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Harlow Garland Featured in Bride and Groom Magazine's Issue 87!

Back in November, Harlow Garland was approached by Bride and Groom Magazine's Art Director to style one of their upcoming shoots. We were so overjoyed to be involved and to be able to work with photographer, Kate Little again so we immediately jumped at the chance.

With the same venue and the same photographer as we'd just used for our most recent styled shoot, we were tasked with creating something completely different to go with the theme parameters set by the magazine. We were also asked to have our specialist florals department, HGBlooms create a gorgeous bridal bouquet, boutonniere and swag to feature in the shoot.

Rather than go for the everyday boutonniere, we created a small wreath of dried lavender to be worn on the groom's pocket, opting for something entirely different to what we generally see.

For the bouquet, we chose a selection of peonies, king protea, pink protea and sea holly, wrapping the stems in black leather with a ribbon flowing from the grip.

For the swag, we opted for a simple evergreen arrangement with the addition of the vibrant purple alliums to offset the greenery.

When we were given the task of styling the venue with the idea of creating something 'romantic', we thought immediately of the latte chiffon draping we'd seen at La Lumiere. We wanted something with multiple layers and dimensions and from our scribble diagram, La Lumiere were able to emulate exactly what we'd imagined with very little refinement - exactly what you want from a wedding vendor!

We knew that the venue's industrial style exposed ceilings would counter the look we'd created and so we chose a variety of ruffled parasols in complementary tones from The Pretty Prop Shop to hang upside down at varying heights, hiding the ceiling and adding to the 'hug' of the ceremony backdrop.

We loved this shoot and the opportunity to collaborate with Bride and Groom magazine and our favourite vendors and we've been rewarded with an twelve page spread in the latest issue!

Head out and buy your copy now, we hope you love it as much as we do!

Venue Spotlight: The Sapphire Room

Image shot on location at The Sapphire Room for Harlow Garland by Kate Little Photography

You'd be forgiven for missing The Sapphire Room on a routine wander through Ponsonby Central yet atop an unassuming staircase in the heart of the market, you'll find two grand red doors leading into our favourite new Auckland venue. 

Apart from the exposed beams, the reclaimed wood floor and the stunning industrial features, The Sapphire Room's charm is in the many ways it can be used. The room can be used as a whole with the fixed bar / kitchen at one end and the expansive space in between allowing for a substantial dining set up or perhaps with the small room to the left of the entrance serving as a cocktail bar or VIP area with the main area set up for the ceremony and later, for dancing and mingling with day beds and decor, the large sliding barn door closed until the big reveal come dinnertime when the barn door slides open, giving guests a glimpse at the stunning dining set-up and open kitchen.

With so many spaces and a fully functioning kitchen and additional prep area, The Sapphire Room is a canvas awaiting your personal touch. 

We loved styling it for our Industrial Winter shoot as shown in this month's Bride and Groom Magazine. The exposed beams make for the perfect anchor for your opulent draping and the chicken wire roofcover is ideal for affixing additional decor like the Edison bulb festoon lights we hung to complement our draping. 

Go for a Virtual Walkthrough here or contact Daniel to take a real tour today!

Behind the Scenes: Industrial Winter Styled Shoot

This shoot was by far our favourite yet and also our busiest. As well as sourcing the elements, we also created some ourselves, like the candelabra and votives made from copper pipe fittings, the floral arrangements, the hinge placemarkers and the handpainted favour cakes. 

We had a truly wonderful assortment of vendors for this shoot who were an absolutely pleasure to work with! 

Kate Little Photography was our first photographer with Flynn Gough acting as second shooter on film, digital and Polaroid. 

Robyn Munro from Inspired Hair twirled up a storm of follicle fabulousness on our models while Meagan Rawlings perfected the palette of our model canvases. 

The incredible gowns were once again supplied by Vinka Design- the absolute best in bridal couture. The suits were sourced from Munns (Lavinia at Botany Munns is your go-to girl for all things suits!) while the bridesmaid attire was sourced from Alannah Hill in Newmarket - garments, we're STILL getting compliments on from those involved. 

We sourced the chairs from The Great Hiring Co, the gold cutlery and festoon lights from The Pretty Prop Shop, those incredible dinner plates and angular champagne flutes from The Studio of Tableware and the rest we sourced or created ourselves.

Check out the behind the scenes pics below as well as our fabulous behind the scenes video by Aidan Rogers Videography!