On the day our guests arrived to our ceremony at Whangateau Hall - inside we decorated the hall with a million handmade white flags that hung from the ceiling. Our ceremony took place in front of a large colourful fabric feature wall that us and some friends had fun making the day before. Guests we're given ceremony cards on sticks and after the ceremony, a 'field-guide' and map to give those who were unfamiliar with the area some ideas of what to do between the ceremony and the reception. Our ceremony felt so special and personal and it felt so incredible to have all our favourite people all in the same room, there to support us! After the ceremony we all gathered outside under the shade of a parasol and enjoyed munching on some popcorn, lemon cupcakes and sipping on Melon Lime and bitters. Yummy!
Our reception began a few hours later with drinks and nibbles outside by the oak tree. The sun was setting over the water as we had a jazz band playing and hay bales (with blankets on top) for seating. It was such a lovely relaxed setting to return to after having our photos taken. A friend of ours manned a photo booth and took polaroids of all our guests. The polaroids were then stuck into a book that all of our friends and family wrote messages in to wish us well. Once everyone had moved into the boat shed for the reception, we were all served a beautiful dinner by Lindy at Feast catering. The meal was served on miss-matched vintage plates that my wonderful Mummy had helped collect the months leading up to our day. We also borrowed old wooden school chairs from the nearby Matakana Hall for everyone to sit on. The tables were covered with brown kraft paper and decorated with old books and hydrangeas in glass bottles. We also had white festoon lights which were dimmed and hung from the rafters... other than that decoration was kept to a minimum because the interior of this old boat shed was so charming. We kept the large double doors open the whole night as we moved through from dinner to speeches, to cake (my Mother-in-law and I made our wedding cake), to dancing... it was so fun! Lastly, as it looked as though my new husband and i were about to make our well planned secret getaway, people were being lead outside where friends were beginning to light and release big beautiful sky lanterns - a surprise gift from a friend in Thailand. They looked so amazing as we all stood and watched these beautiful glowing lights float into the night sky - the perfect end to a more than perfect day.