A Fine Ro­mance

Lush fo­liage and a gor­geous gar­den set­ting made these nup­tials all kinds of beau­ti­ful.

New Zealand Weddings - - REAL WEDDINGS - Photography RUTH GIL­MOUR

Dale and I met while at univer­sity just over 10 years ago. We both worked part-time at a liquor store – so ro­man­tic! He popped the ques­tion on hol­i­day in Van­u­atu, in a se­cluded cove on a pri­vate is­land.

We wanted to hold our wed­ding on our 10-year an­niver­sary, which hap­pened to be in March. An early au­tumn wed­ding meant I could com­fort­ably wear a light dress dur­ing the cer­e­mony, and then throw on a leather jacket as it cooled down dur­ing the evening.

The Nar­rows Land­ing in Tama­here was our venue of choice. We were ab­so­lutely sold on the food, and the ex­pan­sive in­door space was ideal for our re­cep­tion of 110 guests. It fea­tured floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that wrapped around the room, open­ing out to a spa­cious deck. This was the ul­ti­mate place to get the party started with pre- and post- cer­e­mony drinks, while the venue’s vel­vety man­i­cured lawns and im­mac­u­late rose gar­dens worked a treat for our out­door cer­e­mony.

En­vi­sion­ing a nat­u­ral, un­clut­tered look, we fo­cused on an abun­dance of green­ery and wooden dé­cor and fur­ni­ture. A clean, sim­ple colour pal­ette of black and white fea­tur­ing sub­tle flecks of gold set the stage for this vi­sion.

Branches, fo­liage and white and blush flow­ers – think roses, gyp­sophila and anemones – filled the re­cep­tion space. These ran

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