Amy and Michael’s story began in Wellington, so it was only fitting that these Auckland residents returned to this beloved city for their nuptials, choosing the industrial style Prefab Hall as their venue.
“We love the beautiful coastline and mountains, and the quirkiness of the city with all of its cafes and culture,” says Amy, who met Michael whilst studying landscape architecture at university.
When it came to finding the right person to capture their day, they knew just where to go – James of Patina Photography also studied with them prior to launching his photography business. “We would recommend Patina Photography without hesitation,” says Amy. “Michelle and James really impressed us – the photos are absolutely stunning and capture so many interesting moments.”
The couple’s church service incorporated a Chinese tea ceremony in honour of the groom’s heritage. When it came to the reception, styling at Prefab Hall was kept simple with modern furniture, beautiful florals by Twig & Arrow and festoons from Grouse Lighting to match the modern urban space.
Amy and Michael kept it cool throughout the 6 months of planning by resisting the urge to get carried away. Amy shares, “We were pretty laid back most of the time, and not too fussed about having to have ‘everything’. After an initial Instagram, blog and Pinterest binge, I really tried to tone down how much I looked at wedding things online, unless they were predominantly advice based, so that I didn’t get too overwhelmed.”
Amy was a big fan of Twig & Arrow’s work. “Mindy was really easy to work with and we were very happy with the flowers and floral displays. Everything was lovingly packaged and delivered on time. My bouquet was absolutely stunning. I was so excited when Mindy said that she could get dahlias, as they are my favourite flowers and she helped us so much with styling.”
Grace at Sweet Bakery & Cakery was responsible for the three tier lemon and raspberry wedding cake, which the bride and groom report to have been delicious!
When it came to the dress, Amy said “no thanks” to traditional white, opting instead for a dusty mauve number featuring a sheer floaty skirt adorned with delicate flowers, made by her friend Estelle Peacock.
Michael’s sisters, both graphic designers, designed the couple’s vibrant stationery, the perfect complement to the minimalist style and neutral tones of the venue. The bride and groom gathered pine cones which they used to hold place cards created by Michael.
“We’d really admired Prefab’s style and food since they opened, as the café is just down the road from the architecture school”, explains Amy. “They do very delicious, very beautiful shared platter style food. This felt really right for us, because of our love of yum char style shared eating and also because we wanted to have linear tables where people were a lot closer together.”