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Wedding DIY: A bit of rustic charm

HILARY JOHN
Last updated 05:00 07/07/2013
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The bride with her bouquet.

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Here are a few photos from my wedding in March. We got married at the Auckland Unitarian Church on Ponsonby Road and had our reception at Mantells on the Water in Westhaven.

I didn't want to blow out our budget or become a bridezilla. My plan was to keep things simple and the cost down. I discovered a rustic theme was going to work well, that way if things weren't perfect it would be seen as having rustic charm and not a botch job.

I also didn't want to give my friends/bridesmaids a million jobs to do. I was very lucky my bridesmaid Sarah offered to do lots of crafty stuff. She made the doily garland (doilies I had collected from the thrift shops over a few months), cake topper birds and my hair clip.

Sarah and I went to the flower markets in Mt Wellington to buy flowers for our bouquets and decorating the church. We also managed to forage some hydrangeas and lavender from the side of the road in Greenlane and Ponsonby. My friends Sophie and Jess arranged the bouquets and boutonnieres and a bunch of us got together and decorated the church the evening before. We used jars for the flowers which I had been collected off friends and work colleagues.

To get the most out of the flowers I enlisted a bunch of friends to help transport the flowers from the church to Mantells and then mum took them home so they could be on display for the post wedding lunch at her place.

My mum made the cake and the plum jams, made from plums from our bach.

I printed my save the dates, invitations, table names, place names, seating plan and guest guides on a black and white printer at work and hand stamped them.

My dad is a bit of a car man and he owns a few Vauxhalls. He got them all ready and restored for the big day.


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