After a solid two weeks of plus 25 degree weather, the two days leading up to Cuban and Jayden’s wedding were wet, muggy and overcast. Prayers were sent off in every direction to lift the cloud and to avoid the storms that would make their beautifully designed outdoor New Zealand wedding less than ideal. Thankfully, the morning of, we all woke to the smell of fresh rain and steam raising off the pavement, which brought a sense of relief to everyone as the storm clouds dissipated, leaving just a faint haze in the distance.
The boys headed down to the river for an early dip, while the girls spent the morning lounging in their matching silk pjs and fluffy purple slippers. Thanks to Pretty Wild Florals, based in The Bay of Plenty, Cuban and her maids carried the most beautiful bunches of dried florals, all in shades of neutral earthy tones which blended perfectly alongside the burnt copper Bridesmaid dresses from Black Chaos. A stunning pair of Chaos and Harmony shoes filled the role of “something blue,” while a few finishing touches such as a pair of dangling pearls served as “something new.”
The ceremony was sheltered under the giant branches of a pine tree forest. Guests arrived on foot, guided by an unpaved path through a maze of trees. Supported by his closest friends and family, Jayden wasn’t with out tears as he anxiously awaited the arrival of his beautiful bride on her father’s arm. Psalms were read, songs sung, vows recited, and then he finally got to kiss the bride.
Leading up to the wedding, Cuban and Jayden’s families were hard at work preparing the reception venue on their family farm to seat and entertain all of their guests. What once was an old barn filled with literally thousands of broken down washers and dryers, is now a rustic event venue with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, a bar made of old beehives and a fire place decked with antlers and hay bail seating. With dried florals perched from the rafters, and a Persian Rug below, we all dined on long trestle tables and were seated on ghost chairs from LL Furniture Hire.
We were lucky enough to sneak away in between the speeches to catch the only 5 minutes of sunshine the day had to offer. We spent some time walking through the family orchard and then headed down to the river that runs through the property. Here, the sun decided to peak out from behind the clouds and give us that beautiful light flare that can only be achieved at golden hour. I couldn’t have planned things better if I had tried.
Stealing the couple away from the noise and excitement is always my favourite part of the day. It gives them an opportunity to appreciate each other and to pinch themselves, to realise that they are finally husband and wife.
After a few moments spent away from the chaos of the crowd and the ever clinking glasses, Cuban and Jayden headed back to their guests to dance the night away before being escorted out through a tunnel of sparklers.
Cheers to the happy couple, xx