Our 2017 Wedding of the Year winners



Wedding of the Year winners... Matt & Katie Seymour

We’re delighted to share with you the wedding of Katie and Matt, our 2017 Wedding of the Year winners. The couple wanted a rustic and organic wedding that encapsulated their love for one another. We’re in love with their gorgeous celebration. Katie tells us their story…

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‘We knew from the moment we got engaged that we wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of us as a couple, and to be truly meaningful and unique. Our wedding style was a mix of rustic and organic with natural timbers, greenery and white. As the beautiful East Coast scenery surrounded our ceremony and reception venue, we wanted the landscape to speak for itself.  

We did a lot of DIY in preparation for our wedding, which was important to us, as we were able to add our own personal touches to our day. Both Matt and I have a love for natural timbers so we designed and made all of our signs and props out of recycled timber. We used wood from trees cut down in our gully to make all the different wood rounds for our ceremony and reception.

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I was incredibly lucky that Matt’s aunty had offered to make my dress. I went to her with a vision of what I wanted: a two-piece dress that was simple but stunning! When it came to finding the perfect lace, it was a case of second time lucky after realising that the first lace purchased just wasn’t the one. A boutique in Auckland had an amazing variety and I fell in love with a French lace that had gorgeous detailing. It just so happened that they had the exact amount needed to make my gown, so it was meant to be!

The day before the wedding, my bridesmaids and I were busy getting our greenery arrangements ready, which we sourced from my parent’s gardens and foraged on the side of the roads on our way to Whangamata. Matt and his groomsmen spent the day playing golf and enjoying the beach. We all got together in the afternoon to take everything down to our reception venue and pitched in to do the set-up.

My bridesmaids and I spent the morning of the wedding relaxing and getting pampered by having our hair and makeup done. I surprised the girls with a card and gift bag with a silk robe, earrings, chocolate and body wash. I also snuck over to the groom’s accommodation and left a surprise card and gift bag at the door for Matt with some rescue remedy, Jockey boxers, body wash and a cheeky shot of gin!

Our ceremony was held on the Whangamata Estuary in front of the water with the most stunning backdrop. As our ceremony was held in a public place along the water front, the boys did the set-up a few hours before the ceremony was due to start with the help of some family and friends.

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The estuary is really meaningful to us as we walk our dog along it every day when we are there, and the spot we got married at is our absolute favourite! We had our welcome and arrow signs along the estuary to direct our guests to the magical spot, and upon arrival they found a ‘Help Yourself’ sign and our dads’ old wheelbarrows full of drinks. Our aisle entry had chunky wood rounds with greenery, pinecones and white chairs set up either side, while our signing table was made out of a recycled pallet.

We had an intimate ceremony, as we wanted those that were closest to us to share in our day. Our incredibly talented celebrant, who is also one of our closest friends, crafted a beautiful, unique and heartfelt ceremony that was so true to us. Matt and I chose to write our own vows separately and it was so touching hearing that special person speaking to you from the heart. During the ceremony, we surprised our mums with a pink rose to symbolise our gratitude and appreciation for them, and I asked my mum to be my witness.

After the ceremony, our wedding party snuck away for our photos with our incredible photographer. Knowing we wanted to make the most of the beautiful surroundings, she found the most amazing spots for us down a gravel side road near our reception venue.

While we were having photos, our guests arrived at our reception venue. Our tables were styled with white chairs, tablecloths and napkins with a sprig of rosemary on top. Our recycled timber centre pieces were filled with a variety of greenery with seed lights wired through, and the table numbers were slotted into a wood round. We had a table with our Polaroid hanger, guest book and marriage advice cards for our guests to leave us a message and some advice! Our delicious cake that Matt’s mum made sat on a chunky wood round, and we hung ivy from the ceiling. Outside, we had badminton set up and a practice green with chippers and putters for everyone to enjoy.

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Our guests were served canapés and drinks while they mingled outside in the sunshine. As part of our RSVP we had asked our guests to include their favourite song, which we put together and had these playing in the background. Food was one of our priorities for the reception with us both being big foodies, so dinner was a delicious buffet with a variety of our favourite foods. For dessert we served our wedding cake, which was naked vanilla sponge cake with plum jam and buttercream icing with accompaniments.

Everyone was entertained throughout the formalities by our MC, who is another one of our closest friends, and he was such a laugh! Matt and I had decided we weren’t going to do a first dance. As I love dancing, I secretly asked a group of my girlfriends if they wanted to do a flash mob instead. I picked my favourite dancing songs and had an instructor mash together a tune and choreograph the dance for us. It was just the best seeing Matt’s face on the night, as he had no idea about it at all! After this our band arrived and got everyone on the dance floor, and we sang and danced the night away.

