Celebrations: Karaka: Rustic charm

Hay bales, lanterns and hand-painted signs, it was a DIY extravaganza when bride, Kathryn Hodgson, and groom, Jamie Wark, wed on Saturday, March 2, 2013.


    Hay bales, lanterns and hand-painted signs, it was a DIY extravaganza when bride, Kathryn Hodgson, and groom,  Jamie Wark, married on Saturday, March 2, 2013.


    Our love story
    Jamie and I met when I crashed his 21st birthday party, and were friends for about a year before we started dating. One Friday after work, he took me on an inflatable boat to Auckland’s Browns Island. There, he had set up champagne and candles underneath a wooden frame draped with white sheets. From that moment it was all a blur – he asked me to marry him, I said yes, then we watched the sun go down over a glass of champagne before heading back on the boat for a romantic dinner.

    Location, locatiion, location
    Jamie’s barn and the surrounding areas hold lots of significance for both Jamie and me. We first met in the barn, and we’ve held parties and barbeques there for the past five years. The large grassy area outside was the perfect spot for the outdoor ceremony we had envisioned – guests sat on hay bales covered in mismatched blankets, and Jamie's mum sourced vintage handkerchiefs and napkins to make strings of bunting. We said ‘I do’ under a wooden, vine-covered archway crafted by Jamie’s groomsman, and pots of petunias lining the aisle gave the ceremony an added sense of occasion.

    Country lovin'
    We decorated in a country rustic theme, embracing a colour palette of peachy pink and soft aqua. Jamie and I decorated the barn with fairy lights, lanterns and hurricane lamps, while jars of roses, daisies and dahlias dotted each white banquet table. A cluster of lashed-together branches finished the look – we secured it to the ceiling and used it to hang white and turquoise lanterns and pompoms from different heights.

    My dream dress
    I found my City Bridal dress at Auckland’s Grand Wedding Show – it was a steal at $600! I loved its sweetheart neckline and a voluminous tulle skirt, and added an embellished silver belt at the waist for an extra point of difference. An additional dress from Portmans – an ivory knee-length creation – made the perfect reception dress, and meant I got the chance to show off my turquoise Mi Piaci heels.

    A sumptuous feast
    Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, with standout dishes including stuffed chicken breast, raspberry salad and roast vegetable salad. Our two wedding cakes doubled as sumptuous desserts – one was chocolate covered in white creamy icing, and the other was lemon poppyseed, decorated with buttercream roses.

    For our guests
    As an extra treat for guests, we hired a photobooth from Photobooth Fun – it kept people entertained throughout the reception, and the printouts meant everyone left with a memorable keepsake.

    My advice for brides to be
    If anything goes wrong last minute, don’t stress about it. Chances are it will work out fine – our celebrant was forced to cancel less than 48 hours before the wedding, but a replacement – Penny Ashton – came to the rescue. The guests adored her and she was such a natural – she was just another positive spin to add to the day.

    The details

    Bride’s gownCity Bridal, Portmans
    Bride’s hair Kandace Ward Hair
    MakeupKryshina Walker Makeup
    Groom’s pants and waistcoatASOS
    Groom’s shirtMeccano
    Groom’s tieHallensteins
    Groom’s shoesWild Pair
    Bridesmaid dressesPortmans
    Bride’s shoesMi Piaci
    Bride and groom’s ringsSeventySix Design
    Flowers Joanne Garcia
    CakeSimply Cakes and Natasha Marra
    CateringManhattan Catering
    Celebrant Penny Ashton
    Photography Katrina Williams, Williams Photography


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