Rus­tic charm

Kim­ber­ley Har­court and Carl Haugh mar­ried at St An­drews Pres­by­te­rian Church, Ash­bur­ton on Satur­day, Novem­ber 23, 2013

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Our love story Carl and I met as stu­dents in Otago in 2005. For Labour Week­end 2012 he took me on a sur­prise week­end away to Maruia Springs in the Lewis Pass. He pro­posed to me in the hot pools – it was the hap­pi­est mo­ment ever! We cel­e­brated with a bot­tle of bub­bly and shared the won­der­ful news as soon as we got home. Our wed­ding style I’d al­ways wanted to get mar­ried on our fam­ily farm in Rakaia, where I grew up, so we held a mar­quee re­cep­tion there after the church cer­e­mony. Our vin­tage, rus­tic theme came to life through bunt­ing, rib­bons and gar­den flow­ers. We dis­played old fam­ily wed­ding pho­tos on a hay bale and scat­tered our favourite love quotes, writ­ten on black­boards, around the mar­quee. Flo­ral fan­ta­sia I cre­ated a Pin­ter­est board of flower ideas I loved, then Ash­bur­ton’s Flow­ers and Bal­loons brought them to life. My bou­quet was com­prised of blush, mauve and cream roses with tiny sprigs of fern. We also dot­ted jars along ta­bles, filling them with clus­ters of gyp­sophila, roses and pe­onies picked from the gar­den and wrap­ping the jars in rib­bons of lace. Aisle style My Louise An­der­son gown was just the sec­ond I tried on – made from ivory silk, it fea­tured lace capped sleeves and a blush sash around the waist with a flower de­tail. I kept my makeup quite nat­u­ral, with my hair in a loose updo – a del­i­cate di­a­mond neck­lace, pearl ear­rings and pearl bracelet fin­ished the look. For our guests Adding to the day’s home­spun, rus­tic vibe, I sewed ta­ble nap­kins us­ing dif­fer­ent fab­rics. The splashes of flo­ral, ging­ham and polka­dots gave bright pops of colour to each place set­ting and they, along with home-made short­bread, made pretty guest favours. A sump­tu­ous feast Our guests en­joyed a buf­fet of roast meats, sal­ads and veges, be­fore in­dulging in dessert and our three-tier cake. Fea­tur­ing le­mon, car­rot and mud­cake lay­ers, it was dec­o­rated with ivory fon­dant and a blush-hued pe­ony. A dis­play of vin­tage china teacups in­vited guests to have tea or cof­fee later in the evening. Ride on Be­cause my par­ents’ farm is a 20-minute drive from the church we hired buses to trans­port our 130 guests. After mid­night the buses took guests back to town – it meant peo­ple could let loose and have fun with­out hav­ing to worry about the drive! My ad­vice for brides to be The video of our day brings a tear to my eye ev­ery time I watch it and trans­ports me right back there. For us, a videog­ra­pher was an ex­pense well worth in­vest­ing in.

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