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!