I loved designing Jessie's gown, especially as she is a close friend so I felt very honored to be able to. She came in with her Mum and was very open to suggestions. We tried several gowns and concluded that the Florence gown looked awesome on her and it flattered her silhouette beautifully.
When her order was ready for first fitting, she flew down again from Auckland to try it on. We went out for breakfast in anticipation, and to be honest I was quite nervous - with it being someone I care about so much! We then drove to the studio to try it on - tha twas a special moment and she looked amazing. We decided to modify the t-shirt style sleeves by adding to a ruche/pinch on the shoulders to create a more floaty cap sleeve look which gave a more slimming look to her arms.
The end result was gorgeous and fit perfectly both Jessie and the beach setting of her and Dan's sunset Waipu Cove wedding. - What a freaking AMAZING wedding! One I will never forget.
The love between Dan and Jessie is so evident, especially in how they worked together to plan everything, and also in their super supportive and loving network of friends and family. Everything was so relaxed and fun from the get go, an epic celebration.
The wedding setting was of significance because they both shared childhood memories there, and even their first romance as young pre-teens!
Dan had an amazingly romantic surprise planned for Jessie, which had her in tears of joy at the end of the evening, with the biggest display of fireworks I have ever seen, firing off from a boat out in the ocean, accompanied by the song 'your a star' by Coldplay.
Jessie's two sons walked her down the isle, one each arm, and her youngest, Zac, even sung a rap with the band. The band were all her friends from Auckland, - the party last until the early hours and was certainly one to remember.
Love and best wishes for you and Dan, Jessie. <3
Gown Design: Florence Gown
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Waipu Cove Surf Club
Photographer [Preceremony]: Friend, Anwenn Thorne
Photos [Evening]: Guests <3
Makeup Artist: Vania Rooney
Florist: Mint Floral
Cake: Jenna Marie Cakes
Catering: Hollie Shields
Wedding Planner: Bex Kerrigan
"From the first viewing of Lainee's exquisite line, I knew I wanted to have her make my dress. I took my mum to the appointment and Lainee made the whole experience really lovely. She was so professional and confident. I felt like I was in the right hands immediately.
I didn't have a preconceived idea of what I wanted, so she helped me figure out what looked best on my shape and how to accentuate the best bits. Her advice was spot on.
As the wedding day drew closer, she was this constant source of calm. I live in Auckland and had to have the dress shipped up. It arrived in the most gorgeous packaging and everything was PERFECT!!!
I would absolutely recommend Lainee. My dress is timeless and the whole experience was fantastic."