We met almost 10 years ago during our first year at Waikato University, through living in the same student hostel. Michael would sit outside playing guitar and I’d go and sit with him and sing.
Juliette Hogan No. 01 candle—the first candle fragrance from the celebrated New Zealand fashion designer, a light, fresh scent sitting equally at home in both feminine and masculine spaces, with top notes of citrus and geranium, mid notes of lavender, musk and cardamom and base notes of tonka bean, leather, sandalwood and amber. juliettehogan.com
Illustration by Sarah Larnach
Tell us a little about yourself and about your business…
I’ve been passionate about shoes since my teenage years. I launched the Kathryn Wilson brand in 2003, at 23. We now supply to over 100 boutiques throughout New Zealand and have three flagship stores in Auckland along with our online store.
Dirk and I had known each other for a number of years before we started dating. We met through our local church and had many mutual friends, and one day those mutual friends decided to set us up on a date… and the rest is history.
Being a part of the wedding industry myself, as a photographer, I’ve seen an array of weddings, and from the beginning we knew we wanted our wedding to be all about the people, creating an atmosphere for everyone to gather and have a good time with one another, all on a beautiful winter’s day.
Chanel Boy eau de toilette – The 17th Les Exclusifs perfume from the celebrated French fashion house, Boy is named for Coco Chanel’s lover Arthur Capel, whose nickname was ‘Boy’. This unisex scent blends lavender, rose geranium, lemon and grapefruit zest, orange blossom, sandalwood and a masculine touch of musk for a fresh yet enveloping fragrance. chanel.com
Illustrated by Sarah Larnach
What drew you to floristry and how did you get started in the industry?
My love of flowers started in my childhood. Our home was set among 28 acres of Australian bushland. My mother would walk with me and my sisters through the garden and bush, pointing out plants and blooms, calling them by their botanical and common names. After four years working in New York, Australia called me home, and unsure which direction to take, I joined my sister Ineke on a floristry course and quickly realised I’d found my calling.
Beauty—For a flawless base, buff Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation into skin using the Full Coverage Face Brush. For a modern approach to a bold lip look, press Luxe Lip Colour in Parisian Red onto lips using fingers. Douglas & Bec chair. Zambesi robe and playsuit, Meadowlark Sacred Engagement ring, Metropolis bands, Bolt Large earring, Pave Star Endless Hoop earring and Taboo Hoop pave earring Meadowlark.
Frank and I were high school sweethearts. We met through a friend of mine at the time who was dating Frank’s cousin. We were all hanging out and from there Frank started texting me.
Everything on our wedding day went to plan! It’s hard to believe how well it went – there were no glitches (that we were aware of). We were fortunate to have a great team of people who also worked so well together.
D.L & Co Le Pomme D’Or candle at Mildred & Co — Set in a gleaming gold apple casing, this striking signature piece from the cult candle brand releases a scent of crisp Fuji apples, vetiver, verdant oak moss and a hint of antique patchouli.