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A Super Stylish Matakana Elopement by Jodie C Photography

I’m not even sure where to begin with today’s Matakana elopement. Tanille + Kristy are super stylish, simply stunning and sooooo in love, that every pic is just PERFECTION! I have been waiting oh so patiently (nearly 6 years in fact) to feature a bride wearing a white tuxe on her wedding day, so today all my Christmases have come at once with not one, but two brides rocking drop dead gorgeous custom-made kit, and each in their own unique way. Of course, as always, Jodie C Photography knocked it out of the park with these images, so I won’t keep you any longer from falling in love with this elopement, also perfect wedding inspiration for the style savvy couple! Enjoy xox

 Who Tanille Elley + Kristy Holt
Where Matakana, New Zealand
Guests None!

Our love story started…

Just over 2 years go after a love at first sight moment on Anzac Day 2014. Through use of facebook & mutual friends… we had the courage to contact each other by early July 2014…

The proposal happened when…

TJ asked KH to return to the same little local coffee shop where we shared our first date. KH didn’t realise it was exactly one year from our first date. KH also didn’t understand why they had to meet for breakfast, travelling in two separate cars, when they lived under the same roof, but didn’t ask any questions. TJ arrived at the café with a bunch of flowers and a little letter. The letter said it all, except the four words, ‘will you marry me?’, which TJ mustered up the courage to ask when KH was at the last sentence of the letter…..Selecting a ring for an artist and designer was impossible, so TJ’s florist made a little pink ring from wire and ribbon, which did the trick while two matching black triangular diamonds were sourced (which took months!).

Our inspiration for the day was.

Our day, in the least selfish way possible, was about us, our feelings for each other, and the goals we have together. Because of this, we chose to elope. There was absolutely no distraction from the meaning of the day, and it couldn’t have been more filled with love and laughter. IN fact, it’s hard to find photos in which we aren’t throwing our heads back in joy, enjoying the day, enjoying each other, and excited at the life we have ahead of us.

What was the hardest thing about eloping?…

We had to source everything we needed online… Celebrant, Chef, Photographer, Hair and Makeup Artist, and Florist. There was no opportunity for trials or face to face meetings, so we just had to trust our gut feeling. the hardest part was keeping it all a sceret! TJ’S mum has keys to our house and often calls in… we always had to be scrambling to hide any research including material samples, tourist info on NZ & Matakana, air flight tickets etc..!!

Our advice to engaged couples is…

You can have all the ‘bells and whistles’ without the long guest list!


Photographer Jodie C Photography
Flowers, Corsage + Wreath Twig & Bloom, Matakana
Stationery Postcard Announcing Our Elopement from Vistaprint
Venue Matakana 360, Matakana, NZ
Catering + Cake Mark Townsend at iCATER
Signage Lightbox DIY +  ‘Mrs & Mrs’ Letters from TYPO
Hair & Makeup Paige Best
Celebrant Linden Louise Cowen (
Rings Paul Carruthers Manufacturing Jewellers
Brides Outfits One Piece Playsuit + Coats custom made by Gail from Stitches Dressmaking,  NSW, Australia
Accessories Alison Jackson “XO” Earrings purchased from Studio Melt, NSW Australia
Fabric Tessuti Fabrics, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
Tie + Bowtie Custom made by Gail from Stitches Dressmaking, NSW, Australia
Fabric Spoonflower
Brand Bride Tanks Private Party
Lingerie Simone Perele + Calvin Klein
Shoes Wanted Shoe Co.

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