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Buy now, decide later: Via Sollertia


This would not be a bridal issue without paying tribute to one of our favourite bespoke creation specialists; Via Sollertia Jewellers.

 

 

The team at Via Sollertia are skilled professionals who offer amazing services to all of their customers, from finding the perfect diamond or gem for you, to custom creation and maintenance services.

While investing in the idea of a long future together with your partner is a big decision, so is the piece of jewellery that will cement that union.

The Nu Proposal is a great way to take off a little bit of that pressure.

Via Sollertia explains that “’Nu’ translates to nude in French. By proposing with the perfect diamond or gemstone you get a stripped back, stress free moment”.

Buy the diamond now and decide on the technicalities later.

For more information phone 03 366 8001 or check out their website.


 

Weddings on a budget: Halswell Bakery


When it comes to the big day, you don’t need a big budget… that is if you head to Halswell Bakery!

From simple, rustic style cakes, to beautiful fresh sandwich platters, the bakery offers a bespoke service so you can get exactly what you want for your engagement celebration, hen/stag do, the wedding day, or the ‘day after’ barbeque.

Individually packaged and personalised cookies make great wedding favours, while ‘message’ cupcakes are great for popping the question to your bridesmaids.

What about some freshly baked bread for your dinner table, croissants for a champagne breakfast, or a selection of sweet treats for a dessert table?

The possibilities are endless.

Open seven days, you can discuss the options with the friendly team by popping into the store at 346 Halswell Road, phone 03 322 4600, or email shop@halswellbakery.co.nz.

“Let us help you celebrate this special occasion without breaking the bank.”


 

Canterbury’s favourite winery wedding venue Melton Estate


Imagine a place architecturally designed for weddings that was tailored to make your big day everything you wanted and more. Think of an all-weather outdoor wedding chapel and entertaining space that comes complete with lighting and heating.

 

 

Well… lucky for you, you do not have to imagine. Melton Estate is a boutique winery located just 15 minutes west of Christchurch International airport in West Melton.

This little piece of heaven on earth has been hosting weddings for 18 years.

Melton Estate is your beacon of hope in ensuring you have an unforgettable day offering a full-service wedding experience.

It is the only Canterbury winery wedding venue with a Qualmark Four Star Plus rating (Venues) and has earned a Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award.

Quality, sustainability and customer service are a daily focus.

Tracy Caunter from Melton Estate warmly invites you to “come out, see it, enjoy it and have a beautiful day in amongst the vines”.


 

All scream for ice cream: Ice Cream Charlie


A lot of us have happy memories associated with ice cream – summer nights, walks along the beach, a first date or a 60th anniversary. This tasty treat is a crowd pleaser that brings joy with just one lick. Ice Cream Charlie is home of the Vanilla Ice and, as such, Kiwi hearts are the home of Ice Cream Charlie.

 

The ice cream connoisseurs have been serving New Zealanders, specifically Cantabrians, for more than 100 years, with the first ‘Ice Cream Charlie’ (Sali Mahomet) serving from his cart in Cathedral Square in 1903.

Since then there have been seven owners but they each share the same philosophy of having a product that is 100 percent natural, using only the best New Zealand ingredients.

Their Vanilla Ice is not too creamy and not too icy and their raspberry sauce or fruit toppings make for a great pairing.

This is why they are the perfect people to cater for your next event, be it a work party, birthday or even your wedding.

Bring those happy memories to your next event – this delicious delicacy is good enough to make anyone giddy with excitement.

For more information on how you can hire this awesome team see below.

 

Accessorising for the big day


Bridal accessories may just be the icing on the wedding cake when it comes to the big day – and this year beholds beautiful pieces aplenty. We’re pleased to present the best bridal accessories we can expect to see heading down the aisle this year.

 


Vogue veils

Veils are the icing on the cake when it comes to bridal attire, offering brides the chance to showcase their own signature style, whether that’s dainty and demure or bold and beautiful.

This year we’re expecting to see a shift from plain and simple veils toward more unique, modern designs.

Embroidered and lace-edged styles are sure to remain steadily popular, while unconventional coloured designs are expected to have their moment.

But veils covered in pearls, crystals or flowers are what true wedding dreams are made of – and they’re definitely a bridal fashion favourite for 2020.


Heavenly headpieces

Whether you embrace a big, bold band or take the minimalist approach with a more delicate piece, headbands make for eye-catching additions to more simple wedding attire, as do crowns, hair vines, barrettes and pins.

This year, these ladylike headpieces feature pearl embellishments, shiny diamantes and funky 3D florals that will elevate your wedding hairstyle into something unforgettable.

A thick, jewelled headband can be attached to a veil for fuss-free functionality, while those opting for no veil can consider flower crowns or hair vines featuring metal flowers and diamantes.

For the minimalists, why not adorn your tresses with the natural, whimsical beauty of dainty pins featuring sparkling crystals, opalescent pearls or romantic florals?


High-fashion hats

Calling all high-fashion brides-to-be!

This wedding veil alternative is the perfect crowning glory to your big-day look. Perhaps the most unexpected yet practical wedding accessory of all, hats are proving themselves to be a popular bridal accessory for the fashion-forward among us.

While it is, of course, important to consider the setting of your wedding when selecting a statement hat, the possibilities are endless – how about a straw hat for that French-countryside feel?

A Provencal-style one with ribbons for 20th century appeal? Or a floppy black hat for indie boho-inspired nupitals?


Statement sleeves

These arm adornments are hot topic in the street fashion sphere, so it’s not surprising they’ve made their way into the bridal world too.

From delicately embellished sleeves to big, bold, balloon sleeves, these over-the-top statement-makers reigned supreme on the bridal runways of 2020 – the poofier, the better!

