Lisa & Jono

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Lisa and Jono Laity spend every summer at Mahia, so it was an obvious choice for their homemade/vintage-themed wedding. Lisa tells us about the special touches that made their day unique…

Jono erected an amazing old scaffold arch, which we decorated with bunting made from sheets picked up at the Red Cross. An old school desk and vintage chair where we signed the register topped off the pre-loved theme. For our centrepieces I collected old jars to use as vases and foreign words for ‘love’ as table names. I spent months collecting wine glasses from op shops so that every one of our 114 guests had a unique glass they could take home as a keepsake. I filled a picnic hamper with bags of homemade cookies for guests. The morning of the wedding I made the centrepieces, bouquets for the bridal party and Jono’s buttonhole using gypsophilia. It looked great with the miniature toi toi I had collected from the beach. As we made our way down the aisle as husband and wife, guests threw rose petals before enjoying canapés, champagne, beer and Pimms jugs. The desk used to sign the register was whisked into the marquee and filled with dress-up pieces such as moustaches and hula skirts for guests to take photos with. The ladder, which was used to hang the table settings, had a quick transformation and was set up with note tags, pens and pegs as a wish ladder. Two boxes of jandals sat beside the dance floor so the girls could kick off their heels, and an old suitcase was filled with cosy rugs for people to take outside and stand around the iron brazier that Jono built. The weekend was such an amazing coming together of family and friends. Jono and I had the best day of our lives.

Photos by Kate Robinson

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