A Wedding in Three Parts - Part 1...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Warning - extremely photo intensive post!!

The weekend before the wedding, David and I spent the best part of Saturday stamping names onto name tags. It was much more time consuming than initially anticipated. But our guests really loved them so it was well worth the time!

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Thursday 18th November:
A lot happened on this day. We had arrived in Dunedin Wednesday night, didn't end up going to bed until later than planned and we had a big day ahead of us. We met with the venue manager and saw the venue for the first time (the garden was amazing, everything was blooming and there were colours everywhere!). We met our photographer, we did the flowers and made the cakes and made sure we had everything we needed from town.

When David and I lived in Dunedin, it was usually customary to buy a Wendy's super shake. So it was only appropriate we do the same before we got married.

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Baking our wedding cakes.

Me: Gluten free chocolate cake.
David: Gluten free fruit cake.

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Making the flowers:

Robin (David's aunt) and I had a great time doing the flowers. I'm so glad she was there to help, it was a much bigger job than I had initially anticipated.

The flowers were a mixture of ones from Robin's garden, Jim's garden (David's dad) and bought flowers (and I have to thank Jeff for getting them in for us and giving them to us at cost!!).

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Arranged in jam jars and old milk bottles...

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It's really hard work trying to make your bouquet round!! A drink was needed.

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Friday 19th November:

Dropping the flowers and cakes off at the venue.

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Looking down at Dunedin township...
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Last minute wedding vow writing! I had the basic ideas written down, they just needed some fine tuning before we met with the celebrant at the venue after we had dropped off the flowers.

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Later that night our families met for the first time (yup that's right. They live on opposite ends of different islands!). We had drinks and I saw one of my best friends from uni who had come over from Brisbane for the wedding walking across the street. She came back with me to the hotel I was staying in that night and we chatted and caught up while I set my hair.

It was 11.30pm by the time I went to bed. A tiny bit exhausted, but happy, calm and not the least bit stressed.

The next day, I got married.
Wedding day photos to follow...


24 comments on "A Wedding in Three Parts - Part 1..."
  1. Yay! WEDDING P*RN... ugh, just sounds kind of creepy when you know the person in the pics. Never the less, loving the details!

  2. These are so lovely! You look unbelievably calm considering you've got lots of work to do, your families are meeting for the first time, etc etc. Looking forward to seeing the wedding snaps too! x

  3. Wow! you did so much! I bet it turned out gorgeous. I can't wait to see the next set. :)

  4. Congrats !!!!!! So love the 'before' photos as it all looks gorgeous!

  5. I'm so excited to see all these piccies! It looks fun but exhausting.

    P.S. I love that blue plaid/tartan? dress you're wearing.

    P.P.S Catch up soon, will either FB, text or email you. x

  6. lovely photos! I can't imagine planning a wedding while moving to another country. You look so calm and unstressed in all your photos too. I hope I am as relaxed the day before my wedding.

  7. Those little stamped name tags are so cute! I'm a sucker for a DIY wedding!

  8. Great post. I love the fact that so much you did was so personal (right down to doing your own cake and flowers). Looking forward to part 2.

  9. Oooooh!!! LOVELY!!!

    Can't wait to see the photos of the big day :D

  10. I LOVE that you put your personal style into everything but making so much of it! WOW! Oh my goodness, Dunedin is so beautiful. I used to date a chap from there but never got to visit. So stunning! Can't wait to see the wedding day photos!

  11. What pretty outfits, these pictures are so nice!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconue

  12. Congrats on getting hitched! Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!

  13. Oh goodness I am SO excited to see your wedding day photos! I bet they are lovely, and congratulations!

  14. So far it looks great, and I really love that blue dress of yours!

  15. Eeep! So excited to see the photos from the day!!! I love the jam jars and milk bottles - love love love!

  16. Great, great post! Looking forward to seeing much more about your lovely wedding. :)

  17. Yay, love seeing the pics! Everything looks so beautiful already, can't wait to see the rest!

    And it's not so weird that your families just met, at least not to me. Our families didn't really meet until we had been married over four years... kinda crazy!

  18. Wow how exciting. I love weddings and I wish I had the opportunity to attend more of them.

  19. Awww everything looks so cute and unique!! Hope Dunedin weather held out for your big day! xx

  20. I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait.
    And yes, lets meet up soon. Are you back in Sydney now?

  21. I really love how you documented all the steps leading up to your wedding! That is something I wish I had done (or bribed a teen from my church to follow us around with a camera all day ;)--because I only have the vaguest memories of all the work we put into everything in the days leading up to it. I really love that you made your own cake and arranged your flowers too--it's so nice to really have a hand in the prep work, isn't it?

    ♥ Casey | blog

  22. oh how creative. I love it all. Looks like you really had a beautiful wedding and all!!!!

  23. Oh, such pretty photos! And I love the little stamped cards!
    Too bad I won't manage to go to Dunedin during my little trip through NZ, it looks pretty...

  24. Oh my, that dress! What lovely photos, too.


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