Sum­mer LOV­ING

JADE MCIN­TOSH-DONA and HAMISH WHITE’S fes­tive Gis­borne wed­ding was alive with per­sonal touches and bright, eclec­tic colour.

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H amish and I had been dat­ing for eight years when he sur­prised me with a he­li­copter ride from the lo­cal school char­ity auc­tion. Turns out our ‘scenic ad­ven­ture’ was ac­tu­ally an elab­o­rate pro­posal plan – we were flown to the very top of his fam­ily farm where he got down on one knee. Over our eight-month en­gage­ment, I ven­tured to op shops and gath­ered old brown medicine bot­tles, Agee jars and brass vases. In be­tween, I made bunt­ing and gath­ered ideas from Pin­ter­est. It was all in the name of at­mos­phere: fol­low­ing our cer­e­mony at Holy Trin­ity Church, I wanted our Gis­borne Yacht Club re­cep­tion to feel full and cosy, glow­ing with fes­toon lights and draped with flow­ers.

Holly from Wild Gar­den Flow­ers made our bou­quets us­ing in-sea­son blooms, such as dahlias and white daisies. I ini­tially wanted to use the queen protea flower, but it wasn’t in sea­son. In­stead, we opted for a more eclec­tic mix of blooms, with a lot of freestyling – it worked beau­ti­fully. I tied the colours of the queen protea into my sta­tionery – my mum, who is a graphic de­signer, de­signed the suite to look nat­u­ral and ro­man­tic. It was printed on tex­tured pa­per, which gave the

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