Offset a simpler silhouette with long, voluminous sleeves for that much-needed sartorial edge, or try puffy, shorter mesh sleeves for a sweet, feminine feel. Love the long-sleeve look but want to keep things sexy?

Consider opting for an off-the-shoulder style or one with a plunging neckline.


 

Trends that take the cake


The cake; it continues to occupy that all-important role of wedding centrepiece and this year, wedding cake options are unfolding like blossoms in spring – they are eye-catching, gorgeous, joyous and more wildly diverse than ever! From naked cakes to extravagant drifts of multi-coloured art, from royal lemon and elderflower iced beauties to tiers of actual cheese wheels – the variety is stunning.

 

 

History has it that the Romans broke a simple wheat or barley cake over the bride’s head after the ceremony for good luck and guests shared the crumbs, starting a long tradition of sharing the cake with friends. In the Middle Ages couples kissed over a tall tower of small spicy buns for a long and happy marriage, hoping the stack would not fall over! The 17th century brought in sweet fruit cakes and, at Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840, a hard bright icing was created and called ‘royal icing’. But it wasn’t until 1882 that the first iced tiered cake was presented – with every tier edible. From then on the cake became the marvellous wedding icon it is today.

In 2019 we have seen numerous trends emerging. Meghan and Harry cakes – lemon and elderflower concoctions on three separate stands – have been popular. But other trends are rising too.

Multi-tier cakes – as high as 10, 12 or even 14 tiers – are hot property. Some prefer the rounded look with a large base leading up to a small top, while others are going for the stark beauty of geometric squares and rectangles – with an occasional triangle or hexagon thrown in. Some use copper or black colouring for elegant effect. And, to add even more interest, it has become popular to ice some of the tiers with geometric designs – gorgeous Moroccan and Middle Eastern motifs are becoming extremely popular. A geometric tablecloth is sometimes added to create yet another layer.

For the nature lovers, ferns have replaced eucalyptus leaves. Crisp, elegant green leaves add a new dimension with the soft beauty of green against white, while trailing greenery incorporated expertly with icing is another style proving popular.

Also on-trend are ‘naked’ cakes, where the fillings between the ‘fault lines’ have been extended for added interest, with the outside iced only minimally or not at all. And the 100 percent plant-based vegan cake is another popular must-have.

For the lovers of artistic abandon, there is a rising trend of cakes showcasing palette knife-painted buttercream, sometimes with poetry inscribed or the names of the married couple, and sometimes a creation of lavish multicoloured modern art, almost too beautiful to cut – let alone eat!

It seems that 2020 will be the year where creativity will run riot – so let’s enjoy the tasting and the unfolding evolution of the cake!

 

 


 

Seamless and memorable: Wedding Professionals


Specialising in wedding planning for more than 20 years, Suzanne Carson of Wedding Professionals NZ Planners is dedicated to ensuring your special day is seamless, memorable and personalised.

Wedding Professionals offers planning, design and style expertise, and comprehensive packages to suit the happy couple.

Destination weddings are also on offer and, with 29 years’ background in event management, Suzanne plans and manages weddings throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific.

“Listening and working through concepts, searching for the uniqueness of the couple and identifying the most important aspects is our passion, along with providing the perfect, stress-free experience during planning and on that special day,” Suzanne says.

“Having a conference management background, there’s an abundance of expertise available to our couples for budgeting and time-planning, with the bonus of well-formed supplier relationships in the industry to obtain best prices, products and services to make sure the day and budget fits to perfection.”

Full planning, partial planning and on-the-day support are available.

 

 


 

Better together: Chateau on the Park


Wander through the hidden gardens of Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton and meet the handpicked local wedding suppliers.

 

 

The team is hosting a one day only wedding showcase on the five-acre property, which boasts a moat, a vineyard and a beautiful rose garden. Join them from 11am-3pm to explore this inner-city sanctuary, and chat to the team to find out how they can tailor the space for your big day.

There will be a selection of trusted wedding suppliers on-site to discuss details, from flowers to music. Joining them on the day are Brides of Merivale, Country Feasts, HMS Hair and Makeup Styling, Little Paper Store, I Do For You Weddings, Kim Chan Events and more.

Entry is free on the day. To register your interest, head to eventbrite.co.nz and search ‘Better Together’. Be inspired by the relaxed environment and let Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton make your dream wedding a reality.

 


 

Will you marry me?: Via Sollertia


Let’s face it, when it comes to proposals of marriage, nothing beats making it an unforgettable one. Who can resist the bended knee, the proffered ring and the view from atop the Eiffel Tower?

 

 

While it’s winter here, it’s summer over there, but you want this romantic getaway to be perfect – so you need to visit bespoke jewellers Via Sollertia at 11 New Regent Street!

Bring your thoughts and ideas to Clare and her dedicated team. They will craft and create that very special and unique ring that says everything about who you are as a couple and the love you share.

But even better, your beautiful ring comes with a bonus – it’s tax free! That’s a lovely surprise and incentive, isn’t it? So much so, that now you’re wondering about a gondola in Venice… or a beach in Bali… the Empire State building perhaps? The possibilities are endless.

Phone 03 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz.

 


 

Bespoke and sentimental: Via Sollertia


The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.

 

 

A bespoke ring crafted from a piece of jewellery with sentimental value is a meaningful way of re-creating something beautiful, says designer Clare of Via Sollertia. “We often have customers bring in jewellery from their great grandmother or a family member who passed away, so we can turn it into bridal jewellery or an engagement ring. It’s my favourite thing to create – I love the family story and sentimentality behind it. And there is no wastage, so it’s also an eco-conscious, sustainable option.”

Located in the heart of the city on iconic New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget. “We’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect. Throughout the creation process, they are involved every step of the way.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook. Phone 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz for more information.