Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino

Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino

Real Wedding : Jessica & MarinoReal Wedding : Jessica & Marino


Bride: Jessica Canalin

Groom: Marino Taiatini

Reside:Hawai’i, USA

Officiant: Kalani Shelford

Ceremony Venue: Turtle Bay Resort, Hawai’i , 

Reception Venue: Kuilima Ballroom, Turtle Bay Resort

Styling: Steven Boyle Design, 

Photographer: Christina Schmidt,


Marino and Jessica were originally wed on 11 November 2015 in Nikao, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

Unlike most couples, the two separated after the wedding – Marino went back to New Zealand and Jessica went back to Hawaii. Because of the USA’s immigration policies, Marino was not yet allowed to permanently enter the US. Their first year of marriage was spent apart, and they waited in anticipation for Marino’s immigration approval.

Exactly one year to the date of their original wedding, Marino and Jessica held their Reaffirmation of Vows ceremony on O’ahu, Hawai`i – finally reunited, and reciting their original vows in the presence of their family and friends from New Zealand, Hawaii, and California.

Real Wedding : Jessica & MarinoHONEYMOON

Four days after the event, Jessica and Marino hopped on plane to make their final immigration interview at the US Embassy and Consulate General in Auckland, New Zealand. At that appointment, Marino was official!


Having every single person on the dance floor line dancing with the Bride and Groom.


Be in the same country!

Cultural traditions and details matter! Take the time to appropriately honour and celebrate the journey of two cultures coming together.

BRIDE’S GOWN, Janene’s Bridal Boutique, – Designed by Essence of Australia,

SHOES, Badgley Mischka,


HAIR + MAKEUP, Flaunt Makeovers,

CAKE: A Cake Life,

Real Wedding : Jessica & MarinoEMCEE/DJ, Kooldip Productions,



The bride had a cascading bouquet created with all white flowers: roses, tulips, spray roses, white tulip anthuriums, orchids, hydrangea, blushing bride protea, peonies and tuberose. The eight bridesmaids and Maid of Honour also had white bouquets but with pops of blue.

Four wooden columns at the ceremony were topped with sprays of fresh white and blue flowers that spilled down the side.

Two white leis were placed on empty chairs at the ceremony to represent and remember those who weren’t able to join the couple.

White rose petals were scattered down the aisle.

At the reception, tropical flowers were placed in the centre of each table, accented with fresh fruits and complemented by candlelight. The place settings were further enhanced with square rattan chargers and olive linen napkins.

EXTRA DETAILS: The Korowai (feather cloak) was flown in from New Zealand by Nikora Edwards and Hikairo Moorehead.The Whale Bone Fish Hook was flown in from Australia from Uncle George Taiatini.The Hawaiian Maile Lei was from Steven Boyle Design in Hawai`i.

Real Wedding : Jessica & MarinoSOMETHING OLD …

OLD: Traditional coins from the Philippines from Uncle Jim.

NEW: Bouquet locket with photographs of maternal and paternal grandmothers from Maid of Honor, Kelsey Canalin.

BORROWED: Diamond bracelet from Bride’s mother, Sue Canalin.

BLUE: Fabric of Bride’s paternal grandmother’s traditional Filipino barang.


Bright and fun lights were used to enhance the “Havana nights” look and theme. The designer used wall washes as well as a wash over the event space, including gobo projections and break up patterns. As the night continued, the lights changed to flashing and pulsing lights to bring the club look to the party.


A round, two-tiered white fondant cake, hand-painted ombre blue to white. The top tier flavour was Yellow Butter cake with Lilikoi cream filling. The bottom tier was Devil’s Food with Cookies N Cream. The dessert table also included matching cake pops dipped in white chocolate and individual cake shooters.

Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino

Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino


Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino

Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino


Real Wedding : Jessica & Marino

Real Wedding: Miky & Ben

Real Wedding: Miky & Ben

Real Wedding: Miky & BenReal Wedding

M I K Y   &   B E N

Vineyard Dreams

Bride: Miky Miranda

Groom: Ben Ryken

Reside: NZ

Photographer: Kate Wark

Ceremony: Villa Maria Estate, Auckland,

Reception: Sudima Hotel, Airport Oaks,

Officiant: Ps Jan Farrugia

BRIDE’S GOWN – Bridal Brilliance,

BRIDE’S SHOES – Hannahs –

GROOM & GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE – Suits – Hallensteins / Ties, Pocket squares – Munns



HAIR & MAKEUP – Face Me –

Real Wedding: Miky & BenThe couple opted for a modern and retro blend for the theme of their wedding, tying in pastel colours. Fairy lights behind the bridal table and crystal candelabras added warmth and a soft glow. They invited 150 to the ceremony and 80 to the reception.

“The weather for the outdoor ceremony was perfect allowing everyone a sunny and gorgeous view of the vines in full blossom. We had beautiful white lanterns hanging from a large tree near the back of the aisle which added the extra perfect detail to go with the bride’s arrival.”


“After the ceremony, everyone had a glass of bubbles and it was awesome mixing and mingling with friends and family who we were so happy we could share the day with. We wanted the afternoon of fun and laughter to last forever.”


Miky and Ben spent a week in Rarotonga, adventuring around the island, trying new foods and learning a lot about the culture. They also flew over to Aitutaki where they undertook a cruise, did some snorkelling and enjoyed a fresh fish lunch onboard. “We felt like we were in a dream spending the entire day in the sun, we couldn’t get enough of it.”


Real Wedding: Miky & Ben Real Wedding: Miky & Ben Real Wedding: Miky & Ben

Real Wedding: Tania & Mark

Real Wedding: Tania & Mark

Real Wedding: Tania & MarkReal Wedding

T A N I A  &  M A R K

Bride: Tania Walker

Groom: Mark Sequeira

Reside: London

Venues: St Bartholomew’s Church / Addington Palace


Officiant: Father Deo



GROOM’S ATTIRE – Paul Smith suit, cufflinks from Tiffanys

GROOMSMAN’S ATTIRE – Paul Smith suit and bespoke cufflinks

FLOWERS – www.emmafloraldesignscom

HAIR & MAKEUP – MUA and Toni Creative





The whole day was amazing but one of the most memorable moments was our first dance. We chose Flight Of The Conchords’ The Most…..Beautiful Girl (in the room). We wanted to make everyone laugh as well as keep the Kiwiana alive as I was so far from home. We are a very chilled out couple and our whole day was like a line up of a Lucille Ball Show with lots of laughter.

Real Wedding: Tania & MarkSPECIAL MENTIONS

My Matron Of Honour Claire Williams was amazeballs – she singlehandedly organised my Mad Men inspired Hen’s Afternoon Tea, and managed to keep me sane with all other wedding arrangements! Our friend Mickey Lam, an Illustrator, who drew an amazing picture of us that summed us up as a couple. Another friend Kristy Woodruffe drew the maps to the venue that were given to each guest with their invitation.

Real Wedding: Tania & Mark

Real Wedding: Stacey & Daniel

Real Wedding: Stacey & DanielReal Wedding

S T A C E Y   &   D A N I E L

Softly Rustic

Reside: NZ

Ceremony & Reception: Kumeu Valley Estate,

Photographer: Belinda Bradley,

Celebrant: Adrienne Dallimore,

BRIDE’S GOWN – Jeannie by Brides of Mancini,

GROOM’S ATTIRE – Ellen Taylors,

FLOWERS – Leaf & Honey,

CAKE – Kath’s Devine Cakes,

BAND – Off The Wall,

CARS – A ’39 Chev Sedan and ’28 Dodge borrowed from friends

The couple made their own invites and thank-you cards, as well as the table numbers and tree stump centrepieces. The cake had three tiers of lemon, caramel and chocolate. The fairy lights, organza curtain, tea lights, linen and seat covers were provided by the venue. The wedding favours were personalised chocolates which doubled as place settings.


