Featured Bride Neala's wedding picnic

Neala and Tony's picnic themed wedding looked like such great fun. Neala's attention to detail and planning can be seen in all elements of her wedding. I love the picnic baskets - What a great idea! I also like her advice around choosing a theme. Neala suggests using a feeling instead of colour. Such a great way to make sure you are always focusing on the important things.

Favourite wedding day moment: I actually really liked seeing and talking with our guests. That was the highlight – seeing all our friends and family who had travelled to witness our marriage and celebrate with us.

Advice for future brides: Spreadsheets are great for keeping organized. And more organized = less stressed!

Also, consider using a feeling as a wedding theme. It’s a lot easier to remember how you felt on the wedding day than how your centerpieces looked!

Your wedding in one word: Sorted

Gown: Astra Bridal – Christina Rossi 1056

Favourite part of the dress:  It was pretty and also comfy!  I especially liked the detailing on the bodice.

Why did you choose your dress? I wanted to show a more hourglass figure, and I just loved the way it fit on me. I knew when I tried it on that this would be The Dress.

What made your Astra Bridal experience special?: Mala, who helped me find the right dress, was very friendly and helpful. She made me feel comfortable and knew which dresses had the features I liked – namely, the smaller waist! Wayne, Mala, and Sara knew I needed a dress within a quick timeframe, and helped me find one that would be perfect in time.

I initially had a dress designed and made by an overseas family member who designs dresses for a living. It arrived two weeks before the wedding, and while it was beautiful, it was too small for me. I was very lucky to find another amazing dress so quickly!

Get the look:

Gown: Astra Bridal
Mens Suits: Indochino
Hair: Hair by Nature, Kerikeri
Makeup: Bronwyn Evans
Flowers:  Bloom Flowers, Whangarei
Venue: Ake Ake Vineyard, Kerikeri
Entertainment: Instax cameras, Spotify
Stationery: Neala and GTO Printers
Photography/videographer: Stacey Milich Photography.
Transport: Denis Thomson (family friend)
Celebrant: Heather Townsend
Cake: Cherril Hoyland
Wedding Planner: A Practical Wedding