It feels like yesterday I was at the Southern Cross with Hannah & Alan having a drink in the sunshine and chatting about their wedding plans! They chose beautiful Sudbury up the Kapiti Coast as their wedding venue, Hannah getting ready in the cottage and Alan close by. It really was such an emotional and special day from their first look to Alan’s Dad’s speech (he traveled all the way from Ireland!) thank you so much for your kindness and generosity, you are wonderful people and I wish you so much love and happiness xxx
Hannah & Alan have shared a bit more about their Sudbury wedding below..
What was your favourite moment from your wedding? That is such hard a question! We enjoyed every moment of our day. Having all our family and friends in one place. It was lovely seeing everyone together in the stables and listening to the all the heart warming speeches from our family and friends.
Did you DIY? We did a little bit ourselves, my mum had a collection of crystal glasses that we made into candles for the dinner tables, we also did all our own wedding invitations and stationary with the help of my brother and Garratt Print. We were lucky as Sudbury and The Catering Company provided most things.
The most difficult partabout planning our wedding was staying within budget!
It was fun meeting with all the vendors when we first started planning our wedding and exploring all the different venues and of course trying on wedding dresses. Then seeing it all come together after a year of planning was very exciting.
Describe your wedding style in three words? Elegant, relaxed and romantic.
I loved loved loved being a part of Ana and Ben’s incredible Sudbury wedding! They are such a cool, laid-back and fun couple. It’s hard for me to pick my favourite moment…Ben arriving in a helicopter, Ana in a limo, the delicious beer they brewed themselves, sneaking out with them for a few sunset photos and their first dance in the gorgeous, romantic last light. So many special moments and memories. I had sore cheeks and belly from smiling and laughing with them all day!
Here are some lovely words and a few more details from Ana & Ben about their special day…
In three words describe your wedding style: Rustic, Elegant, Simplistic
Your favourite moment from your wedding: Oooo so difficult! Ben says his most memorable moment was seeing me walk down the aisle - pinpointing an exact moment is hard for me, I remember the day as snippets of time from every part of day I think - from holding Bens hand for the first time when I reached the end of the aisle, to sitting and listening to the speeches during dinner and being twirled on the dancefloor by Ben for the first dance!
Did you DIY? If so, what did you do? No real DIY for us, Sudbury as a venue is a great as its so beautiful in its own setting - having the florals done by Mindy from Twig and Arrow really set the scene for a beautiful afternoon/evening so didnt really need much else!
What was the most difficult part of planning your wedding? Making final decisions on everything - I tried hard to just go with my instinct and made a lot of decisions in the moment and didnt let myself get swayed (otherwise you could second guess things forever!). I felt like I was pretty efficient at most choices from wedding dress to flowers to photographer to ceremony details - probably the one thing I was most stuck on was deciding on a pair of shoes (actually really stuck). I think I bought 4 pairs of shoes over 3 months and changed my mind each time. Ben was incredibly amused by this since we had made our choices with everything else so defiantly. As for the shoes? Well I wore the first pair I originally bought and now I have a great shoe selection to wear to the office!
And the most fun? Talking about what our wedding would be like for the months leading up to the wedding with Ben was actually quite fun - then seeing it all unfold on the day and it surpassing our expectations was incredibly rewarding.
Brooke & Leighton's Evans Bay & Princess Bay Wedding
Brooke and Leighton’s wedding, was such a wonderful celebration with all their loved ones and filled with so many special touches - including a secrete trip on an old double decker bus to Park Kitchen for their guests and Brooke even designed her own wedding dress! Some helpful wedding planning advice from Brooke and more about their very special day below…
Q. What was your favourite moment from your wedding?
Has to be the ceremony. Such a special moment, walking in and seeing each other. Hearing each others vowels for the first time to singing the marriage certificate. Was a magical experience.
Q. What was the most difficult part of planning your wedding? And the most fun?
Budgeting is a toughie - and hence the guest list.
It was so much fun working with all the people that helped us pull our wedding together. The people and companies we used were top notch and really took our vision to a whole new level.
Q. Did you DIY? If so, what did you do?
We organised our own alcohol which was a great cost cutter. I also made all of the signs and menus which cut out a chuck of costs too.
I designed my wedding dress and sourced the fabric - was so much fun (and did feel like a bit of a gamble but it really paid off).
Q. Any advice for couples planning their wedding?
Have an absolute blast organising it! Compromise on the details but not on the things that really contribute to creating the lasting memory.
Henry & Mary's Truby King Park & The Boatshed Wedding
Henry & Mary’s wedding was all about celebrating and spending time with their families. No stress, no worries (even when the car broke down on the way to the ceremony!) a beautiful, relaxed and fun day. Congratulations Henry & Mary xx
Some words of wisdom and wedding day details from Henry & Mary…
Q. What was your favourite moment from your wedding? When the ceremony and formal stuff had finished and we could relax and really enjoy time with friends + family. Also when our chauffeured car broke down while taking photos and we had to abandon the guy in the park and get a taxi :)
Q. What was the most difficult part of planning your wedding? And the most fun? We are pretty disorganised so the whole thing was tricky for us! Selecting the menu was quite fun.
