Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Wedding in Three Parts - Part 2...

Today, Saturday 20th November, we got married...

Wedding Invite 01Align Center

Wedding Invite 02
Invites designed by David, and he's happy to give you the template if you want to use it for something :)







Our homemade cakes! I think they looked amazing...





The ceremony was held inside the Homestead with the fire going, which I actually preferred when Vanessa (our contact at the venue) explained what would happen if it did rain. And it cleared up right on time for photos in the garden.















My bouquet made by me. It smelt divine and even had a few token aphids from the roses picked in the garden...



The day was perfect, and when David asked if I would change anything, I honestly can say that I really really wouldn't. We made almost everything and did it on a very small budget, which really made the whole wedding ours. Even if I did have a bigger budget, I would have done everything exactly the same way.

I didn't feel stressed or tired, and everything just seemed to flow together perfectly. I did all my own hair and make up, the dress is vintage (story here) and the shoes were a mission to find (story here). I wore some beautiful underthings from What Katie Did, including a pair of nude-seamed, fully fashioned stockings (I'm sold)!

My hair barrette is vintage from our local market bought the weekend before, and I agonised over making and wearing a bird cage veil (and Lisette even gave me a pattern from her Etsy shop!) but in the end I didn't want the fuss. I like things to be nice and simple.

Our amazing photographer Sinead Jenkins has posted a few more photos on her blog (and she has agreed to let me be her internet apprentice!! But more on that fun development later). And there are more on my flickr page too.

Overall, a very fun day that I would happily do over again. Having all our friends and family in one place was fantastic and being back in NZ was awesome.


PS) I've chosen not to post photos of our friends and families (though there are some fantastic ones) because I'm not sure how many of them actually want their faces plastered all over the internet.


  1. I'll say it again - these are beautiful photos, Sinead did a lovely job and some of those photos are just fabulous (My mum just had a squiz and says congrats and that your wedding looked fab).

    And you looked just beautiful - the shoes, the dress, the hair and your smile :)

    P.S. Are you around Dec 27th? I sent you a FB invite for a b'day get together :)

  2. These photos are so gorgeous! All the little details (such as the icing sugar bird on the cake) are wonderful. Your wedding looks like it was the loveliest day :)


  3. You looked beautiful, I love your dress. Everything looked perfect.

  4. Jen...

    Two words.

    Simply Stunning!

    See you Saturday!

  5. These are such lovely pictures, what a beautiful dress.
    La Ville Inconnue

  6. You're such a gorgeous couple, and I really love your wedding photos! :-)


  7. Congratulations Jen! You look beautiful, David looks handsome, and the whole even looks lovely. I think my favorite are the umbrella pictures (and that your invite looks like a penguin book cover!

    Best wishes to you both!!

  8. I know I don't comment often, but I love your blog. And these photos are amazing. You're both such great models. The flowers are to dies for. And baking your own cakes was a great idea. So personal. love! It looks like a dream of a day. Congratulations!

  9. Far and away, one of the best weddings I've seen. The creativity and and care you put into your wedding really shows. I love love love the invitation! Congratulations, and here's to the happiest of lives for you.

  10. Oh I love everything!! It just all looks so gorgeous and perfect. I love the name tags on the sprigs of plants on the plates! And the icing sugar bird on the cake! And your dress! And that photo through the specs! And oh so lovely to everything!!!

    Congratulations on such a perfect day :-)


  11. Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I love these so much. what gorgeous memories you can look back on!

  12. The photos are gorgeous and the invitation is wonderful. Congratulations again.

  13. wow! gorgeous photos. I love both of your rings so much. And your hair!... oh.. your hair. Beautiful.

  14. You both look absolutely stunning! And these are some amazing pictures! I sure do wish you were around when I was planning my wedding :)


  15. Oh my. You are STUNNING. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous.

    Thank you for sharing these! I can't believe you did all of this on a small budget! It's SO classy and beautiful!

  16. Oh. my. GOODNESS. These photos are absolutely incredible, Jen! They're beautiful and you look stunning! Congratulations!

  17. you two are the sweetest! I love allt he photos. and yes I would love to use David's template for some thing if he doesnt mind. Its such a great idea!!!

  18. Those invitations kill me--an unabridged celebration! Genius! Your wedding looks like it was completely beautiful, and you two look gorgeous together. Your dress is so perfect. Congratulations!

  19. Hi Jen,
    The photos look absolutely amazing. Congratulations!

    Hope we can catach up soon, maybe in the new year?


