I love the romance of a garden wedding and when you throw in a stunning collection of vintage goodies from the brides Grandmother, a venue built in 1875, and a seriously loved up couple, you have all the ingredients for a perfect day. Oh and that pig!!!
Beautifully photographed by the very talented Wellington based photographer Catherine Cattanach, this wedding is chocca with fab inspiration for lovers of all things vintage.
A big congrats to gorgeous couple Hope & Bryn, and a massive thank you to the always amazing Catherine Cattanach. Enjoy!
How did your love story begin?
It all started in a shady bar in Wellington where we were introduced by mutual friends. Before we knew it we were travelling the world together. Several years later at the top of the Eiffel Tower I was asked the question that melts every girls heart.
Why did you say ‘YES’?
There was never any other answer to that question, I have been in love with him for nearly ten years and couldn’t imagine my life without Bryn.
What was your inspiration or theme for the day?
We were married at Tairoa Lodge originally built in 1875, under two lovely old apple trees. We were inspired by the old fashioned elegance, and beauty of the venue.
Fortunately for us my extremely generous Grandmother lent us loads of crystal, silver and china which when mixed with masses of flower and candles created the beautiful vintage garden feel we were after.
What were your Save & Splurge items?
We saved a lot by doing a great deal of the preparations ourselves, making our invitations, table settings, and even our wedding cake. Fortunately for us we were surrounded by very talented friends and family who spent a great deal of time and effort helping us.
We wanted bunches of flowers everywhere, rather than getting a florist to manage this we went straight to the supplier and chose the flowers ourselves. These were then beautifully transformed by my mother and close family friend Judy Brown into beautiful table settings, hanging baskets and standing flower arrangements.
The money we saved doing things ourselves we spent in other areas. We wanted to ensure our guests had amazing food, beautiful wine and were well taken care off all day, Tairoa Lodge owner Linda Morrison went above and beyond and made this happen.
What music did you play for those special moments?
I was very fortunate to be piped down the aisle by my Uncle Jim, this was very much a highlight for me.
We employed the services of Shaun Preston, who came with not one but two grand pianos. He was absolutely unbelievable, playing a mixture of old and new throughout the day and evening.
We opted for songs that were a bit of fun but still had lovely lyrics and meaning behind them.
During the ceremony Shaun lead our guests in singing, Bob Marley’s “Is this love” and “I can’t help falling in love with you” by Elvis Presley.
Signing of the register was Elle Goulding “How long will I love you” and our first dance was “Felling good” by Muse.
In hindsight, is there anything that you would have done differently?
I absolutely loved every minute of it, the whole day was exactly what I wanted.
If I had to pick anything it would have been to start earlier to allow us to spend a bit more time with guests prior to heading off to take wedding photos, although we had allowed ourselves about an hour, this time went very quickly.
What advice would you give to future brides to be?
My advice would be to not settle for less on the things that are important to you. I wanted a dress that was original and unique and suited my style. I am luckier than most as am very good friends with an amazing designer Sally Bean from Sally Bean Bespoke, the dress she created was beyond my wildest dreams.
I would also stress the importance of getting a great photographer, Catherine Cattanach was worth her weight in gold. Catherine truly captured the true essence of our day. Her photos are absolutely beautiful and we are over the moon to have such an amazing record of the day.
If it’s the dress you want or the venue you want, or like us the photography that is important to you, make sure you spend the time researching and shopping around.
What do you love most about being a MRS?
The knowledge that whatever happens in life we are in it together, and I couldn’t have a better partner in crime.
Photographer Catherine Cattanach Photography
Venue and Catering Tairoa Lodge, Hawera
Bouquets & Buttonholes Petal Pusher Flowers
Dress Sally Bean Bespoke