Though I've shared many images from this wedding, I have no idea why I never fully blogged about Georgie and Andrew's wedding at the Milk Station!
It's still an all time fav. No shortage of love and laughter, an unforgettable ceremony under the evening sun, amazing personal touches from family and with all the attention to detail (sigh!)...
Better late than never though, I'll let the images and some words from Georgie speak for themselves.
Throughout university, Andrew and I each had a secret crush on the other. All of my friends knew I fancied him and all of his friends knew he fancied me. But we are both shy and it took five years of admiring from afar before we had our first drunken conversation, which in turn, lead to our first date. In our first month of dating, Andrew told me that he knew he would love me the first time he saw me smile. I knew from that moment that he was the one.
Andrew and I have been living abroad for the last two years, so we wanted an intimate, life-filled celebration; a reunion, with our dearest family and friends, inspired by our love of travel and combined with the deep-roots of our true home in New Zealand. Being the artistic one, Andrew left all the styling and details entirely to me. A task that I relished!
I wanted our wedding to feel old-worldly and ethereal and to be loaded with handmade touches. The Milk Station was the perfect venue, with its orchards, rustic restored buildings and plentiful olive trees. The accommodation on site also meant that the wedding could be a weekend long celebration, surrounded by the people we love.
I made all of the wedding stationary. I drew the various wreath designs used throughout, imported handmade stippled edge paper from Germany and designed a wax seal stamp that I had made in Hong Kong. I bought a worn, vintage book about love and hand painted the cover to create a unique ring bearing book.
My dress was a pewter lace flower adored Watters gown, exclusive to BHLDN, which I purchased while we were road tripping through the US. My pewter shoes were Jimmy Choo.
Andrew wore a suit from British company Reiss and his bow tie and the Best Man’s tie were from Mrs Bow Tie.
The Matron of Honour’s dress was the Willow, by American designer Jenny Yoo.
We are blessed with amazing family and friends who are not only incredibly talented but also selfless and giving. All of these people made our wedding more than I could have ever imagined. My Mum and a dear family friend created my hand-cut drop veil, which was delicately stitched onto my Precious Secrets headpiece. My Dad constructed our ceremony arch out of branches cut from an old tree in the garden.
We put together a dessert table; covered in vintage containers, decorated in bunting stitched by my Mum and filled with sweet treats using favourite family recipes. Both my Mum and Andrew’s Mum are hobbyist cake decorators. So we were spoilt with two stunning cakes. A whimsical bird cage inspired wedding cake, made by my Mum and a traditional tiered cake, made by Andrew’s Mum.
The reception room decorations were simple; olive and eucalyptus table runners made from branches ordered from a bulk supplier and put together by many helping hands the morning of the wedding, and place cards tied to a sprig of rosemary cut from the plentiful bushes at the venue.
I am a keen photographer and knew the style of photography I wanted for our wedding. Jenny Siaosi, with her candid, natural style and love of natural lighting made her an obvious choice. I wanted no other!
Seasonal, locally grown florals and flowering herbs in marsala, blush and neutral tones were used by the talented Yvette Edwards to create our bouquets, button holes and my flower crown. I imported rough edged, hand died silk ribbon from Hungary, which Yvette used to add the finishing touches to her floral designs.
Second Shooter: Jaymee Morrison (of course).
Venue: The Milk Station.
Flowers: Yvette Edwards.
Celebrant: Michael McGoff.
Dessert Table: Talented Mums.
Stationary and Styling: Talented Bride, Georgie.
Bride's Dress: A Watter's gown, exclusive to BHLDN.
Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo.
Groom's Suit: British company Reiss. Bow tie from Mrs Bow Tie.