Art & Valery’s Glitzy Summer Wedding

A wedding at Tanglewood Estate is any photographer’s dream and probably one of the most visually romantic settings one can wish for. Being an event coordinator, Valery’s talent and attention to detail was brought into the equation and the end result was a picture perfect wedding from start to finish.The venue offered a blank canvas, allowing for a mixture of contrasts. Raw textures in natural tones accentuated the bright pops of flowers on the tables. The striking ‘ghost’ chairs were paired with touches of decorative old-gold table décor. Modern stationery designs were teamed up with crystal-cut glasses and the lighting installations featured a striking combination of naked bulbs and suspended floral strings.
The bride and her bridesmaids looked dashing to say the least. Valery’s dress, an imported San Patrickdesign from De la Vida Bridal Couture, made such a statement and her husband, Art, handsomely looked the part in his suit and braces. We can really say that every aspect and visual detail of this special day was well thought out and perfectly executed. Catherine Mac was there to capture the magic.

Their story.


We met through my husband’s mother. Her and I were friends for a while. When my love and I met for the first time, an unofficial get-together turned into a full on date. Two months later we moved in together and the rest is history. Three years later we have a nine-month old son Max, and celebrated our wedding on a beautiful summer’s day in Wellington.

Any advice for brides-to-be?


Go all out! You’ll only get married once. Do everything you ever dreamed of. I conceptualised and put pictures together for months. Then I made them a reality. I’m a wedding planner so of course I was obsessed.

Where did you get most of your ideas and inspiration from?


Where do I start! Internet of course, fashion magazines, decor magazines (I’m obsessed with interior design), cookbooks, blogs, my previous clients’ weddings, and of course my head!

What were the highlights of your wedding day?


The whole day was amazing! Waking up and getting excited, having my girls arrive to get ready with me, putting on my dress, walking down the aisle and looking at my husband’s face was magical and a moment I will never forget. Our vows were very emotional. Entering the reception venue was such a timeless moment. The speeches were so amazing and my sister’s speech had me in tears. Our first dance was absolutely unforgettable, and the party was a blast.

Did your wedding preparations include any DIY projects?


No, although I did have many decor elements custom-made.

Any time saving or organising tips?


Hire a wedding planner.

What song did you choose for your opening dance and why?


We did a Tango, so Gotan Project, Santa Maria was a natural choice.

How does your wedding reflect your personalities?


The wedding was very me, every detail reflected my style and personality. Luckily my hubby likes what I like and trusts my taste. And not to forget, we brought the groom’s favourite elements in, like the vintage Porsche. He’s a motor guru.