We were so incredibly grateful for all the effort family and friends put into making our day the most memorable day of our lives!’

Photos by: Bespoke Photography
Flowers: Arrow Florist
Stationery/paper goods: Paper Rose
Celebrant: Becs Gillgren
Reception venue: Whangamata Golf Club
Catering: Sticky Date Catering
Hair: Little Hair Co
Makeup: Kate Solley Makeup Artist
Groom & groomsmen attire: Hallensteins


Katie and Matt have won a holiday in Fiji, a custom-made sofa from Me & My Trend, a FUJIFILM digital camera, Samsonite suitcases, a Novadown duvet, a Savar gift card, a Denby dinner set from Raines Homewares, a Wallace Cotton gift card, an Instax Share Smartphone printer, a Mocka gift card, a George Foreman veggie spiralizer, a Russell Hobbs kettle and salt and pepper mills, and his and hers fragrances from Elizabeth Arden and John Varatos.

 


Bride of the Year... Jacinta Palmer

Jacinta and Mitchell wed in a rustic barn at Jacinta’s family home. Alongside their family and friends, the pair worked tirelessly to bring their wedding vision to life, and on the day Jacinta’s happiness was evident to all. She tells us more about their special day…

Bride WINNER

‘It was always a dream of mine to get married at my family home, so after Mitch proposed we never questioned where we would get married. However, we never imagined that our wedding on the farm would result in my parents building a barn with a pond. It was the ultimate venue!

I think we all underestimated the work involved in building a venue. It did make our two-year engagement go very fast! I cannot express how amazing my beautiful parents are. All the help we had from family and friends was unbelievable. A few days before our wedding, we still had a large list of things to do, including planting a hundred trees, bailing hay, and rolling ready lawn. We were up until midnight every night before the wedding, but all the hard work that everyone put in made our day even more magical than we had imagined.

We wanted a rustic wedding and the barn was a dream come true. It was set in a paddock with the hills in the distance, and had a rustic yet romantic feel. We filled the barn with lots of fresh white and blush flowers and soft lighting. Some of my favourite touches were the big wooden barn doors, frames made from chook netting that we styled with white hydrangeas and asparagus fern, crystal decanter lights over the bar, wooden trestle tables made by my granddad, and the stage made out of wooden pallets.

In the bathrooms, we used an old concrete trough for the basin and bevelled-edged antique mirrors. We created a cosy corner in one area of the barn with couches, floral cushions that matched the table runners, a rug from my old bedroom, and a mantelpiece with pinecones and fairy lights to represent a fire. I am a details person, and we had every detail covered right down to hanging my nana’s wedding dress up in the bathroom and all the mason jars filled with copper seed lights.

Our wedding favours were a huge hit. My mum, a woman of many talents, made her famous tomato sauce and my brother designed the labels. Mum also made the vine reef chandeliers and one hundred fabric yoyos using family heirloom buttons that we hung on a pallet for the table settings. She has since made a quilt using the yoyos, which is a special reminder of our wedding day and something we can cherish.

Mitch and the groomsmen spent the morning of our wedding hitting golf balls, and playing backyard cricket and touch. I surprised Mitch with a watch to wear and a hand-written note. Each of the boys received a gift bag with their bowtie, braces, matching socks, and cufflinks of their initials.

We decided to do a first look and our photos before the ceremony. We wanted to take a moment to have some intimate time with each other, and it meant we could both freshen up after the tears from seeing each other for the first time. It was relaxing and so much fun roaming around the property getting photos. We were so happy seeing how the wedding party looked together. The groomsmen looked very handsome in their black pants, bowties, braces, and tan shoes, while the bridesmaids looked beautiful in their neutral lace dresses and strappy tan shoes.

We held the ceremony on a big lawn area, surrounded by gorgeous gardens and a view of the pond with the sound of the water in the background. My two brothers walked my mum down the aisle, before I walked down with my dad. I thought I would be emotional but I was too excited; I was about to finally marry my best friend. My aunty was our celebrant and Mitch made the archway that we decorated in fresh flowers. We set up hay bales covered in frost cloth for all the guests to sit on. I loved how our dog and cat both joined the guests to watch the ceremony.

