Real Wedding – Gayle and Warren

gayle and warrenThe Proposal: Warren proposed at Bridal Veil Falls near Raglan. We’d been together for ten years by the time we got married – good things take time.

Ceremony: We fell in love with Sarnia Park in Cambridge – the lush gardens, the drapery of the trees and relaxed atmosphere. We wanted our wedding to incorporate tradition but reflect our personalities. We kept things fairly intimate with 80 of our closest family and friends. The chapel at Sarnia Park was used for the ceremony.

Reception: We stayed at Sarnia Park for the reception, moving into the Ballroom. The dancing started with a favourite song of ours – Cameo Lover by Kimbra.

The service: Our vows were written with our celebrant and reflected our long journey together. A good friend, Alex Ritchie, did a lovely reading, too.

Theme: Birds and trees was the theme, but didn’t guide every detail – just a few touches here and there, starting with our Save the Date cards. Guest tables were decorated with hummingbirds perched on wine glasses, doubling as place cards. Each setting had a custom made lollie bag for the guest to collect and fill at the candy bar.

Décor: The table runners were made by the bride and the hummingbirds were purchased gayle and warrenon Etsy. The black chairs were from Blakes.

Bride’s Dress: A difficult task, even though I started with a clear idea of what I wanted – a single strap, elegant little number. I settled on Anita at Vinka Design who custom made my beautiful dress.

Bridesmaids: We wanted something with a whimsical and fun feeling. One of them was 8-months pregnant so this was also taken into account. The lovely and talented Harriett Falvey designed and made them. The girls wore their own black shoes and a pretty bow in their hair.

Groom & Groomsmen’s attire: Warren wore a Cerruti suit in dark navy that we bought in Sydney. This was matched with a black tie and crisp white shirt. The groomsmen hired grey suits with a slight pinstripe from Dorset Suit Hire. The green pocket squares were made from silk hemmed in the same colour as the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Celebrant: I was enchanted by every word our celebrant, Kay Gregory, said, soaking it all up. She was lovely and so easy going.

Cake: Our 3-tier cake was inspired by an image in a magazine. We opted for a chocolate mud-cake over a traditional wedding cake, covered in white icing with black lace, made by Helen Regas, and it was delicious.

Flowers: My arrangement was a lovely flowing one and the bridesmaids carried bouquets in a mix of greens, all by Dellene Hunt of Cambridge.

Hair & Makeup: Amy Friend of Friendshaw Hair Design in Hamilton East did my hair and Rachel of Ruby Rouge did my makeup.

Stationery: A lovely olive green themed Save The Date cards, Order of Ceremony and invitations.

gayle and warrenTransportation: We used three very classic Citroens, hired from Roger Simpson at Pallas Cars.

Entertainment: Mike Steffans was our DJ and MC. We just loved how he kept things flowing!

Catering: Sarnia Park did a great job of the canapés and sit-down menu. Our guests were asked to select their main at the time of RSVP’ing!

Photographer: Sandra Henderson not only took the photos, but soothed us on the day. She made the whole process better than we could ever have imagined with her warm, professional manner. She had creative ideas, and we had a blast! Sandra managed to capture all the details and moments of our magical day.

Memorable Moments: As Dad and I waited outside the chapel, I remember thinking “I’m about to get married”. I felt like I was in a dream as I walked down the aisle. I will never forget us declaring our love out loud for everyone to hear. A favourite part of the day was dad’s speech – genuine and spoken from the heart as he welcomed my husband to our family.

Final Thought: Take a moment on your wedding day just to stop, breath and take it all in. It’s such a magical day that you’ve put so much thought into – relish that moment! I got to marry my best friend, soul mate and the person I cannot live without – a truly, enchanting, fairytale day!

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