Celebrations: Hamilton: Sunshine and love

It was a beautiful, sun-kissed day when Saira Hubbard and Nicholas Pemberton tied the knot at St Andrew’s Church, Cambridge.

  • Photography by Libby Higson


It was a beautiful, sun-kissed day when Saira Hubbard and Nicholas Pemberton tied the knot at St Andrew’s Church in Cambridge.

Will you marry me?

After only six months of dating, Nick and I went to Mount Maunganui for the weekend. We went for a walk on the beach following dinner when Nick asked me about something that was in the sand, which I thought was a stick. It turned out to be a scroll, tied up and burnt around the edges. I opened it as Nick got down on one knee, and it read “will you make me the happiest man ever and marry me?!’

Our wedding style

After exchanging vows, we celebrated our reception at  The Narrows Landing in Hamilton. The outdoor areas tied in with our rustic, vintage theme. The bridal table was made from a beautiful Kauri wood, which again complimented our theme and chosen colour palette. The guest tables were dressed with white tablecloths and hessian squares, and flowers were set in old wine bottles.

My dream gown

I took a lot of inspiration from my mother’s gown when it came to designing my own. Raewyn Bayer in Hamilton created my all-white, corded lace dress which had capped sleeves, a low back and  a long train. I wore a full-length veil, simple but elegant diamond stud earrings, and added a splash of colour with a turquoise clutch and shoes.

Mane attraction

I always wanted my hair down loose and I loved how Jennifer Aniston wore hers when she married Brad Pitt.  I went for simple, big curls with natural makeup.

A sumptuous feast

Our 107 guests were treated to a sit-down meal with a selection of two mains, pistachio chicken or Moroccan lamb - great dishes to match the day’s sunny vibes. Vegetarians had the choice of fish, and afterwards everyone satisfied their sweet tooth with cheesecake and steamed pudding. A colleague of mine made our gorgeous, three-tiered, white chocolate mud cake with white chocolate icing. We also some extremely cute personalised cake toppers from A Cake Creation.

Fabulous favours

We kept our guest favours simple and effective, with lolly bags that the guests filled up themselves, allowing them to mingle and interact in the afternoon. We also had 107 blue chocolate hearts made for each of our guests that said ‘thank you for sharing this special day.’

My advice for brides to be

Spend your money wisely, on the things that matter to you.

The details

Bride’s gown: Designed by bride and made by Raewyn Bayer
Groom’s attire: Country Road
Bridesmaid’s dresses : ASOS
Groomsmen’s attire: Dorset Suit Hire
Hair and makeup: Brya Fahy
Flowers: Amy’s Flowers, Hamilton
Cake: Shannon Harmsworth
Catering: The Narrows Landing, Hamilton
Stationery: Elise Hubbard, KikiK
Music: Band, Back Snapper, Napier
Celebrant: Reverend Andrew Hedge, standrewcambridge.wordpress.com
Photography: Libby Higson, www.facebook.com/libbyhigsonphotography

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