The morning cracked the best sunniest smile possible which had as alllll breathing a sigh of relief! I creeped over to spy on my wee sister bride and caught her going over her vows which was rather special. We then covered her in towel camouflage to bolt along the foreshore (past the grooms cottage) to the jetty where we had jacked up some cousins, a boat and waterski’s for the bride to take a turn on the absolute silky calm of the bay! This is something we had wanted to happen sooooo badly right from the beginning of plans to have her wedding in the Sounds, so for it to be picture perfect – well that was the first of many special moments in the day!
After her compulsary ski the bride then swanned around in the sun and her robe (!) drinking copious amounts of tea with her many girlfriends and being just really (some remarked ridiculously!) relaxed! Guests spent the morning walking, canoeing, swimming and generally taking advantage of an isolated mini break at Furneaux Lodge!
I headed into the marquee where there were a gaggle of helpful and talented ladies around to finish the last of the decoration.
Caroline’s good school friend; Briar Redfern (Tauranga based florist) “built” the bouquets and button holes with our collected flowers from the bay and a few additions of jasmine bought over by a family friend. And my clever Aunt Bindy used the remaining flowers to construct a series of big, beautiful arrangements for the food tables.
Aside from the secondhand collection of pottery vessels, Simon and Caroline had a few cool and personalised ideas of their own. On the back wall they roughly stuck circles of instagram pics that they had had printed the year before and used as their very simple invitations. These were so much fun for people to look through and tied in beautifully with the circle of images showing both sets of parents in their wedding photos and childhood pics of the two.
They had also spent MONTHS at home in Australia making origami animals out of pages from an old Atlas which were then grouped at each place seating. I had taken photos of these and we had laid them out on a large piece of paper signify each table and guests names beside them. When they first told me of this idea I had thought ” ech! is that a little gimmickey?!” but it turned out to be a massive hit! The maps were a lovely soft green and cream which slid in seamlessly to the really pared back and natural decoration. Guests had to spend a while identifying the animal they had been listed under and there were some amazing coincidences of the maps used actually relating to the homeland of that guest!! Pretty bizarre as only tables were indicated…not guest per seat.
At lunchtime I made a beeline for Carolines cottage where I found her surrounded by a team of women all armed with combs. Turns out her fishtail braid that she had waterskiied had subsequently got absolutely well and truly matted together and Mum even had to pull out the scissors to weed through the mess! THAT was the first time I saw a prickle of anxiousness in the sisters eyes! haha!Caroline (sister on right) with great friend and emerging bridal designer; Caroline Campion.
Knowing always that the isolation of the venue meant that we were going to be without a make up and hair team we had planned a head. Late last year when Caroline was over and in Auckland for her hen’s party, we had booked in with the terrific team at Mecca Cosmetica in Newmarket. We explained the need for nice but “do-able by an amateaur” make up and were taken through an terrific lesson with Caroline splashing out to buy the product and tools we needed. (A few have asked – lips were NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned) On the day Caroline did her own and I did mine and Steph’s.
The week before heading to the Sounds we had then met with good friend and hair whisperer; Katrina Nurse for a lesson which was paretty hilarious but using our notes and many opinons (!) we were able to direct Mum and great family friend and former hairdresser; Donna on how to wrangle our mops into the soft look we were gunning for!
Another worthy mention was the fragrance worn by all of us (and guests received a sample too!) by ABEL Organics – a 100% organic perfume newly developed by Caroline’s Amsterdam based friends. You can’t “see” how beautiful it was but considering the couple and the location it was the invisible cherry on the top!
Lastly, the most crucial part to the girls attire was the divine wedding dress made by my sisters super talented friend; Caroline Campion. Caroline ( I know its confusing!) was a week out from launching her business and debut bridal collection, so it was incredibly exciting that dress number 1 was for such a long time girlfriend!
The ceremony was just as you see here – intimate, funny, emotional and perfect for the both of them. Their mutual, great friend Nick Clements officiated the marriage perfectly which was even more significant as he was the one who had first introduced them…
The other point to note was that the bridal party was all family. I was joined as bridesmaid by Simon’s sister Steph, while his two brothers David and Pete made up the man line up. It was really nice and again, a move that gave us all a terrific bond.
The bridal party then headed off with another of my sisters great friends; emerging wedding photographer Deborah Foote! Deb was the pinnacle of awesome in her ability to move us quickly through locations, capturing fun and beautiful moments all with an eye on the clock and our need to get back to the guests for the REAL wedding business!
You get treated to the full line up of her pics tomorrow!
The remainder of the day and lonnnng brilliant evening were just as the images show here. Lots of laughter and fun and silliness shared by so many family and friends to form what really is now; a new family and friends.
The location and staff at Furneaux Lodge were absolutely without fault!! There was nothing we were left wanting for and NOTHING was a problem for their friendly crew. Couldn’t really recommend them more if I tried…
Tomorrow please check back here for the finale! Magnolia Rouge will be posting Deb’s full wedding story with specific details from my sister and then I have the great pleasure in presenting a pretty AWESOME giveaway which will interest many of you…not just those getting married!