To be honest, we may not have chosen New Zealand as the location for our wedding had it not been for the venue we found. The ceremony and reception were held in one venue, The River Room which over looked the Te Mata Peak. It is a breathtaking venue and when our New Zealand guests even commented on its beauty we knew we had made the right choice.
I have to say another big thank you to our event coordinator Andrea Brigden, who pulled the entire wedding together and we would not have had such an enjoyable day without her. The staff at the Blackbarn Vineyards were incredible and the meals we selected to die for. Lastly, I really cannot thank our photographer Leo, enough for all the hard work he put in. There was never a doubt in my mind that we made the right choice but after we got our photographs from him we were blown away.
All photos by Leo Patrone unless otherwise noted.
There were a few turns from the main road to the venue so my clever husband made a few signs to direct our guests to the location.
The styling for the ceremony and reception was simple and classic. We wanted to compliment the location not detract from it and I have to thank the lovely Ms Polka of Polka Dot Bride for being a sound board and offering me such great advice while I went through the initial planning stages for the venue. We ended up deciding to rent some wine barrels to hold large vases of white hydrangeas for the ceremony and kept it simple.
This image really does capture the ceremony as a whole. We could not have timed the sunset more perfectly if we had tried.
During the wedding we chose two readings. The first was by Grant’s sister Sharron which was an excerpt from the movie Meet Joe Black. It spoke about taking chances with love and falling head over heels. It is one of our favourite movies and it was a beautiful moment when Sharron read the passage. The second was a reading from The Prophet which was read by my mother. It was significant in my parents wedding day and I loved the idea of including it when my mum suggested it to us.
Its official 🙂 A moment of elation and being completely grateful that I didn’t burst into tears throughout the entire ceremony 🙂
Our guest book was a little different. We asked for our guests to offer us their advice and well wishes and each card was then pinned to a string. I hope to incorporate each of these lovely messages into our end product album.
We had my niece and nephew attending the reception so I purchased a couple of Mr Potato Heads to entertain them for a short while and for them to take home. I saw more than a few adults playing with them throughout the evening too.
Inside at the reception we brought in a little more colour with flowers of antique hydrangeas, berries, freesias and dahlias.
And there you go 🙂 Be sure to visit the lovely Polka Dot Bride for more images and other bits and pieces on our day.