Friday, 25 October 2013


Rose Tinted Photography

I still can't over how incredible this barn was as a Wedding Reception venue! On all the major wedding blogs, there is always amazing wooden barns that just don't exist here in little New Zealand. They are only accessible if you know someone who owns a private residence that holds one. Olivia & Simon were so blessed to have the use of the horse barn at Sonshine Ranch! It held both sentimental value and a great aesthetic for their dream day as this is the Ranch where they met and now live and work together.

The style for this was rustic with a feminine touch. The tables were decorated with pearls, lace covered jars with tealights, and vintage china teacups turned into candles. Hessian table runners and the jars held the floral posies of pale pink gerberas, babies breath and fragrant freesia. There was a lot of wooden elements to keep with the rustic vibe of the stables, but there were many touches of elegance such as the candelabras in cream to contrast with the wood. Romantic lighting with tealights in lace wrapped  and fairy lights was key to set the atmosphere for the evening.

The beautiful cake was made by Olivia's very talented Mother who decorated it with lace and iced flowers. It was placed on a large slice of tree trunk which was prepared by Simon and his brothers/groomsmen. The gorgeous wall art using vintage lace doilies was made by the maid of honour's mother who also supplied the freesias from her own garden. She also ran the set up on the day and was a massive blessing, always going above and beyond to help make the day amazing.

Olivia's sister Jess designed the wedding stationery including the invitations, seating charts, place cards and favour packaging. The favours were home-made again by Olivia's mother who made rocky road wrapped in plastic and topped with a pearl decoration. The typographic & illustrative signage was hand drawn by yours truly. Many of the decorative elements were from my collection such as the suit case stack, blackboards and mirrors, crates, world globe, some of the lace fabric and the white candle lanterns. The fabrics and table linens were supplied by a family friend.

So many wonderful family and friends of the couple helped clean up the barn and set this all up. Special mention to the bridal party who worked really hard in setting up and help organise the event. Seeing it all come together was amazing! I just love how weddings bring people together. They say a community raises a child but I also think that is true for couples as well. It takes a lot of model relationships, advice, good friends and mentors to grow a relationship. A wedding is a perfect example of all these people coming together to contribute in any way that helps. Whether it's greeting people at the door, preparing food, doing dishes, making something crafty, singing a song, helping with the organisation. For me it is such a blessing to use my creative eye to conjure ideas and pull looks together.

My dear friends Stephan & Nakita did her wedding photography so be sure to keep an eye on their brand new website to see the amazing images of the day! Their photograph's tell stories and I just love the moments they choose to capture. Not to mention how talented and genuine they are as a couple doing what they love. I can't wait to see the magic they captured of Olivia & Simon! You can view their engagement photo's here.

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