Truth be told, I can be a bit of a chatty Cathy. And rarely do I find myself completely speechless. But this New Zealand stunner has left me tongue tied and heart aflutter. No joke. With what may be the most pretty natural setting I’ve seen and endless peachy blooms by The Piccadilly Flower Company, this wedding is the total package. But don’t just take my word for it. See all the lovely captured by Catherine Cattanach right here.
From The Piccadilly Flower Company…This wedding was a moment of loveliness that I will add to a bank of weddings to daydream about for years to come. Katie and Charlie arranged a wonderful day to celebrate with family and friends at Springfield on the Kapiti Coast, just north of Wellington, New Zealand. Springfield is a setting that many would dream of. Not only are guests treated to delicious food from the famous kitchens of Ruth Pretty but they get a country garden setting and beautifully restored homestead to enjoy. Katie’s day started at an amazing house designed by Fritz Eisenhofer. It had an indoor pool just inside the front door, white curves and a flower shaped skylight and was the perfect backdrop for photographer Catherine Cattanach to capture the bouquets and beautiful details.
The shiny polish of perfection in Katie and Charlie’s late summer wedding can be credited largely to nature itself, with a little help from some of Wellington’s finest. If we could have asked for the ash trees that lined the aisle to coordinate with the wedding flowers we would, and if it was possible for us to tone the sun to be the perfect warm shades of coral and peach we would. We didn’t need to; nature just delivered those little treats. Katie and Charlie’s lovely day shows how using season can add a delightful sense of harmony to a wedding. I’ve been fascinated by this for a long time and since making New Zealand home and facing the challenges of seasonality here (very few flowers are imported to protect the ecology) it’s become a part of how we work to evoke this subtle satisfaction through any event. Couples really have to rely on us to select, design and create in the moment with the flowers and foliage that are best on the day. We work on the inspirations we are given and choose blooms to create the bride and groom’s vision. Katie and Charlie inspired me with their sense of individuality; they wanted their wedding to include the things they liked and in a style that was theirs.
Katie and I spoke afterwards about how we’d managed to create exactly the look she wanted, with our suggestion to change the standard fairy lights to café lights and to take out the flowing tenting. We also worked with a plant and tree nursery; Katie loves ferns, so we wanted to use punga ferns for height in the marquee. They were really special and were under planted with other soft ferns and New Zealand native plants to make them look like they had sprung from the ground in exactly the right places (an example of how we can influence nature). Katie really wanted to hang flowers over tables, as the centres were low and made to accommodate sharing platters, so we made sure the scheme worked to include ceiling space for the floral chandeliers. Katie’s favourite flowers are Asiatic Lilies so we made sure there were lots of these throughout. This is the first season we have been able to enjoy David Austin roses in NZ (commercially) and one of the three available are Juliet. We mixed the roses with interesting botanicals and of course lots of ferns. With Katie’s love of flowers she and I even joked about her not having any wedding food and spending everything on flowers. We all loved making this wedding; I especially loved throwing the leaves for the fallen leaf aisle and I think the pictures speak a million words on what a gorgeous day the couple had with all their favourite people.
Photography: Catherine Cattanach | Floral Design + Styling: The Piccadilly Flower Company | Hair + Make Up: Miranda Millen | Ceremony + Reception Location: Springfield, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand | Catering: Ruth Pretty Catering | Celebrant: Pru Lamason | Wedding Dress: La Sposa via Robyn Cliffe Couturiere | Groom’s Suit: Working Style