Classic + Intimate New Zealand Wedding…

I am absolutely, positively in L-O-V-E with Andrew + Holly’s stunning wedding, sent over by Laurette Quax from Shine Studios! I adore all different types of weddings, but the ones that always pull on my heartstrings the most are classic weddings with beautiful flowers and personal details. This one hit the nail on the head! And how amazing is the location? I need to get to New Zealand ASAP!


Here’s a little more from the lovely bride, Holly:


“Andrew and I met in a nightclub in Auckland NZ, it was strange how it happened I was always that girl that swore that you never meet nice guys in bars. My friend and I were out for her 25th birthday – I wasn’t drinking at the time as I worked for an airline and had a flight the following day, she on the other hand was very drunk and in a depressive mood as she thought 25 was old and she was over the hill -haha. A couple of guys started talking to us and she was so drunk that she started being inappropriately rude to them. I apologized on her behalf, the guy that was talking to me (Andrew) was undeterred by her and we continued our conversation. It got to a point where I felt I had better take her home, he asked for my number, my friend was struggling to navigate the stairs and he was such a gentleman taking her by the arm and helping her down even though she had been so rude that was definitely the clincher that made me realize that he was one of the rare ‘nice guys’. Our friend now laughs about that night. We had our first date in the following weeks at a local tapa’s bar, he picked me up from home, the conversation flowed easily – and still does even today 5 years later.”


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“Finding my dress was really special, its not often that my mother and I have the opportunity to go shopping together especially joined by my grandma and sister. I was anxious but also excited, I knew once I found my dress that I would have trouble keeping it a secret from my fiancé as we share everything. It was so fun going through the racks of gorgeous gowns and I loved getting lost amongst the taffeta and lace. My wedding dress was a sweetheart ivory lace fit and flare. I ordered custom made earrings and hair slide from America. The shoes were ivory satin with a jeweled bow on the front.”


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“We chose blush peonies and ‘something special’ roses. Peonies always seem to romantic to me and I loved the muted tones of them and the roses together. We also had our tables and the alter scattered with jars of varying heights with a mixture of wild flowers and roses.”


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“We got married at The Tasting Shed in Kumeu, Aucklands wine region. Its not a traditional wedding venue but we loved the relaxed rustic elements. That kept with the feel that we wanted for our big day keeping in with our personal style. We connected so well with the owners Jo and Raj, they made our whole day flow incredibly well and were really attentive to the small touches that we wanted. We had just arrived back from Dubai and wanted our wedding to be a collection of the people that meant the most to us that kept our guest list and wedding to be an intimate affair with 35 of our closest friends and family. The tight knit group coupled with the bad weather, really formed an casual but intimate atmosphere.”


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“Our cake was definitely on the untraditional side, it was a 3 tiered red velvet rosette cake in bright graduated colors. Our guests mentioned it was the best wedding cake they had ever had. The team at Bluebells Cakery in hillsborough were a pleasure to deal with.”


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“The most memorable part of the day for me was when we had a break in the weather the sun had just set, and the lanterns that we had put up were turned on. We went outside and had our first dance on the dewey grass under the stars to Joshua Radin – You got what I need. It was every bit the romantic first dance that I had imagined.”





Some advice from Holly:


“Relax, dont let anything ruin your day, late guests, the weather or dress disasters (long lasting make up spilt on my dress right before I was due to get in the car) eye make up remover worked a treat. Its once in your life time – be present in every single second.”







Photographer: Lauretta Quax from Shine Studios 
Venue: The Tasting Shed 
Flowers: Emily from Blossom Wedding Flowers
Cake: Bluebells Cakery 
Bride’s Dress: Astra Bridal 
Groom’s Attire: Custom made in Dubai, altered by Vinnie at Sabe 
Hair: Jo Plant at Exile Hair Design 
Makeup: Amber Carroll 
Rings: Groom’s ring custom made at Carats Auckland  + Bride’s rings custom made in Dubai.


Happy Thanksgiving…

I want to take a moment on this day of thanks to thank all of you. I truly appreciate each and every one of you lovely readers, and I want you to know that!!! I hope you have a wonderful day full of friends, family, food + love. See you back here next week!


Photo via Martha Stewart


Happy Halloween…

I hope you have a wildly creepy + spooky Halloween filled with lots of tricks, but mostly treats! Oh and at least a couple crows. I love crows.



Better Homes + Gardens


And we’re back…with bells on!

We are finally back with our brand new design and layout, (that I have been working on for what seems like an eternity) and I am so wildly excited!!! There are some new tools to help make navigation easier, like the drop down menus you can use to search for weddings and inspiration by color, as well as categories for engagements and love shoots.

