Today’s stunning Waikato wedding is a fab blend of rustic and boho but is still beautifully elegant. So many details to swoon over (THAT engagement ring, THOSE shoes and the brides quirky white nails just to get you started!), all captured by the awesome with awesome sprinkles Rodrigo Valdes from Valdes Photography. Enjoy! xox
Who Roxanne and Robin Wood
Where The Red Barn
Budget Between 20-30 K
How did you meet?
We met at my work. Rob brought his Mum in for an appointment to have an MRI scan and I was on the front desk. We got chatting and one thing led to another.
Describe your wedding style… Rustic, boho, whimsical woodland.
What were the save and splurge items for your wedding?
I don’t know if we saved on anything lol, probably the cake (I had a friend make it) and the band (which was the best man and his good friend). The splurge items were definitely the dress and shoes.
What music did you play for those special moments?
The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Norah Jones ‘Come away with me’.
I walked down the aisle to ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’.
We walked up the aisle to ‘Signed, sealed delivered’.
Our first dance was Queen ‘Crazy little thing called love’.
Did you DIY?
The only things we really did ourselves was the wedding invitations and the nametags for the tables.
What was the most difficult part of planning your wedding? And the most fun?
The most difficult part was sending out invitations and who to invite. The list seemed to keep growing. I also found finding a wedding dress was difficult. I knew what style I wanted (rustic boho) but every bridal shop I went in to I couldn’t find anything (don’t buy a dress online lol). I ended up having it made and the lady did such an amazing job. It can get very stressful looking for wedding dresses.
The most fun part for us was looking for a venue. We knew we wanted a barn style type wedding but we couldn’t find anything in Auckland where we live. We looked online at “barns” and found the Red Barn in Tirau, a couple of hours drive. We first were a bit unsure if we wanted to have it there because of the distance but on our first visit there we fell in love and knew we both wanted it here.
Do you have any money saving tips for engaged couples?
Find a venue where you can B.Y.O alcohol.
Check out aliexpress for decorations.
Each time you get paid, pay something off for the wedding or even set up an A/P for bigger things.
If people offer to help, take it.
Make your own invitations.
Find businesses that are only starting out.
Photographer Rodrigo Valdes, Valdes Photography
Flowers/Hire Creative Crew
Venue/Catering The Red Barn
Hair & Makeup Belles and Brides
Cake Claire Izzard (friend)
Celebrant Jo Durrant
Brides Dress A lady called Ankia made my dress.
Shoes Badgley Misckha from Hera Bridal
Nails The Art Of Nails, Sylvia Park
Bridesmaids Dresses JJ’s House
Grooms Suit Hallensteins
Accessories Bowties and suspenders from Mrs Bowtie
Rings Made overseas in South Africa
Transport American Muscle
Music Hit Squad