After the ceremony, a huge grazing table was set up on the deck of the barn with a selection of meats, cheeses, chutneys, focaccia and walnut breads, eggplant caviar, and rock melon wrapped in prosciutto. We had live acoustic music while everyone mingled and played garden games on the lawn.

Our wedding party had so much fun together. Before we went into the reception we all put our hands together and did a big hurrah and then we walked into the barn singing and dancing to Bob Marley’s Could You Be Loved. I remember walking into the reception and being blown away. Everything looked perfect and it was incredible to see everyone amazed with the venue and having a good time.   

We both share of a love of food so we put a lot of thought into our menu. We decided to do a plate drop of individual beef wellingtons with red wine jus and béarnaise sauce and salmon medallions with a tropical fruit salsa. For dessert, we set up a sundae bar with bowls of brownie, meringue and fresh berries, and a selection of different toppings and sauces. Our friend made our wedding cake; it was a chocolate chip cake with passion fruit curd and coffee frosting. It looked stunning and was the best cake that we have ever eaten.

We snuck out of the reception just in time to get some sunset photos. It was a surreal feeling being alone together as husband and wife for the first time. Everyone asks us what our favourite part or the highlight of the wedding was, I always answer: the whole day! It was an absolute dream!’

 
Photos: The Love Collective
Bride’s gown: Martina Liana
Flowers: Willow Floral Design
Groom’s attire: Ted Baker


Jacinta has won a stunning 9ct white gold and diamond circle pendant and chain from Diamonds on Richmond, a gift card from Savar,
a Remington Straightener, George Foreman Mix & Go with Chill Sticks and his and hers fragrances from Elizabeth Arden and John Varatos.

 


Groom of the Year... Luke Christiansen

Luke & Janah married in a gorgeous DIY ceremony overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. The couple wanted each aspect of their wedding to be uniquely them, and to reflect the supportive relationships around them. We believe they achieved this perfectly. Luke tells us more…

Groom WINNER

‘We enjoy the simple things in life, and with this in mind we embarked on creating our totally DIY wedding, with the intention of reflecting the things that capture the core of who we are as couple.

I told Janah I would take total responsibility for finding the perfect ceremony venue. I struggled to find a spot until I remembered a secluded stand of Pohutukawa planted in a circle on the edge of a cliff in one of the parks we had picnicked early in our relationship. The spot at Musick Point Reserve boasted a magnificent view across the eastern reaches of the Gulf, out to Waiheke and the Coromandel Ranges.

After I took Janah to visit the site, we happily locked the quiet spot in. I made numerous trips back and forth with a tape measure and note pad in hand, measuring up various aspects for the wedding arch, along with furniture requirements etc.

We discussed the look and feel of the ceremony at length and decided on an unannounced quasi theme of vintage NZ autumn. Sticking to the fun of DIY, the search for all the smaller details began, along with the manufacturing of flower jars, cake stands, various signs, an afternoon high tea set-up, the central arch beam, as well as the trailer and furniture hire etc. Anything we were unable to find, we made, and we spent many late nights perfecting the tedious task of signwriting and creating hanging flower jars to form the wedding arch.

The wedding arch beam we made for the spot is particularly special, as we created it out of three different pieces of driftwood taken from locations that have a deep meaning to us. The first from the family bach, the second from our proposal spot, and the third from the bottom of the cliff below our ceremony spot. The beam symbolised our journey to date – from early beginnings at the family bach, the proposal on Waiheke and through to the point of marriage.

We commissioned my mum to undertake all aspects floral – from the multitude of flower jars to create the wedding arch and the bride’s bouquet through to the boutonnieres for the groom, special wedding guests, parents and unofficial bridal party/groomsmen. We couldn’t have been happier with having her so intrinsically involved and with the amazing work she tirelessly produced.

Enjoying the simple things, Janah sourced an off-the-rack dress in a lace material, and visited Meg’s tailoring to further customise it, resulting in a simple yet stunning gown that fitted the relaxed atmosphere of our day.

We had decided not have dedicated bridesmaids or groomsmen, but rather these special people in our lives formed the core of the congregation, identified by custom-made boutonnieres. Having these special people accompany us created a very intimate ceremony with all guests tied to the event as it unfolded in a very relaxed and enjoyable way.

We count ourselves incredibly fortunate that after a week of brooding, wet, windy and cold weather (including the morning of), the sky cleared at the eleveneth hour revealing the clear autumn day that we had hoped for. While ceremonies generally fly by when you’re standing up there in the spotlight, we were able to pause and take a special moment together, just after our brilliant celebrant had finished telling everyone our engagement story to preface our vows.

