GAR­DEN Party 24.02.2018

AMANDA MCKEL­LAR and ZANE TE RANGI’S lovely barn nup­tials called for touches of rus­tic el­e­gance.

New Zealand Weddings - - PROMOTION - Photography TONI LARSEN

Zane and I met at the races five years ago. We’d been with our friends all day and it wasn’t un­til the af­ter party that we locked eyes; the rest is his­tory. When he asked me to marry him three years later, I was over­whelmed with hap­pi­ness. He pro­posed in Kings Park in Perth dur­ing a ca­sual stroll to “ad­mire the view”. He even caught the whole thing on cam­era!

We chose a sum­mer wed­ding, as the weather tends to be more re­li­able and we both love the warmth and sun­shine. Our cer­e­mony was held at a pri­vate gar­den in Feild­ing and our re­cep­tion was nearby at a fam­ily friend’s barn – the ideal spot to host our 275 guests.

We kept our dé­cor sim­ple, fo­cus­ing on flo­ral el­e­ments. I gave Cheryl of Flo­ral Col­lab­o­ra­tive my flo­ral bud­get and told her I wanted white flow­ers with plenty of green­ery, and to use her creativ­ity to de­sign what­ever she thought would look best – she did an amazing job. It also helped that our fam­ily friend Kylie is a wed­ding plan­ner. She def­i­nitely had an eye for what we were af­ter, bring­ing our vi­sion to life. As an ex­tra spe­cial per­sonal touch, Zane de­signed and made all of our sig­nage for the day; he’s an in­cred­i­ble artist.

I was orig­i­nally go­ing to wear a dif­fer­ent gown, but it fell through at the last minute. So six weeks out from the wed­ding I hur­riedly booked an ap­point­ment at the Bridal Stu­dio in Palmer­ston North. The form-fit­ting lace gown by Hera Cou­ture was the sec­ond dress I tried on, and I fell in love with it straight away. It was ex­actly what I’d en­vi­sioned walk­ing down the aisle in. To fin­ish the look I wore a cathe­dral length veil, drop ear­rings and my rings. My won­der­ful five brides­maids all wore the same plum red gown from Evo­lu­tion, as

it suited all their body shapes so well.

Zane sported a full Hal­len­steins out­fit, with an oat linen suit, brown boots and a but­ton­hole for a pop of colour cre­ated by our florist. His five grooms­men all wore the same out­fit, ex­clud­ing the blazer.

Din­ner was a buf­fet-style feast with meat from our fam­ily farm, ac­com­pa­nied by drinks from the car­a­van bar and our de­li­cious three­tier choco­late cake made by our friend Ao­rangi West.

It meant the ab­so­lute world to us hav­ing all our loved ones around us to cel­e­brate our love. Hav­ing our Maori­cul­ture and her­itage in­ter­wo­ven through­out the day made it par­tic­u­larly mean­ing­ful. We were wel­comed into the re­cep­tion with a karanga and wa­iata and had fam­ily and friends per­form a haka later in the evening. That night there was no need for any ad­di­tional ‘party starters’ – Zane and I are the party starters! And with the help of our in­cred­i­ble DJ Dan But­ters, every­one par­tied on un­til the early hours.

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