“Too hard to pick one moment. It’s corny, but we both enjoyed the whole day.”


Stacey’s grandfather played the bagpipes as the girls walked up the aisle, and again was the couple walked down the aisle again after the ceremony.

Real Wedding: Stacey & Daniel



Real Wedding: Stacey & Daniel

Real Wedding: Stacey & Daniel

Real Wedding: Julia & Leon

Real Wedding: Julia & Leon

Real Wedding: Julia & LeonReal Wedding

J U L I A   &   L E O N

A Fairytale Romance

Bride: Julia Jonggowisastro

Groom: Leon Vasquez

Reside: NZ

Ceremony: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland

Reception: The Langham Auckland

Minister: Father Raymond Soriano

Photographer: Amanda Wignell,

BRIDE’S GOWN – Juliette by Maggie Sottero from Rafaella Cuica, Melbourne

GROOM’S ATTIRE – Man to Man, Wellington

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES – purchased in Jakarta


FLOWERS – at Church: David Bell-Booth Florist / at reception: Hana Floral Design / other flowers: Lucy Florist, Sydney

HAIR & MAKEUP – Arlene Make Up Artist

CAKE – Daisy Lumantarna

DÉCOR – A Touch of Class, The Langham


TRANSPORTATION – First Class Limousine

CATERING – The Langham


The Holy Matrimony – to feel our God’s unfailing blessings for us, no words can describe how we felt at that moment.

Real Wedding: Julia & LeonSPECIAL MENTION

Thank you for all our families, friends and priest who helped make our wedding memorable and incomparable. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you also to everyone who travelled from near and far to share their time with us. And not forgetting our loved ones who couldn’t be there – we know you were there in spirit.

Real Wedding: Julia & Leon

Real Wedding: Jillian & Scott

Real Wedding: Jillian & Scott

Real Wedding: Jillian & ScottReal Wedding

J I L L I A N   &   S C O T T

Just Brilliant

Photographer: Chris Dillon,

Venue: Ascension Wine Estate,

Celebrant: Dave Parker, T: 027 484 9935

Bride’s & Bridesmaid gowns: Bridal Brilliance,

Groom’s & Groomsmen Attire: Dorset Suit Hire,

FLOWERS – Lynley Store, Pukekohe

HAIR & MAKEUP – Mobile Beauty,

CAKE – Paula Jane Cakes,

DÉCOR – Insphire, /Ascension

INVITES – Ascension


CATERING – Ascension

CLASSIC CARS – Devon Buckingham & Kevin Storr


A special meeting on the beach at Omaha, a meeting before the wedding, with nobody around, just the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their big day.

Real Wedding: Jillian & Scott“On such a beautiful day, a slight breeze, not a cloud in the sky and Little Barrier in the background … the emotions were incredibly powerful. This was our time to reflect on things and to appreciate each other with no one looking, or nobody else to please … just us … just brilliant.”

Every speech was so special – not too long, not too short – but really powerful. The Groom’s daughter Jessica, aged 9, telling everybody why her stepmother was so special and why she wanted her Daddy to marry Jillian. She brought tears to the eyes of grown men, and it was all spoken straight from the heart.

The couple wrote their own vows which will always be special to them.

Real Wedding: Jillian & Scott

Real Wedding: Elise & Frankie

Real Wedding: Elise & Frankie

Real Wedding: Elise & FrankieReal Wedding

E L I S E   &  F R A N K I E

Piha Perfection

Bride: Elise Von Keisenberg

Groom: Frankie Walker

Reside: NZ

Celebrant: Adrienne Dallimore

Photographer: Bayly & Moore

Videographer: Indigo Moon

Venue: The Bowler (Piha Bowls Club), Piha


BRIDE’S SHOES – Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes,

GROOM’S ATTIRE – Burberry suit, Paul Smith cufflinks



ENTERTAINMENT – Band – CVE / DJ – Mike Corry / After match band – Logger Boys


Wanting a laid back but classy wedding, the couple chose a colour palette of light blue and natural hues, with many of the décor items, the stationery, flower arrangements, draping, screens, bunting and favours being a labour of love by family and close friends. The cake was made by the bride’s mum and iced by Carmen’s Cakes.

