Master the art of brows

Master the art of brows

Master the art of browsMove over Kylie Jenner! It’s time WE master the art of brows !

Great brows never go out of fashion and now you can create your own red carpet-ready brows with the help of Mellow Cosmetics and say goodbye to the powders, pots and brushes filling up your make-up bag.

Designed with a triangular tip for precision application, the new Mellow Cosmetics Brow Definer Pencil is non-greasy, long-lasting and offers a glide-on formula, making it a breeze to create the ideal shape for your face.

Use the spoolie brush to see your natural brow shape, then outline and fill just like the experts – perfect arches in moments guaranteed.

It is available in four shades: Taupe, Caramel, Mocha, Chocolate.



Master the art of browsWithin Mellow’s Brow Essentials range are:

The Tinted Brow Gel allows you to effortlessly achieve tamed and tinted brows. A lightweight non-sticky gel formula with a mini brush applicator that allows you to finish and maintain a perfectly groomed eyebrow with no mess. Perfect to use over powder or pencil.

Outline and fill your brows like an expert with the Brow Definer Pencil. Available in four shades, the Brow Definer Pencil has a triangular tip with an easy to glide on product formula that’s long-lasting.

Add fullness and texture to troubled brows with the gel formula Brow Pomade that smoothly glides onto skin and hair to sculpt, colour in and shape natural defined brows. Lightly holds hairs in place.

Brow Powder Duo is two-shade brow powder compact which can be customised to create the ideal shade to create naturally beautiful eyebrows. The formula is smudge proof, resistant to humidity and offers long lasting wear.

The high quality and affordable Mellow Cosmetics range of make-up is available worldwide online at

ED: Make sure you grab a copy of the June 1st issue of My Wedding for your chance to win a Mellow Brow Kit! We’re giving away one in each colour!

The Langham, Auckland

The Langham, Auckland
The Langham Auckland
The Langham Auckland – Lobby
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The Langham Auckland – Crystal Room
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The Langham Auckland – Chandelier
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The Langham Auckland – The Great Room
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The Langham Auckland : Crystal Room Pre Function Space


From an intimate ceremony to the most lavish banquet, The Langham Auckland’s elegant venues provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding.


The Crystal Room

The elegant and romantic Crystal Room is perfect for medium-sized weddings for up to 200 guests for dinner and up to 240 for cocktails. Four beautiful crystal chandeliers set a romantic tone while the private foyer creates an ideal space for pre-reception cocktails. Crystal also divides into two separate rooms and offers an elevated stage for the bridal table and a separate dance floor.

Opulent Chandelier is perfect for more intimate weddings with stunning banquet-style seating for up to 70 guests and cocktail parties for up to 130. Sparkling chandeliers and classic furnishings create an exclusive and luxurious atmosphere. Chandelier also has its own private bar, making it ideal for receptions.

The Great Room

This magnificent room is the perfect setting for a lavish wedding

celebration, with seating for up to 900 guests or 1400 for cocktails, a private entrance for a grand arrival and a large pre-function room for pre-reception cocktails. The Great Room can also be divided into four smaller rooms, which when coupled with the latest technology, exquisite cuisine and distinctive service, easily sets the stage for great weddings.

To make your wedding a sparkling success, call (09) 300 2901, email



















Enticing Table Identification

Table numbers are important, unless you intend to have ushers at your reception who will know exactly where to seat every guest, or you’re just letting your guests pick and choose where they prefer to sit.

They’re an easy way to tie in both the table’s identification and the theme of your wedding. If you’re on a budget, consider DIY’ing this, or delegating the task to your fabulous maid of honour or bridesmaids. The DIY option is particularly easy if you have a handyman at your beck and call – hubby, father, any of the in-laws?

We browsed the web and Pinterest, and found some delightful options that were easy to DIY with a little time and effort. Remember – it doesn’t need to be elaborate and expensive … but whatever you choose should marry with the venue and overall style of your wedding!

Don’t go for glitzy gold if you’re in a rustic barn setting … unless you have introduced other gold elements. In this case, have the gold but don’t go too ritzy!



