Lydia & Jeremy

Lydia Cowpertwait and Jeremy Tapsell married at The Old Barn, Matakana.

  • Photography by Carolyn Haslett

Set amid Matakana’s rolling hills, The Old Barn was the perfect setting for our vintage country wedding. Four willowy trees marked an idyllic spot to say our vows in front of family and friends – for a festive flourish, Mum made bunting to tie between the trees.

I had always dreamt of hosting a party where guests would eat at a long table in an orchard – thankfully, incredible weather meant this was possible. All food was organic and locally sourced, with the menu including chickpea aubergine fritters and teriyaki smoked salmon. Jeremy’s mum sourced 70 vintage plates from antique shops, while mine made our red-velvet chocolate cake.

My Jenny Packham gown was made from two separate pieces – a dress made entirely of delicate beading and a silk slip for underneath. I wore roses and lambs ear in my updo and Art Deco-style diamanté drop earrings from Smith and Caughey’s.

Lydia & Jeremy
Lydia & Jeremy

My three bridesmaids wore blush-coloured silk dresses from Miss Crabb, each a different style, and fresh flowers in their hair. The groomsmsen opted to sport houndstooth trousers and waistcoats – Jeremy set himself apart with a navy jacket, light brown trousers and a white rose buttonhole.

Don’t feel pressured to adhere to tradition if it’s not for you. As well as staying together at The Old Barn the night before, Jeremy and I walked up the aisle together to symbolise the shared commitment we were making.

THE DETAILS: Bride’s gown Jenny PackhamHair and makeup Leisa Welch Groom’s attire Paul Smith, Valentino, IncotexStationery Alice Brash Groomsmen’s attire Catering We Love Food Rings London Jewellery Workshop Flowers Mark Antonia Furniture Warkworth Party Hire Photography Carolyn Haslett

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