Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • share this

Anne Curtis wore boots: Inside the Heussaffs’ stylish and scenic wedding

In dreamy New Zealand, where the guests were ferried on a 1912 steamship, the couple said their private ‘I dos’
/ 07:30 AM November 17, 2017

No stilettos for this bride: Anne Curtis in platform boots—PHOTO FROM @SANTIAGORAYMOND

It was an unexpected choice, but showbiz sweetheart Anne Curtis and businessman Erwan Heussaff couldn’t have chosen a more picture-perfect locale for their hush-hush wedding last weekend.

Curtis, whose dad is Australian, and Heussaff, who’s half-French, picked a late-spring wedding in the picturesque resort town of Queensland in New Zealand’s South Island. The couple, who dated for seven years, announced their engagement late last year.


The outdoor wedding was held on Sunday in an orchard, with breathtaking views of the emerald waters of Lake Wakatipu and the alpine terrain beyond, still snowcapped at this time of year. (Queensland is known for outdoor adventures.)

Celebrity guests began arriving in Middle Earth—Oscar-winning Kiwi director Peter Jackson filmed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in various parts of New Zealand—days before the wedding, though they were clearly sworn to secrecy: in early social media posts, they were there on the pretext of a hiking trip.


By noontime Saturday in Manila (New Zealand is five hours ahead), the cat was out of the bag: guests started sharing photos of prewedding cocktails, everyone looking chic and chill on pillows and picnic mats in the gardens of the venue.

The wedding had a very intimate guest list of only the closest family and friends. It was very low-key, even if the bride is one of the country’s most popular actresses. It was proof that even public figures could pull off a truly private affair (which they’re entitled to), even in the time of social media, if they’re so inclined. (Fans and others who were left off the guest list have no reason to throw a hissy fit, however, since—thanks to social media—they got updates on their idol’s wedding in real time.)

The newlyweds on the hills of Queenstown, photographed by local wedding photographer Jim Pollard

No stilettos

The bride wore a white lace-and-tulle Vera Wang dress and, owing to the outdoor setting, paired it with white lace-up boots. She also wore black platform boots underneath her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress the next day. No stilettos.

Her bridesmaids, including new sister-in-law Solenn Heussaff, took the cue and wore sturdy outdoor shoes under their navy blue Vania Romoff dresses.

Heussaff wore a tweed coat and a hat and sported hipster beard at the cocktails, while his bride wore long hair extensions.

For the wedding the next day, he was clean-shaven and Curtis sported a shorter bob. He wore a three-piece gray suit, reportedly by a French tailor. The groomsmen (and woman) wore burgundy.


Curtis went for a classic princess ball gown from the Los Angeles-based Lhuillier. The dress had a full lace skirt with sweetheart neckline and sheer long sleeves with lace appliqués. It also had a long train that fanned out dramatically for the formal photos. (On the wedding day, Curtis’ friend and stylist Liz Uy, who wasn’t present, posted a photo of the actress during fitting with the designer.)

Erwan Heussaff and Anne Curtis at their prewedding cocktails in Queenstown’s Trelawn House —PHOTO FROM @PATDY11

For her “something old,” the actress-TV host wore an antique moonstone ring on her right forefinger, a gift from her dad on her 30th birthday. She had jeweler Janina Dizon restore and update the setting.

She carried a bouquet of red and white peonies and pink roses.

Robbie Piñera did Curtis’ makeup. She wore two shades of lipstick for the affair, ostensibly from her limited-edition bridal collection for BLK Cosmetics, of which she’s creative director. Raymond Santiago styled her hair.

The scene seemed quite dreamy and rustic amid the greenery. The remains of what appears to be an old farmhouse were the backdrop, the floral ornaments quite spare.

For the postwedding reception, held at the sprawling Walter Peak High Country Farm across the lake, Curtis wore another Monique Lhuillier, very similar to the first sans the stretch tulle sleeves. It sported a bustle.

The guests were ferried to the venue on TSS Earnslaw, one of the last Edwardian coal-fired steamships launched in 1912.

Heussaff’s crew included best man Jacques Christophe Branellec and brother-in-law Nico Bolzico,
while Curtis had sister Jasmine Curtis Smith as maid of honor, and bridesmaids Solenn Heussaff,
Isabelle Daza, Georgina Wilson, Karylle and Cheska Kramer. —PHOTO FROM INSTAGRAM

Bridesmaids Sheeva Slovan, Solenn Heussaff and Karylle wear outdoor shoes under their Vania
Romoff dresses. —@SOLENN

In Vera Wang and white lace-up boots at the prewedding, overlooking Lake Wakatipu —@SANTIAGORAYMOND

The bride in Monique Lhuillier at the wedding reception. Behind her is the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw that ferried guests to the venue. —PHOTO FROM INSTAGRAM

Guests were ferried 40 minutes away across the lake to the reception venue, Walter Peak High

Photos and wedding details culled from guests’ Instagram posts.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Anne Curtis, Anne Curtis wedding, Erwan Heussaff, New Zealand’s South Island, Queensland, wedding
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2018 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.