Cosy New Zealand countryside wedding

Every now and again we like to mix things up a bit – just to keep you on your toes – and feature weddings that are more documentary in style. It keeps things interesting and offers those of you searching for the perfect photographer different styles to compare. This New Zealand wedding by PETAR JURICA was held at THE LODGE AT THE FRENCH VILLAGE which whilst accessible to towns, makes you feel like you’re a million miles away from everything. Being reasonably private people, Abigail & Tim wanted to keep their wedding very simple and it was important that the venue offered up accommodation and had a remote and cosy feeling to it. The final choice definitely dictated the style of the wedding.

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TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I was looking for a not-too-weddingy wedding dress. I knew the general style I wanted and happened to see the Bo & Luca dresses at the Department Store in Auckland – they didn’t have quite the one I wanted so I ended up ordering it online. I liked it because it was simple but beautifully detailed, with silk and hand-beading, made to order.

ANY DIY ELEMENTS? Tim is a graphic designer so he did all the invites and stationery – the save-the-date was a lenticular print that moves as you turn it. The tablecloths and linen napkins were all made for the event by Abigail and some friends, and the oldest flower girl (Flower Lord)’s dress was made by Tim’s sister. The brass vases are all second-hand, the candle-holders are simply driftwood that we gathered up and drilled candle-sized holes in, and the green foliage for the tables was cut from a friend’s garden.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: The idea was wild-looking but with just enough special touches to make it romantic. Feathery and whimsical, with some boysenberries and unripe citrus fruit giving it an earthy quality.

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FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY? The flower girl nieces did really well – a three year old and a four year old guided by a eleven year old (who we called the Flower Lord). We were quite prepared that they might be too shy to come out, in the end, but they were perfect. And so cute and touching. A really special detail.

WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Try not to worry too much about expectations – just do what feels right to you. Like any creative expression, people it will enjoy it more if it feels true to who you are. It should have sincerity.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? We had meant to eat outside and had set up all the tables downstairs, ready to be carried outside after the afternoon drinks. The weather turned really windy which scotched that plan, but while we were out getting photos everyone back at the lodge worked together to carry all the tables upstairs to the hall, set them up how we wanted, even lit their own candles at their tables — a real group effort. It worked out perfectly, and it’s funny how the wrinkles in the plan become the fun things you remember.

ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT HELP TELL THE STORY OF YOUR DAY? Tim’s mother is a minister and a celebrant, and so it was lovely to be able to have her perform the ceremony. His father is also a folk singer from way back, so he and his partner sang me down the aisle (“Bright Morning Stars”) and then sang us both back up the aisle at the finish.

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Photography ANASTASIYA BELIK / Lingerie BISOU
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This intimate backyard wedding by BETHANY SMALL is one for the books! Anna and Collin’s love story began at Oregon State University, where the two cultivated a close friendship before it blossomed into something more. On Anna’s official last day of college, her sweetheart took her to the Portland Rose Garden, and with a heating lamp in place to warm her up against the December cold, he got down on one knee. The months of planning that followed included endless trips to Portland’s goodwill shops by Anna’s mother to find the gold candleholders she craved for the tables, as well as sprucing up by Collin’s parents of their stunning property, where the wedding would take place. There, under the maroon trees that inspired their florals, with 900 feet of twinkling lights strategically placed among them, the couple celebrated their union with the people they love most.

The time transitioned into a lively cocktail hour in the Petersen’s backyard space filled with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Conversations carried on about the joy and celebration of the beautiful union that had just taken place minutes before. Transitioning to the evening dinner, the guests were greeted with personalized seating cards that guided them to their seat in the transitioned ceremony space. Lighting created the perfect romantic vibe transitioning the night into dancing and desert where the guests enjoyed a homemade cobbler or a piece of the most simply elegant white wedding cakes you will ever see.

Just before the couple took their grand exit they enjoyed a few photos under the lights. For the grand exit, the sides of the driveway flooded with guests holding sparklers as the couple ran away into the night to enjoy their honeymoon! It was a wedding that not one attendee would soon forget!

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TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I found my dress at Anna’s Bridal, rather perfect since my own name is Anna. I had a hard time at first deciding on a dress because I was so particular. I wanted something that was fitted, buy elegant, something I could wear outdoors, but still feel classic. I finally settled upon my dress when I had tried it on at multiple stores and continued to like it. After talking with the bridal consultant I was confirmed that with the changes I made to have an open back dress it was going to be the perfect match for me.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: My wedding flowers were inspired by the maroon trees on the Petersen’s property, as well as my desire to have the elegance and simplicity of greenery and white. My main flower the Protea which was actually the flower I gave when I asked each of my bridesmaids to be in our wedding. It wasn’t until after I realized how unique and special the flower was that I then wanted to have them as the center piece of my bouquet.

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FAVOURITE DETAILS OF THE DAY: My favourite detail would have to be the lighting. It added a great amount of interest to the venue and added to the elegant feel. We had over 900 feet of lights strategically placed and I think the detail and planning associated with the lights made the venue special.

WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Hire a wedding planner! Our moms were AMAZING, they made all our dreams come true as Collin and I spent a lot of time consumed with school and work. My mom lived and breathed our wedding for eight months, while Collin’s parents perfected their property with endless projects. The only reason I suggest a wedding planner is because I would have loved to have given our parents less stress over the planning months!

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Our favourite moment was when we got to stand on the driveway while receiving toasts from our best friends, brother, dads, and a spontaneous one from our flower girl. The night was warm, the lights perfectly lit up the yard as everyone was sitting at their tables. Also, seeing every person we loved gathered to our left and our right was a moment we will never forget.

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Photographer BETHANY SMALL / Florist KARA CLARK from NEW SEASONS / Cake CAKES BY SHARON / Venue GROOM’S FAMILY HOME / Bride’s gown WATTER’S from ANNA’S BRIDAL / Hair AMANDA STRANG / Make-up JESSLIN CLOSE / Bridesmaids dresses REVOLVE CLOTHING / Groom’s attire MACY’S / Planner ORGANIZE BY OLIVIA / Stylist PARTY PLACE / Caterer PEGGY & MARK STAGGS / Groomsmen attire GAP and PENGUIN (TIES) / Rings FRED MEYER JEWELERS and SHANE CO.
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