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Mount Soho Winery winter wedding: Kelly + Mark

December 18, 2012
all white bouquet and lace ribbon

This wedding may just take the cake for having the most breathtaking landscape and possibly the most extreme post ceremony activity. The photos by Bayly & Moore are beautiful, but what exactly did they have to do to get them? Oh, just hop on a helicopter with the bride & groom, plus their entire wedding party, and fly to the tip of Mount Soho in Queenstown, New Zealand. It was Kelly + Mark’s ideal location to showcase their beautiful country and entertain guests from abroad, and it did not disappoint!

crystal hair barrette silver shimmer heels

To add a little glam to a traditional timeless style Kelly went with a hint of sparkle.

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I love bright colours and cobalt blue is one of my favourites. I really wanted a strong modern contrast and elegant effect of the long length, whilst again taking into account the wether conditions.

helicopter view of Mount Soho Winery wedding helicopter ride mountaintop wedding picnic

A little picnic was waiting for the wedding party at the top of the mountain. And then these gorgeous photos were taken…

mountaintop wedding portrait cobalt blue bridesmaid dresses mountaintop wedding portrait

One thing I wish I knew before I started my wedding plans – how much time it really takes to plan it all yourself from afar! I planned the wedding from Singapore! When your bridesmaids offer help take it because it can really end up being a bit stressful the last few weeks leading up to your day. Also the length of time it too to customize my dress. If you can, plan to have it completed a month prior. It gives you ample time to tweak and not stress yourself out last minute.

hanging escort card pictures type-written guest  notes wine barrel accents and bud vases hanging lanterns and twinkle lights and vibrant floral centerpieces

Kelly + Mark created a custom gold tiki for each guest (which is a traditional New Zealand icon) as their favors and everyone wore them throughout the dinner and on the dance floor.

orange, pink and purple wild flowers harvest table and twinkle lights

We went with one long feasting table, decorated with rustic elements like tree stumps all hand cut, bright flowers and candles with bulb lights strung overhead like an Italian feast. Mountains could be seen from every window. It was truly magical! After dinner, guests moved into the antler room complete with a bar, DJ, dance floor, open fireplace and large leather lounges for post ceremony party time.

mounted antlers evening ice cream truck

We decided against a traditional cake and instead surprised our guests with Mr. Whippy, an ice cream truck we both loved from our childhood.

sheer sleeves and beaded wedding dress

Sigh… such a pretty wedding, yes?

Congratulations Kelly + Mark!

Photography: Bayly & Moore / Bride’s dress: Time Taken to Make a Dress / Bride’s shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Bridesmaid dresses: Sheike / Bridesmaid shoes: Custom / Flower girls: Custom / Groom’s suit: Sergios / Wedding rings: Defred / Jewelry & Accessories: Mimco / Hair: Halt / Makeup: Renee Little / Stationery: The Experience Architect / Florist: Yuga Flora / Venue Flowers (aisle, market area, table settings, dining area, entrance and the dance area): Bespoke Weddings & Events / Dessert: Mr. Whippy / Catering: Artisan Catering / Wedding Stylist: Kyla Davies in New Zealand / Wedding planner: The Experience Architect / Wedding Venue: Mount Soho Winery / Music: Mojo Band / Atmospheric DJ / Transportation: Black ZQN, Helioworks, Resort Transport