved being a part of your magical day, it was a stunning location and such a fun wedding to coordinate. Thank you for choosing us!

Real Wedding: Ria and Andrew

In January, we were lucky enough to produce the wedding of former Miss Universe New Zealand, Miss Ria van Dyke to her groom Andrew. It was an incredible union of two such loving people and quite possibly, the most beautiful wedding we've attended and planned.

Ria had such a wonderful eye for detail and really knew the theme she was after. We went with a Tuscan theme but wanted to steer away from the 'rustic' idea to make the wedding a little more formal.

The initial plan was that the ceremony would take place around the fountain at Lavender Hill and the reception would be hosted on top of the cellar roof at Mudbrick, but after a phone call the morning of the wedding, letting me know that the winds had reached 37 knots on that cliff, it was a swift manoeuvre to move everything indoors.

Luckily, Lavender Hill has an amazing big fireplace in the living area that we managed to turn into a stunning focal point for the ceremony in lieu of the elaborately decorated fountain in the main garden.
We went over to the Reception venue - Mudbrick to pick up the table flowers and candelabras and used them to decorate the fireplace and surround.
Villa Kula provided all the ottoman stools and day beds for the guest seating and Blush did an amazing job with the flowers.

Danelle Bohane did an amazing job with the photos below:

The bridal couple were so in love and looked so incredible. Ria's gown was made by J'aton Couture who did an incredible job in creating this glittering luxe gown. The bridesmaids wore white corseted gowns with Bo and Luca headpieces and the ceremony was officiated by Ria's childhood Pastor who flew in from the Gold Coast specifically for the day.

Andrew and the groomsmen looked especially dapper in their formal suits.

The reception was held at Mudbrick Vineyard, not far from the ceremony venue in the main restaurant.
Waiheke Hire installed wonderful festoon lighting on the ceiling and we brought back the flowers and candelabras from the ceremony to adorn the tables.

The candelabras were custom handmade in India, the brass compotes and vases imported from New York and the brass cutlery was imported from Australia days before the wedding to round out the theme.
The whole wedding sparkled with the glimmer of brass and gold under the soft white lights and candles as a guitarist played soft Spanish guitar melodies under the chatter of happy guests.

The wedding was incredibly beautiful, the entire day was filled with love and laughter and such a genuine love and respect between the bride and groom. It truly has been our favourite wedding thus far.

A few days after the wedding, we were sent this wonderful feedback from our bride Ria:

"Words cannot express how thankful I am to have worked alongside Rhonda at Harlow Garland to create my dream Wedding. From the countless hours spent providing support and working with our Wedding vendors, to the elegant style of decorating and careful consideration to detail, I felt at ease in entrusting my vision for our special day to Rhonda. We consider ourselves blessed to have had the privilege of working with someone who carried our vision with passion, grace and professionalism. Thank you for making our dream Wedding a reality!"

Andrew, Ria - we are so happy to have worked with the both of you in creating your magical day. We wish you every hope and happiness in your new lives as one.

Photo credit: Danelle Bohane