Turkey is unfamiliar and enchanting – a country packed with ancient history, unreal architecture and vibrant people. We spent six months in Istanbul, a unique city which straddles two continents, Asia and Europe, and every weekend we set out to explore the historic city once named Constantinople.
We met at the beginning of 2008 when I started working for Joel’s father’s company. We started seeing each other in July that year and we’ll celebrate our eight-year anniversary in Paris on Bastille Day this year. A little side story – shortly after I’d started, Joel’s father Tony mentioned to his mother that he’d found a lovely girl at work who would be perfect for Joel. Suffice to say, I think he was right! The proposal happened on a trip to South America for the 2014 Football World Cup (we’re big sports fans).
We both moved to NYC after graduating, and originally met in a sketchy club on the West Side Highway in November 2011 (we only discovered this a few years later when we found a selfie Brandon took on a Kodak disposable and I was in the background). We ended up meeting properly six months later at a bar with mutual friends. We got married at one of the oldest churches in Panama.
We met at university about six years ago. We both signed up to go on a study tour to Germany over the summer holidays. We always knew we’d get married one day, it was just a matter of when. I guess Dylan had made up his mind that the time was right and went ring shopping while I was at work. When I got home he popped the question in the backyard.
We had the wedding at my parent’s property, which meant we had total control over every aspect of the day – despite my dad not initially understanding our vision for wedding! We had to do a quick powerpoint presentaion to get him on board with all of our ideas! It also meant we were able to party well into the night and the next day! We wanted the day to feel more like a huge party rather than a traditional wedding.
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.
We married in a studio just around the corner from our house, covered in gorgeous vines that claimed their territory along the interior roof too. We styled the space minimally but beautifully, with one of my bridesmaids making a huge, gorgeous wreath. We played music from our gramophone and important people read special passages. Afterwards we enjoyed great Kokako coffee, hot chocolate and Karma Cola with our guests, served from The Tinman’s Citroen van. The bridal party then snuck off to Orphan’s Kitchen in Ponsonby with our photographers, where we enjoyed a wine and embraced all the emotions with our best friends before heading to the reception.
Ingrid Starnes Vetyver Bergamot eau de parfum – The signature scent from the beloved New Zealand designer, created using smoky Javan vetyver and fresh green bergamot, this all natural essential oil perfume is long lasting and warms with the skin to evolve through the day.