Lara & Ben

  • Photography by David Le Photography

 Ben and I met online, back when you actually had to fill out an online profile. After chatting for a week or so we arranged our first date. The date was set for a Saturday afternoon and on the Friday night before, we both ended up out with friends at the same bar by coincidence. He came over and introduced himself in person and we had a quick chat before confirming our date for the next day. On the Saturday afternoon a drink at a bar led to dinner followed by a movie and a cheeky kiss goodnight and the rest is history!

When Ben proposed I was about 6 months pregnant and suffering from hyperemesis. When I got home from work on this particular Saturday afternoon I was ready to dive into bed. Instead I found an overnight bag packed and a note to say meet me at this address. It was a miserable rainy night but when I arrived to the beautiful Guthrie Cottage in Eastbourne I could see from outside it was all lit up with candles. He’d enlisted the help of a friend who had lent him a few props and helped him buy some flowers and he’d set up the most amazing indoor picnic, which included the only thing I was really keeping down at that stage – our self-named Nutri-tana bran (mix of sultana bran and nutri-grain…yum!). He eventually got down on one knee and proposed with a beautiful Maple timber ring he had made. We were engaged for just over a year before we got married.

Lara & Ben
Lara & Ben

We got married on the 21st January 2017 in Featherston, Wairarapa surrounded by about 130 friends and family. We held both our ceremony and reception at a private family farm. We chose our location as it has significant meaning to Ben’s family, and now ours. It is owned by a small community of families and Ben’s parents had part of their wedding reception there 36 years earlier. Ben and his siblings have their placentas planted under trees on the property, and our daughter’s is now too. 

Lara & Ben

I hadn’t yet tried any dresses and was thinking about getting one made when Paperswan Bride put a selection of vintage gowns up on their Facebook page. I was drawn to this particular one, and went and tried it the next day with my mum. It fit perfectly and even though it was the only dress I’d tried I bought it there and then. A sleeveless dress, with antique style lace on top, an A-line asymmetrical hem and a concertina pleat at the bottom. I bought a vintage/art deco style head piece to go with it and wore quite a deep lipstick to pull the look together. 

Lara & Ben

 The flowers blew my mind; they were so much better than I could have imagined. Emma from Ems Flowers was so great in helping us narrow down the look we wanted. I gave her a basic colour palette and she came back with some options. I wanted something really simple to contrast against the mustard so went with lots of white flowers, greenery such as eucalyptus/dollar gum and some craspedia thrown in for a little bit of colour. Succulents also featured heavily throughout. They were absolutely perfect!

Lara & Ben
Lara & Ben

The theme of our wedding was I guess modern chic…we wanted a very simple but unique colour palette. Mustard is one of my favourite colours and I incorporated it in a simple way with navy as a base colour. We also used a lot of light oak veneer timber throughout. 

Lara & Ben

The cake also exceeded my expectations – I knew even before we got engaged I wanted to get Becs from Stiletto Studios to make the cake. Again it was very simple – semi naked style with succulents and greenery supplied from Em. The cake was our only dessert so it needed to be big – four tiers of delicious raspberry white chocolate and lemon passionfruit with a laser cut Mr.& Mrs topper from Design @ 409. Ben made our beautiful cake stand – a hexagon shape in the oak timber to fit in with our centre-piece boards. 

Lara & Ben

Ben and I had seen our band play at a friend’s wedding and early into wedding planning we knew they were the ones. We both have a strong Irish heritage and so their style suited us perfectly. An Irish folk band called The Filthy Two had the dance floor pumping right from the first song! There was plenty of foot stomping and knee slapping going on as well as people breaking out the Irish jig! They also stayed on after most of the guests had left for an impromptu three song acoustic sing-a-long – definitely a special memory. 

We had so many special moments! The whole day was personal to us – the celebrant was a family friend, Ben’s brother was MC and also sang throughout the ceremony, and my mum played the harp as we signed the register.

Lara & Ben
Lara & Ben

THE DETAILS: Bride's dress PAPERSWAN BRIDE; Groom's attire HALLENSTEINS ; Hair and Makeup PENNY ROSE; Flowers EM'S FLOWERS; Cake STILETTO STUDIO; Photographer DAVID LE PHOTOGRAPHY; The rings MICHAEL HILL 

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