Into the WILD

Sarah Fitzger­ald and Ed­ward Clark mar­ried at Jonkers Farm, Auck­land, on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6, 2016 dur­ing a glamp­ing week­end with 115 fam­ily and friends

New Zealand Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS -

Af­ter seven years to­gether, Ed­ward and I got en­gaged while on a glamp­ing week­end in West Auck­land. I was lead­ing the way to the top of a sand dune to watch a fa­mous Bethells Beach sun­set and when I turned around, Ed­ward was down on one knee. Hav­ing or­gan­ised the get­away my­self, a pro­posal was the last thing I ex­pected! Happy glam­pers

Con­tin­u­ing the theme of the pro­posal, we ar­ranged our wed­ding around the con­cept of a West Auck­land glamp­ing week­end at Jonkers Farm, with its acres of nat­u­ral bush and green fields. Tents and a mar­quee from Wildernest gave guests the op­tion of stay­ing for the long week­end and An­dre from The Edi­son Project lit the site beau­ti­fully; it looked mag­i­cal at night. My dream dress John Zim­mer­mann de­signed and stitched my long-sleeved lace gown. Its fig­ure-hug­ging il­lu­sion bodice gave way to an A-line tulle skirt, while a fin­ger­tip-length veil made of the same fab­ric com­pleted my bri­dal look. Go­ing green We didn’t fol­low a colour theme, in­stead let­ting the farm’s rus­tic feel in­spire a lush, earthy look. A few days ahead of the wed­ding we held a work­ing bee where fam­ily and friends helped us gather fo­liage, ar­range cen­tre­pieces for re­cep­tion ta­bles and cre­ate a trail of green­ery that hung above the bri­dal ta­ble. Florists Leaf and Honey took care of the bri­dal bou­quets. A sump­tu­ous feast Hip Group did our cater­ing, pro­vid­ing nib­bles such as mar­ket fish bran­dade buns, and a buf­fet main in­clud­ing fen­nel and pep­per-rubbed porchetta and slow-cooked lamb shoul­der. A wed­ding cake made by my brother ac­com­pa­nied dessert, along with a five-tier cheese ‘cake’ dec­o­rated with apri­cots and green­ery. Some­thing spe­cial Ahead of the big day, we asked each guest to send us a photo of them as a child. We used these in­stead of place names, and wrote a mes­sage on the back let­ting the guest know how they had in­flu­enced our lives. Ed­ward and I are known cof­fee-lovers, so bags of cof­fee beans made fit­ting favours.

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