kate & phillip
We hung white lanterns in the olive trees around our venue, and set up outdoor games for guests to enjoy, including golf, limbo, hula-hoops and bocce. We also had white parasols and fans for the heat.
Both my dad and stepdad walked me down the aisle – it was a very emotional moment. My maid of honour read a short account of my thoughts about Phil when we first met, which added a personal and humorous touch. My nana also did a reading about love by Bob Marley. We then read our own vows to each other, and lit a candle in dedication to Phil’s mother who had passed away.
We mingled with guests, and my stepdad did a surprise haka accompanied by family and our friends. While we had our photos taken, drinks and canapés flowed for guests. I changed into a traditional red Chinese outfit with matching shoes so that we could partake in a tea ceremony to honour our elders.
We had speeches throughout the reception and Phil and I gave the last speech. We asked each person/group to stand so we could individually thank them for being in our lives and tell them how much they mean to us. Many have said they loved this personal touch. After his speech, my father and his family sang a waiata: Putiputi kaneihana e.
Overall, our wedding day perfectly incorporated tradition, love, laughter, joy and beauty from the start to the end.
Photos: Jonathan Suckling
Bride’s gown: Jessica Bridal
Venue: Bracu, Simunovich Olive Estate
Others that made their wedding special: Forever Petals, Vanilla Coco, Sophie Beddoes, Rochelle Fleming, Tina Whittle, Forever New, Suit Master, Turn It Up