 DIY Table numbers Simple blocks of wood can be handprinted with each table number. Opt for a colour of wood your love, stain ordinary pine, or paint the base in a colour to suit your theme.
Fabulous logs from recent garden cuttings can be neatly sanded. The numbers can be simply added in paint or using a marker pen. For added oomph, if you have the know-how, burn the numbers into the top!  DIY Table numbers
DIY Table numbers  Make your table numbers from card by hand, print them on your computer on a stiffer stock or get them painted on either plastic, card or metal. Pop them into a cork that has been sliced half way through. If they’re top heavy, you may need to glue something like a toothpick to the back to act as a stand!
Wine bottles can do double duty … the guests can drink them while seated at the table if you provide them full, they can hold a candle if you have a stash of empty bottles (if not, it’s a good excuse to have a wee session and empty them!), or they can act as favours of guests to take home. In the latter case, you might want to make the table number a little smaller and add the guest’s name below. The labels can be printed on a home computer and simply pasted over the existing label. DIY Table numbers
DIY Table numbers  Old jars, labels removed and thoroughly washed, can act as centrepieces and table markets. A simple card tag tied with hessian and loosely bunched flowers are all you need! The jars don’t need to match either!
Art supply and craft shops (like Spotlight) sell wooden numbers. Leave them bare, or spray them in a colour to suit your theme. These seen here have a handy base – if the ones you find don’t have a base already attached, simply purchase round wooden discs and hot glue them together!  DIY Table numbers
DIY Table numbers These wooden numbers have longer stakes and are perfect for popping into vases or floral arrangements! Shop around on sites like Ebay and Easy and you’re bound to find them!
Simple textured paper tubes lit with a batter operated tea light. We wouldn’t recommend using a real tea light as your paper could catch fire! Buy some delish paper from a craft store (or handmade your own if you’re really crafty!), hold the tube together using a small amount of glue, then tie with a ribbon to match your theme. Use a marker pen to write the table number on neatly. Pop in the tea light and get someone to turn it on just before guests arrive.  DIY Table numbers

Feel the love

Feel the love

Feel the love

Feeling the love but not sure how to express it?

This Valentine’s Day head along to Farmers for all your inspirational gift ideas – we promise they’ll sweep your loved one off their feet

From gorgeous designer Calvin Klein bags, beautiful perfumes, wallets and lingerie sets for her, to classic shirts, wallets, belts and cologne for him there’s something for each and every cherished partner out there.

Express your love only with Farmers.

Feel the love
For her: From left to right (top to bottom): Calvin Klein OMC Saffiano Mini Satchel $389.00, Honey Vegas Intimates Marissa Soft-Cup Bra $29.99, Boston & Bailey Mary Lazer Shopper $79.99, Zadig & Voltaire This is Her Make Love 50ml EDP & 10ml Set $126 (available in-store only for a limited time), Honey Vegas Intimates Marissa Bikini Brief $16.99, Boston & Bailey Diamante Panel Clutch $34.99, Carte Clutch Wallet $59.99, Honey Vegas Intimates Mathilde Chemise $44.99.
Feel the love
For him:
From left to right (top to bottom): Zadig & Voltaire This is Him Make Love 50ml EDT & 10ml Set $89.00 (available in-store only for a limited time), Tarnish Formal Navy Three-Spot Print Long-Sleeve Shirt $69.99, Logan Persea Leather Belt $59.99, Mazzoni Leather Coin Wallet $39.99, Georgio Armani Code Profumo 60ml EDP $131.00 (available in-store only).








Lainee Hermsen

Lainee Hermsen

Lainee HermsenAfter 10 years of working individually with brides, Lainee Hermsen has launched an affordable and accessible collection of bespoke gowns.

Available through her unique ‘virtual reality’ ordering and measuring system, the collection ‘Haarlem in bloom’ has been designed with the intention of providing gowns for all shapes, styles and personalities of brides. Her website includes skype fittings, tips and tricks articles and more. All the gowns are basic designs that can be tweaked for each individual.