Q. Did you DIY? If so, what did you do? Mary designed the invitations and they turned out great. Everything else we got done for us!
Q. Any advice for couples planning their wedding? It seems like a big deal but it really isn't, it's just a chance for your family and friends to get together, and the day is really for them so don't stress... people are just happy to be there :). But start early because other bridezillas book everything out early!
Music: Wellington Sea Shanty Society and Mark Dorrell
Other special details/ credits: Thank Caroline for the wonderful photos, we couldn't ask for anything more from our photographer! You made everything so easy!
Mel & Harry's surprise Christchurch wedding
This is my beautiful friend Mel and her husband Harry. It was so so special for me to take their wedding photos - I was one of the only people that knew they were getting married at their ‘engagement party’! Can you believe they planned an entire wedding on their own with out any of their friends and family knowing?! Amazing.
Mel and I went to school together, flatted during uni, was one of my bridesmaids and is one of the strongest, most creative and kindest souls I know…I don’t know what I would do with out her! I love her wicked sense of humour, effortless style and fierce loyalty to family and friends.
Congratulations Mel & Harry! I will never forget the look of complete surprise and happiness on all your friends and families faces as you walked down the aisle. Love you guys xx
P.S. How stunning are Mel’s two dresses, three rings, four cakes and hundreds of paeonies from her family farm!?
Here are a few words, details and excellent advice from Mel and Harry…
Q. What was your favourite moment from your wedding? We somehow orchestrated and managed to pull off a surprise wedding at our engagement party. The planning was exciting and fun with my fiancé, Harry and surprising our friends and family was a brilliantly fun thing to do! A highlight moment was when Dad saw me in a white dress and I told him this party was actually a wedding - he was thrilled!
Q. What was the most difficult part of planning your wedding? And the most fun? Keeping the whole thing a surprise was the most difficult and the most fun! It was amazing to create a wedding scenario that totally suited us and was thoroughly entertaining for all our guests.
Q. Did you DIY? If so, what did you do? Yes. I’m an interior designer and I wanted something that wasn’t a typical wedding venue, with more architecture and less garden. We hired The Historic Gym in the Christchurch Arts Centre and filled it with buckets of paeonie roses from my family farm. We made all our invites, including a custom designed stamp to wax seal the envelopes.
Q. In three words describe your wedding style? Spontaneous, exciting and unique.
Q. Any advice for couples planning their wedding? Be bold. If the traditional wedding day isn’t you then go against the normal and create an experience that’s unique to you. Your wedding will always be filled with the love between you and your partner, so take the very few opportunities we have to thank all the people you love in your life.
Q. What do you love most about your photos? What was it like having Caroline as your wedding photographer? Caroline is one of my most beautiful oldest friends, so for our day she was more of my bridesmaid photographer. Caroline is exceptionally talented at slipping into a crowd and capturing people in a relaxed candid way. I felt totally relaxed knowing that the best moments of our day wouldn’t be missed and captured perfectly.
George and the team at Free Theatre who had the lease of The Historic Gym.
My brothers wine label, Fairhall Downs Marlborough for suppling the wine.
Special credit to the very few people who actually knew it was a surprise wedding, kept it a secret and were a tremendous help - special shout out to Marewa Sutherland.
Maddie & Mat's Sudbury Wedding
I first got to know Maddie and Mat over a Scopa hot chocolate! Such genuine, kind and generous people with so much love for each other, their families and friends. Such a beautiful, special wedding day they had and such an honour for me to be their photographer.
Maddie and Mat have shared some of their wedding day details and advice below - while they were in the middle of traveling the world! Thank you for taking the time Maddie and Mat!
In three words describe your wedding style: Rustic, Natural and Romantic.
Your favourite moment from your wedding: So hard to choose when the whole day was filled with many special moments! The ceremony was definitely a highlight for the both of us. I think it's the emotional roller coaster of the first look, seeing all your family and friends, the emotional vows and walking down the aisle as husband and wife for the first time.
Did you DIY? If so, what did you do? Our seating plan, memory tree and wedding favours were all DIY projects. Our favourite DIY were the wedding favours - M&M jars because of our names Mathew and Madeline. We had them personalised to our colour scheme and got our wedding date printed onto the outer shell.
What was the most difficult part of planning your wedding? And the most fun? ... With our work schedules, we only had one day every week allocated to wedding planning. We were super organised in the beginning and managed to get through most of the planning in the first few months, but there were days where we would rather be doing anything but! On the flip side, Mat really enjoyed the food tasting experience and I loved wedding dress shopping with my mum - a very special moment I'll remember forever!