Celebrations: Waiheke: Hello sunshine

Set on a sun-drenched vineyard amid lawn games, a photobooth and only the prettiest of vintage details, Jo Rollings and Craig Fever married at Chardy Ridge, Waiheke, on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

  • Story by Photos Danelle Bohane

Set on a sun-drenched vineyard home to sweeping lawns sprinkled with lawn games, a photobooth and only the prettiest of vintage details, Jo Rollings and Craig Fever married at Chardy Ridge, Waiheke, on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Our love story
Craig and I were both living in London when we met while skiing in France – we were both waiting in line to get fitted for snowboard boots when we got chatting. He proposed at his parents’ on Christmas morning 2011. After exchanging gifts, Craig called me outside and next thing I knew, he was on one knee – I could hear squeals of delight from inside at the sight of what was happening.

Scene setters
Chardy Ridge’s sweeping Hauraki Gulf views and expansive lawns made it the perfect setting for our vintage-inspired nuptials. Sophia from My Waiheke set the scene with an array of pretty touches – outside, a wooden archway adorned with hanging flower-filled bottles marked a spot for us to say ‘I do’, while shepherds hooks holding clusters of pastel blooms dotted each side of the aisle.

A sumptuous feast
Our 90 guests indulged in fresh, summery canapés such as coriander and chilli prawns before taking their seats in an elegant white marquee for mains such as rosemary and pistachio-crusted lamb. The Cake Parlour constructed a cupcake tower topped with a raspberry chocolate mudcake for us to cut into – guests took single boxed cupcakes home as favours.

My dream dress
I found my Pronovias dress at Modes after the saleswoman insisted I try it on. Although I was initially hesitant, I fell in love the minute I saw my reflection. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline, a multilayered tulle skirt and a fabric belt with lace and crystal detailing. My softly curled updo meant my Stephanie Browne pearl earrings were suitably showcased – I normally wear quite minimal makeup, so opted for a natural look on the day.

Fun and games
It was important to us that our guests weren’t bored while we were getting our post-ceremony portraits taken, so we scattered yard games throughout the venue. As well as providing entertainment for all ages, it gave overseas family a chance to get to know the Kiwi crowd.

Music to my ears
We hired DJ Marrs, whose website featured an online selection tool. We shared the link with guests, and meaning everyone got the chance log in ahead of the big day and have their favourite tunes included.

Making memories
Instead of a guest book, each place setting had a card displaying questions such as ‘When did you know we were meant for each other?’ and ‘Where do you see us in 25 years?’ – along with pictures taken in the photobooth we hired, we stuck the cards in a book which serves as a keepsake from the day.

My advice for brides to be
Never choose your bridesmaids out of obligation. Having people around who know you well and make you laugh until you cry means the big day, and the build up, is a true delight.

The details

Bride’s gownPronovias from Modes
Bride’s shoesTony Bianco
Hair Rebecca Maree Boyce  
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire Suits on Broadway
Bridesmaid dressesMatchevski from Myer
Bride and groom’s rings Michael Hill
Flowers Wallflower Boutique Florist
Cake The Cake Parlour
Catering Gill Stotter Catering
Stationery The Little Card Factory
DJDJ Marrs
CelebrantIrene Armstrong
Photography Danelle Bohane  

Coordinator and stylist Sophia Hoadley                                                                                                                                                                                             

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