All the way from England, Nick and Natalie’s love has travelled a long way in distance and in years, via South Africa, then Australia and then on to make Rotorua, New Zealand, their home. They have been together for 18 years and decided on 21 April 2018, to make it official.
Their wedding was held at Whakarewarewa or known as the Redwood Forest in Rotorua. This forest is known for its magnificent Californian Coast Redwoods. These towering trees, and the fresh forest air create a truly enchanted environment. Perfect for an enchanted wedding!
For the morning preparations, they prepared their backyard with a beautifully decorated marquee for their shindig reception. We had four seasons in one day and the weather was a mix of sun, rain and wind. This attempted to wreak havoc with the marquee, but luckily with the aid of the neighbours while we were at the ceremony, they managed to secure it.
The bridal transportation was very unique, a mint green VW camper, part of the VW Club. Fantastic transportation to get the bridal party around in. We dropped Nick and his best man Erik at the Corner Pub for pre drinks before the ceremony, as Natalie and her sister, Coralie had their makeup done at the house.
Natalie’s best friend Iain made the journey over to New Zealand from Spain and took on the role as 'father of the bride substitute' for the wedding. Both of Natalie’s parents were remembered with their photographs on the registry table.
Natalie & Nick’s daughter was a flower fairy and looked magical with her wings. Such a pleasure to photograph.
Natalie walked down the aisle to the Proclaimers song, “I’m on my way” and then they both walked down the aisle together to Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”. You will see from the photos a record, with their names and the Ace of Spades then became the guest book for people to write on.
Family and friends did a fantastic job assisting on the day with everything.
Congratulations once again to you both and thanks for inviting me along to share and capture your special day! I can’t wait to see your wedding video.
Here are some of the highlights from the day in the slideshow below.
Venue: Whakarewarewa, Redwood Forest New Zealand
Florist: Living Colour
Hair: House of Elliot
Makeup: Suzie Rutz
Cake: Made by Natalie
Transport: VW from the Bay of Plenty Volkswagen Club owned by Harriet Adlam
Videographer: Rob Shumski
Slideshow of Photos:
Congratulations, the person of your dreams just popped the question and you said YES!
HOLD OFF ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA
We know it may be hard to resist, but let’s be honest, how would you feel if your best friend or sister got engaged and you found out through social media? Take the time to share this exciting news with family, friends and loved ones before your engagement becomes public knowledge socially!
SET A REALISTIC BUDGET
A bride comes with extravagant ideas and 250 pins on her hidden wedding board, but when it comes down to discussing the budget, it’s just not feasible. Research costs beforehand and compare vendors before booking anything. Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees, so it may be a good idea to open a joint savings account and add to it each month. A preliminary guest list is also a great option so that you know have an idea of the numbers you are working with; at the end of the day, a guest list can make or break a budget!
LOCK IN YOUR VENUE
The third most important, and critical step in your wedding planning process, is to lock in your venue. Venues book up extremely quickly in Auckland, and around the rest of New Zealand. If you have your heart set on a Summer or Autumn wedding…DON’T WAIT, otherwise you will be forced to resort to your second or third pick. Your guest list is also very important, as some places can only accommodate a certain amount; and don’t forget to keep your parents and future in-laws in the loop…ask them whom they’d most want to invite but explain to them that your preliminary list may need to be editing and trimmed. Once you find a venue, voila…it’s only be a matter of time before your theme, colours, and even your wedding dress fall into place as well.
LOCK IN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Once you’ve set your date and venue, next step would be to make sure you capture your big day, therefore we suggest booking your photographer. There are plenty to choose from in Auckland, but keep in mind most of them cannot book multiple events in one day. Many Auckland photographers are booked up seasons in advance.
FIND SOME HELP
Whether you are a micromanager and are planning the entire thing yourself, or the type of person who’d rather not stress over the details, a wedding planner can be a tremendous help. From offering advice, to packages devoted to simply coordinating the big day (since, let’s face it you cannot be in two places at once), to planning everything from A-Z, a wedding planner won’t only save you time and headaches, but it will keep your budget from running dry as well. If your budget wont stretch to a wedding planner, organise friends and bridal party to assist with the planning.
This is supposed to be an exciting time! Make sure to still have fun with your fiancé, enjoy the experience, and we know it can be hard, but be sure to not make every conversation about the wedding…your lives are still pretty interesting as well, make sure to take time and share that with each other!
Once you’ve checked off these items, you’re on the road to celebrating your nuptials and now you get to start the really fun stuff…choose your theme, say yes to the dress, pick your wedding bands, and ultimately revel in the splendour of you and your soon to be bride or groom!!!
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