Sarah & Patrick’s Foliage-filled Auckland Wedding

Words by Hannah Pronesti / Images by Greta Kenyon
January 25, 2017

“I’m sure there’s been many a good rom-com about people meeting at weddings. We were those guys,” laughs Sarah. Cliché or not, the way these two crossed paths while helping out at a wedding is nothing short of sweet, and based on Greta Kenyon’s gorgeous snaps of their own big day, we can tell they’re still smitten.

“I was instructing him how to hang a macramé plant holder,” shares Sarah. “I’d then gone home to get out of the jeans/baggy-T/topknot/no makeup ensemble I was sporting, borrowed a dress, blow dried my hair and put on some lippy. I came back to the reception to find Patrick and asked him, “How did you get on with those last few jobs I asked you to do?” and was greeted with a blank stare and a “Good thanks.” Four beers later this apologetic guy works out that the scruffy girl from setup has scrubbed up.” As they say, the rest is history!

For their own wedding, Titirangi Beach made a beautiful backdrop, with towering native tropicals and Nikau palm trees forming a natural altar. Post-ceremony, the couple’s nearest and dearest headed to The Refreshment Room, where Sarah and her florist/stylist bestie, Shaye of On My Hand, had decked out the blank canvas venue with lush greenery (an homage to Sarah and Patrick’s Irish heritage). The bridal party also lent a hand, decorating the room with hundreds of silver and brass candlesticks, creating a magical space for one helluva party.

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Sarah's close friend Shaye of On My Hand played wonder-woman when it came to styling and blooms. “Shaye made my bouquet, filled with all my favourites,” says Sarah, “dahlias, scabiosa, tons of greenery, green roses as a nod to my lovely nana and added a trail of hops because I really love beer. She cried the whole time creating it which was so special.”
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Frills and lace are not Sarah’s style, so when she saw a Knuefermann navy dress on the rack, she asked if it could be made in white. “I loved the shape and the way it made me feel and I also added a keyhole into the dress to make it a little more personal.” Simple, elegant and perfect for this babin’ bride.
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unstructured green and white bridal bouquet
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Genevieve of Eve Makeup Artistry worked her magic on the gorgeous Sarah and her girls, while hairstylist Katherine Book took care of their tresses. Wavy and relaxed was the way to go for this laid back bride tribe.
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Sarah asked her bridesmaids to choose their own dresses within a palette of 'ocean colours'. "They all have such different styles, I wanted them to feel amazing on the day in a dress they had chosen."
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Patrick and the boys were dressed to impress, suited in in black Hallensteins, with ASOS shirts, shoes, bow ties and pocket square.
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As editor of New Zealand's Together Journal, photographer Greta Kenyon is no stranger to beautiful wedding photography. She has a knack for capturing natural, candid moments and Sarah and Patrick’s wedding was no exception.
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Credits

Images Greta Kenyon | Bride's Dress Knuefermann | Bride's Shoes Chaos & Harmony | Bridesmaid's Dresses ASOS | Groom's Suit Hallensteins | Groom's Shoes ASOS | Hair Katherine Book | Makeup Eve Makeup Artistry | Reception Venue The Refreshment Room | Catering The Refreshment Room | Entertainment Pat for President | Styling/Floristry/Stationery On My Hand | Cake The Caker | Favours Made By Bee Candles |


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