We were married on 23rd March 2019 in Sandspit, Matakana, at the home of my Mum and her partner.
The ceremony area on the property overlooked the water and we had a clear marquee set up for the reception alongside native bush.
Rain was forecast that week, so we purchased some cute clear umbrellas just in case and also thought of alternatives around the property in case we had to move the ceremony. We were lucky as by the time Saturday rolled around we had amazing weather, but it is always good to think of alternative options to ensure you don’t have a last minute panic on your big day.
Naomi from Leaf & Honey took care of all of our florals and did an incredible job. I wanted relaxed bouquets with a lot of foliage and a mix of white and soft blush tones.
My Mum came across Anna Schimmel online. Anna was lovely, super professional and the one-on-one time in her studio really made the experience for me. I tried on my dress and immediately knew it was the one - it fit perfectly, was still a classic style but had a few modern touches that I loved - including a plunging back. Anna was getting ready for her next collection and there was only one dress left of the style I chose - and what do you know, it was my size!
I always knew I wanted to wear a veil (when else can you rock one?). I got the longest style Anna had available; a classic style without embellishments to ensure it didn’t take anything away from the lace detailing of the dress.
I had four bridesmaids, my older sister Angela and three of my best friends, my niece Arabella was our flower girl. The girls wore beautiful blush pink dresses from Chancery.
It was important to honour both of our families and the coming together of the two. We had a traditional Quaich as part of our wedding ceremony, a Scottish ‘love cup’ that we drank whiskey out of to symbolise us coming together as well as the joining of our clans.
Our theme, let’s call it relaxed modern! We essentially just wanted everything to be quite minimal with a natural vibe.
Adam’s Maori heritage was a big part of our reception. His Uncle kicked off with a Karakia, and we had a beautiful Haka at the end of the speeches.
We had a great mix of some beautiful stories from my sister to a bit of funny from Adam’s brother and best friend. It’s truly special having these shared, and hearing a perspective of our relationship from those who see it from the outside.
My dad is from Scotland and has a wicked sense of humour, giving a hilarious speech that had us all in fits. He topped it off with a song just for Adam - Robbie Williams’ ‘Better Man’, seriously comical.
We had a mix of our family and closest friends speaking, and ensured we kept these tight so we had plenty of time to dance into the night.
Everything had run so smoothly leading up to the wedding so we were definitely thrown when our venue cancelled on us 30 days out. Luckily we had an alternative venue at my Mum & her partner's.
At the end of the day we were getting married to celebrate our love and our friends and family were still going to be there no matter where we got married.
The wedding planning process and obsessing over details can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve had a certain vision for a long time, but in the long run all of that is trivial, and when you look back on your day you’ll remember the special moments with your partner and loved ones - not what colour napkins you had on the table!