Real Weddings

Rose & Ryan


Ryan and I met at an Australia Day barbecue in Perth, but it wasn’t until I moved down to Melbourne a couple of years later that we really got to know each other. He became my designated tour guide for my first couple of months in town. Then my best friend. And within a year we were dating. You can see from the photos where we’ve gotten to from there. Ryan proposed to me at Yosemite National Park. We had summited Mono Pass Trail and were taking a rest after hiking to 3000m. I don’t know if it was the altitude or his nerves but, short of breath, Ryan proposed. He’d hidden the ring inside one
of his camera cases the whole trek. It was incredible, we had the mountains to ourselves and watched the clouds pass over the peaks together as an engaged couple.

At 13C, the day was far from the summery wedding we’d hoped for. But it didn’t rain and the barn was kept cosy with fire pits dotted around. The toi tois were in season and the arrangement of the autumn colours came together to form a wedding that felt like a natural and authentic reflection of us. The sun came out just as the ceremony started and set the romantic tone for the rest of the night.

Our ceremony had an organic and honest feel. We were in love with the forest canopy located right next to the barn where everyone was gathered. Timber church pews, an aisle formed from dry autumn leaves and rustic fire pits lighting the way were small details that helped everyone feel cosy and laid back enough to enjoy themselves. Both my parents led me down the aisle to a nervous Ryan, where we spoke the vows we’d written ourselves. Ryan’s vows, although heartfelt, were hilarious and had most of us in tears. Floral arrangements were gracefully crafted by my Auntie Barb. She was amazing! Soft coloured roses were a subtle complement to my dress and silver dollar leaves paid homage to Ryan’s Australian background. The intimate setting really got to the core of who we both are.

My dress had a plunging V neckline both front and back and was made from this gorgeous satin material that spilled off my hips. A perfect pairing with the peaks of rose gold in my earrings and shoe straps. We both wanted to look back years from now at our wedding photos and still be proud of the authentic styles we chose. Ryan’s slim fitted tuxedo and white pocket square was timeless and a perfect pairing to an elegant dress.

We followed the ceremony with a candlelit dinner in ‘The Barn’ where lush greenery hung from the roof. We chose locally sourced food and drinks that everyone could enjoy, but the venison, smoked trout, and cured salmon were the most raved about. A great way to show off great Kiwi produce to our guests from across the ditch! Candice, a local home baker, crafted our carrot wedding cake for us. It’s Ryan’s favourite flavour and it was demolished before the end of the night.

We both loved the ceremony and are still on cloud nine. With the ambience of the night and everyone there, it just felt like magic. The six-piece Jazz band we found from out of town without ever hearing them live, were a highlight of the night. All guests young and old were up and dancing so the risk definitely paid off!


BRIDE’S GOWN Calèche, Australia. BRIDE’S SHOES Nine West BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Shona Joy, Spurr shoes. GROOM’S, GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE MJ BALE Tuxedo, Jack London shoes. HAIR Hair by Fi. MAKEUP Nourish Beauty by Natalie. RINGS Blizzards, Brenton Angel Designs. CEREMONY TW Wines, “The Barn”, Gisborne. RECEPTION AND CATERING “The Barn”, Fintray. FLORIST Passion Posies. CAKE Candice Ericson. CELEBRANT Mr. Stephen Thompson. MUSIC The Dave Atkins Band. STATIONERY Personalised stamp, designed by Ryan Beadle and Paddy Thornton. HIRE Martins Hire.


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