Hey there wedding lovers! We’re going to Tauranga today for my first ever Bay of Plenty wedding. Photographer Ruth Gilmour is sharing Kat and Dave’s gorgeous Vintage inspired wedding.
Kat and Dave met at a New Year’s party through mutual friends – they hit it off straight away and ended up travelling the world together before settling down in sunny Tauranga. They have two children – Taylor is 11 and Emilia is 15 months. Another member of the family is due very soon!
Not only life partners, Kat and Dave are business partners and own a series of websites, importing and selling products online. One of their sites is the party supply store Eventfull. This meant Kat and Dave could really go to town and have fun trying out all the fun and whimsical supplies they have for sale.
Here’s Kat with more details of their beautiful day.
Dave proposed in September 2014. We were away on holiday staying at the Hilton in Taupo. We had been out for a lovely dinner and Dave snuck away and asked for the ring to be brought out in the dessert. The funniest thing was the lovely waitress, when she brought the dessert out with the ring she had tears in her eyes and then just stood there smiling at us for a while! Dave got a bit embarrassed since she was still watching us and just smiled sheepishly! The restaurant brought us some bubbly to celebrate, it was lovely.
Our main priority was to have a relaxed wedding, avoiding as much stress as possible! We wanted our guests to be well catered to, relaxed and have lots of laughs. We also included kids in the wedding, adding a fun element. Our aim was to have everyone up dancing by the end of the night.
Let’s take a look at Ruth’s gorgeous pictures…
Keeping with family tradition, my grandma lent us a 120-year-old bible that every bride in the family has carried down the aisle. This was very special and added a nice element to the ceremony.
Our ceremony was at St Joseph’s Catholic church in Te Puna, this is a quaint little church, over 100 years old with a lot of history. Once we found the church we knew we would get married here, we wanted something with history and character.
We had a short Catholic service. All of our 120 guests came to the ceremony, it was a little bit of a tight squeeze and the church was full!
We went with the traditional vows, there were a few tears! As the church was so beautiful we did not use any extra decorations. We had confetti cannons let off as we exited the church which made for some awesome photos!
We looked at a variety of venues throughout Tauranga, there are so many wonderful options in the region. The reason we settled on Charlemagne Lodge was the beautiful look of the venue, the location being close to the church, and it being suitable for our friends with babies to sneak off the lodge to feed.
Bev at Charlemagne Lodge was excellent, very friendly and helpful. I stayed at the Lodge the night before the wedding and our wedding night was spent there too.
We did all the decorating ourselves, using a variety of products from Eventfull. One of our awesome employees, Shannen, became the ‘event organiser’ and was there to oversee the set up and do the final touches on the morning of the wedding. Having access to all our products through Eventfull meant we had a great time showcasing the products, from giant wedding balloons (we made the tassels and Myrrh & Co. Flowers made the flower garlands.) We used a lot of lanterns, candles bags, LED lights, fairy berries, LED string lights, gel beads and confetti.
We decided to hire some cocktail makers for the canapés, our favourite drinks were served – espresso martinis and bitter Tom Collins. These were a great way to get the party started!
Keeping the romantic, vintage feel, we used lots of whites, flowers, greenery and lanterns. We had giant wedding balloons with flower garlands, and lots of LED lighting. Our centre pieces were pretty and simple, with flowers, lights and real plants. Our favours of handmade scented candles were also used for seating, with each candle personalised with guest names.
We had a lot of very generous family and friends. One friend gave us a huge 9L Salmanazar of Verve Champagne which was lots of fun to open and serve to our guests. Our cakes were amazing, they exceed all expectations.
Kat’s advice for brides to be: Enjoy every moment of it! Try not to stress too much, planning makes things easier but at the end of the day you cannot plan every single detail.
Ask for help, delegate and don’t cut costs on the things that are really important to you.
Our aim for the day was to focus on family and friends, not just ourselves – every single person at our wedding is very special to us. They came together to celebrate a wonderful day and leave with great memories.
Thanks to Ruth Gilmour for sharing this lovely wedding with us and congratulations to Kat and Dave!
Photography Ruth Gilmour | Bride’s Gown Daughters of Simone | Styling Eventfull | Flowers Myrhh & Co. | Hair Lynx Hair Direction | Makeup & Tan Kate Walsh | Shoes The Iconic | Veil Rue De Seine | Accessories Samantha Willis | Groom’s Attire Barkers | Groom’s Shoes Overland | Bridesmaids Dresses Storm | Bridesmaids Accessories Samantha Willis | Ceremony Venue St Joseph’s Church Te Puna | Celebrant Father Mark, Tauranga Catholic Church | Reception Venue & Accommodation Charlemagne Lodge | Stationery Anna Roberts | Transport Mount Classic Tours | Music Cassius | Catering Lemongrass Catering | Cakes Donna @ Myrrh & Co. | Rings Pascoe’s | Drone Photography Drone Art Ltd |