ethereal winter beach wedding editorial

It’s always an incredible honor to receive an editorial shoot that a fellow wedding blogger had a hand in. It is such a humbling vote of confidence! That, among other reasons that you’ll see for yourself, is why today’s ethereal winter beach wedding inspiration shoot is an incredible one.

Set on the shores of New Zealand with exquisite details brought to life by Amy of Forever & Always and captured beautifully by Meredith Lord Photography – there is a lot here to inspire brides everywhere!

Moody and romantic winter beach wedding | Meredith Lord Blue watercolor wedding invitation | Meredith Lord Black wedding reception table | Meredith Lord Romantic Alma J wedding dress for a beach wedding | Meredith Lord Ribbon wrapped cutlery | Meredith Lord

From Amy of Forever & Always – “Wanting to make the most of our beautiful New Zealand coastline, and the dark skies & roaring waves of winter, photographer Meredith Lord and I dreamed of a moody ethereal beach wedding.

Upon arriving at Waipatiki beach we looked for the perfect nook for our couple to say “I Do” and were lucky enough to find amongst some fallen rocks an amazing piece of giant driftwood washed ashore by a recent storm. Draped with silk and adorned with silver candlesticks it served perfectly as our ceremony backdrop!”

An ethereal dress of silk chiffon in the softest grey tones from Alma J’s 2017 collection was the ideal gown for our bride. With its beautifully embellished plunging neckline, open back detail and shoulder streamers it moved exquisitely in the wind. The finishing touch was an elegant updo by Abby Schofield adorned with fresh berries.”

King protea bridal bouquet with grey silk ribbons | Meredith Lord Blue watercolor and calligraphy wedding invitation suite | Meredith Lord Groom's attire for a beach wedding | Meredith Lord Black and blue chic wedding reception | Meredith Lord Blue watercolor wedding cake with silver flecks | Meredith Lord New Zealand beach wedding | Meredith Lord

From Amy of Forever & Always – “Our ridiculously talented florist Kim from Lushka did an incredible job, incorporating unique blooms such as king protea, and Magnolia with romantic flowers like David Austin Patience and anemone, as well as all manner of greenery, to give the florals an organic shape and foraged look inspired by the Dutch masters.

Paired with a snippet of delicate slate grey ribbon, almost the exact same colour as the sky, from the fabulous Frou Frou Chic the bouquet was just breathtaking.

The bouquet recipe is: King protea, David Austin Patience, Erica, Anemone, Helebore, Tulip, Pieris, Privet berry, Ivy berry, Bay leaf, Eucalyptus, Asparagus fern, Magnolia bud, Lichen branch, and succulents.”

Watercolor wedding thank you card and classic place setting | Meredith Lord New Zealand winter beach wedding | Meredith Lord Flowing table runners for a beach wedding | Meredith Lord Romantic beach wedding dress | Meredith Lord

“We really wanted to juxtapose the rugged coastline and crashing waves with an elegant and opulent tablescape. So battling the wind and between the showers we adorned a magnificent jet black table with a silk runner, vintage silverware and the stunning floral arrangements from Lushka to create a tablescape that was both lavish and inviting.

Our cake and stationery mirrored the sea, with moody watercolours in tones of blue and grey. Even the calligraphy by the lovely Emma of Ink Berry had an ocean feel with wave-like flourishes! The cool colours of the dark clouds (that occasionally opened on us) and moody seas provided a dreamy backdrop to our winter wedding, whilst the pretty pinks in the bouquet and bridal makeup by Candice of Embellish Me lent a much-needed hint of warmth.

Our couple Abbie & Matt are actually getting married in November, so as well as being quite the handsome couple, they are also so in love. Something that I think really comes across in each of the gorgeous captures by the fabulous Meredith Lord!”

Alma J wedding dress | Meredith Lord Protea wedding reception centerpiece | Meredith Lord Moody and romantic New Zealand beach wedding | Meredith Lord


Photography + Concept: Meredith Lord // Concept + Coordination: Amy of Forever & Always // Floral Design: Lushka // Wedding Cake: Pretty Little Details Co. // Wedding Dress + Veil: Designed by Alma Wong of Alma J Bridal // Stationery: Ink Berry // Makeup: Embellish Me // Hair: Abby Schofield // Rentals: Miss Frou Frou // Models: Abbie Meech & Matt // Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic // Location: Waipatiki Beach in New Zealand.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Wow! Really gorgeous!

  2. Melissa Reid says

    wow just stunning xx

  3. Hi,
    Do you know who made the table runner please?


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