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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kumeu River Wedding by Catherine Te Reo

We're starting the day with this lovely DIY country wedding from Catherine & Angela from Poppy Moss. Sarah & Clint took their conservative budget as a challenge and did everything themselves, proving that anything is possible with enough time, creativity and resourcefulness. Sarah's Mum sewed the gorgeous bunting flags, and they sourced vintage Agee jars and filled them with wildflowers for the tables, while family china and old books with romantic titles complementing their old-fashioned sweet station. I'm loving the bridemaids dress in Navy... so sweet!

From Sarah: Our wedding was held at Kumeu Valley Estate, which we both immediately fell in love with on our first visit. Clint grew up in Kumeu, and his family have a long history in the local harness racing community, so it was important for us to incorporate this connection into our wedding day. We married under a rustic pergola in the garden with an intimate group of 64 nearest and dearest in attendance. Our photos and reception all took place on the Estate grounds, which meant we didn’t have to leave our guests. And anyway, it was too beautiful to go anywhere else!

Our theme evolved with our plans, and the end result was a very relaxed, country garden theme with whimsical, vintage elements. We weren’t hung up on an official colour scheme, and instead let things take shape organically. The end result was a fun mix of turquoise, greens, purples and touches of pale yellow. Big paper lanterns in a variety of colours hung from the barn rafters, and we decorated our bridal party table with mini bunting flags and brightly coloured butterflies. Candles throughout the room created a cosy atmosphere.


We worked hard to incorporate as much of our families into our big day as possible. My niece and nephew blew bubbles to welcome guests to the venue and Clint’s sisters both gave readings during the ceremony, including an Irish wedding blessing as a nod to my heritage. Clint carried his great-great-grandfather’s silver fob watch with him in his suit jacket pocket for luck. We named our tables after memorable racehorses from Clint’s family and placed framed black and white photos of each horse on guest tables as our centrepieces. These proved to be a great conversation piece for our guests and it was a wonderful surprise to discover at the end of the night that they had all signed the backs of the photo frames with special messages to us. We have kept these as treasured mementos of our day.

Our wedding favours also carried significance - 68 silver wishbones collected by my grandmother over 20 years of family roast dinners in anticipation of the first grandchild’s wedding. Everyone loved the gesture and enjoyed making a wish with others at their table.

Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more. It was so wonderful to witness all the love, time and energy we put into every detail coming together to create a day that truly reflected who we are. The most important thing of all however, was that we had fun and enjoyed every single moment of celebrating our marriage with the people who mattered most to us. It was stress-free, filled with love, laughter and positive energy, and we did it our way.


Catherine & Angela from Poppy Moss are so talented and have become friends of ours since capturing the special moments of our big day. Their whimsical and fun approach to wedding photography was exactly what we were looking for. They have their finger on the pulse of what is trending internationally in terms of photography, and this was important to us as we didn’t want anything stuffy, formal or unoriginal.

Photography | Catherine & Angela at Poppy Moss, Flowers | Fairy Flowers, Venue | Kumeu Valley Estate, Bride’s dress | Hera Bridal

3 comments:

Caribbean Wedding Events said...

A charming country wedding, indeed! Love the DIY elements.

Kristin Moon Thomson said...

68 silver wishbones collected over the years by the bride's grandma?! So touching... I need to start collecting now for my unborn children's weddings! :)

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

I can't get over how stunning that dress is on her!

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