Featured Bride Portia


Portia and Chris tied the knot on the 3 December 2012 and are one of the most memorable brides so I had to share on our new blog! The photo of Portia and Chris blowing kisses has been used by many wedding magazines and I love it! 

The feeling the couple wanted for their special day was relaxed, fun and flowery prettiness! This is their story....

On the day - most memorable moment:

The most memorable moment was Definitely having photos with the bridal party when the rain came down. It was so much fun wondering when to run for cover under the trees or if we should just quickly wait for the snap. There was also a brief moment when the two of us were left alone and having a talk and smooch under a tree. The photographer managed to snap that from a few metres off.

Portia’s advice to brides to be:

Be thorough and well planned and don’t sweat the small stuff!

Also, no one else knows what is going on in your head. To them, everything is perfect so make sure smile and enjoy your day.

Steal a couple of minutes with your husband on the day, just the two of you, and take a breath because everything rushes by so quickly!

Were there any disasters you want to share:

The venue came under new management a couple of months before our special day and the new manager really wasn’t up to scratch. We had been to a wedding at the same place a year earlier and thought we knew what to expect. Luckily for us, our fantastic group of friends and family had no idea what was going on behind the scenes and partied on right through the night and we all had a great time.

All About the gown:

Portia chose the Maggie Sottero – Brianna. Astra Bridal was the first and only shop I went to which was about a year before the wedding. The dress I chose was probably the 4th or 5th I tried and I didn’t even look at another after that one!

I LOVED my dress to bits! I hadn’t planned on trying that particular one on, but as I tried on others and figured what I did and didn’t like. Lisa (from Wellington store), suggested Brianna and I fell in love. That was it – over a year before the wedding and there was a tick next to the dress box!

I really loved the square notch in the neck line. It made it a wee bit different to the sweetheart. The bottom wasn’t too full, and I loved how the pleats swept around for the train.

We asked Portia what she was going to do with it now Portia said “It’s still tucked away in the wardrobe. I wish I could wear it again! Perhaps I will do a trash the dress shoot one day (in water! I don’t want to ruin it!).”

Mens Suits | We hired the suits from Van Meer Suit Hire in Palmerston North. Chris looked fantastic in his suit. The whole overall look was perfectly put together in this very stylish wedding.

Hair and makeue | Denise Thorby from Spectra did my hair. She was amazing! Christina Clealand from The Dressing Room (at Spectra Hair) did our make up.

Flowers | Alex Phipps from Forget Me Not Flowers did an amazing job with our flowers. I really wanted the tables to be laden with white and green blooms and she did a super job. Everything looks and smelled delicious. The room looked so pretty and whimsical. The bouquets were amazing, especially mine of white peonies and rosemary.

Stationery | I’m quite the crafty type so Chris and I made it our selves. I knew the look I wanted and by doing it ourselves we were able to match every piece of stationary from invitations, to table settings, to favour tags, to room tags, to thank you cards. It would have cost a fortune to do everything we wanted through a wedding stationary company!

Photography/videographer | Our photographer was definitely the most amazing provider of the lot. We had Brad Boniface Photographic Artist. He and his wife were an amazing team. They were extremely organised (including organising our lively guests!), efficient, and had such an amazing eye for detail. They brought props for some photos and had loads of ideas. Brad then had our photos displayed in a beautiful leather Queensbury album.

Celebrant | We had the beautifully spoken and hilarious Margaret Pallet-Frame.

Cake | Art’n Icing – Wellington. It was a beautiful three tier, white, art deco styled cake. It looked stunning, but the main thing was that it was also incredibly delicious! The manager of the venue said that there was no way it would all get eaten...well, we sure showed him, it was that good!

Guest book | Our guest book was handmade by Hana from Baka Design and she personalised it to match our stationary. We bought a Polaroid camera and asked our guests to take a photo of them and stick it in the book with a little message for us. As the night went on the photos became more and more entertaining! We love our guestbook! It shows a great spread of who was there and what went on in a unique way.

Wedding favours | We wanted to steer clear of jellybeans and chocolate hearts as wedding favours. Instead we had personalised rock candy that said ‘Chris loves (heart) Portia’ in the middle. We ordered them from Designer Candy in Melbourne and they kindly matched them to our stationary colours too. We filled clear plastic boxes and tied a white ribbon bow on the top. They looked amazing and tasted delicious too.

Lantern Decorations | We made about 30 lanterns and hung them from the rafters in the venue. We taped layer after layer of tissue paper circles on to plain white rice-paper lanterns (with help from our friends!). We then hung LED candles inside so as the daylight faded the lanterns began to flicker and glow throughout the evening. We suspended them by monofilament at different levels. They gave the wooden lodge a cosy, fluffy feeling and provided that romantic ambiance I was after.

A special touch

My something old was my grandmother’s delicate lace handkerchief (that I think had been her mother’s), with our wedding date embroidered on it. I had it wrapped around my beautiful bouquet of white peonies and rosemary.

Instead of throwing the bouquet, my cousin delivered it to my Grandmother’s gravesite the following afternoon.