“I said yes in a very romantic setting to a very Matt-like proposal. We went to Papa Aroha for a weekend without our 1st kidlet and after a day of fishing he asked me at sunset on the beach. We didn’t have an engagement party as I found out I was pregnant with our 2nd and sold our house the next week. We married 7 years after our first kiss!”
Who Matt + Taryn Baines
Where Te Puru on the Thames Coast
Our love story began…
When we met at a mutual friends place but it then took a while for us to become an item! 1 house renovation, a dog, 2 babies and then a brand new house build and the rest is history. We married 7 years after our first kiss.
I said yes…
In a very romantic setting to a very Matt-like proposal. We went to Papa Aroha for a weekend without our 1st kidlet and after a day of fishing he asked me at sunset on the beach. We didn’t have an engagement party as I found out I was pregnant with our 2nd and sold our house the next week.
Our wedding inspiration was…
Woodland glam with greenery, sparkle and lots of flowers. My partner and a lot of my family are hunters so we had a few antlers and nod’s to deer stalking throughout the wedding.
We saved on…
We own our own marquee and party hire business and I am an event stylist so we didn’t have any hire charges as such for any of the marquee, furniture, decorations etc. I also made all of our invites, placesettings, menus and floral installations. Matt is a builder so anything I needed built like our amazing wooden table tops he did this for us, he also built our arch and backdrop.
We splurged on…
A band, a real fruit icecream truck with unlimited icecream, my dress and our rings.
Our advice to engaged couples…
Do it your way, its really hard to plan a wedding and a lot of couples get overwhelmed by everyone elses input and advice. You really want to walk away being as happy as you can be with the choices you make for your wedding as it is YOUR wedding.
Photographer The Undefined Photography – Katherine has done a suberb job of our photos and it was an absolute pleasure to have her take our photos for the day.
Planning + Styling The Bride, Taryn Baines at Make Your Day Events.
Flowers The Bride, Raspberry and white peonies, lisisanthus and greenery bought wholesale and arranged myself for the bouquets. Hydrangeas from local gardens for the table centerpieces with moss my father gathered and a few floral installations made with artificial flowers and greenery that I made myself.
Venue La Casa Te Puru Lodge for the ceremony (they will also do marquee receptions) and then home to have our reception in the marquee.
Catering The Icecream Truck was absolutely amazing – best icecreams and some people had 2 or 3 each. We also made our own platters for cocktail hour and my bridesmaids made 100 individual white chocolate cheesecakes in jars for dessert.
Hire Company Make Your Day Events – All items came from our hire stock – marquee, furniture including wooden trestle tables, lighting, dancefloor, rose gold cutlery, table runners, chair sashes, charger plates, centerpieces etc.
Stationery Save the dates, invites, placecards, tablesetting plan, menus made by myself.
Wedding Sign Made by Cole Co. Design and MDF wording sourced from a bride on a wedding page.
Hair Some of my friends who are local hairdressers
Makeup Jess Drought Makeup & Nail Artistry + Makeup Artistry by Chantara – These girls are awesome!
Cake Janine at Jara Delights. Janine was amazing, I am gluten free so two layers were gluten free and I sent her a few photos of what I wanted with parts of cakes I wanted that she combined into the perfect cake, it looked amazing and more importantly tasted so good. I made the cake topper.
Celebrant Janie Storey, a Whakatane based and a longtime family friend.
Brides Dress Stella York at Felicitys Bridal in High Street.
Veil Borrowed from my bridesmaid whose husband was our best man.
Shoes Modcloth shoes modified by myself to have glitter on the front strap.
Bridesmaid Dresses Aliexpress as it was the only place I could find the colour I wanted with different styles to suit the girls. Altered by Holly at the Sewing Box in Thames.
Grooms Suit + Accessories Hallenstein Brothers
Rings Etsy + Stewart Dawsons
Transport I secretly organized to borrow a very amazing Toyota Hilux from the local Toyota yard without Matt knowing and turned up to the ceremony in and then had it for some photos – we were very grateful to Valley Toyota for letting us do this.
Music 2 Crew Duo – Best decision ever, amazing voices and talent and great at keeping the crowd going, we didn’t want them to leave and dancefloor was always full.