Hawkes Bay Wedding, The Old Church, Linda Baylis Photography

Julie & Matt were married in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand on February 7th last year.

With it’s soaring ceilings, magnificent chandelier and it’s magical ambience, The Old Church was the perfect venue for this insanely elegant wedding. While many couples opt for the sun-filled conservatory, Julie and Matt chose to have an indoor ceremony to make the most of the stunning interior. I’m sure I’m not the only one who was happy to escape the Hawke’s Bay summer heat for a while!

I hadn’t met Julie and Matt in person before the wedding as they live in London, but we were able to work over email and Skype as we prepped for their big day. It isn’t always easy planning a wedding from the other side of the world, but with this exceptionally organised couple and two incredible sets of parents, every little detail was planned to perfection. The result – a relaxed day that unfolded without a hitch.

While everything about the bride was simply stunning, my favourite detail had to be the boys – decked out in style in top hats and tails getting ready in the luxurious Old Church Villa. Matt sure knows a thing or two about how to dress and how to rock his wedding day.

But enough about that – back to the bride! Julie’s Gown, embellished with intricate beading and exquisite lace, was from Mia Sposa in London. I was giddy with excitement when I first laid eyes on it while Julie was still in hair and makeup. It looked even more stunning once she was in it!

Julie & Matt, thank you so much for letting me be part of your amazing day! I could not have hoped to meet a more down to earth, genuine, and caring couple, and I hope you are both enjoying your lives together.

Recently Julie & Matt invested in a Queensberry Album- I love these high-end, professional albums and so did they…

“We’re so glad we decided to invest in the Queensbury album to keep a record of our day. In these days of digital prints and social media it is easy to forget how beautiful a proper photo album can be. The quality of the materials used to construct the album is incredible, with a beautiful leather cover, thick pages and amazing vibrant colours in the photographs. Linda’s artistic talents were also invaluable – she was able to design each page for us and highlight the photographs we loved the most. The album is something we will really treasure for the rest of our lives.”

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Venue: THE OLD CHURCH | Celebrant: VIV PEARSE | Hair: DEBBIE AT HAIR2PLEZ | Makeup: CANDICE DEAR | Florals: BEAUKAYES | Cake: CINDY’S CAKES | Dress: MAGGIE SOTTERO | Boutique: MIA SPOSA – LONDON | Suit: FRANK CASEY