A Gorgeous Nelson Garden Wedding By Paul Tatterson

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Photographer  Paul Tatterson (amazing photographer who made two very camera-shy people feel incredibly comfortable) | Planner/Stylist Mostly DIY with some last-minute help from Got It Covered | Flowers Jan Holt | Hair Ursula Hair Design | Makeup Rachel Roper | Cake Chocolate Velvet Ltd | Brides Dress Lara Hannah, London | Headdress Vivienne Sheriff | Bridesmaids Dresses French Connection UK | Grooms Suits & Accessories The Kooples | Venue Thackwood Cottage (Karen and Murray Gill) | Catering The Grape Escape Cafe & Catering | Music Lee Fern Band | Invitations Laura Walsh

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Who Tim (Sales Manager) & Laura (Graphic Designer)
When 24/01/15
Where Thackwood Cottage, Nelson

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How did you meet?

We met through a mutual friend when I was up on summer holiday in Nelson. Tim was the bar stud and swept me off my feet…or perhaps that was the wine?!

Tell us the one quality you love most about each other?

Tim: The way she embraces life.
Laura: His wicked sense of humour.

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In two words describe your wedding style…

Whimsical & Elegant

What were your splurge and save items for your wedding?

The dress was a definite splurge. It was the last of this dress made by the designer before she was whisked away by Hollywood to design costumes for the movies.

The owners of Thackwood Cottage (Karen & Murray) treated our wedding as if we were part of their family. The package deal that they offered was worth so much more than they charged because of the knowledge and connections that they were able to share with us which drove down the overall cost. They were simply amazing and their venue was an absolute dream.

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In hindsight is there anything you would have done differently?

Living in London made organising a wedding in New Zealand quite difficult. We left a lot to the last minute which added to the stress levels. We would have liked to have been more organised.

Where did you go for you honeymoon and why?

We loved the idea of a Caribbean Honeymoon (Laura is obsessed with Pirates) so we spent 9 amazing nights in Barbados.

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 Do you have any tips or tricks for engaged couples?

Enjoy being engaged for a while. Planning a wedding can be stressful and it’s important to remember what/who you’re doing it for. Make time for each other away from everything else during the process.

What do you love most about being married?

Knowing that we have a partner in crime who will love each other for the rest of our lives.

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Photographer  Paul Tatterson (amazing photographer who made two very camera-shy people feel incredibly comfortable)
Planner/Stylist Mostly DIY with some last-minute help from Got It Covered
Flowers Jan Holt
Hair Ursula Hair Design
Makeup Rachel Roper
Cake Chocolate Velvet Ltd
Brides Dress Lara Hannah, London
Headdress Vivienne Sheriff
Bridesmaids Dresses French Connection UK
Grooms Suits & Accessories The Kooples
Venue Thackwood Cottage (Karen and Murray Gill)
Catering The Grape Escape Cafe & Catering
Music Lee Fern Band
Invitations Laura Walsh


  1. Andy Brown

    November 16, 2015

    Awesome wedding story!

  2. Paul Tatterson

    November 16, 2015

    Such a good day!!! Thanks Jax.

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