Narrowly avoiding Covid restrictions, Caitlin and Andrew were married surrounded by 152 friends and family, and a choir. Yes, a choir!
They celebrated their love on a stunning, sunny Wairarapa day at Castlepoint beach. Sharing a passion for music, Caitlin is a cellist and Andrew a pianist. The choir that performed at their ceremony is led by Andrew, when he's not up the front getting married! Other musical highlights included a best man's song; a 'first performance' instead of a first dance; and epic live band The Shenanigans.
Caitlin got ready with her family and friends at a bach right on the beach. The balcony looked down over the lawn where the ceremony was held, to the lighthouse and beyond. Her completely unique blue wedding dress by Sophie Voon Bridal matched the colour of the sea.
Caitlin's mum created the bouquets including the intricate flax flowers.
Their wedding ceremony was officiated by a choral colleague, was heartfelt and personal. The couple were joined by their wedding party in front of the driftwood arch. Both Nanna's gave readings, rings were exchanged and a kiss was shared.
Family photos were taken on the lawn followed by a quick walk along the beach for portraits. In the mean time, said family enjoyed pot luck nibbles and carried the church pews from the ceremony to the reception. I just loved how everyone pitched in to make the day go smoothly!
Their reception was held at the Woolshed, Castlepoint. This rustic historic building was completely transformed by friends and family into a wonderful fusion of driftwood, white tulle and vegan buffet.
Then came the real highlights of the whole wedding day: the music. Instead of a speech, best man Tom gave a best man's song, accompanying himself on piano; to rapturous applause. Andrew and Caitlin played a beautiful duet on cello and piano instead of a first dance. And why not?! The Shenanigans kicked off the dance floor with their high energy vibe.
I absolutely loved this couple's passion to have their wedding, their way. So many unique and personal touches made for a truely memorable day. Thanks so much Andrew and Caitlin for inviting me to document it for you.
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