The couple’s love of good food and drink, and given the groom’s line of work, saw three of NZ’s best cocktail bartenders preparing delicious mixed drinks for the guests. They matched their Mediterranean style food with Sangria Rosso on the dinner tables, then= opened up the bar with rum and tequila punches after the first dance.

Real Wedding: Elise & FrankieSPECIAL TOUCHES

The groom’s best friend, Sarah, was in the groom’s party, dubbed the “Groomsbabe”.


Bringing together two families and many friends from all over NZ and the UK for a week of festivities and a day of magic.


Make sure there’s a powerful reason for doing everything on your day. Be the author of what you include in your day, rather than just following what everyone usually does, or what you think you have to do. If you understand why these things are incorporated into a wedding day, you then get to choose to have it or not, or include it in a way that suits you.


Real Wedding: Elise & Frankie Real Wedding: Elise & Frankie Real Wedding: Elise & Frankie

Real Wedding: Alicia & Kent

Real Wedding: Alicia & Kent

Real Wedding: Alicia & KentA L I C I A  &  K E N T

A true celebration

Bride & Groom: Alicia & Kent Dalziell

Reside: NZ

Photographer: Bayly & Moore,

Celebrant: Josie McDonald

Ceremony: The Ambers Bed & Breakfast,

Reception: Ocean Eagle Charters,

BRIDE’S OUTFIT – A champagne Charlie Brown dress with a vintage cape made of antique lace by a friend.



FOR BRIDE – Nicki Collett,

BRIDESMAIDS – Beautified,

FLOWERS – Blossom Wedding Flowers

CAKE – The Cake Box,

STATIONERY – Ink Invites,

“When planning the wedding we really wanted our special day to be intimate, fun and more like a celebration. We share the same birthday on the 4th of November, so decided to have our wedding two days before to remind us every year of what we have together. We wanted our wedding to express who we are and what we love. We wanted it to be different, like us, and involve those we love.”

Real Wedding: Alicia & KentThe couple had private vows at The Ambers Bed and Breakfast in Silverdale, a lovely venue with rose gardens, a long driveway, fountain. It had a very warm feel. They had 40 of their closest family and friends attend, followed by a reception on the Ocean Eagle boat with 77 guests.

After a whirlwind trip through Asia and India, Kent proposed on the last day of the trip in Singapore, right there in Changi Airport, dropping to his knee as they ran to the flight they were running late for. “A lot of our family were waiting for us at the airport after receiving the text that we sent just as we boarded the flight.”

“Hey all, after a nervous drop to my knee at the Singapore airport she said yes! WE ARE ENGAGED!! Temporary travel ring on the finger!! Love you all can’t wait to see you! (thanks Brian!) x K&A”

Real Wedding: Alicia & Kent

Real Wedding – Abbey and James

Real Wedding – Abbey and James



Bride: Abbey Looyer
Groom: James Looyer
Reside: NZ
Celebrant: Tania Scott
Venue: French Farm Winery,


BRIDE’S GOWN Louise Anderson


BRIDESMAIDS Light In The Boxrw

FLOWERS Tannery Florist

CAKE Cakes By Anna

HAIR Felix Culpa

MAKEUP Chrystal O’Brien Makeup

Something Borrowed Something New

STATIONERY The Drawing Room


A borrowed 1974 Lincoln Continental and a 1970’s Chrysler New Yorker

rwCATERING The Gables – Akaroa


The couple wrote their own vows and had a friend, Tash, read a poem.

The also held a locket ceremony. They locked a padlock and tied the key to a helium balloon. They let the balloon fly away, keeping the padlock.








Photography Nior Photography Date 30 August 2012

Proposal: BJ proposed to me in August 2008. It was my birthday and he sent me for a full body massage. When I got home, he popped the question and of course I said “yes”.

