Our Perfect Wedding

January 18th proved to be a perfect Auckland day for our family for one of 'Life's Special Moments' - the wedding of our daughter Shannon to her long time beau, Philip McDaid.

A 6.30 am start as the four bridesmaids arrived for hair and make-up call while Mother went to the Oratia Market for fresh food with culinary delights cooked for breakfast by Chef Christien.

Gorgeous Moments of Preparation

 Bridal Gown - Buttons

The stylists from Beauty on Demand created hair up and make up tailored to the individual styles of Juliana, Erin, Jaleisa (who arrived from London a couple of days prior) and Carla - and then worked wonders with mother, hair styled by Kim.

Our photographers, Delwyn and Rachel, from The Lauren & Delwyn Project arrived promptly and the whirring of camera shutters began with lots of creative photography.

Tears from me as I buttoned Shannon into her gown, a perfect Shannon style - a Provonias gown from Modes in Newmarket.

Exquisite Bridal Gown, Jewellery & More

Bridal jewellery and shoesThe gown, cut beautifully in delicate ivory crepe, features a short train and fitted bodice enhanced with mother of pearl detail. Trimmed at the waist with a bow the gown is complemented by a  medium length train.  And the shoes - Jimmy Choos! 

Shannon's jewellery included her favoured pearl stud earrings (chosen to complement her delicate skin tone and the detail in the gown) and a diamond tennis bracelet - a wedding gift from her parents.

Something Old, Something New . . .

Father & Bride - St Patrick's Cathedral

Bridal flowers and the table flowers at the reception were by Best Blooms, our talented local florists who created gorgous posy bouquets of white roses and lisianthus.

Something old was a crocheted edge vintage handkerchief made by Shannon's grandmother and incorporated into her bouquet, something new- her diamond wedding ring, something borrowed - advice, something blue - the garter with a blue bow.

Awe-inspiring Cathedral - Uplifting Ceremony

A toast with Veuve Clicquot to our gorgeous girls then at 3pm the cars arrived to chauffeur us in convoy along the NW Motorway to St Patrick's Cathedral in Wyndham Street.

The ceremony was celebrated by Father Paul Helsham in distinctly different style to the relaxed rehearsal the previous evening. The cathedral was awe-inspiring and witnessing the ceremony was an uplifting experience for eveyone there.

Bridal Party . . . Debonair, Adorable & Exquisitely Individual
Page Boy & Flower Girls

The groom, flanked by best man Sean, Phil's brothers Stephen and Andrew and friend Daniel looked so debonair and very now. They wore navy suits from Barkers, white shirts with skinny ties, and buttonholes with a single white rose.

George, Rosie and Millie were the most adorable, cutest and diligent page boy and flower girls, who brought smiles to everyone's faces.

The bridesmaids wore full-length gowns in the colour ginger (each gown in a different design to suit their personal style).

Bridesmaids looked gorgeous in their individual gowns, complemented with heels in nude and jewellery by Swarovski: Emily bracelets and Taleisa drop earrings.


Wedding Vows

Magical Moments

A special thank you to the very talented organist James Tibbles and soloist Elizabeth Sayegh, whose music captured our hearts.

With the Sacrament of Marriage completed, and lots of hugs and kisses and photographs, the wedding party disappeared for further photographs while the guests moved on to the reception. 

Sparkling Occasion & Waterside Venue
Wedding Venue

We held the reception at The Foodstore, Viaduct Harbour, where all were welcomed with champagne and canapés. The sparkling day light danced on the water, reflecting the joy in our hearts.

The The Foodstore team was capably led by Event Coordinator Joanna Diment and delivered a faultless dinner service.

Ours was the first wedding reception at this venue and how the staff excelled.

Such a Perfect Day . . . 

Bride's Parents

Stephen McDaid (MC for the evening) led the speeches, which were clever, entertaining and efficient - with several witty accounting references.

The cutting of the cake concluded the formal part of the evening. Then the dancing began, led by the bride and groom.

It was a party and perfect day that everyone enjoyed and no one wanted to end.

(How could it? With such strong memories in our hearts, that day will live on forever.)

Congratulations Shannon and Phil. 

Wedding Party2

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Special thanks to The Lauren + Delwyn Project for the use of the fabulous images in this post.