Cliff Top Wedding

In our eyes our wedding day could not have been more perfect. It was so relaxed and easily the best day of our lives, we loved every second of it - we are still buzzing. 

The weather had been amazing in the days leading up to our big day. However, when we woke up on Saturday 9 February it was raining heavily. It rained on and off all morning and did not look promising for our planned outdoor ceremony. We continued getting ready knowing that we might have to go to plan B at the last minute. When 1.30pm rolled around, it was still raining, but we decided to risk it and stick with plan A and we are so happy that we did. The weather cleared and the rain stopped just in time for us to walk down our opposing aisles at 3pm. It truly was an unforgettable intimate ceremony on the cliff top.

We wanted to get married in Mangawhai as it is such a beautiful place with beach and rural flavours that are special to us. It is rich in family history, particularly for me as my mother Rosemary’s side of the family are from Mangawhai with a number of the streets in the Heads area being named after family members. My mother and father Bruce were married in the garden of my great grandparents’ home which was originally built for my great great grandparents. So we felt it was the perfect place and one that I wanted to share with my now wife Tameka and her family and friends from the Gold Coast, Australia.

In keeping with our beach/rustic theme  we decided to have the actual ceremony at an old family friend’s home in the garden with the harbour providing an unforgettable backdrop. 

For the reception we headed to a local spot - The Cow Shed, an absolutely amazing wedding venue that had everything we could ever have wanted and more. Lovely hosts, a relaxed atmosphere, games in the garden and a beautiful setting for a perfect celebration with family and friends.

For our photos we again chose to incorporate both beach and rustic settings, capturing half of our photos at Picnic Bay and half at my great grandparents’ old house with local photographer Sarah Weber.

Merijen Oliver from My Little Flower Company added more local colour with our beautiful bouquets.

All aspects of the wedding had special significance for us - our fabulous cake was designed by family friend Jess Atkins of Rosey Cakes, our amazing hair stylist was Will Graham of Will’s Hair Boutique and our makeup artist was Tenille Horscroft, a lifelong friend.

We will treasure the memories of our wedding day forever and thank the many special people who contributed towards making it so perfect.

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