There is so much to love about this gorgeous winter wedding by Bayly & Moore who have captured it to perfection. From the beautiful snowy portraits on top of the Southern Alps, to the lovely cosy scenes that greeted guests at the reception this is my kinda wedding!
Their engagement may have taken place on a sunny Bali beach, but for Hails and Darb, a winter wedding was always a priority. Guests were invited to their alpine home of Wanaka, New Zealand for a weekend on the slopes and a warming rustic wintery feast with open fires, mulled wine and a barn dance. Creative friends and family helped them fashion some unique touches, including an old fence that Hayley and her sister turned into table names inspired by the aviation phonetic alphabet (a nod to Darby's job as a helicopter pilot, which now hangs in the couple's home as a very special piece of art). Candles lined the tables, producing a lovely warm glow, and the vibrant winter flower arrangements were made up of a mix of red, pink, peach and coral blooms. The gorgeous cake was a true family affair, designed by the bride, baked by her mother, then served alongside a selection of delicious desserts whipped up by Hayley's aunts. She also carried a crystal necklace given to her by her grandmother, incorporated into the bouquet.
"The bouquets and arrangements were not only arranged with love but grown with love too, incorporating berries, pussy-willow and greenery from Darby's beautiful late Mum's beloved garden."
Hayley loved the idea of wearing boots and fur and polka dot tights for her winter wedding, and she had a few fixed ideas when it came to her dress. She visited Louise Anderson in Christchurch and fell in love with her Luci Dibella ready-to-wear gowns, and one in particular caught her eye. In a Cinderella moment, she tried it on and it fitted perfectly. Louise skilfully tweaked a few details, adding gorgeous beading to match Hayley's veil and headpiece, and the bride-to-be had her dream dress!
"Snow is a big part of our lives, so there was no question of having our photos taken in it. Wee sips of whiskey and the excitement kept us warm!"