After months of suspense (location scouting, secret gown fittings in Paris, etc), Nicole Warne (@garypeppergirl) and Luke Shadbolt finally tied the knot in the most epic way possible. Can we just say, #weddinggoals? Our June 2016 cover girl and one of the earliest influencers in the fashion world met photographer Luke Shadbolt through mutual friends during a party years ago, and the rest, as they say, was history.
While we could just ramble on about how amazing the wedding looked, here are the key points to know about the moments leading up to it, and of course, the big day itself.
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1. Dating Days
This sneaky photo was taken just as we wrapped filming for @lancomemakeup @lancomeau. We were freezing on the side of a cliff but beaming with excitement, which pretty much sums up how we feel right about now as our 'Black Swan' short film just hit over 1 MILLION VIEWS on YouTube!!! What a way to finish 2014, so thank you all for your unwavering support! ??? @lukeshadbolt
Behind a successful woman is a very supportive man, These two have been cheering each other through everything for more than 11 years.
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2. The Proposal in 2015
Nicole probably thought that Luke was simply taking a picture of her in the beautiful backless Michael Lo Sordo dress while floating through the pink petal-filled lake in Japan. It was then when her romantic (then)boyfriend popped the question.
3. Hen’s Party/Trip
Nicole Warne flew fourteen of her closest girlfriends to Tokyo, Japan, for her hen’s weekend. Once again, her man turned up to surprise her. Cue the “awwwww”…
4. Custom Valentino Haute Couture Gown
The journey of the dress ? Hand carried the most precious thing I own from Paris to Dubai to Sydney. When I saw how big the bag was I frantically messaged the designer’s team asking if they were sure I’d get this on board and half way across the world, but it made it safely back home with me thanks to the help of some friends and lovely staff. As soon as it arrived to the @parkhyattparis it barely left my sight; I slept next to it, I showered with it at the airport, I ate with it. I didn’t plan on sharing these photos (so apologies for the quality) but when I looked back through them I thought it was too absurd not to share. The countdown has officially begun! ✨✨✨
The bride-to-be teased us with Instagram posts and stories with her going for secret gown fittings in Paris which made us wonder whose design she’d be walking down the aisle in. And we’re pleased to say that, we guessed it right!
One of the most incredible days ever, shooting the wedding of @garypeppergirl & @lukeshadbolt in Wanaka, NZ. A slideshow of their amazing day is featured on @voguemagazine online right now! Link in profile. Special mention to my new friends over at @aftertherockweddings (coordination), @mivioleta (floral design) and fellow Byron local Cara aka @modern_love_celebrant for rocking it as celebrant. I love this Shot of Nicole & Luke as they walk back to the helicopter after our freezing (but very amazing) shoot on Roy's Peak ❤️
5. Four Other Customised Outfits
The fashion darling have always been very supportive of her long-time friends and their labels, namely Toni Maticevski, Michael Lo Sordo, and Dion Lee. It was without a doubt that they’d too create outfits for her big day. Last but not least, Nicole too wore an Oscar de la Renta beauty at the celebration.
“When I got engaged immediately as every bride you start to think of what dress you are going to wear and one of the first to come to mind was Oscar de la Renta- for me it was such a natural decision” says digital tastemaker Nicole Warne, who wore a custom Oscar de la Renta bridal gown designed by Creative Directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia crafted out of seven layers of materials underneath the white velvet. The experts of our atelier spent over 300 hours creating this gown from start to finish. #oscarbride
6. The Groom’s Outfit
Luke and his ‘grooms-people’ (as he calls them) were dressed in custom Giorgio Armani for Luke Shadbolt suits.
7. Bridesmaids Outfits
Such a beautiful day, filled with so many happy tears, laughter and love. My darling sister @garypeppergirl I'm so proud of everything you have accomplished. I'm incredibly proud of the amazing woman you've become and everything you do. It's such an amazing honour to have been by your side on your wedding day with @lukeshadbolt ??? Photo by @shaneshepherdweddings @voguemagazine #LOVEBOLT #wanaka
Nicole’s bridesmaids were dressed in Dion Lee. Every look was customised to the unique character and tastes of each individual—very thoughtful.
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The nature-loving couple chose to hold their wedding at The Rippon Hall in Wanaka, New Zealand, surrounded by lakes, mountains, loved-ones and good vibes. To say “I do” in front of such a picturesque backdrop is definitely a dream.
9. Nicole’s Veil Took Flight
As her husband captioned: “Poetic timing as our amazing celebrant @modern_love_celebrant announced “You may now kiss the bride”, Nicole’s veil came flying off. Was it the wind? Or was it the power of looooove? ??♂️”
We’d like to think it’s the power of love, if you ask us.
10. Wedding Bands
The newly-weds chose timeless styles for their wedding bands from Sydney-based brand, Sarah and Sebastian Jewellery.