Elope to the Country: wedding in New Zealand

bride dancing in a circle of friends at night with festoon lights, Wairarapa

You enter competitions, thinking you'll never win. Well Fran and Aydan did win!

Elope to the County: win a Marton wedding was the brainchild of Cath Ash from Project Marton, to showcase the stunning rural region as a wedding destination in New Zealand. Numerous local wedding vendors combined to put on a complete wedding and week-long honeymoon for the couple during the Marton Harvest Festival.

Fran and Aydan have been together for 10 years, raising son Cooper six and Mila three, living on a property near Palmerston North. They were originally planning to elope and marry overseas and entered the competition so they could share their ceremony with family and friends.

The feeling I got from Fran, Aydan and their wedding party is that they are a team. They've gone through thick and thin together; the good and the bad times and know they can rely on each other 100%. Deep relationships that have been strengthened by time since school, a decade of being colleagues as well as taking maternity leave together. Aydan has similar stories with his friends and relationships formed through a shared love of motorcross. Family is equally important with sister, brother and the gorgeous children completing the wedding party.

First thing, they had their hair styled at a salon in the main street. Fran and one of her bridesmaids did all their own make up. This DIY element really added a personal touch to the wedding. The classic bridal ballgown was designed from Fran's design in record time, by Gina of Two Doves Bridal. She also provided the navy bridesmaids dresses.

Aydan and his gents relaxed and prepared at a stylish Air bnb in town. There was plenty of space for gumboots, three piece suits and drinks (what more does a groom need on his wedding day?).

Marriage celebrant Chris Hinch created a short and very sweet ceremony just for Fran and Aydan. It was warm and friendly, under the unusually hot Autumn sun. The couple chose to commemorate friends who were no longer with them, with two framed photos observing the ceremony propped on a hay bale. I just love these incredible meaningful and personal touches. They were married in front of the cutest little church on wheels!

Rural fields, a wool shed and horses combined with a sweeping driveway and impeccable Japanese garden at the wedding party photo location "Mungoven" in Marton. Aydan had some fun with his beloved new motorcross bike and we captured some candid moments in between portraits.

Their marquee reception was styled by the amazing Jen from Wild Rose NZ. Jen has an incredible passion for weddings and a flair for creativity. The vision was clear in her mind from the start which resulted in a unique and cohesive wedding from start to finish.

The wedding party and guests enjoyed a fresh and rustic home style buffet, craft beer and local wine.

The reception continued into the dark night with wild folky vibes curtousy of the band Winsome Lost. Everyone (including Grandma!) enjoyed the photo booth by Wild Mint.

Wonderful Wedding Vendors:

Ladies getting ready: Oak Tree Cottage

Hairdresser: Go Ahead Hair

Bride dress: Two Doves Bridal

Bridesmaids supplier: Two Doves Bridal

Florist: Jillybud Florist

Rings: Michael Hill

Gents getting ready: Tailors' On Broadway

Suits: Van Meer Suits

Marriage celebrant: Chris Hinch

Wedding Chapel: Vegas Wedding Chapel

MC and entertainment: Vinyl Burns

Stylist: Wild Rose NZ

Catering: Artisan Kitchen

Beer: Good George Brewing

Band: Winsome Lost

Photobooth: Wild Mint

If you enjoyed these, you may like to check out my Lucalia Photography Wairarapa wedding photos.

bride doing bridesmaids make up on her wedding day, Wairarapa

bridal hair pin being placed, Wairarapa
wedding couple's children climbing the stairs, Wairarapa

wedding rings in a timber box on an intricate black garden table, Wairarapa

bride talking to her son with wedding hanging in window, Wairarapa

bride getting ready, Wairarapa

dad and children seeing bride for first time, Wairarapa

bride hugging bridesmaids, Wairarapa

detail of brides hands holding leafy bouquet, Wairarapa

wedding cars leaving country cottage, Wairarapa

groom and groomsmen relaxing in airy apartment, Wairarapa

Van Meer Suits hanging up in sun, Wairarapa

groom being helped get ready by best man, Wairarapa

groom putting on his watch on his wedding day, Wairarapa

marriage celebrant Chris Hinch and the groom sees his bride coming down the aisle, Wairarapa

bride and her father walk down the aisle, Wairarapa

Marton Harvest Festival wedding 2019

wedding couple, Wairarapa

emotional bride during wedding ceremony, Wairarapa

bride laughing as groom has trouble putting on her wedding ring, Wairarapa

flower girl holding bridal bouquet, Wairarapa

wedding couple kissing, Wairarapa