Sarah & Edward

Sarah Fitzgerald and Edward Clark married at Jonkers Farm, Auckland, during a glamping weekend with 115 family and friends.

  • Photography by Nordica Photography

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After seven years together, Edward and I got engaged while on a glamping weekend in West Auckland. I was leading the way to the top of a sand dune to watch a famous Bethells Beach sunset and when I turned around, Edward was down on one knee. Having organised the getaway myself, a proposal was the last thing I expected! 

Continuing the theme of the proposal, we arranged our wedding around the concept of a West Auckland glamping weekend at Jonkers Farm, with its acres of natural bush and green fields. Tents and a marquee from Wildernest gave guests the option of staying for the long weekend and Andre from The Edison Project lit the site beautifully; it looked magical at night. Glamping tents housed 60 guests over the three-day weekend.

Sarah & Edward

Ahead of the big day, we asked each guest to send us a photo of them as a child. We used these instead of place names, and wrote a message on the back letting the guest know how they had influenced our lives. Edward and I are known coffee-lovers, so bags of coffee beans made fitting favours.

Sarah & Edward

We didn’t follow a colour theme, instead letting the farm’s rustic feel inspire a lush, earthy look. A few days ahead of the wedding we held a working bee where family and friends helped us gather foliage, arrange centrepieces for reception tables and create a trail of greenery that hung above the bridal table. Florists Leaf and Honey took care of the bridal bouquets.

A wedding cake made by my brother accompanied dessert, along with a five-tier cheese ‘cake’ decorated with apricots and greenery.

John Zimmermann designed and stitched my long-sleeved lace gown. Its figure-hugging illusion bodice gave way to an A-line tulle skirt, while a fingertip-length veil made of the same fabric completed my bridal look.

Sarah & Edward
Sarah & Edward

THE DETAILS: Bride’s gown John Zimmerman; Hair and makeup Sophie Beddoes; Groom’s attire Working Style; Bridesmaid dresses Sass and Bide; Groomsmen’s attire Ben Sherman; Stationery Jade Townsend; Styling and tent hire Wildernest; Rings The Village Goldsmith and Partridge Jewellers; Photography Nordica Photography

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