On Sunday the 26th October a very special event took place at my favourite wedding venue in the Bay of Plenty, Old Forest School. The first one ever and the first of its kind anywhere (as far as I know) and an event I wish, wish, WISH I could have attended! The Summer Fair at Old Forest School included not only couples who have booked the venue for their upcoming wedding but also brought back those fab couples who had previously celebrated their wedding at the magical venue. Sooooo much love!
Over 120 guests attended, arriving early and staying right through to the end. With name tags on and wedding dates discussed, friendships blossomed. A little bird told me there were brides in tears and squeals of delight, each so excited about having discovered this perfect venue! (some even turned out to be old school friends!) To be honest I am not at all surprised, I mean just look at the place! Super special, low key, fun, relaxed, GORGEOUS and run by the most fabulous family I know!
Old Forest School has a special FB group just for the brides where they share ideas, give support, buy and sell props and make friends. This was set up and is managed by one of the lovely brides, Hannah. It is supplier free and is there so that brides can natter about all things wedding, tips and tricks included. Old Forest School is such a special place that it was actually the brides that suggested the get together! Fancy that!
The Summer Fair was not only a blimin good excuse for a get together BUT also a fantastic opportunity to unveil the new barn (which is ridiculously amazing!) plus the creation of a mini wedding show was the perfect chance to showcase the venues favourite suppliers. Below are some stunning images by the talented Anna Kidman and second shooter Little Miss Rose (the venues very own (she lives there!) superstar photographer) Enjoy!
Suppliers who kindly contributed to the day, helping to make it an unbelievable event…
Anna Kidman Photography // Little Miss Rose Photography // The Heirloom Styling and Flowers (head table) // Rosie’s Wildflowers Flowers (pastel coloured table) // Honeysuckle Rose Flowers (Jess did the bright coloured table) // Sugar Town Cake table in barn (Kerry), little samples, fondant cakes, cake pops etc // Pickled Whimsy Non floral botanical styling in Little Barn, terrariums, kokodamas etc (Coraleigh) // Pickled Whimsy Icecream sundae bar // Spongedrop Classic sponge cake (Dani) // Forest Bubbles Bar Drinks, signature cocktails and punches (Anita), bar props, drink dispensers, milk bottles etc) // Light Viking Marquee lights ‘love’ (Darcia) // The Generators Band // Lillybeth Make up // Beautiful Hair Hair (Brooke) // Conte Creative Stationery (Grace) // Food by Design Nibbles, incredible nibbles (Terri) // Love of Events Wedding Planner (Teneale)
A thanks to my family, Alistair, Holly and Rose, a true, genuine 100% family business
– Su-an McMahon, Old Forest School