  20. Those photos are stunning! You both looked fantastic and so happy. I am glad your day went well. It makes me even more excited for my wedding next November.

  21. Your photos are so gorgeous! I've really enjoyed looking at them and I can't wait to see Part 3! You look stunning and your dress is so beautiful! You and your husband look so happy together!

    I wish you guys nothing but the best!

    And thanks for the wedding advice as well. :) With only 11 days till the wedding, Finals and stress galore, it's nice to have that simple reminder of letting the day happen.

  22. Congrats, Jen! Looks like a perfect day. All the best xx

  23. Amazing... everything so beautiful I have no words.

  24. The pictures are fantastic, your hubby is ridiculously handsome and you look stunning! Your wedding has such a nice, non-commercial feel & look to it.

  25. Oh Jen, everything is sooo beautiful! The flowers, dress, place settings, cakes... wow! And i'm so impressed that you didn't feel stressed!

  26. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. You both look gorgeous. As a book nerd I also love your invite.
    And yes, lets get together in Jan when the mad Christmas rush is over. Louise. X

  27. Congratulations! You are seriously the most gorgeous bride, you do realise that, right? Absolutely stunning. i love everything about your wedding, unique and perfect - and the photos are genies, love the one of the two of you looking through David's glasses! xx

  28. I love the library theme, really cute. And of course you look so pretty. Congratulations!
    And no worries about the veil! After making one for a friend I knew I would probably never wear one myself. If you have a picture of it though, I would like a copy.

  29. congratulations!
    This is fabulous, your wedding seems like a dream! Your pictures, flowers, the small details are really great
    I love it that way, it seems very simple, everything is of good taste and looks really romantic :)
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  30. Wow! What a beautiful wedding! I love all the handmade pieces especially those cakes! Please tell me where you got/how you made the bird stencils because I've been looking for something like that!!!

    You make a gorgeous bride and your husband is both handsome and lucky. Congratulations!

  31. These are SUCH beautiful photos. I especially love the one using David's glasses - absolutely gorgeous. And your invitations are genius!
    -Andi x

  32. You look so gorg hun! Congrats again on your big day, the photos are so cute! x

  33. Congratulations, what beautiful photos

    Sleekit x

  34. Congratulations! What a beautiful wedding. :)

  35. I knew your wedding would be adorable and it doesn't disappoint! You look just lovely and the dress is perfect.
    I'm glad you have such a wonderful day. xx

    PS: if you have any tips on the flower arranging I would love to hear them as I'm doing the same thing.

  36. You look absolutely incredible!! The dress is perfect. and the cake, flower etc - what a dream! Can't wait to hear more about it. xx

  37. Wow, what gorgeous pictures! Your wedding looks so beautiful, so much more elegant and lovely than some of those horrible over the top weeddings people have. I adore your invitations and the cards that look like the ones where the date stamp goes in library books. Your dress is amazing. Glad your day went so well! Best wishes to you both!

  38. Your day does look so perfect and magical! I love the handmade touches--those really set apart the event, imho. As someone else who did a budget, diy-heavy wedding too, I can really appreciate all the work you put into it--even from afar! :) Beautiful!

    ♥ Casey | blog

  39. Awwwww, you guys are so cute! And those photos are great!


  40. So beautiful. I simply cannot wait to get married it must be the most amazing thing ever.

  41. Congratulations, Jen! The pictures are gorgeous - it looks like your wedding was amazing!! Beautiful and happy. :)

  42. Your wedding looks perfect! The dress is amazing, I was looking forward to seeing it in its entirety :)

  43. Your blog is really cool!! I hope you will pass on my and follow me =)

    Le Roselet Precis

  44. Well I don't know how I missed this post! Your day looks like it was absolutely beautiful, and I love those cakes! The garden is gorgeous, and so are the pics!

    Congratulations again! :)

  45. Hi - over from Sew Retro. This post is beautiful, I love a self styled wedding. Those invitations are fabulous !

  46. Hi, I found your blog through sew retro and I love it! Your wedding looked so elegant and beautiful. I'm currently planning my own and I was wondering if I could be a bit cheeky and ask for tips on how you created your invites please? Hubby to be and I met while working in a bookstore and these would be great for us - if you don't mind sharing :)

  47. Wow it all looks amazing.

    Would it at all be possible for you to post template of your invitation?
    Pretty pretty please. My fiance and I are massive book nerds and he would DIE if I could make our invites like a penguin classic!



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