Review - HighWic


I started researching through this website the other day and wrote down a list of all the venue I liked without looking for too long, that is where this Venue comes from. 

I know one please it does not come from and that is Google! 
The website it was is the Historical Sites website and to be honest, that is not want I want to see. They are very lucky the building looks good!!

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Tips for Planning Your Wedding Photos Like a Pro

(NewsUSA) – With everything that goes into your wedding day, those once-in-a-lifetime moments will go by in a blur, which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must. After all, the last thing you should be worrying about is whether your photographer will be able to capture your big day.

The key? Prepare yourself so that you can accurately evaluate the “right” photographer for you. “The best photographer will take the time to build a rapport with you and use his or her experience and creativity to capture the mood, personality, ambiance and even the geography of your wedding,” says PPA (Professional Photographers of America) photographer Berit Bizjak.
“The finest wedding photography is more than a series of still pictures. It’s physical poetry — it tells the story of the day and portrays the essence of both people and place.” To this end, PPA, the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, has taken the guesswork out of the process by offering six tips to help you plan your wedding photos like a pro:

1. Book far in advance. The best photographers get booked quickly — sometimes as much as a year in advance — so don’t wait until the last minute to book your photographer.

2. Show them the money. Now is not the time to skimp on your photo budget. Call around and get a price range for services, and remember: after the cake is long gone, and the dress is stored away, your wedding photos will be the only things left to share and enjoy for years to come, so don’t cut too many corners on your photography budget — you’ll end up regretting it.

3. Make sure your photographer is a real pro. Only hire someone who has liability insurance, experience taking the style of photos you want, backup equipment and a plan for when things go south. Ideally, he or she is a PPA photographer. PPA photographers do more than just snap pictures. They have the technical expertise and artistry to make you look your best and bring your vision to life. They also abide by a strict code of ethics that makes a real difference. Watch this (video) to see real married couples share their stories.

4. Request to see a full gallery of real weddings. Look at full wedding coverage (not just a small selection of each wedding’s best moments) to see a photographer’s true style and get a sense of how he or she might tell your “story.” Do you prefer more artistic or traditional poses? Would you rather have a photojournalist approach or a mix of all styles?

5.Work with your photographer to create a detailed shot list. PPA wedding photographers can also help you create that shot list, as they know what key moments tell a wedding story and can prepare for those. But talk about your must-haves, and walk through the entire program with your photographer ahead of time. Share your expectations ahead of time to ensure that he or she captures the key shots, while remaining attentive and available to catch the best candid moments.

6. Plan your post-wedding photo strategy ahead of time! Almost as soon as the festivities are over, you’ll be eager to look at the photos so you can relive your big day over and over again. Ask your photographer for teasers or a “sneak peek” and a timeline for when the rest of the pictures will be available. Will they give you an online gallery for family and friends to choose the images they want? Again, knowing these things ahead of time will make things easy on the back end, sparing you any heartache. Get more tips like these, and prepare for the best wedding photos.

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Review - Woodlands (Visited)


Woodlands is a Historical Homestead. It is tidy and very large for any event. What we liked most about it was a character and knowing that it was specifically done up for Weddings. The amount of walking that you can do there is quite amazing, you don't realise how big it is until you actually do the walk.

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Review - Willow Glen (Visited)

COUNTRY, BBQ | $2200K |

Willow Glen looked really nice. It was just a "by-the-way" that we actually went there too. There is a lot of decking and a few areas for mingling that are all a little unique. The Cafe/Restaurant area was not not air conditioned and that was a concern, it was really muggy inside.

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Wedding DIY ideas

Okay I like purple!
There I said it! Everything from here on is probably going to be in 50 shades of purple, in the end they are just weddings ideas. Here are some wedding decoration ideas that I have stolen from other cool websites that I like in my hunt for cool things for our wedding.

Lavender tear catches
If I was at a wedding there would be at least one tear! So surely this will be used on the day.

We were at my fiances parents last weekend and on their front lawn was the most beautiful lavender flowers, unlike the common lavender that does not seem to have as much blossoms and the smell that came from them were amazing.

I love the below "happy tears" chalk board too, the chalk boards are so easy to find in the local $2 shops.

Pampas grass 
I only remembers these because when I was young and stayed and Nan and Koros (Grandads) these were located at the edge of the property. I am finding that as I start looking at wedding ideas and decorations the items that come to mind are all reminders of when I was a child.

The cafe at work has these in the corner and I am so sure that they have no "watered" them. I wonder if they can be dyed as well?

Coffee bag gift
Haha what a great idea "How to get you through the best of times" - this is a great idea for a gift that people will actually use. I really don't like the thought of giving people things that they REALLY won't use. I find it so cliche. OHHH please I hope we are not cliche about of wedding.


Babies breathe flowers with lavender
I remember babies breathe from when mum use to flatten flowers when I was at primary school, crazy that these things are remembered. I like how delicate they are but I do think that they would need to be paired with really bright flowers otherwise you don't get to see the delicateness and they just end up looking like a bunch of white flowers

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Invitations: Posting Time

October 2015
Finally posted some invites for our engagement out on Saturday, was good to finally get some going. We are thinking of setting up a Facebook Event for some people, I know my cousins wont mind too much about an Engagement invite coming in the mail.

This is kinda good because it will save some $$, a little amount but everything counts.

I didn't want to spend too much time on the decoration of the envelopes, so just a few silver flowers here and there and sent them off.

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Engagement Party: Some Planning and Ideas

July 2015

I have had a break from planning for family reasons, but now I am back into it. We are wanting to have our Engagement party in  November, which is when we get into the start of Summer (Apparently El Niño will make it warmer faster). Very exciting!!