Lainee intends to share her bridal couture skills and knowledge to an international level.

‘I love working with each individual bride and I don’t want to loose that part of my work by selling online.

All in all making it a special and personlised experience for both Lainee and the Bride to be!


Muri Beach Club Hotel, Rarotonga

Muri Beach Club Hotel, Rarotonga

Muri Beach Club Hotel, RarotongaA white sandy beach, tropical lagoon waters lapping at your feet, the sun setting over the mountains and your honeymoon hotel just metres away … pure wedding bliss!

Celebrate your big day with the sand between your toes, a cool sparkling flute of champagne in your hand and the heady aroma of your tropical flower garlands filling the air. Fancy finishing with a romantic dinner on the beach? No problem!

Situated on the most pristine white stretch of beach in Rarotonga, a wedding and honeymoon at Muri Beach Club Hotel sets a picturesque scene of azure heavenly vibes and timeless love.

Planning a wedding is a journey of many emotions and, all too often, one that leaves both the bride and groom pondering a last minute decision to abandon the big wedding plans and simply elope thanks to the stress. Not so at Muri Beach Club Hotel. Your personal, professional wedding coordinator will take care of every fiddly detail so that the excitement you’ve felt since your engagement doesn’t fade in the lead-up to becoming Mr & Mrs. Your wedding licence will be arranged ,along with a local celebrant, minister, pastor or a priest … even witnesses, if you require them.

An adult-only oasis accommodating guests 18-years and over, Muri Beach Club Hotel is your Cook Islands wedding specialist. Choose to exchange vows lagoon-side, on one of the private palm-covered motus that sit just off the hotel’s sandy shore, or in the air-conditioned Lagoon Lounge overlooking tranquil Muri Lagoon.

Muri Beach Club Hotel, RarotongaWeddings At Muri Beach Club Hotel are fuss-free and flexible – essential qualities for making your wedding day every bit the fairy-tale you’ve longed for. The Club Classic wedding package, starting at NZD$999, is the perfect choice if you are looking for a low-key, intimate wedding, and great value for money. You’ll have everything you need, including gorgeous floral garlands, while barely lifting a finger (saving that for the most important moment of the day). No fuss, no stress – just the happiness and joy of your special day.

If you are planning a larger but still intimate affair with 30 of your closest friends and family, the all-inclusive “I Do” package is for you. For NZD$5,999, this is the complete wedding package and includes a beautiful ceremony under a floral archway at one of the hotel’s exclusive beachfront locations; your reception is held in a choice of three venues; there’s a Polynesian Buffet feast, 3-hour drinks package, a single-tier wedding cake, plus a 5-night stay in a Deluxe Beachfront Room for the Bride and Groom. That’s your wedding and honeymoon completely taken care of in one perfect package.

The hotel is also home to ‘Beauty & Spa’, the ideal spot for bridal parties to retreat and unwind before the big day. All wedding groups receive a 15% discount in the Spa. Enjoy a pre-wedding day girls’ pamper session, or a romantic couples massage plus. For a small additional cost, the hotel can organise canapés and cocktails to complete your day of indulgence.

Life is a journey of countless steps – steps best journeyed with a companion. Let the experienced wedding team at Muri Beach Club Hotel take care of everything, freeing you to relax, breathe and enjoy the first steps of your new life together. Bliss!

For more information, contact Anita Gatley of Wedding Travel who is an expert on wedding, honeymoon and other travel, specifically in the South Pacific. / 0508 HONEYMOON

Muri Beach Club Hotel, Rarotonga

Finding the right wedding car

Finding the right wedding carChoosing adequate transport for your wedding deserves an equal amount of attention as every other aspect of your wedding preparations. It might seem a small part of the wedding in general, but so much hype is involved in the moment when the bride and groom leave or arrive in their designated vehicle. In that respect, the type of car and its matchy-matchy look to the whole wedding theme are very important factors to consider when organising your dream wedding.

