Jana and Phil…the Badger and the Beer…two of our most favourite people in the whole wide world! We first met Jana in a quiet little Onehunga cafe almost a year before her wedding. She explained to us the plan for her wedding – an english fete meets mexican fiesta party extravaganza. She was to be married in the pine forest at Opoutere. We were excited…who wouldn’t be!?…fete!…pine forest! But I’m not sure we truly understood exactly the scale of what she meant until the we arrived on wedding day itself. It was incredible! Breathtaking! A celebration of epic proportions! Jana and Phil”s family had come from far and wide to join them in Opoutere and the good old Coromandel had most certainly turned it on for them. All the bridal party prepared in the same house as guests slowly arrived and joined in the celebrations on the lawn. There was coconut shy, skittles, sombreros, piñatas, a live band playing Beatles covers and candy-floss too! There was actually too many cute details to even begin to list.
After a couple of hours enjoying the sun, everyone began the short walk down into the forest where the ceremony would take place. We were in photograper’s heaven! The low afternoon light streamed in amongst the trees and we witnessed one of the most awesomely intimate and unique ceremonies that we’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of. Compared to the bunting and colours and festivities of the fete…there was not a trace in the forest before we arrived indicating the spot the ceremony would take place…all that encompassed us as we gathered around awaiting Jana was the pine trees which formed the most epic of altars. Just the forest and us. Twenty minutes later, any passersby would be non-the-wiser that a wedding ceremony had just taken place. I loved that. So beautiful and simple. So NZ. It’s also worth mentioning that Jana had changed from her fete atire into the most amazing vintage gown!
After the ceremony all the guests took a short walk again – to Opoutere Beach – where everyone enjoyed a glass of champagne and cooled their toes in the ocean. Then it was off to a marque festooned in fairy lights for dinner. It was simply the perfect day spent with wonderful people. It reminds us of summer when we look back at these images. Take us back! Jana, Phil….we adore you both and look forward to catching up with you again soon! Until then we might have to just keep looking and looking again at this post!