Jun // 13


Following on from the stunning engagement shoot just featured, this Erich McVey wedding of Adele & David’s took place in Hawkes Bay. The images are pure perfection, and Adele’s Rue de Seine gown is beautiful. Thanks so much to Majka Kaiser for the write up!

When Adele and David locked eyes across the church pews, this devoutly religious couple immediately knew they wanted to get to know each other better. Both serious about finding a lifelong partner with marriage the ultimate goal, the Auckland-based Korean couple sought spiritual guidance to ensure they not only had the chemistry, but shared life goals and views to last the distance. Following a six month courtship, with their confidence in their mutual philosophies on religion and a shared future solidified, the pair wasted no time in getting married. So eager were they to tie the knot, they decided on an intimate registry affair and spent the next year planning the wedding of their dreams. “We were in love. We knew that we were right for each other and didn’t want to waste another moment apart.


As an event planner, Adele had a clear vision of what she wanted and how to bring all her ideas together. “I started by creating idea boards for each element of my wedding, e.g., the wedding table, the cake, reception décor, hair, make-up, flowers, and dress, etc. Then from these idea boards I contacted vendors and visited different locations. I love organising events but it was so much more fun organising my own! I have a keen eye for detail and aspire to perfection. My make-up artist said she’d finally met someone who makes her obsessive compulsive-like attention to detail look normal!” Adele laughs, but agrees that this focus on perfection is a helpful trait when it comes to planning events.


The tiniest details, from the typography on the invitations – which were designed by Adele and realised by a graphic designer – to the handcrafted clay ornaments, which served as place settings for their guests, added the deeply personal touch that ultimately makes each wedding as unique as the couple themselves. All of Adele’s meticulous planning and attention to these finer details were expertly captured by Erich McVey. A huge admirer of his work, who subsequently forged an instant affection for him and his “adorable wife”, Adele knew he was just the photographer to capture her “soft and dreamy” fairy tale wedding aesthetic.

When all is said and done though, it is the people at the centre of this special celebration of two families coming together, who are the ones to make a lasting imprint on the memory. “Holding David’s hands at the altar… my voice trembling, reading our vows, only David understanding my whispered words, seemed to make it even more special. In that moment there was just him and I.


The enormity of the occasion only really sunk in when my sister sang our wedding song during the reception. It felt so surreal at the time, but only then was I able to really breathe and take it all in. Many of our guests cried happy tears … and other people in the restaurant all stopped and started clapping. It was magic! That, and the time spent with our guests – some who flew many hours – to celebrate with us, is what I will remember and cherish most from our special day.

Photography ERICH MCVEY / Cake NIC & NIC CAKES / Florals LUSHKA / Stationery ADELE PARK EVENTS / Venue BLACK BARN / Bride’s Gown RUE DE SEINE / Bracelet KIEL JAMES PATRICK / Hair ABBY SCHOFIELD / Make-up SUZANNE HARDY MAKEUP / Stylist & Planner ADELE PARK EVENTS / Veil VISIONARY VEILS / Engagement Dress VISI / Film ProcessingPHOTOVISION

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