Jacqueline’s perfect flowers

Dearly Beloved chatted with Jacqueline Neave of Jacqueline’s Florist about creating beautiful wedding flowers – find out what you need to know and all Jacqueline’s tips and tricks here:

Q. What do you love about working in the wedding industry?
A.It is such a special day for the bride, the groom and their families. Flowers are a lovely part of a wedding and it’s a privilege to source the perfect flowers for the occasion.

Q. What would your one most important piece of advice for brides-to-be to know before the big day?
A.Choose flowers that you really love — maybe a type of flower that has special meaning to you. Think about the flowers that are in season around your wedding date. Peony roses have quite a short season, and in a couple of cases I’ve had brides choose their wedding date to coincide with it!

Q. And the grooms?
A.It is your special day. Don’t be afraid to pop along to meetings with the florist. I’ll check with the bride-to-be first about which aspects of your wedding we can discuss — often she will want to leave the dress as a lovely surprise.

Q. What is trending right now in the world of wedding florals?
A.Lovely open blooms of beautiful David Austin roses, dahlias, and soft chrysanthemums. The vintage and whimsical look. Flower crowns are very pretty, and men’s buttonholes are popular. Flowers are being hung in vintage vases and jars from trees which looks beautiful and can create a great conversation piece.

Q. What is the most interesting wedding request you ever had?
A.Recently we did flowers for a farm wedding where the service was on held on a private beach. The flower crowns and the bouquets incorporated olive branches from the farm and bunny tails from the beach, together with roses, daisies and lisianthus. It was beautiful because it was all part of the location, which was very special to the family. Also, the bouquet had to be sturdy enough to come down the hill with the bride on a quad bike!

Q. How can the right florist enhance the day and take the stress out of wedding planning?
A.Flowers are an important part of the atmosphere at a wedding. The right florist will sit down with you in a relaxed environment and discuss your ideas, and then make sure the flowers look perfect on the big day.

Q. What sets you apart in your industry / is different or special about how you approach things?
A.We cater especially to weddings and offer a very personalised service. With no retail space to worry about, we put all our attention into your special day. Often we will search vintage stores for the perfect vase or accessory to suit a wedding. We personally deliver your flowers and will set up at the venue to ensure everything is just perfect.

Q. Do you have any tips for brides on a budget of where to splurge and where to save, or how to get the most from their budget when it comes to flowers?
A.Think about which flowers people will see the most of at your wedding — often it’s the bridal bouquet and the table pieces. Work with your florist to pick flowers that will be in season on your wedding day. You will get healthy, high quality flowers, and more of them!

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Perfect wedding make up

Every bride wants to look her most beautiful and radiant on her wedding day!

Dearly Beloved interviewed professional make-up artist Mary, of Mary Estelle’s Makeup to get her tips on how to ensure you look your absolute best and to find out what’s trending in wedding makeup..

Do you have a particular ‘style’?

I am actually planning my wedding now and its harder than I thought! I am looking at having nude lips, defined eyes with beautiful shadow work (natural tones), a relaxed side do in my brunette hair and lots of lace! I love classic beauty.

You’ve worked for the likes of TVNZ and for lots of brides as well – what’s the difference in the approach between makeup for TV and for weddings?

Whether it’s for TV or real life, the look I always try to achieve (and the look I am sure we all want) is fresh, youthful and radiant. I always get referral looks of what the bride would like for her wedding day and these are often photos or on film. The bride has to remember the makeup will always look a little bit more than what she is used to, but the camera – lights and flash wash it out a lot, so I like to outline their features with a bit of depth, to make them look even more stunning! This gives the ‘natural’ look on the camera.

What’s your favorite make up trend for brides?

That’s a tricky one because every woman has their own style and personality, there is nothing worse than seeing your friend Sally walking down the isle with big hair, thick liner and red lips if she has never worn such a thing in her life, It doesn’t tie in if the bride on her big day doesn’t look like the woman the groom wanted to marry!

What do most brides in New Zealand like/look for when it comes to wedding makeup?

Almost every bride I makeup wants the natural look, although occsionally I have brides with big personalties who want red lips or bling eyes, and thats when I get to have a lot of fun!

If you could give all the brides to be one piece of advice for their big day, what would it be?

You have probably dreamed of this day since you were a pup, so let it be your day (but not in a bridezilla way!) I myself worried too much about other people – who is coming and not coming…. that worry turned into stress then that stress turns into bad skin and health, the most important thing is to relax!
Get massages before the wedding, go for runs/walks, or sit away with some soft music to clear your head once a day.  But most of all drink plenty of water!

Thanks so much to Mary for those tips and hints!

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Rich’s photographer checklist

We chatted to Queenstown wedding photographer Rich Bayley about his top tips when choosing a photographer for your wedding. Rich came up with this helpful list of what to consider before you start your search and what to check once you think you’ve found ‘the one’:

“Picking the right photographer for your wedding can be a very daunting task. Although you will have many other important things to finalise before you say “I do”, when all is said and done it is those precious images that will bring the memories and emotion flooding back years afterwards. It will require a bit of research and a lot of faith but by asking the following questions you should be able to narrow down the field of happy snappers and make a choice that leaves you feeling confident and relaxed which is how you want to feel right!”

1. What is your budget?

2. What parts of the day would like photographed?

3. What do the packages include and how many hours do you have the photographer for? What are the charges for extra time/travel if required and how flexible can they be for you on the day?

4. Do you want someone who will shoot more in a documentary style, capturing moments as they happen or someone that can be a little more involved and keep things flowing and everyone entertained? A great photographer can find the perfect balance between the two.

5. Are they experienced shooting in a range of  weather conditions? Is this their 20th wedding or their 200th? You want to know that they will have it all under control regardless of what’s thrown at them.

6. This may sound obvious but… do you really really love their work or just kind of like it? Have a really good gander through their blog and website galleries and get a true idea of their style and what they are capable of creating.

7. Do you receive the final high quality digital files so you can get your own re-prints made or will you need to buy the rights to the images or pay the photographer extra for prints?

8. Do they treat all final images to some post processing love or just a selection? Do you get black & white copies of every image as well or just a selection? It’s worth paying close attention to the contract terms relating to post production and the retaining of rights to save any disappointment later on.

9. Do you think you could happily spend the whole day with this person? You might spend more time with your photographer than any other one person on your wedding day so make sure they are fun, relaxed and good to be around.

10. Don’t be scared to put forward your ideas to help paint a picture in the photographer’s mind of what you want to see. It is your wedding after all. Also remember that weddings are what we photographers live and breath, so rack our brains for insider knowledge/recommendations from flowers to venues, cakes to bands. We’ve seen the best and the worst first hand and we can save you a lot of time!

Meeting in person beforehand if possible is always a great way to grab a good vibe and you may even consider doing a quick “save the date” shoot to get some great shots for your invites and find out if your chosen photographer is THE ONE!

For more information please visit Rich Bayley’s profile on Dearly Beloved.

M +64 211893348