Jade and Steve’s gorgeously bright and happy summer wedding is a glorious reminder that PEONY SEASON is coming. Peonies are some of the most beautiful blooms and brides who are lucky enough to be getting married when they are in season should be using them in abundance, just like the lovely Jade, whose floral arrangements are just bursting with this striking flower.
This is such a pretty wedding and one I just know you’ll love, so I’m going to hand you over to Jade, who will tell you all about her and Steve’s day. Along with the images from Helen Cawte, you feel as if you’re there with them! Enjoy!
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There are many things that inspire me in life; snow-tipped mountains, walking along the beach on a blustery day; but nothing more than the inspiration I get from meeting the people I photograph and seeing the love and happiness they share. I love photography and documenting people’s unique lives and love. My aim is to create stunning, elegant images to capture the beauty, love and energy of your celebration.
We have a delicious destination wedding for you today peeps… And destinations don’t come much more delicious than Lake Ohau in New Zealand!
The spectacular Lake Ohau Lodge is basically in the middle of nowhere – 2 hours north of Queenstown. For a secluded and intimate celebration I can think of nowhere finer as I sit here in gloomy Birmingham!
Just by chance, super talented photographer Helen Cawte was honeymooning in Queenstown and took time out to take this amazing set of images.
Nina and Josh are our newly weds of the day and Nina is here with all the delicious destination detail.
Simple Vintage Taste
I expected finding a dress to be a lot more difficult living in the middle of nowhere. I flew to Auckland for a day to find something with my mum and sister and was lucky enough to find something in the first shop I went into!
My dress was designed by Sera Lilly who is based in Ponsonby. I didnt want a traditional wedding dress and Sera helped me to find something that suited my simple vintage taste.
As the lace of my dress was quite detailed I didn’t think I would need to accessorise much. My auntie lent me a set of beautiful pearl bracelets and another auntie some pearl earrings, which were perfect together and looked great with the dress.
Tried And Tested
I had worn my shoes as a bridesmaid to my bridesmaids wedding a year earlier and loved them to bits so decided to have them as my wedding shoes. They had a thick heel and were perfect for wearing all day.
A very talented friend and master of everything creative was kind enough to do my bridesmaids, flower girl, mothers and my own hair and makeup! Everything was very natural apart from my favorite red nails and lips to add some colour! We all had our hair up in top knots thankfully as the wind picked up during the ceremony and our hair just stayed put!
Less Is More
I wanted my hair up off my face so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it all day. My auntie’s pearl bracelets were the only items of jewellery that I wore, apart from my ring obviously. Less is more!
A Floral Mix
My lovely mum and Mother in law and auntie were in change of flowers and with a combinations of stems from Downies Flowers in Christchurch, along with flowers from local gardens they pulled together some beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements. The remaining were put in old jars and placed in the center of the tables.
A Perfect Ending
I thought the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses would be easy but in the end Jess, Lousia, Kate and Phoebe had to be very patient with me constantly changing my mind. Thanks girls! In the end we got the dresses made and they turned out perfectly. The greatest find was Phoebes shoes which were gold sequined ballet flats. So cute.
The boys wore Topman pants and suspenders and boots from asos. Online shopping is a lifesaver when you live in New Zealand!
A Chance Visit
We were so lucky that Helen Cawte happened to be in New Zealand on her honeymoon when we got married. I don’t think we could have convinced her to fly out from the UK!
Josh and I entered a competition to win a photography package with Jim & Helen and although we didn’t win they still offfered to do our wedding. After an engagement photo shoot I was convinced we had made the right decision. They both made us feel relaxed and the photos were beautiful. Helen even brought chalkboard speech bubbles that were alot of fun!
We Formed A Band
Our friends formed a band for our wedding and picked 5 songs each to play on the night. They were awesome and had everyone dancing all night. They even let the Queefs take to the stage for a Ladyhawke cover.
As wedding favors we had jars of honey from josh’s parent’s house in Queenstown.
Josh and I have lived in Queenstown for the majority of our time together. Several of our friends have been married in Queenstown and being a small town it makes it a little harder to do something different. I loved the idea of having everyone together for a few days so we decided onLake Ohau Lodge for our venue.
Located high in the Mackenzie High Country wilderness, two hours north of queenstown, it was perfect for a little getaway! It was worth hiring the lodge just to have the help of Louise Neilson who is the owner. She is busy for a lot of the year with weddings so knows what to expect and how much work needs to be done which I clearly didn’t! I really couldn’t have done it without her.
To represent some of my danish heritage we had a Kramsekake made by Copenhagen Bakery. Kramsekake is a traditional Danish cake consisting of several rings, graduating in sized placed on top of each other to make a cone. It was delicious and got eaten very quickly!
I’m loving the open shirt and braces look that Josh and his groomsmen are rocking. Perfect for this laid back and casual affair. All of these images just ooze with a super chilled vibe…. And then you get a dose of rock concert thrown in toward the end… Just my kind of day.