This issue is one of our favourites – it includes our annual Wedding Feature.  We’ve all enjoyed every minute of collating it, talking to newlyweds and gathering information to write about our fabulous local wedding specialists.

For newly engaged couples and those about to tie the knot, you’ll find this issue packed full of useful advice and inspiration, gorgeous local weddings and the latest on-trend ideas for your special day. Even if you already have your plans underway, this issue will be a ‘must read.’  Enjoy their stories, the stunning photos, and take inspiration from the ideas shared on these pages.

Photography: Sarah Clements

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Judy McAuliffe is a writer, and publisher Essence Mid Canterbury. Her experience in media is extensive and includes approximately 15 years as Creative Director for The Radio Network, writing, and managing the writing of radio advertising, mainly in Invercargill and Greymouth. In the late 1990’s she transferred to Christchurch, moving into an Account Management role with 91ZM. In 2007 she and a business partner set up Essence Mid Canterbury, very quickly adapting her radio-writing skills to print media. Judy became sole owner of Essence Mid Canterbury in June 2014. Judy is a ‘people person’ and has found her niche writing feature stories about the community she lives in and the people who live there. She is also available for freelance writing assignments.