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Pre wedding – Marlborough Sounds

Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home“Miritu” – Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough Sounds, South Island. NZ.
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So this is the first of 3 posts that I have put together to share the adventure of a wedding we had for my younger sister, Caroline and my new Tasmanian brother-in-law; Simon.
Caroline and Simon had decided on the beautiful Marlborough Sounds as the location for their nuptials for many reasons – this is where we have come for family holidays our whole lives, so many guests were travelling from so far it felt important to offer them the most special experience possible and well… C and S just like doing things a little differently.

I begin the story on our arrival to our holiday house in Bay of Many Coves, just 5 days out from the wedding. The bay is a 40 minute boat trip from Picton which always feels like an amazing buffer between real life and chilled out, holiday time. Although, of course on this occasion we had a pretty staunch list of jobs that needed ticking off each day!
We were joined over those days by all of Simon’s immediate family and absolutely relished sharing our treasured slice of heaven with them. It was a welcome period of bonding which truly set the scene for a super relaxed wedding.

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Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Curtis Wedding prep Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Right from initial planning, Caroline and Simon wanted the vibe and decoration of their wedding to be super natural, drawing from the native bush of the Sounds and their shared love of the environment. We spent time bushwacking and fossacking for greenery that would resist wilting and struck gold with a rampant, wirey creeper. We picked bags and bags of this off the forest floor (some 3 days out from the actual wedding day) and then used it to line and drape everywhere we could string it in the marquee.
It was AMAZING stuff!!

Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Curtis Wedding prep Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Aside from the creeper we also needed to hunt for flowers and other vegetation to not only use in the vast collection of old pottery vases my sister had collected for the tables but also for the bouquets! Apart from from the bundle of gypsophila that my Mum had preciously protected in the car and boat all the way from her garden 6 hours south – we had nothing but crossed fingers that our loose plan would work.

To be honest, we nailed it! The seasonal timing of the wedding meant that we could tap into the massive hydrangea population that crowded around other little houses in the bay. We had our pick of soft water-coloury greys leaking to greens and for the bride, big white heads speckled with crimson that matched her lipstick perfectly! We also collected giant gum nuts off one big tree at our neighbours as a nod to the visiting Aussie contingent, as well as twisty branches kowhai, rata and more.

Curtis Wedding prep Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Curtis Wedding prep Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

Curtis Wedding prep Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeBay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeBay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

On Friday morning we packed up the families and boated another 30 minutes deeper into the Sounds to the wedding venue of Furneaux Lodge in Endeavour Inlet. Once again we were presented with dreamy summer weather, flat seas and the opportunity to impress our Taswegians even more!

Curtis Wedding prep Bay of Many Coves- Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

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Our first glimpse of the marquee at Furneaux Lodge where the reception would be held the next day!
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Mum and Dads little cottage with the grass roof! There were so many levels of accommodation available that all the guests found something to fit their budget but will still so close to the action!

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We set about decorating as much of the marquee as we could over that day. Friends were beginning to arrive and many leant valuable helping hands. I worked on arranging the greenery in the selection of pottery vases while teams worked on getting our creeper lining everything it could possibly line!

Curtis Wedding  Furneaux Lodge - Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio HomeCurtis Wedding  Furneaux Lodge - Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Photos by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home

By late afternoon we had entirely prepped the tent with just the arranging of vases on tables and some small extras to go the next morning. We then joined all the guests who had dribbled in over the day for a big “night before” bbq on the veranda of the old Furneaux homestead and got to getting merry!

Tomorrow I’ll share my pics of the wedding day!

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Locations: Raglan

Ragland, New Zealand - by Studio HomeIn a follow up to my interview with Raglan based WRW + Co. last week and the next terrific local maker I will share in early January, I wanted to give you an easy to consume peek into what I saw of that special coastal town.

For those of you that haven’t been, Raglan is set at the end of its own road. You don’t pass through this place, you make a firm decision to visit it. There is a nostalgic, rural kiwi vibe to the small town which mostly sprawls easily around the edge of tidal harbour. With a distinctive laid back atmosphere,  locals mix easily with the many travellers that flock to the area for its natural beauty and world class surf. There were great little stores, food places and the Raglan Roast had a line of both bare foot visitors and professionals on their coffee break hanging out in the sun. A short and winding drive out to the wild west coast revealed amazing views and the three world class surf breaks.
The pics speak for themselves and I have and will be continuing to blow my trumpet hard about one of my new favourite kiwi destinations.

