This is such a fun love story AND wedding and I am so excited to share this one with you all!
Our Love Story Began..
Andy and I met at a Shapeshifter concert but we both thought the other was far younger so we didn’t really speak that night - we soon matched on Tinder and realised we had a lot of friends and hobbies in common - it was a near miss though - I nearly didn't swipe right, and Andy turned down my first offer to meet for a drink!
We saved on...
Flowers! A group of us made bouquets over some wine the evening before the wedding, I purchased flowers from the markets and was gifted roses from friends gardens and foraged greenery, lavender and pampas grass for the reception, ceremony and decoration, although I did get a florist for the important parts like the bridal bouquet and arch! We DIY’d our arch, furniture, decorations, invites – we looked at what we could create ourselves. We also didn’t have wedding cars or the extra fluff of traditional weddings.
Tell us about the proposal..
I was 6 months pregnant and we were on our "Babymoon" in Rarotonga - we had climbed up needle rock ( Te Rua Manga) in the middle of the island – I was looking out over the sea as a tropical down pour hit and I turned around to see Andy on one knee – my first response was: “are you serious!!” A proposal was the last thing I was expecting! Andy had forgotten the ring and grabbed a cheapy bow shaped ring at the airport on the way and I was thinking he really thought I loved bows! – then we had to climb down the rock in the rain and all exited from the proposal with a 3 hour tramp out of the bush! When we arrived home he gave me the real engagement ring – his grandmothers ring – a beautiful ring handmade in 1948 (aww!)
We splurged on...
We splurged on the venue, the dress, photography and videography – A suitable venue was important to us, as was having our memories captured forever so we made sure to get a quality photographer and videographer as non negotiables when we were budgeting
What were your highlights on the day?
Definitely our outdoor area for cocktail hour, we had put so much work into setting up a beautiful space filled with hand made wooden tipis, pallet furniture and hanging dream catchers, I loved the ceremony, the speeches and having the time and space to share love and laughter with our nearest and dearest
Tell us about your venue and why you chose it
Lake Okataina was the first venue I visited and absolutely fell in love with how it made the cells of my very soul feel relaxed, I soon got Andy down to view the venue- it was everything we could want, a whole weekend hire with a woodfired pizza night on Friday night, accommodation on site as our family’s were traveling from around the world, ceremony and reception in one spot, great food and breath taking views
Do you have any tips for other brides & grooms?
Don’t over work yourself in the lead up and become exhausted before the day, take the time to breathe it all in and soak up and joy and good vibes of the day – and also don’t have too many vinos the night before!
“Mutual weirdness forever”
Andy & Kelsi'’s Vendors
Ceremony, Reception Venue & Catering: Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat, Lake Okataina
Photographer: Swift + Click
Videographer: True Mirage
Entertainment: For the ceremony our talented friend on guitar then spotify had our backs!
Wedding planner/stylist: Us!
Celebrant: Mike Lewis
Cake: Sage + Grace
Hair and makeup: Rouge Beauty
Stationery: Us! (Andy is a designer)
Dress: Maggie Sottero – Astra Bridal, Hamilton
Accessories: Lovisa and Boohoo
Rings: A handmade engagement ring – wedding set and grooms band from Pascoes