I surprised Janah with the signing desk. I restored a vintage 1930s school desk and inscribed our milestone dates and other meaningful points in time in the desk lid. It wasn’t until she sat down to sign the marriage documents that she noticed the dates set in the lid of the desk. It was a special moment watching her reaction as she discovered all of our special dates. I’ll always remember the look on Janah’s face as she realised that the seemingly ancient schoolboy scribbles engraved into the signing lid were in fact our own special milestones. That was a moment you could wait a lifetime for!

Post ceremony, we launched straight into the celebrations and cake-cutting to allow guests to enjoy a clifftop high tea picnic. After indulging in both the afternoon views and refreshments on offer, guests then made their way to Ostro, where an informal reception was held, with stunning city views on what was one of the clearest autumn nights the city had seen in a long while.

Our reception was a relaxed celebration and our own signature cocktails were served to guests on arrival – Mai Tai for her and Tom Collins for him. We steered clear of formality and instead let guests enjoy the evening as they wished, plied with beautiful food and beverages.

At the conclusion of our photos at Musick Point we made our way along the waterfront. This was a special moment where we were able to sit back and reflect on the day before joining our guests for a night of celebration.

Thinking about our day brings us an overwhelming feeling of gratitude toward all those who helped make it happen. We couldn’t have asked for a better day and there isn’t a thing we would change. It certainly was our dream day.’

 

Photos: Erica Jane
Groom’s attire: Munns & Barkers
Gown: Meg’s Tailoring
Celebrant: Kerry Sorensen-Tyrer
Cake: Bluebells Cakery



Luke has won a stylish suit package from Barkers, a gift card from Savar, a Remington Barber’s Best Personal Groomer, and his and hers fragrances from Elizabeth Arden and John Varatos.

 


Wedding Party of the Year... Summer & Sam Allen

Summer and Sam planned a spectacular wedding that was quintessentially them. Supported by their amazing wedding party, their day was everything they had envisioned and more. Summer shares their story…

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‘We got married at Markovina Vineyard Estate in Kumeu, Auckland. We decided the chestnut tree was exactly where we wanted to say ‘I do’. We had such a long time to plan our wedding, which meant we could make sure everything was exactly what we wanted, right down to the smallest details. You could describe our wedding as a chic country, woodland fairy tale.

Our wedding party was made up of my maid of honour Brittany, and bridesmaids Rebecca and Victoria, and Sam’s bestman Ashton, and groomsmen Thomas and Isaac. They all looked amazing and everyone was so much fun and got along really well. Everyone in our wedding party made our day that much more special and made sure everything ran smoothly.

Sam and his groomsmen stayed in an apartment in the city on the night before the wedding while my bridesmaids and I stayed in the house I grew up in. The morning started early morning for us both and was spent getting ready. Sam and his groomsmen went to breakfast to start the day, while the girls and I picked up bagels and coffee and got our hair done. After our hair appointment, we headed back to the house where we spent the next few hours getting our makeup done, photos taking and drinking bubbles, while the boys got dressed, had photos and chilled with beers.

The tones of our wedding were fresh, soft and neutral at the same time. Our bouquets were a mix of white, crème, beige and blush pink roses with lamb’s ear and soft greens. These were all wildly bunched to give them the freshly picked look. The males wore buttonholes that matched the bouquets.

Our guests sat in white chairs lined up in front of the full-bloom chestnut tree, and fresh white petals were sprinkled down the aisle. Walking down the aisle with my Dad was a really special moment – something every girl dreams to do and it’s something I will treasure forever.

We designed our ceremony to make sure it was suited to us and was full of love. We had an amazing celebrant who brought so much calm and made our day extra special. At the beginning of our ceremony our wedding rings were passed around on a wooden heart so all our guests could bless them with good vibes and love.

We wrote our vows together and had these handwritten in a card for us each to read. Throughout the ceremony, there were many laughs and my nerves got the best of me. I forgot my words and, being a goof ball, told everyone I had ‘bride-brain’. My veil fell out a couple of times but we laughed and it made it that much more relaxed and perfect for us.

After the ceremony, the wedding party headed to Riverhead Forest in Kumeu with a picnic basket of treats, for some photos. Our amazing wedding party travelled some distance to get to our wedding, and it was so much fun getting our photos taken together because everyone was happy and nothing was forced. My favourite photo of us is where we are each in a different silly pose.

