Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Southern Wedding

After months of garden planning, weeks of organising, and days of arranging furniture, outdoor seating, boilers for heating BBQ’s for cooking, and lots more, March 3rd, 2018 arrived. Thick fog, that eventually rolled away. The archway to the right, was where Kaz and Jo walked through.

Wedding, a grey sky beforehand

Wedding #2, the archway from the front view

People arrived, cars lined the driveway…there were dozens more after I took this photo.

Wedding parking

The quad shed had been decorated in case of rain!! Frost netting adorned the rafters, greenery galore, hay bale seating, and more  drapery. Fairy lights, decorations in tin cans, beautiful.

Wedding, barn #1Wedding, barn #2

The marquee had beautiful floral arrangements in huge containers.

Wedding,flowers in the marquee #2

Vintage tablecloths on every table.

Wedding, marquee #3

Guests and the seating.

Wedding guests #1Wedding guests #2Wedding #3

I had  an earlier view, again some vintage goodies there, pearls,and lace from my gown from 1962.Jo in burgundy, this is just before they drove off to join the men for some photos around the farm.

Wedding, Kaz and Jo #2

Before the ceremony began, a candle was lit,

“ In loving memory of those who are present in our hearts”

We all remembered Russell, Ralph’s Dad,  Ralph’s aunts, and others.

Wedding, the memory candle

After the ceremony.

Wedding, Andrew, Hamish, Kaz and flowers

The men had dark trousers, shirts with burgundy  pattern and cuffs, and hats!!

I took this photo the next day, this arrangement was on the table with the registry book. Family table,another vintage tablecloth.

Wedding, where they sign their life together

Wedding #2, flwers on the table by the registry book

Wedding cutting the cake  #3

PROUD parents!! I walked up to the deck and spoke on behalf of Hugh and it went so well, Lots of laughs and   applause!!!

Wedding, Jean and Hugh #1

Our flowers.

Wedding Hugh's corsageWedding Jean's corsage

Up the driveway, the traditional vows were painted onto signs, this one was saved for afterwards!!

Wedding, the last words

Later in the day, black clouds hover, another local wedding had thunder and torrential rain,  it travelled further away. 

Wedding, guests #2, Hugh in lower left

The apron of the day, one made for local areas, with every community name printed there. The caterers and all their helpers worked so hard, non-stop. Younger family members did a wonderful job of handing round platters, making sure glasses were full.

Wedding, the apron of the day

The big boilers, with cut out words, done by Hamish, this was one for Ann’s brother Ross. They were stunning when the fire was lit and the names stood out so well, The other one has the grandchildren’s names.

Wedding #2, Rossy's FireWedding outdoor heating

Hamish, Sally, Kaz, a dear friend and Ralph. Happiness in every smile.

Wedding, Hamish, Sally, Kaz, guest and Ralph

Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers and good wishes.

Quotation of the day,1 Corinthians 13: 7-8

“ Love bears all things,  believes all things,

hopes all things, endures all things,

Love never fails”

Greetings from Jean.


Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations on what looks to be a beautiful day and celebration!

Mystic Quilter said...

Thank you for sharing your photos of the wedding - everyone looked to be having a happy time.
What a lot of time must have gone into decorating the shed and the archway, but well worth it.
Loved your daughter's dress Jean, and super photo of you and Hugh - love the colour of your dress! Safe travels back to Marton.

Lori Skoog said...

Thank you for sharing! I especially loved the archway. I'm sure you and Hugh are pretty tired after all the excitement at such a happy event. Relax.....

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely wedding! So relaxed, a day filled with love and happiness.

I saved the picture of you and Hugh dear Jean.

Lots of love, hugs & prayers for the both of you.


Linda Bishop said...

Thank you for sharing. What a charming setting for a wedding. So much thought and planning went into this! Looks like a splendid day for all.

Fundy Blue said...

What a beautiful wedding, Jean! I enjoyed every photo. How fortunate that the rain held off, for the view is spectacular! I loved that you lit a candle in remembrance of those who were present in your hearts. Weddings are always hopeful, joyful times for a family to come together. I had to smile at the traditional vow of "Obey!!!!" I told the Episcopal priest who married Terry and me that I was uncomfortable with promising to obey ~ He laughed (knowing me) and said that it was perfectly fine to substitute "cherish." Whew! Loved the photo of you and Huge ~ All the best to you both!

The Gardens of Glenmary said...

OMG! What a fantastic setting and so glad all went well. They look so happy. Be safe on your travels home. Take more pics. Carol

The Gardens of Glenmary said...

Gorgeous setting and couple look so happy. Take care traveling. Post more pics. Carol

Leeanne said...

gorgeous wedding! The weather was kind.

Susan Heather said...

Jean - it looks a wonderful day. Lovely photos. Was Hugh a redhead?

JoZart Quilts said...

Thanks for allowing us a peek into your special family day. Such a lovely informal relaxed and joyous wedding, it shines out happiness. Good luck to the newly weds for Health, Wealth, and Happiness in the future.

Heide said...

Congratulations! looks like you had a wonderful day and everything looks beautiful.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

What an awesome day, thank you for sharing what must be one of the most wonderful days ever.

Out To Pasture said...

So glad you shared this special occasion! Everyone looked relaxed and happy to celebrate. But oh, the view!! Spectacular! Safe home with all these shiny new memories!

Barb said...

Hi Jean, Love seeing the wedding photos and all the happy smiles. Kaz's gown blending old and new is lovely. Those vintage tablecloths are beautiful. So glad the rain stayed away. What great views you had!

Jenny said...

What a wonderful country wedding - everything looks fabulous! GReat photos too, of the bride and groom, the beaming parents, and all the happy guests. Also love the photo of the children all rucked up on the church pews!

Allie-oops Designs said...

So gorgeous - glad the rain held off!! The views are just stunning. I've really enjoyed your pics of your travels, thanks for taking us along, I would so love to visit and see this beautiful country!!!

Lorna McMahon said...

What a beautiful wedding and a lovely day! Best wishes to the happy couple!

Sharon - IN said...

That view! Congratulations to you and the couple on the lovely outdoor wedding! So many special touches to add to the memories!

Dee said...

Dear Jean, thank you for sharing this lovely day in your life with all of us. The setting--whether on the table or in the scene--is just lovely. So much thought went into this wedding. So much good-will. Peace.

Jenn Jilks said...

How joyful! There is nothing m ore hopeful than a wedding! All the promises, looking to the future!

KB Bear said...

What a beautiful and joyous occasion! Congrats to
The couple and parents!