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St Leonards Chapel, North Shore
Mitchel and Lydia's wedding took place on a warm autumn day in April. Surrounded by 130 of their closest friends and family, the wedding was everything they imagined it would be. In this week's Wedding Showcase, Lydia remembers all the fun and wonderful details of the big day...
Mitchel and I have known each other since we were 8 and 9 years old. And with the mutual experiences of 11 family summer holidays together in the Coromandel and up north, it was almost inevitable that we would become best friends. However, it wasn't until the middle of 2011 that a romantic spark appeared in our relationship and we officially became a couple – and of course, the rest they say is history! On a brilliantly sunny day on the 6th October 2013, Mitchel got down on one knee at North Head in Devonport, and asked the all-important, life-changing question: “Will you marry me?”
Our wedding style is best described as soft, elegant and classic. We wanted the whole day to be a family affair bursting in abundance with laughter, food, and great company. With only 6 months to plan the wedding we had to be very decisive about all the details early on in the planning process. We chose to have a light peach and ivory colour theme which complimented the reception venue’s eggshell blue, gold and ivory shades. We imagined Victorian-style décor with soft lighting, plenty of candles, and bountiful quantities of flowers to create a stylish yet relaxed look.
My dress was the third one I tried on! Before I went dress shopping I knew I wanted a gown made from soft tulle net. I found my elegant dress (part of the Alfred Angelo collection) at Bridal, Ballgowns & Beyond. The form-fitting satin dress had a soft tulle net overlay, crystal beading detail and a flower on the left hip. My look was finished with silver chandelier earrings, a tear-drop cubic zirconia necklace, a finger-tip length veil, and peep-toe ivory heels. For my bridesmaids I searched high & low for the perfect colour and design. I finally found their peachy/pink gowns at Sharlay Bridal. The heart-shaped neckline and empire-line style complimented my wedding gown. The very talented Ashlee from Beautified did my hair & makeup. Since I’m fair skinned I chose to have a soft, natural look with light pink highlights. Inspiration for my hairstyle came from looking at vintage-style weddings. As a result, I chose a low, gently-tousled bun with a few curls to frame my face.
Originally we’d wanted an outdoor wedding but knew it might be too cold in April. When a friend recommended St Leonards Chapel in Takapuna we were immediately convinced this was the place! The beautiful gardens were perfect for an outdoor afternoon tea (with a plan B in case it rained!). The chapel walls were made of glass so the room was flooded with natural afternoon light during the ceremony. The decorations were simple - we scattered silk flowers up the aisle and my grandma made three large flower arrangements. I was so nervous on the car ride to the ceremony that my hands were shaking. But when I walked up the aisle to "Canon in D" with my Dad and saw Mitchel waiting for me, I knew this was where I was meant to be. The ceremony was followed by a delicious afternoon tea in the gardens with live music as entertainment while the wedding party was having photos taken. The guests enjoyed bottled ginger beer, bacon-wrapped prunes, sausage rolls, and an assortment of chocolates
The reception was held at Duders in Devonport, very close to North Head where Mitchel had proposed just 6 months before. While the location of the venue was a big draw card, Duders also perfectly matched our wedding style with its stunning harbour views and elegant interior. We chose to have a buffet for the 75 guests who attended our reception. The menu included fish, curry, lamb, and an array of vegetables, breads, and salads. After dinner, speeches, and cutting of the cake, we all made a move to the dance floor. We waltzed for our first dance to “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” sung by Michael Bublé (originally by Elvis Presley). The boys (and a bridesmaid!) then broke into a semi-organised dance called “Cha Cha Slide” with ensuing hilarity. In retrospect, the day was everything we imagined it would be, and we wouldn’t change a single thing!