Weddings

Charity + Phoebe

Rolling green hills and a rustic country property was the perfect backdrop for this bohemian style wedding.

The happy couple involved their passion for the environment in their special day and focused on sustainability throughout, only printing invitations for older relatives and giving their guests ‘The Seek Society’ reusable bottles as favours. There was a true rallying of love around this special celebration with many of the guests flying internationally for the festivities with just six weeks’ notice. Charity and Phoebe treated their friends and family to a feast of organic fresh produce and wine as well as delicious Balinese punch and elderflower splice upon arrival. Their big day was even featured on Channel 7’s Bride and Prejudice – epic!

Photographer: Samantha Brennan from Amber & Rose Photography (Amber & Rose Photography). “We wanted a photographer that pushed the envelope a little artistically and was happy to catch super candid moments.”

Dresses: Grace Loves Lace (Graceloveslace.com.au). “Nothing was too difficult for Steph, and she was happy to give her honest opinion and make sure we were super happy!”

Jewellery: Samantha Wills (samanthawills.com). “We love the bohemian luxe vibe of her jewellery; it was feminine yet earthy and simple. So many attributes we appreciate and love.”

Bridesmaid/groomsmen outfits: “We decided we’d love for the girls to wear something white and comfortable of their own choice. Our best man wore camel chinos and platted brown leather belt from Roger David (rogerdavid.com.au) and white long sleeve shirt Cotton On (cottonon.com).”

Hair & Makeup: Jo + Dom Styling joanddomstyling.co.nz.

Planner: “We did most of the wedding planning ourselves in six weeks but we couldn’t have done it though without Janine, owner of our venue. She acted in part as a wedding planner, providing local advice and assisting us liaising with the right people in NZ so the day ran smoothly and peacefully.”

Stylist: “Our florists, friends Haley Newton and Sally Gilroy, also executed a lot of the styling preparations for the venue on the day which was amazing! They assisted styling the venue with a bunch of wares we’d brought over from Australia.”

Stationery: Illustrations by Nicci Wiedman from Paper Peach Shop etsy.com. “Charity designed a wedding website via The Knot (theknot.com). and the link went out first to our full guest list. Formal invitations went out for the more elderly in our respective families so they could keep a small momento from the day. We wanted to keep our environmental footprint down.”

Flowers: friends, Sally Gilroy & Haley Newton “They were the dream team behind all of the flowers and floral styling. They Skyped each other and sourced the flowers through Central Flower Wholesalers (centralflowers.co.nz). who were amazing.”

Ceremony & Reception: Sudbury, NZ (sudbury.co.nz). “It was love at first sight. It was a beautiful horse ranch set between the ocean and the mountains, surrounded by lush forest, the perfect backdrop for our wedding day. We both felt at peace there.”

Celebrant: Clarissa Dunn (clarissadunn.com). “We had Charity’s sister, Rebecca, officiate our ceremony with our celebrant Clarissa conducting the legal part.”

Catering: Eatery Kitchen Catering Company (publiccatering.co.nz). “We focused on fresh, seasonal produce and simplicity – quality ingredients to maximise flavour and provide a modern spin on classic dishes and flavours.”

Cake: Stiletto Studios Cake (stiletto-studio-cakes.myshopify.com). “We added an additional tier of banana as a surprise for Phoebe as this is her favourite flavour.”

Entertainment: DJ Paul Shelley from Red Bird Jnr (0274 733 247). “He was fabulous, and was DJ’ing out of a vintage caravan under festoon lights in the outdoor terrace fireplace area.”

Decoration: “We had lots of flowers and foliage everywhere in little upcycled glass milk bottles, Morrocan rugs and hay bales provided by Sudbury. We had a bell tent in the daisy fields provided by The Seek Society (theseeksociety.com).”

Favours: Earth Eco Bottle form The Seek Society (theseeksociety.com).. “An estimated 200 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfill sites each year globally, we wanted to do our little bit in the fight against waste so provided each guest with one of the bottles to utilise forever.”

Guests: 70