Bridal Styling: Peaches & Cream
By Raashka Mannie

08 December 2020

Everyone wants to look and feel their best on their special day, and it's Aingie Miller that brings those fashionable dreams to life.

“I met Jess first, through a women’s networking group we were both members of," Aingie Miller told us. "She explained that she and her fiancé, Patrice, were engaged and soon to be married. Although they hadn’t locked in a venue yet, they were keen to meet to discuss any venue recommendations I had and to see if I’d be the right celebrant for them.”


Image by Ryan McCauley Photography

“We met for a Sunday coffee and instantly hit it off. The ladies were also keen to get some assistance with their bridal styling. My next styling meeting happened in their home, and, by this time, they had booked their wedding venue: Sudbury, Te Horo. From this, we knew the aesthetic was that of ‘country charm.’ They both wanted to feel comfortable in what they were wearing, and that those outfits also suited the setting.”


Image by Ryan McCauley Photography

“I was welcomed into their home by their fur baby, Minnie, who wanted to be involved in the entire conversation. Being in their home also provided us with access to their wardrobes, which enabled them to show me what they felt good wearing. Jess and Patrice didn’t feel the need to follow tradition by keeping their outfits hidden from each other. They were open about their opinions and feelings, discussing what they looked and felt good in together.”


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“Patrice was inspired by soft vintage and liked the idea of feminine lace. She liked the idea of not being a traditionally-dressed, all-white bride; I could see that she would suit a range of romantic, soft colours. I asked her to try on her favourite dress in her wardrobe which featured lovely bell sleeves. We wanted to draw attention to her décolletage with a sweetheart or plunging neckline, which she adored the idea of.”


Image by Ryan McCauley Photography

“Patrice had first gone shopping with her mom in Auckland but hadn’t found anything she’d loved. Back in Wellington, I suggested we visit Sophie Voon Bridal, as I knew her bridal range and Patrice’s style would align. We visited the charming boutique with her father, where she tried on a range of outfits to assess what did and didn’t work - an important step for every bride - and I stepped further into my role of bridal stylist to help her achieve her dream look. The moment Patrice tried on a banquet dress paired with a jasmine top, her face lit up.”


Image by Ryan McCauley Photography

“On the flip side, Jess immediately knew she was after a bridal suit rather than a dress. I think pantsuits and jumpsuits are a fantastic option for a woman to express their style personality. With Jess’ soft complexion in mind, I knew ivory or off-white would suit her best; with her bridal outfit, we wanted to find a cut that would leave her feeling as comfortable as possible but still with a stylish flair. A lace-detail blouse was the answer to this, giving her entire outfit a more romantic edge.”


Image by Ryan McCauley Photography

“An October wedding meant warm air and blue skies. Knowing that Jess is prone to overheating, we fashioned our outfit choices around this to keep her cool, choosing the right fabric and elegant brogues. As Jess isn’t a fan of shopping, I thought high street browsing would be right up her alley. I spent the morning in advance visiting a range of stores, asking them to hold suits I thought might and might not work. We spent an afternoon shopping away, with Jess trying on several outfits, including the ‘wrong’ cuts, to see what did and didn’t work for her. This led to her figuring out her desired path: purchasing a tux online and getting it tailored. While officiating a different wedding, I admired a blouse worn by the bridal party and recommended it to Jess, who ended up ordering it from the UK.”


Image by Ryan McCauley Photography

“The wedding was, all in all, perfect," Aingie said. "The brides were visions of beauty - a true peaches and cream combination. The weather was stunning, offering endless blue skies and sunshine. After a relaxing ceremony, the photographer, Ryan McCauley, took the newly-weds to the nearby beach. They love the ocean, and the photography was incredible. It was so wonderful to see them so comfortable, strolling along hand in hand across those golden dunes.”

 

To find out more about Aingie Miller and her myriad of talents in bridal styling, wedding planning and more, check out her profile here.