Where to start with Renee and Reece’s New Zealand wedding? How about Renee’s gorgeous cape, gorgeous bridesmaids’ dresses, or the gorgeous 100-year-old vineyard? Lavara Wedding Photography seriously knocked this wedding out of the park, so make sure you absorb every detail!

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From the bride, Renee: We wanted our wedding day to be filled with colours that had a vintage-shabby chic-rustic feel. For people to feel relaxed and inspired but the DIY projects we chose to do but mostly to feel our personalities shine through in every aspect of our wedding. It made is easy to style the day with such a beautiful venue to work with. We always knew that when this day came we would get married at our friend’s family-owned Vineyard which has the most amazing brick work and a 100 year old vine that grows above the seating inside.

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With the venue being so amazing it really did make the theme and colour scheme easy to pick. Rustic, vintage pastel colours with bright accents of different florals made for a relaxed, quirky but romantic atmosphere. The bunting that I made to hang above the tables was different floral patterns that would of clashed if side by side but were broken with sage green and blush pink, black and cream stripes and polka dots pieces. It was a soft and bold mixing of colours which was fun. The tables and chairs were black so it worked out well to have a black pattern. We always wanted the bridesmaids in a patterned floral fabric and the none of the groomsmen in black so it really opened the door for the use of colours in our bridal party having so many colours in the styling of the wedding, it made it so fun being able to use colour and not have just one or two colours.

handmade new zealand wedding by lavarahandmade new zealand wedding by lavara

handmade new zealand wedding by lavara

The DIY was so much fun. Table runners made from Calico, homemade muesli put into old baby food Jars that myself and all my baby mumma friends collected over the 9 months before the wedding, ring cushion made with an old sack with a floral heart sewn on from the same fabric as the bunting, photo props from materials from the local art shop, place cards made out of old manilla folders and hand stamped with floral design, to my sons waistcoat to match his Dad’s suit were all made my amazing Mum, friends and of course myself. It really did feel good to get some arts and craft back into my life. It was so rewarding to see the finished product.

handmade new zealand wedding by lavarahandmade new zealand wedding by lavara

handmade new zealand wedding by lavara

handmade new zealand wedding by lavarahandmade new zealand wedding by lavara

My advice to brides and couples getting married would be to stay true to who you are. Our guests really noticed that it was ‘Reece and Renee’s wedding,’ one guest saying that even if he turned up to the venue and didn’t know which one of his friends was getting married by just looking around he would have known it was ours! That was all achieved from keeping our invite worded exactly how we talk every day to our friends, to the background music, aisle song and keeping everything as relaxed as you can. We know that our guests truly did feel the relaxed, fun colourful spirit of the wedding. I believe that by being creative and growing that atmosphere allowed them to be apart of and see how we are as a couple to share and insight into our outlook on life as we start our journey as husband and wife. Friends and family love to help so ask them, you will be amazed at what you can pull off with the help of more hands and you will be surprised at how many people can dig up their creativeness, we all have it in us. Make sure you have a fantastic photographer, we really did. We have these photos for the rest of our lives for generations so see, I still look at my parents’ photo album and I am sure Jet (our son) will too. So make sure you find someone you trust and who listens to you and take care in helping you create photos that are special to you and your family. Lastly, trust that everything will come together on the day because it will and when it does, my golly gosh it’s amazing and you never want it to end…

handmade new zealand wedding by lavara

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Wedding Songs:
Our songs were picked by me and Reece. Our aisle song was Estelle and John Legend ‘You Are’ the words are so meaningful and the tempo a bit more up beat than your usual aisle song. Once we were announced Husband and Wife we had a surprise for our guests as we had organised our friend Jacob to play the saxophone along with Nina Simone’s classic ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’. It was such an amazing sound to echo around the vineyard and really make the moment more dramatic and personal to us. Such a great memory!

Wedding Vendors (Hamilton, New Zealand):

Wedding Venue: Vilagrads Estate / Wedding Photographer: Lavara Wedding Photography / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Cape: I Sew 4 U / Bride’s Ring Bracelet: daliadaliak / Bride’s Earrings: Tre Chic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: bespoke / Groom’s Suit: Working Style Chancery Lane / Groomsmen’s Suits: Cambridge Suit Outlet / Boutonnieres: Mignonne Handmade / Wedding Flowers: Homewood Gardens / Celebrant: Kay Gregory / Wedding Cake: Lara at Cake Couture / Wedding Hair: Olivia Noble of Servilles Newmarket / Wedding Makeup: Tori Hart Makeup / Labels for Muesli: kawaiigoodies

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