Deb & Mike’s
Beautiful New Zealand wedding
WEDDING COUPLE: Deb & Mike Toxward
WEDDING DATE: 15 February 2020
The Milk Station Otaki
WHERE DID YOU MEET:
We met at work and were friends for about 5 years then found ourselves single. Mix in some untapped chemistry and here we are 9 years later!
Deb, dress from The Bridal Studio, Palmerston North
Mike, custom suit by Barker’s Wellington
HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTENDED: 80
Tash & Colin
HAIR / MAKE UP STYLISTS:
Teena was in charge of hair and so freaken awesome! Totally in her element and the level of professionalism second to none! @studiofifty18
Michaela Kaye @michaelakayemakeup
This chick travelled from Auckland to us! Beautiful and professional, loved her makeup
We got in a local catering company – Nosh @nosh_nz
We had vegetarians, halal meat and pescaterians all catered for magnificently! Super stoked with the food & service.
We did speciality cocktails, his & hers, we gave nosh our recipes & they executed them perfectly. Huge hit with the guests too. FYI the brides cocktail was the most popular (the bar staff kept count for us)
BRIDESMAIDS & GROOM ATTIRE:
The bridesmaids were wearing Stella Joy dresses, ordered from Australia all from the same collection but in different colours & styles.
The groomsmen all wore suits from Halenstiens and our grooms lady wore an infinity dress she choose and poured through hours of YouTube to pick her favourite style.
Our way of wedding favours was to have a temporary tattoo station, they actually all loved it & we had about 100 tattoos there that all got used! We also had some retro tattoo buttons/magnets for them to take home if they so wished. All of which were snagged up immediately haha. Huge hit and everyone that knows us knows we love our tatts.
Temporary tattoos from Buttonhead Esty
Retro tattoo magnets from Distinct Design Unltd Esty.
I also purchased the art prints around the station from Esty and now we have them on out walls at home, win win.
TIPS FOR FUTURE BADASS BRIDES:
My tip would be to stay true to you and your partner, embrace your love & all your favourite things and people! I planned for a little under a year. Venue first, catering next, then a big gap of figuring out the things we wanted included which set our “theme”. We really didn’t have a set theme to be honest, it all just evolved slowly. I liked the look of something, boom let’s have it and so on. Mike choose his suit colour and details before anything else was figured out haha.
Long story short, don’t stress about pleasing anyone, go with your gut and enjoy it! It will always be perfect regardless
Our florist, Rose from @wildroselevin, most beautiful human I got to meet in my wedding planning journey. Super helpful, super calm and knows her shit! I gave her a general description of what I like and more what I don’t like and left her to it. Our bouquets were beautiful and the flowers on the tables were awesome. Very blessed to have had her. When I told her my idea for macrame flower wraps she was stoked and all in.
Mike’s wedding band – authentic Lord of the Rings ring. Brought from Weta Workshop Wellington. Made by Jens Hanson Gold & Silversmith.
We had a beautiful bespoke Lovelight, it was so much bigger than I was expecting and owned by a husband & wife team. @thelovelightnz It was stunning and featured heavily in photos from the day. Fiona was a treat to deal with and travelled along way (on her own) for us.
Our flower wall was also something I had seen and really liked the look of @blushandconz again awesome to deal with.
All our vendors, we just clicked with, it made the whole planning experience so very much easier for me. They are after all the experts and didn’t take over or bully me, but made me feel very as ease and in control, I was very lucky.
Deb & Mike