Our reception was held at the same venue and was inside a gorgeous room with live vines growing all over the roof. It was a perfect woodland feel, which is what we both love and wanted. Our table settings had hessian sack runners and mismatched jars of wild flowers, with a jar of lollies labelled ‘Allen’s Lollies’. The wedding party table had a giant Mr and Mrs Allen on it and was intertwined with wild flowers. We had a fingerprint tree for our guests and paper for them to sign (for a photo album/guest book later).

There were shared platters on every table for dinner and the food was delicious. After dinner, we had speeches and learnt new stories about each other. Brittany, my maid of honour, and Sam’s bestman, Ashton, made such touching speeches full of memories, laughs and tears. They are our best friends and it meant everything to have them all there with us.

Our two-tiered cake decorated with wild flowers to match our bouquets, had one chocolate and one caramel layer (our favourites!). After cutting it, we did our first dance, to Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea. We went to a few lessons to learn the basics and we nailed it on the night. Then the music was turned up and we kicked off our shoes and danced into the night.  

Our wedding was such a perfect day for us and was everything we wanted. The best part was marrying each other and being surrounded by our closest family and friends who we love and adore very much. We’re very relaxed people and made sure that we didn’t sweat the small stuff and took in every part of the day.’

Photos: Wild & Grace
Gown: Martina Liana
Venue & catering: Markovina Vineyard Estate
Groom’s attire: Rodd & Gunn
Flowers: Frond Florist
Cake: Sweet Addiction


Summer and Sam have won two nights’ accommodation for the winning couple in a cosy cottage at Magic Cottages Takou River,
a beautiful cheese cake from The Kapiti Store to enjoy with friends, and his and hers fragrances from Elizabeth Arden and John Varatos.

 


Flowergirl of the Year... Phemie

Katie Chalmers & Michael Baker's wedding

Together since 1997, Katie & Michael’s wedding was 19 years in the making. With their children there to witness the day, the couple wed in a gorgeous ceremony that celebrated their journey. Their six-year-old daughter Phemie was their flowergirl, and took great pride in her role. Katie shares the details…

Flowergirl WINNER

‘Over a year in the planning, our wedding day will be etched in the memories of all our friends and family as a creative, unique, warm and beautiful gathering to celebrate making it this far! It marks a point where, armed with the love and support of all who were there, we’ll go into a long and happy future together.

We all got ready at my mum’s place – carefully keeping the men in the other end of the property. My makeup artist did an incredible job, and the flowers with their soft greys, sea holly, proteas and woodland berries were probably the highlight of the whole occasion.

Something really special about getting married later in life is that you have your own beautiful children there to share in the wonderful occasion. All the kids were in the bridal party with our son George as the ring bearer and daughter Gussie as a bridesmaid. Euphemia (Phemie) was the natural choice for our flowergirl. Seeming to have been born with the ‘romance’ gene, Phemie had ideas about weddings from a young age. She was part of the impetus to actually get married as she would always say to her dad and I “Will you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?” whenever we were standing side by side.

Phemie was over the moon when she was finally able to be flowergirl in her own parents’ wedding. She wore a dress made from Liberty lawn and pink silk, which was designed by me and made by my mum. Her shoes were classic English Startrite shoes and her flowers were a beautiful headdress made by our wonderful florist.

Phemie enjoyed ‘giving us away’ at the ceremony but her great moment on the day was her speech at the reception, which she delivered with confidence and maximum cuteness!

Having waited so long, we were keen to have all the traditional wedding bells and whistles. We chose Napier Cathedral as it is where my family comes from and was my granny’s church. It also has one of New Zealand’s largest organs, which was perfect for playing the Bridal Chorus and the Wedding March at the end. We organised a piper to play Highland Cathedral. He came from the front of the church and walked down the aisle towards the capacity crowd and through to where the bridal party was waiting. This was thoroughly rousing and set the scene for an emotional and heartfelt ceremony.

With three of our children in the wedding party – who were asked permission for us to marry – the feedback we received was that the ceremony was heart-warming and tear-jerking from start to finish.

The afternoon of the wedding was a chance for all the families to enjoy entertainment by my daughter Gussie’s band, Mermaidens. We hired a great donut van and had vouchers for everyone to have a donut, ice cream and popcorn.

Our wedding reception was a beautiful event, starting with drinks and the Romanza String quartet playing Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi. I especially wanted that for my mum who is a real fan and we also wanted to employ as many local musicians and have as much live music as we could.

We were treated to wonderful food and Hawkes Bay wine and beer, and enjoyed the stunning seaside setting. Our speeches were many and long, but thoroughly appreciated by everyone. The cake was made up from three different types from our favourite Wellington bakeries.