Remember to book in time

Great wedding cars might sometimes be even more difficult to get than your favourite band or wedding venue, especially if they’re unique or classic. So, if you have your heart set on a specific type of car, you should hurry up and book it well in advance. Renting a wedding car is completely different to your regular car rentals, because of the high-demand and the very unique taste of the customers. If you want to have all your requirements met, you need to organise your time most efficiently.

The comfort of the car

There’s a lot more depth to choosing the right wedding car aside from looks. The appearance of the vehicle won’t mean much if you can’t move freely or get in and out properly. What’s more, you need to consider the bridal party as well. Who’s going to drive with you? Is there enough room for everyone? Do you want to have great pictures taken inside the car while sipping champagne? The comfort of the car is often a lot more important than its outside appearance. Still, this doesn’t mean you should sacrifice one aspect over the other.

Budget everything

Ensure you include the costs of vehicles in your initial budget calculations as one of the significant variables. The way you want your finances to work for you is an important factor in wedding preparations. Wedding transport-wise, proper cost management will allow you to choose the best possible solution. In that respect, the number of cars, special vehicles for post-ceremony pictures, different transport for the bride and groom, as well as all or certain guests make an essential piece of the wedding budget puzzle. Taking everything into consideration will allow you to look for more specific ceremony and reception locations, as well as focus on the completion of your guest list.

Finding the right wedding carConsider the theme

The theme of the wedding plays an important role in choosing a suitable wedding car. This is due to the fact that the theme doesn’t only cover the décor and outfits, but also the general atmosphere, as well as the style and location of your wedding venue. With Australia and New Zealand offering so many breathtaking spots for the most fulfilling wedding day, the married couple-to-be needs to analyse what type of car would serve their thematic purpose best. What’s more, there’s the question of accessibility of certain areas or venues by larger and more luxurious cars. Luxury wedding cars in Sydney have recently gained momentum and make for one of the most successful businesses of recent years, thanks to the rising popularity of ball-like weddings in Australia. On the other hand, here in New Zealand, we’re hearing incredibly favourable reports on companies such as Kombined Experience with their beaitufully kitted out vans, First Class Classics with their exquisit classic cars, and Robbies Fun Bus with their very unique red London buses.

Those who dream about small, nature-inspired and rustic weddings definitely need to spend more time considering their final choice.

Wedding transport shouldn’t fall into the “deal with it one by one” rule. This aspect has to be incorporated in the realisation of all the other aspects, so that the big day is welcomed properly and in a stress-free manner.

Nuptials in Vegas

Nuptials in Vegas

Nuptials in VegasLas Vegas is not only the world’s largest center of tourism and recreation offering bright neon lights, casinos, luxury hotels and a fabulous nightlife,it is also the wedding capital of the world. Couples will find numerous wedding chapels, open all hours. It is a city that never sleeps!

The options are endless … and usually limited only by your imagination and budget!

It is possible to organise a wedding in the monumental chapels of the luxury hotels, on the golf courses and even in hotel rooms.

After all, Vegas wouldn’t be so famous if couples were offered a conventional, ordinary, every day wedding ceremonies. More than 100,000 marriage registrations are arranged in various ways and in a variety of styles in Vegas each year. Here, the wildest dreams and fantasies can and do come true.

One of the most popular wedding heroes is Elvis Presley. Fancy an Elvis look-alike conducting your wedding ceremony, singing some songs and taking you for a ride in his pink Cadillac?

Do you want your nuptials conducted in a helicopter while flying over the main street of Vegas? Maybe you prefer to be on the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower or on a pirate ship, white gondola, or in a hot air balloon. It is even possible to marry at the bottom of the stunning Grand Canyon, in the Valley of Fire.

Weddings in Las Vegas are unique because of the gambling. Couples flock here not only because of the whacky and unusual ceremony locations and venues, they go for the gambling and nightlife! Couples can even marry each other without ever leaving the car at a drive-in option. Get yourself into casino mode playing online casino games, and then hit the real thing when you get there!

