Today’s gorgeous couple knew that they did not have to spend a fortune to have their perfect wedding, and instead of going on a honeymoon they chose to put their money towards a house instead. Respect. Asking family and friends to help out with the food and cakes, and with the bride breaking out her diy skills, the couple managed to save some serious mulah with the wedding coming in at 13k. High five!
Photographed by the talented wedding videographer Kara Jane Visuals, (does not typically do photos but feel free to contact her about your wedding film!) this wedding is proof that you can have the perfect day without spending your (or your families) life savings!
Who Eilis (Occupational Therapist) & Cameron (Storeman)
When 14th February 2015
Where Westhaven Gardens & Chapel
How did you meet?
Fate – a family member passed away and we learnt that we liked each other and 7 years later we get married on valentine’s day. The wedding date was a joke at first, but in the end there was no turning back. Most venues are booked up to 2 years in advance in chch.
Tell us the one quality you love most about each other?
Cameron is very compassionate and I like to think I am caring.
In three words describe your wedding style…
Rustic, vintage, handmade.
What were your save and splurge items for your wedding?
Save Family doing the catering/cakes.
Splurge There wasn’t any hahaha – my dress?? However that was still only $700.00
Did you DIY?
We made everything! It was a very family affair!
Cakes – Cousins, aunties and uncles made them (as wedding gifts)
Food – Family friends (husband and wife team)
Table settings – I made everything and collected things for a year or so
Love lights & some signage – Cressy Lane
Frost cloth decorations – Team of mates and friends.
In hindsight is there anything you would have done differently?
In hindsight I would have paid someone to do all the venue decorating for me in order to reduce my stress levels. However on reflection I am very proud of what we achieved.
Do you have any tips or tricks for engaged couples?
Elope – spend money on yourself/your own dreams and enjoy every moment of being engaged!
Where did you go for you honeymoon and why?
We bought a house a week later instead!
What do you love most about being married?
That we get to call each other hubby or wifey! And that are in to win “with our whole heart for our whole life”
Photographer Kara Jane Visuals | Flowers Zena – family friend | Hair & Makeup Blush Makeovers | Cake Cousins, Aunts & Uncles | Brides Dress & Accessories Whiterose (no longer on Etsy but you can email her at email@example.com) | Bridesmaids Dresses & Accessories ASOS | Grooms Suits & Accessories Sergio’s Merivale Christchurch | Venue Westhaven Gardens & Chapel and West Melton Hall | Invitations Wedding Wire | LOVE light & signage Cressy Lane