Our first dance was to Lou Reed’s Perfect Day and everyone loved dancing the night away. There was not a person left sitting!

Good management is a big part of what it takes to be together so long and then successfully pull off a very special celebration.’

Photos: Catherine Cattanach Photography
Bride’s gown: Sally Eagle
Groom’s attire: Major Toms
Flowergirl dress: Liberty Lawn
Ceremony: Napier Cathedral
Cake: Bordeaux Bakery Arobake


Phemie has won a gift card from Mocka and a themed party pack from Jazabaloo, and Katie and Michael have won his and hers fragrances from Elizabeth Arden and John Varatos.

 


Pageboys of the Year... Carter, Hugo and Fergus

Penny Isbister & Ben McLeod's wedding

Fifteen years and three beautiful sons later, Penny and Ben said ‘I do’ amongst the vines. Their gorgeous sons, Carter, Hugo and Fergus were their doting pageboys. Penny tells us about their day…

Pageboy WINNERS

‘When we sat down to plan our wedding there were three things that were important to us: good food, a great band, and a wedding that guests would remember as great fun! We set about creating a wedding that captured us as a couple and ensured all of our guests had a wonderful time.

We decided to have the ceremony and reception at the same place, and to do the first- look and photos prior to the ceremony. Our boys, Carter, Hugo and Fergus enjoyed roaming the driveway, lawns and vineyards around our venue. This kind of event is overwhelming for the bride and groom let alone a five-, three- and one-year-old, but our boys coped beautifully. They took everything in their stride, entering the ceremony and then sitting quietly amongst family and friends as we exchanged our vows.

To have my boys lead my dad and I in, and hear Carter, our five-year-old, speak during the ceremony about ‘pairs of things that go together’ was so emotional. He had worked so hard to learn the poem off by heart with his teacher, having only been at school two months before the big day. His confidence with the microphone was amazing and as you can see in the photo he was pretty proud of himself!

As soon as the formalities were over, the boys had a great time running round with their cousins and shaking the hands of grown-ups they hadn't met. I had purchased a bubble machine, which kept them entertained, and having two of their little best friends at the wedding ensured that by the time 6pm came round they were well and truly exhausted and off home to leave the adults to party!  

Endless hours of planning, phone calls and favors went into making sure everything was perfect. We opted for elegant table settings and our florist blew us away with the amazing flowers. I had not seen the marquee set up in full prior to the reception and I was amazed by how gorgeous it looked. We had candelabras, vintage silver vases, candlesticks, the silver chargers and beautiful grey linen, which all complemented each other brilliantly. Two large bouquets of flowers on wine barrels were placed at the start of the aisle for our ceremony then transferred into the marquee for the reception. The flowers were a beautiful mix of peonies, roses and green foliage. The boys had helped decorate some wooden love signs for the wedding, which sat on the bar and coffee tables.

As a surprise, our florist had included some beautiful orchid flowers that came from a plant owned by my grandmother who I was very close to before her passing in 2010.

The food was sensational, with guests dining on canapés such as pork belly croquettes and chicken Caesar baskets followed by beef short rib, market fish, chargrilled beef eye fillet and free range chicken. We opted for a single-tier semi-naked cake decorated with blush peonies and the same flowers and greenery that were in my hair. We also had a selection of cheese and accompaniments to finish off the night.

The speeches were the best part of our wedding, and our MC set the scene right from the start. He had asked Ben and I to provide some info on our bridal party, and their introductions had everyone in hysterics, which continued on throughout the rest of the speeches.

At sunset, our photographer took us outside to take some pictures amongst the vines. This was a good chance to soak up the day and spend a few quiet moments together before we returned for our first dance, which was probably the most nerve-wracking part of the day for us both. We danced/stumbled our way through a slow rumba to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect which was followed by a lively rendition of Lonely Boy by the local band we had hired.

We danced into the night and caught the final bus home with our bridal party and guests. It sounds like a cliché to say it was the best day of our lives, but to spend it with our gorgeous boys and our closest friends and family made for the most amazing memories and magical photos. We had the perfect celebration that was well worth the wait.’

Photos: Meredith Lord
Bride’s gown: Anna Schimmel
Groom’s attire: Chris Wiig Menswear
Ceremony & reception: Sileni Estate
Cake: Pretty Little Details


Carter, Hugo and Fergus have won a gift card from Mocka, a themed party pack from Jazabaloo, and his and hers fragrances from Elizabeth Arden and John Varatos.



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