(NOTE: I AM HAVING A FEW TECHNICALL ISSUES AT PRESENT AND THIS POST WILL BE FIXED SHORTLY)
New Zealand is a nation of DIYers and so it’s no wonder that this extends into the arena of weddings. One thing that I love about the wedding of Jennifer and David is that they use what they have within their means. And it makes for a lovely feel – intimate, engaging and relaxed. Add in one very talented Dunedin-ite wedding photographer Sinead Jenkins whose work I admire for many reasons……she captures children beautifully, she favours black and white, she’s doco and portrait style and is a nice down to earth kinda gal!
And whala – one beautiful little vintage wedding!
Jennifer describes her lovely day….
David and I met at a student review show at University. I was volunteering backstage and he was acting on the stage. I’m not quite sure who actually made the first move, but I do tease him on occasion for not noticing me sooner (I totally had a crush from the get go!) but he insists he did, he just didn’t let me know about it – too shy or some thing…
We had our first proper date about a week after the show had finished and it just went from there. A few years later he asked me to move in with him, we got our little Mocha (a rescued RSPCA kitty) then on new years day of 2010 while we were in Central Otago, he asked me to marry him.
We didn’t really have a set style/theme. I do love vintage/old historic things though so it was always going to be pretty and vintage in some way – I think the dress also really set the tone of the whole affair. It was a mismatch of lots of things we liked, old and new.
We were also on a very small budget. We did the flowers ourselves, David designed the invites, we hand stamped the table name tags, baked the cakes and I did my own hair and make up. It was really nice doing everything ourselves as it meant the day was exactly how we wanted it – there would be no surprises when the cake or the flowers turned up (which makes for a very relaxed bride I think!).
We bought a few flowers at cost from Hinton’s fruit and vegetables (the owner was really lovely and ordered them especially for us) and we supplemented those flowers with some from Davids fathers garden and his aunts (who came over to help with the flower arranging which I was very grateful for – arranging flowers actually takes a bit of time!). I did my own bouquet and as I walked down the aisle, there were still aphids crawling on a few of the roses. An extra special touch I guess
Again, we kept the ceremony very simple. It was held at Glenfalloch Gardens, Dunedin. Our celebrant was lovely and though it went slightly faster than the rehearsal had the day before (which I guess happens, the whole day goes so quickly), it was very meaningful and heartfelt. As my sister and David’s brother signed the witness forms, we had a band playing a beautiful version of Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah. And then we were married!
The whole wedding we kept very simple, this really made the day so much less stressful and you can actually enjoy it. At the end of the day, it is such a big event in a persons life and you want to be able to look back on it with fond memories of actually enjoying the day rather than being stressed about it.
I was originally always going to make my own wedding dress – I really enjoy sewing and creating things but as fate would have it, I ended up buying the perfect 50’s wedding dress. We moved to Sydney in February 2010, found a place to live and up the road there just happened to be a vintage shop. While exploring our new neighbourhood, I went into the shop not really expecting much (vintage is too expensive to buy here in Sydney, hence why I sew alot) and there it was. I knew it was my dress as soon as I saw it but I was determined not to buy it until I had found a job – I didn’t even try it on (I knew I would buy it straight away if I had).
Two weeks went by and my job hunting was unsuccessful and looking dissapointingly gloomy. I thought about that dress every day for those two weeks when all of a sudden I gave up and told my husband to be that I had to go back to that shop immediately and get the dress. I marched back in, and felt my stomach drop, I couldn’t see the dress!!
I finally found it hiding at the very back of the rack, looking perfect and pretty. I grabbed it and held it close (there were other girls in the shop browsing, my instincts took over!) took it into the dressing room, tried it on and it fit like a glove. The dress needed a few minor repairs – I took off a bow at the back that was not original to the dress, carefully hand sewed the zip back in place where it was coming apart and fixed a tiny hole in the lace.
Wishing you both lots of happiness in your marriage and fun great times together!
Many Thanks: Sinead Jenkins www.sineadjenkins.com