The lighting of wedding candles is offered during ceremonies in many Las Vegas chapels. This process is very moving and romantic with the bride and groom lighting the candle simultaneously. It symbolises union of two loving hearts and the beginning of your married life. After the wedding ceremony, you can arrange a photoshoot anywhere along the stunning Vegas Strip.

While in Vegas, tempt your tastebuds with one fashionable restaurant after another. Lovebirds can celebrate their event in one of the nightclubs and dance until the morning or go to the casino to try their luck.

From partying with your hens or stags, through the wedding and the ensuing honeymoon, Vegas has it all!

More and more sweethearts are flocking to Vegas to tie the know. Many are taking family and friends on their once-in-a-lifetime family get-together. Guests enjoy the Vegas-style nuptials with you, and take home many exciting moments from an unforgettable holiday.

Extraordinary and marvelous at the same time … Vegas is a city where you can’t stop saying wow!


Venue – Tribeca Auckland

Venue – Tribeca Auckland

TriBeCa is a unique venue for your wedding or event.

Located in the historic Foundation Building, this gorgeous restaurant also boasts a stunning courtyard that is perfect for your pre-wedding/event drinks, canapes or ceremony … and there’s plenty of parking!

Over and above the central location in leafy Parnell, you’ll be wowed by the personal attention of their very experienced and highly talented wedding planner, Paula Holmes. Paula is know for her ability to pay attention to the smallest details so that you don’t have to.

The newest apartment suite in Hong Kong

The newest apartment suite in Hong Kong

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has unveiled the first of two new suites. Designed by award-winning Hong Kong architect, Joyce Wang, The Apartment Suite is a home-away-from-home located on the hotel’s top floor. By booking the Central Retreat accommodation package, specially launched to mark the debut, guests can enjoy the stylish, contemporary surroundings of the new suite and many other benefits.

Designed in the style of a luxury private apartment, the glamorous new 1,500 square foot suite showcases Wang’s trademark elegant aesthetic and detailing.

The suite’s stylish entrance leads to an open plan living area filled with furnishings custom-designed in a palette of gold, caramel and royal blue, and with natural wood floors. Specially commissioned artworks complete the subtle yet luxurious experience.

Designed to impress, the dining space is equipped with a chic cocktail bar and pantry for showcasing gourmet treats. Giving the dining area its wow factor is a bespoke perforated brass chandelier paired with a 6-seat crackled gesso-finish dining table that imitates the natural beauty of bark. Equipped with state-of-the-art appliances, the Gaggenau kitchen is ideal for preparing food for many occasions, from intimate dinner party to family gathering.

A sophisticated, comfortable retreat, the spacious living area features a sumptuous, velvety-soft, 3-metre wide, curved sofa with two matching armchairs, and an enormous, richly textured hand-tufted rug. A centrepiece of the study area is a large bespoke desk with trademark Wang translucent acrylic base.

The master suite features a bed with curvaceous quilted leather headboard, separate walk-in dressing spaces and spa-inspired marble bathroom with deep soaking bathtub and separate walk-in rainforest shower.

The suite can be transformed into a two-bedroom residence when combined with an adjacent L450 guest room with interconnecting door. The resulting 1,950-square feet space is ideal for families.

A second super-entertainment suite will be the hotel’s largest, and is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

“The Apartment Suite is the perfect accommodation for style-conscious travellers who can enjoy all the comforts of a home-away-from-home in the heart of vibrant Hong Kong,” says Torsten van Dullemen, the hotel’s General Manager.


The Central Retreat accommodation package is priced at HKD50,000 per night and includes:

  • HKD5,000 credit for use at Amber restaurant, MO Bar or The Oriental Spa
  • Chauffeur-driven round-trip airport or residence transfers
  • Flexible check-in and check-out times
  • Breakfast at Amber restaurant, MO Bar or in-room
  • Signature bespoke bathtub experience
  • Complimentary minibar (non-alcoholic drinks and two beers, replenished daily)
  • Free Internet access

Valid until 30 June 2017, subject to availability.  Price subject to 10% service charge.