As I mentioned in my last post before the little hiatus we took, we are also now accepting sponsors! The Loveliest Day is creeping up on its third (I seriously can’t believe it!) birthday, so I think it’s the right time. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a sponsor, you can click on the advertising tab.

We will still be ironing out some kinks as we go, but I hope you enjoy The Loveliest Day v2.0:) A big thanks to Jane at Olive Hue Paper Goods and Scott at Ocean 5 Interactive for all their help bringing it to life!

Lastly, a GIANT thanks to all of you for being patient and supportive while we rolled this out. Love you bunches!!!

And since I can’t leave you without some eye candy, here is a sneak peak of a beautiful handmade rustic wedding at the Temecula Creek Inn that I designed and styled and will be sharing with you soon.

Handcrafted Rustic Temecula Creek Inn Wedding Melissa Elise Event Design + Styling

Image by Brightwood Photography


A Quick Hiatus + Something New For You…

{Image by Luis Monteiro}

Hello, my lovelies! I’ll be taking a quick hiatus as summer winds down to finish up some work on a new version of The Loveliest Day, which I’ll be launching soon! It will have a new look, better navigation, be more user friendly, and have lots of other fun bells and whistles for you. I’m REALLY excited about it, and I hope you will be as well once you see it:)

We will be coming up on The Loveliest Day’s 3-year blog anniversary in several months, and with that, I think it’s also time to start accepting sponsored ads! That will be another new aspect you can look out for.

So, with all that said- I’ll see you back here soon!!!


Uncommon Goods Giveaway…

It’s been a little while since I had a giveaway for you, and I’m back with a really awesome one, courtesy of Uncommon Goods!

Uncommon Goods is a Brooklyn-based online retailer of unique gifts, including many gifts for weddings (http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/wedding-gifts), gifts for anniversaries (http://www.uncommongoods.com/occasions/anniversary-gifts), and gifts for just about any occasion you can think of. They are constantly updating the site with new products, so you’re always bound to find something new to strike your fancy!

One of my favorite things that Uncommon Goods offers is the Custom Tree Trunk Wine Box, and that is what one of you lucky ducks will win!

This is how Uncommon Goods describes the wine box…

“Both great wines and great marriages mature and grow more precious with each passing year. And this customized anniversary wine box offers a personal way to use one to toast the other.

The box has three separate compartments for wine (not included), to be opened and enjoyed on the couple’s 1st, 3rd and 5th anniversaries. Engraved along the front is a tree bark pattern, customized with the “carved” initials of the happy pair. The box also contains other sweet surprises, such as the words “love” and “adore” hidden in the tree bark, and special commemorative messages engraved on the back of each sliding panel. It’s made from sustainably harvested, unfinished birch wood. Made in Kirkwood, Missouri.”

Seriously, how fun is that?! I love this idea, and I especially love how sweet the customized design is.

To Enter:

{Please leave a separate comment for each entry, and also include your email address with each entry so I can contact you if you are the winner.}

- Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite anniversary tradition (whether you are dating or married!)

- Tweet about this giveaway! Include a link to the giveaway along with @theloveliestday and @uncommongoods. Comment here with a link to your tweet.

- Tweet a link to one of Uncommon Goods family pages (either gifts for Mom, gifts for Dad, gifts for Teens, or gifts for Baby.)

- Like Uncommon Goods on Facebook.

- Like The Loveliest Day on Facebook.

That is five- yes, five chances to win! The giveaway ends Tuesday, August 7th at 11:59 pm PST. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 8th. The winner will be randomly selected. This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.

Check out the Uncommon Goods website to see more awesome gifts like these Etched Champagne Flutesthat coordinate with the wine box we are giving away…

And this adorable Love Will Find a Way Personalized Wall Art

Happy shopping!


Weekly Wrap Up…

This was a very busy, but very exciting week in our house hunting journey. We made our first offer on a house!!! Who knows if we will get it or not, but just taking that step was such a thrill! When I was growing up, my dream home was a tree house. It seemed like the perfect place to live, and if it was good enough for the Swiss Family Robinsons and the Berenstain Bears, then it was good enough for me! The house we made an offer on isn’t a tree house, BUT, it is full of unique details and fun little nooks and crannies like a small loft with a ladder leading up to it. It gives me the feeling of my childhood dream tree house, just in a more functional setting. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll get that tree house. You never know!

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What is your dream house like? Are you lucky enough to live in it now? I’d love to hear about it!

On to the weekly wrap up…

{Monday} Grey + Yellow Walnut Grove Wedding

{Tuesday} Scotty + Mollie’s Sweet Engagement Session

{Wednesday} Jesse + Hannah’s Louisville Elopement

{Thursday} Spring Green Stripes

Have the very best weekend, lovelies!