We always feel like when an L.L brides chooses to work with our team, magic happens and it is all meant to be. Meeting Erin and Scott, their families and being apart of their wedding day in Reporoa, Bay of Plenty was all apart of that magic.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
How did you tackle the overwhelming nature of planning your wedding? Did you do it yourself, hire a stylist, incorporate friends and family?
My close friend had got married one year and one day before mine and she left everything to the last minute even with two years to plan so I knew I had to knuckle down and get it all done as I had only 13 months to organise. I started with all the BIG things first- location, photographer, celebrant, furniture etc and then I did a month by month checklist. It made the whole process enjoyable and easy.
I did it ALL myself- the planning anyways. When I say I'm a control freak, i mean it... but at least I'm very self aware about it right?! I certainly bounced off people and used them as my sounding board just so I could have someone confirm that my ideas were 'cool'. I also had a lot of people give me advice but sometimes you just have to ignore it and go with your gut.
ON THE DAY
What was one thing you did on the day of wedding that helped you to stay calm & focused on the real reason of the day and take it all in.
Well, I did all my bridesmaids hair and make up which is one of my favourite things to do so I was perfectly calm.... Until I put on my wedding dress and got into the car. Luckily it was a 30 min drive to the location where i could panic and have my maid of honour remind me that I'm "always right" and that I know what i'm doing. My photographer got in the car down the road from the location and gave me a cold bottle of water and a snack so it gave me time to gather my thoughts and calm down. My celebrant also met me at the car when we got there and gave me updates and gave me a few minutes before the whole thing started. Obviously getting married is scary... even though you know that your person is at the end of the isle waiting for you but for me, everything just disappeared as soon as I got up to the arch with him in front of me. I was instantly calm and didn't even fumble through my vows. So there wasn't any special trick or anything for me.
Did you start the wedding planning with a budget? How did you stick to it, or didn’t you?
Oh. My God. Naive little Erin thought she could plan a wedding for around $10k....considering we didn't have to pay for our photographer (In laws gift to us) or our venue (my dad's home along the Waikato river where I grew up) but we more than doubled it. I just had an idea of how I wanted my wedding to look and didn't stop at anything to ensure that it happened. It's only happens once right?! I always made sure I had a budget/total of all costs at all times so I could make sure I knew what I still needed to pay for and whatnot but clearly did not stick to our initial target.
How did you define your style for your wedding day? Where did you go to for inspiration?
I pulled inspiration from only the coolest wedding magazines, Pinterest, LL's instagram feed, and the place I grew up. I knew I wanted an 'eco-friendly' wedding so I made sure all my decorations were biodegradable and foraged which made it feel more like it was one of a kind. I had a vision of natural/raw woods, foraged greenery and soft lighting. The "perfect wedding" that I initially wanted, evolved over the planning period and became beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It turned into the perfect wedding. I think it couldn't have been as good as it was without my sister. Combined, we are a design powerhouse (I think so anyways) and we literally did all the styling during the week leading up to the wedding. My incredible brother and husband did all the foraging and we just chose what look best laying on the tables. We just did what felt and looked right. But seriously though, LL's instagram is some serious wedding inspo!!
What would be your ONE piece of advice to future L.L Brides?
Stick to your guns. This is your day- not anyone else's (well, except your husband's) so plan to your own ethos. Everyone loves putting in their two cents worth and there will always be someone who thinks they know everything about weddings since they got married back in 1975, so don't be afraid to tell Aunt Linda to take a seat. My best advice would be to invite who you and your husband want to invite... Don't let anyone force you into inviting your cousin's partner who have been dating for two weeks that you've never met... Trust me, it happens.