Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Rose Tinted Photography

BLUE, forest, hand painted animal figurines, rustic, wood, chevron, stripes, clean white, brown craft paper, glass bell jars, handmade woodcut coaster, love logo, deer, babies breath, queen anne's lace, white frosting cakes on tree stump cake stands & glass coca-cola bottles.

My sister Melody had a very clear idea of what she wanted for her wedding in terms of styling. The ideal venue would be a barn for the reception. To have this in Auckland, NZ seemed a near impossible task (We have a shortage of venues that allow 180 guests with self-catering). But after asking around, a couple of friends sent her this video from Matt & Jomine's DIY Barn wedding. It was perfect! Also a bonus that it was right next to a forest (which is another ideal for her big day.) Cindy and Mark who are the owner's of this private residence, are Pastor's at Urban Vineyard Church and are two of the most self-less, generous and servant-hearted people I've met. They went above and beyond to help us set up for this wedding and get this barn into shape.

Our Dad put 100% into helping make this look amazing. Hours spent cutting wood into chargers, assembling a backdrop out of wood (with help from the groom, Andrew) for behind the bridal table, and making the coasters for the guest favours. My sister who is a graphic designer, put together a love logo with their intitials. Dad had this made into a stamp to be inked onto the coasters as a little keepsake from the day.

The week prior to the wedding was spent hanging the branches with fairylights above the tables, covering a bright yellow wall with craft paper, cutting the table cloths and table runner's to size, arranging the floral, laying the table settings, placing name cards, suspending lights, setting up tables & chairs, cleaning toilets, sweeping, tidying, transporting everything to the venue, lifting & moving heavy furniture, drawing a forest with chalk, making the best chocolate brownie (Laura) for the helpers and the list goes on and on.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE that helped. Especially to the Father's of the newly weds who spent the whole week at the barn everyday setting up, Melody & Andrew (obviously) for finally getting married, and putting so much hard work into your big day, the mother's of the newly weds who put so much love and care into anything they helped with, the bridal party who helped constantly through the whole engagement, anyone who helped on the day whether it be with pack down, kitchen duty, transporting things from ceremony to reception, Cindy & Mark Brickell for hosting us on their property and for all your help (it was a pleasure getting to know you), Grandma Jean Symons for the cake, Martin & Vicky Duffy for running the catering & food side of things for the shared meal and anyone who did anything to contribute to this epic day.

To see the official wedding photo's by the talented Stephan & Nakita, keep an eye on their website! They are amazing, honestly! Thanks for capturing the day and giving us all images to treasure it by.

I was honoured to help with setting up; for doing the floral and helping with decoration ideas (I'm claiming the bell jars). It was a pleasure to help make your day really special! xox

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