Ceremony Venue: Edgewater Resort & Spa, Rarotonga, right down at the water’s edge. A small gathering with close friends and family. Having a wedding somewhere like Rarotonga meant we would all be on holiday together. The Edgewater is very child-friendly – having three children, this was important to us. The beach was a lovely natural place to come together. What better backdrop than water and the horizon.

Reception Venue: The Umu Hut at Edgewater Resort & Spa. Staying at the resort meant we didn’t have to travel. The Umu Hut was nice and private, we had our own bar and waitresses. As our guests were all staying at the Edgewater, it also meant we didn’t have far to go at the end of the night.

Celebrant: Ani Piri, based in Rarotonga.

Photographer: Julie at the Edgewater Resort recommended Jay from Nior Photography.

Theme: I wanted an orange theme. I love bright orange with black and white, and it looked amazing on the beach.

Bride’s Dress: Jopanni Bridal in Mount Maunganui made my dress. I would describe it as Greek style. It was made from a light polyester fabric so I could walk in the water and it would dry quickly. A white dress with the “works” was important to me. It cost me a total of $1,100 including the long veil. It went together beautifully with my hairpiece.

Groom’s attire: BJ wore a white shirt with black Wrangler jeans rolled up, and white Havianas.

Bridesmaid outfits: Sally (my sister and Maid of Honour) wore a black off-the-shoulder, knee-length dress from KILT, a NZ designer.

Groomsmen attire: BJ’s two brothers wore black shirts, black Wrangler jeans and black Haviana jandals. All three guys had matching Dragon sunglasses.

Flowers: Orange orchids – they were beautiful!

Hair & Makeup: My sister, mother, mother-in-law and I all had our hair and makeup done by Sanil Singh at Edgewater Resort & Spa Salon. He was amazing!

Cake: Single tier, square chocolate mud cake with white icing and flower decoration on top.

Décor: The staff at the Edgewater Resort organised the reception in a hut. It was beautifully laid out with white linen and orange organza runners with flower arrangements on the tables.

Stationery: About a year and a half before the date, we sent out Save The Dates to give people an idea. Then, in February 2012 we sent the formal invites.

REAL WEDDING: Rachel & BJEntertainment: We had an Island string band play for an hour before the reception formally started. Then we had a speaker and a playlist on an iPod.

Transportation: This was easy – we didn’t need transport!

The Service: We like to keep things basic, so our celebrant just used the basic vows which suited us. Our wedding song was Bruno Mars’ Count On Me, chosen because it talks of friendship which we think is a huge part of marriage and being together. Our best friend, Mike read “The One” for us which was perfect.

Most memorable moment: Watching my little girl walk down the aisle in front of me when I realised “oh my gosh, this is it”. I really loved walking down the beach towards everyone.

Anything else worth mentioning: BJ’s speech … this was a laugh. We both went to bed to organise our speeches. The next minute, BJ was snoring while wife-to-be wrote his speech out for him! This must be the beginning!

Who made the day special: Our families contributed so much to make our wedding possible, and to have such special friends there made our day! My sister Sally was a huge help planning the wedding. I was a bit relaxed about it all and she kept things ticking along.

Extra special: Our three children were a huge part of our wedding. Tanieka (5) was the flowergirl and wore a white dress made by Jopanni Bridal. She wore a head garland with white and orange orchids and threw silk petals down the aisle. Our three year old boy was dressed like BJ and carried the rings, and our seven month old baby was dressed like BJ and carried by BJ’s youngest brother, Jaren. It felt complete to have the children up at the front with us.

Final note: Having Julie from the Edgewater Resort was like having a wedding planner! She was amazing! It took a lot of stress off me. Being a busy mum who works, I wondered how it would all work out, but it went ahead without a hiccup … just as Julie had assured me it would! ♥

who we used: 


Photography Jay from Nior Photography, E:

Celebrant E:

Bride’s Dress Jopanni Bridal, T: +64 7 574 4291

Bridesmaid’s Dress