So this is the first of 3 posts that I have put together to share the adventure of a wedding we had for my younger sister, Caroline and my new Tasmanian brother-in-law; Simon.
Caroline and Simon had decided on the beautiful Marlborough Sounds as the location for their nuptials for many reasons – this is where we have come for family holidays our whole lives, so many guests were travelling from so far it felt important to offer them the most special experience possible and well… C and S just like doing things a little differently.
I begin the story on our arrival to our holiday house in Bay of Many Coves, just 5 days out from the wedding. The bay is a 40 minute boat trip from Picton which always feels like an amazing buffer between real life and chilled out, holiday time. Although, of course on this occasion we had a pretty staunch list of jobs that needed ticking off each day!
We were joined over those days by all of Simon’s immediate family and absolutely relished sharing our treasured slice of heaven with them. It was a welcome period of bonding which truly set the scene for a super relaxed wedding.
Right from initial planning, Caroline and Simon wanted the vibe and decoration of their wedding to be super natural, drawing from the native bush of the Sounds and their shared love of the environment. We spent time bushwacking and fossacking for greenery that would resist wilting and struck gold with a rampant, wirey creeper. We picked bags and bags of this off the forest floor (some 3 days out from the actual wedding day) and then used it to line and drape everywhere we could string it in the marquee.
It was AMAZING stuff!!
Aside from the creeper we also needed to hunt for flowers and other vegetation to not only use in the vast collection of old pottery vases my sister had collected for the tables but also for the bouquets! Apart from from the bundle of gypsophila that my Mum had preciously protected in the car and boat all the way from her garden 6 hours south – we had nothing but crossed fingers that our loose plan would work.
To be honest, we nailed it! The seasonal timing of the wedding meant that we could tap into the massive hydrangea population that crowded around other little houses in the bay. We had our pick of soft water-coloury greys leaking to greens and for the bride, big white heads speckled with crimson that matched her lipstick perfectly! We also collected giant gum nuts off one big tree at our neighbours as a nod to the visiting Aussie contingent, as well as twisty branches kowhai, rata and more.
On Friday morning we packed up the families and boated another 30 minutes deeper into the Sounds to the wedding venue of Furneaux Lodge in Endeavour Inlet. Once again we were presented with dreamy summer weather, flat seas and the opportunity to impress our Taswegians even more!
Our first glimpse of the marquee at Furneaux Lodge where the reception would be held the next day!
Mum and Dads little cottage with the grass roof! There were so many levels of accommodation available that all the guests found something to fit their budget but will still so close to the action!
We set about decorating as much of the marquee as we could over that day. Friends were beginning to arrive and many leant valuable helping hands. I worked on arranging the greenery in the selection of pottery vases while teams worked on getting our creeper lining everything it could possibly line!
By late afternoon we had entirely prepped the tent with just the arranging of vases on tables and some small extras to go the next morning. We then joined all the guests who had dribbled in over the day for a big “night before” bbq on the veranda of the old Furneaux homestead and got to getting merry!
Tomorrow I’ll share my pics of the wedding day!