It brings me so much joy to reflect on the little things from our wedding and realise that it was every single moment, every single person, and every little detail that made this day the most special day of our lives- and that is the biggest win for us. From the moment Carl got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him I could not wait to start creating a wedding that reflected Carl and me, and also communicated the love that we have for our friends and family.
Planning this wedding was inspired by those we love and our relaxed/fun attitude that we believe makes us so compatible. Carl wanted a big party in a paddock and I wanted something a tad more traditional and structured. We easily compromised and opted for a traditional ceremony and keep reading on to understand more about how our reception was the best tipi party- ever!
Our ceremony started at 2:30pm- and it rained until 2:29pm. Watching the sun come out was a delicious sight and it stayed out for our ceremony and the mingling time afterwards. A dear family friend was our celebrant. We tried to make this part of our day really special for all of our guests and I wrote the ceremony alongside our celebrant to ensure every single word had meaning and purpose. I had my 3 brothers and my Grandad ‘Gordy’ walk me down the aisle. Gordy was married to my Nana for 66 years- phenom!
We had Carl’s 8 year old niece do a reading for us, we let balloons go to pay tribute to those who had passed away, and we gave each of our Mums a single stemmed white rose to represent the love that we will always have for them. Following our ceremony we cut our cake (made by my very talented Aunty, Chris) and all celebrated with bubbles and our namesake beers- ‘Carlsberg’ and ‘Becks’.
We had the most exciting time with our bridal party during our creative shoot and our photographer, Krystle, was in fits of laugher the whole time! We loved capturing lots of special moments with them and they were full of fun ideas- we attempted to perfect the blue-steele pose, the Alley Road walk, flung the boys' suspenders, stopped a logging truck in its tracks, ran through fields and climbed all over our Kombi van- as a result- hilarious and amazing photographs were captured. Pop over to Bespoke Photography to see a few more!
Our reception was set amongst a circle of ancient trees who stood like watchful protectors, curling around all the love at laughter that filled our reception. It was such a magical setting and the festoon lights, self-sourced ivy that wrapped round the tipi poles, and flames from the pizza oven turned it into the most romantic woodland. Our guests snacked on our grazing table while we were getting a few snaps taken- and they jammed away to a playlist that they had made via our ‘Play My Jam’ invitation. We had a constant flow of wood fired pizzas during the speeches which ensured our reception was casual and fun and a Polaroid guest book which captured a lot of hilarious moments. Our dessert was Fruju ice blocks and paper bags filled with strawberries and it’s fair to say our dinner service was easy and delicious!
A lot of people say that marriage doesn’t really change a relationship too much- and I believe them. Our freckles and spots are the same as they were yesterday and our house with the creaky staircase will continue to stand proud, hugging in the love that we have already created- but what I think is more important is that fact that we’re completely ok with that. We are so in love with the life that we are living that if things were to stay this way forever, we know that we would have lived the happiest life. Any day spent with Carl is my favourite day! As Carl and I walk our path together and as we continue to grow and change, there is one thing that will never alter, we will always keep falling in love.
Photos by Krystle at bespokephotopraghy.co.nz
Features on Paper and Lace: http://paperandlace.com/2016/03/20/a-stunning-taupo-tipi-wedding-by-bespoke-photography/