Modern opulence and personal touches came together perfectly for Ashleigh Coldicutt and Sam Cometti's dreamy nuptials. They married on the 23rd of March 2018 in The Hunting Lodge.
We first met through a mutual friend – fast forward three years and I had a room available in my flat. Sam jumped at the chance to move in and we became fast friends. We bonded over common loves and quickly realised we’d fallen for each other.
Sam’s proposal took place during a trip to Kawau Island and involved a plan that included the help of our wedding photographer friends. Under the impression that we would be modelling in their styled shoot, we walked to a beautiful spot called The Cathedral – little did I know this would be our engagement shoot! At one point Jonny asked if he could take snaps of just me. The next thing I knew, Sam was saying the most lovely things and then asked me to marry him. It was truly the perfect proposal.
We held our wedding late in summer as we thought the weather would be beautiful and dry – it wasn’t! We’d often talked about our love for black barns and that we’d love to build one for our future family, so it was like fate when we found The Hunting Lodge with, you guessed it – a black barn!
We opted for a modern theme, featuring opulent touches like gold accents and an oversized ‘Cometti’ neon sign from Radikal Neon. Our colour palette comprised of gold, blush pink, pops of magenta and burgundy, crisp white and charcoal. We didn’t want to detract from the all-white interior, so kept styling relatively minimalistic.
White plates and napkins got a grown-up makeover paired with gold cutlery and polished crystal glasses. At the bridal table, generous slabs of Himalayan salt created varying depths for our bouquets to sit on. Sam also built a cake table and a doughnut wall that rested on top of two large wine barrels. In keeping with our modern theme, Sam from Paper Darling created our signage in clear Perspex.
Kelly Karam and the Blush team did an incredible job with our florals. I had a sprawling bouquet made up of toetoe, roses, foliage and proteas. Along with my bouquet, Kelly created six additional bouquets, seven buttonholes and an arch that framed our ceremony and also acted as the ultimate backdrop for group photos after ‘I do’.
My bridal gown was the exact opposite of what I had imagined I’d choose. I wore a blush-hued, trumpet style gown by Stella York from Alma J Bridal. The beaded bodice fit me like a glove and I adored the layers of tulle that floated out from the bottom. I’m a beauty junkie at heart, so asked Fiona Clare to create a ramped-up version of my day-to-day look – she nailed it! Handsome Sam opted for a Barkers navy waistcoat and suit jacket, crisp white shirt and grey trousers, worn with leather brogues and a bow tie and pocket square from Mr Bowtie.
Our 105 guests enjoyed an incredible shared-style menu by Mint Kitchen, followed by a sumptuous two-tiered cake by Bluebells Cakery: one layer banana and the other lemon curd, decorated with shards of pink-hued white chocolate. They also created our doughnut wall – our guests cleaned us out before the reception even started!
There were so many highlights throughout the day, but I will never forget the look on Sam’s face when I rounded the corner to start the walk down the aisle. He was blubbering away and it made my heart soar. I can’t put into words how incredible I felt. There was so much love around us and I was so grateful to have so many special people with us to celebrate our new chapter together.