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The Sydney Weekender: Northern Beaches

The Sydney Weekender - Studio HomeFor the duration of our 3 night stay in Sydney we spent our afternoons and evenings with the most hospitable and awesome; Rachael Oakes-Ash in her ridge top haven between Avalon and Bilgola beaches. I’d never been past Manly so the daily drive back from the city was a bit of a revelation!
A whole different world exists up there nestled in pockets of bush, national park and a simply amazing coastline. I spotted whales spouting, woke up to furiously chattering kookaburras, fence scampering ring tailed possums and enjoyed all the very healthy and tanned looking locals!
Yes. You should head up there.

 
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The Boathouse at Palm Beach was somewhere pretty special. Eclectic, quirky and most importantly…delicious!
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The Sydney Weekender - by Camillia StoddartMe with Rachael, the local lady in the know!
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The Sydney Weekender - Studio HomeSalt water pools! Only the BEST invention EVER!
Nearly every beach up there had one tucked in against the cliffs. This was at Avalon.
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The Sydney Weekender: city + the east

Sydney Weekender 1 - Studio HomeLast weekend I hopped the Tasman with two girlfriends, assuming my position as bridesmaid support for a focused wedding dress hunt! Armed with a rental car we whipped around Sydney throwing the bride through the door of many beautiful bridal studio’s and of course making time for important shop browsing and beach adventuring. It’s always amazing how your eyes seem so much more “open” when in a new city – the architecture, vibe and quirks of neighbourhoods that you fail to take in at home.

I had an ABSOLUTE blast under the Sydney sun and wanted to share some of the sights with you. I’ve split the trip into two posts (due to digital detox I filled the void with photo-taking!) with snaps from the city, Woollahra, and Bondi Beach in this one and followed by Northern Beaches beauty next week.
I hope you enjoy.

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Sydney Weekender 1 - Studio HomeSydney Weekender 1 - Studio HomeWe completely lucked out in our timing to see the city and harbour in the low late afternoon light.
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Sydney Weekender 1 - Studio HomeBondi Beach in its fascinating glory!
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I wanted to acknowledge the terrible bush fires happening around Sydney and beyond. While we were blissfully un effected, many are not and there are some seriously brave volunteers and professionals putting their lives on the line to do what they can to control mother nature. Crossing our fingers over here in NZ that those fires will be shut down soon.

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Locations: Muriwai Beach

Murawai Beach - Studio HomeI was lucky enough to have an interview take me out into the rural belt of farmland just bordering the rugged West Coast yesterday. That was a refreshing detour from the city in itself! But with time on my side and just 10 minutes of curly road between me and the wild Muriwai beach I decided that was probably the best use of a Wednesday afternoon.
I hope you enjoy the pictures from this beautiful coastal haven. I’d only been out there once before and had forgotten how lush the drive in is and how immense the ocean is!!

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The Gold Coast

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I’m fully aware that to many the mere mention of the “Gold Coast” conjures visions of grubby white 80’s sky rises, skin tight clothing and for many kiwi’s an unavoidable cringe at the thought of a certain reality tv show… but after 10 days in the area I feel compelled to correct this misguided popular opinion. Tarring the entire region with that brush would be like saying Hawaii is Waikiki. Surfers Paradise and her glossy amusement park sidekicks serve their purpose but all my prejudices were shattered on meeting creative locals, cruising the coastal highway and wallowing for hours in the sea beyond the endless white sand beaches. Winding into the hinterland every evening to deliver my sister home to her cottage on lush Mt. Tamborine and waking up to colourful “Disney-like” parrots having a yelling match outside my window turned my opinions on their head. I simply had noooooo idea of the natural beauty of Southern Queensland.

I hope you enjoy these pics I shot ranging from the coast and Burleigh beach to the drive inland to Mt. Tamborine, an Easter Sunday market and the spectacular views off both sides of the high plateau. The interviews I will be posting over the next month or so will reveal much more of the region and all I can recommend is it might be time to put a GC adventure on your bucket list.

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