Because we are wanting to have an small wedding we will be inviting everyone to our engagement party, for example a few work colleagues we will invite the the engagement but we will not be inviting them to the wedding, there is a close relationship but not close enough to invite them to the wedding.

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Introduction to this website: Our Journey

We have now been engaged for nearly 3 months and it is interesting how your mind starts thinking straight away!

This site is about our journey and I am sure its going to be a big one, its nice at the moment, I am happily and slowly seeing what is out there, finger crossed its all smooth sailing!

Yep, I am now ready to plan this wedding! It took a while. Had to get over everyone asking "When is the wedding? where is it?" - it seems to be the first and the only question that everyone asks you after saying "Congratulations". It was quite overwhelming.
So I  have had some breathing space now, the news has now sunk in and I am able to breathe. Its really nice!

I swore I would not purchase a wedding magazine and I did. Hehe. I have found NZ Weddings to be the best magazine, I like how they put real stories into the magazine, it does not come across as a commercialised publication that is forcing products in your face.

I have hunted for a great weddings website and strangely that was hard to find! Being in New Zealand I can't use the America sites, its just not the same. I have been using as a resource but overall I do feel that the industry does not make it easy for Brides to make decisions.

The other site that I have found is a great resource is it is a photography website and its great how many of the venues in my mind are on the site, so I can get a feel for what the venues will actually be like.

So I hope you enjoy my little adventure. I am a full time work at Fairfax Media, we have a son who is 9, our day starts by leaving the house at 7am and coming home by 5pm, so its hard for us to really get into planning, we really have to make time to look at everything.

Looking forward to the day already!!

Ring is from

With this beautiful ring on my finger the things I had to first get over were:
  • OMG, this ring is too beautiful for me
  • OMG, this ring is so pretty
  • It shines so much in the sun, wow!
  • It makes my hand look so much better then it did before!
Then you HAVE to get a GREAT photo of that ring, now it might take some time, but you'll get there! Below was pretty funny!

Okay so that is now done, and then comes the silly cheesy photos that you feel like you have to get that ring in!

Its still amazing that someone wants this on my finger. 

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Review - Cassels Venue

A friend from work mentioned this venue to me today so I thought I would have a nosy at it
They are a “complete wedding venue, from ceremony and photographs, right through to last dance” Social Media presence and a decent website means so much to me, it shows me that the business is serious about themselves. Mobile responsive sites are most important, this is how I choose to research.

 1012 Scenic Drive North, Swanson, Auckland, 0614

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Review - Mollies Boutique Hotel

Mollies Luxury Boutique Hotel
Mollies Luxury Boutique Hotel


Unfortunately this place have not invested much time into their website, their images are repeated throughout the site. Mollies dont give you any information about Wedding packages on the site, so yet again I am happy to email a venue and yet again ill have to download PDF's and store them somewhere! Gets annoying after a while.

In general this place looks like it could be really nice, probably expensive as well.

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Engagement Party: It was here and now its gone! but was great!

November 2015
Wow, what a crazy few days it has been, Mum being the host has probably been the busiest.

Contemplating what food to serve and how and approx how many people will be coming. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

Saturday was the day!

On the Tuesday prior my sister moved over from Aussie, so we had a few days to catch up and I took Thursday and Friday off. Thursday was spent shopping, pretty much a whole day shopping which is rare for me! I really hate shopping but I needed a new dress for the special day. Tried on some CRAZY dresses which I didn't mind since my sister was there to give advice on each dress, and then I found the one that I liked! A size 8!! WOAH! that is crazy. A blue halter neck with a bit of draping at the bottom, was really nice.

We got our nails done too. My sister Charlene felt pretty awkward being there since it is not something that she normally does, that made it funny. She brought some clothes as well and some Thin Lizzy!

Purple nails for Engagement party

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Review - Footbridge Lodge

Awesome views on a sunny day, wood views which is all the rage at the moment, many different areas to take photos. Looks cute, cute little chapel, cute entrance, cute pergola which all equals cute photos. A nice clean and tidy inside venue, with the nice country styled windows.

Haven’t seen it in person yet, this will be happening soon, so watch this space, things I will take note of is how many photo areas there really are, what is the environment around the site like, what are the motels nearby for family to stay at if they are wanting that, how many options are there for the ceremony. I have also read that inside the chapel can be quite dark and hard to photograph in. 

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First Outing | NZ Weddings Flower Arranging Event

"We're delighted to announce our first ever Flower DIY Workshop event is this Saturday from 2-4pm. Join us at the beautiful Mildred&Co showroom and learn how to create your own floral masterpiece with the help of green thumb and floral extraordinaire Sophie from Muck Floral and Store. Relax and enjoy our Natalie Chan Boutique fashion show with a glass of bubbles, sweet treats by Sweet Bites Cakes, and canapes from The Collective. Plus you'll walk away with a goodie bag valued at more than $200! Sound like you? Grab your mum or your 'maids and join us for an afternoon filled with flowers, fashion and food. Click below for tickets."

Mum brought a ticket thinking that we were going to a wedding show and I was so busy that I also thought it was a wedding show. When I saw on NZ Weddings Facebook page that it was a floral arrangement workshop I couldn't help but have a giggle!

There was yummy Wine and canapés.

And then after some sips of some yummy wine, Sophie at Muck Floral and Store showed us how to make our own floral arrangement to take home.

Here is how me and Mum did:

Oh yea, you would probably have to make a few before it REALLY looked good, but still fun!
Above is Mums nice delicate flower crown

And below is mine my "get everything in" flower crown. It was really neat to learn about how to make flower crowns, actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

And don't forget the Goodie Bags of course

Overall it was fun, something nice to start off many visits to new places im sure

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