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