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Anna & Fraser
Anna & Fraser
February 2022

This wedding was super special to me and stands out for a couple reasons. Anna and Fraser got married at Old Forest School on my five year anniversary with my husband Nick. They were even married with the same celebrant as Nick and I, Debbie Hunt! It was so special to be back at my own wedding venue celebrating Anna and Fraser. The week leading up to the wedding was filled with suspense! Anna and Fraser live in Auckland, and Covid cases were on the rise. They were able to get to Tauranga, but just before a lockdown was announced. I was so relieved for them and excited to be creative for their special day. Anna and Fraser actually decided to leave the lockdowns behind and moved to Wellington right after their wedding day! This couple were such a joy to work with and gave me lots of creative freedom with the florals. I was able to meet with Anna and Fraser a year before their wedding, this gave us plenty of time to collaborate and get to know each other. Anna is a naturopath so we made sure to include lots of herbs in the arrangements. Rosemary, mint, and oregano were some of our favourites, they smelled divine as well.

This was a super eco-conscious couple, with some requests I was more than happy to oblige. The first thing I did was eliminate all floral foam, this can add some extra challenges with stabilizing floral pieces. Instead of foam I used recycled chicken wire balled up in the bottom of vases, this created some structure I could use to keep the arrangements in place. I also foraged for eucalyptus and olive branches, where pruning helps the tree and we get some awesome foliage to work with! Where we were not able to forage I only used our amazing local growers. Supporting local and reducing the weddings carbon footprint, two of my favourite things. 

Anna and Fraser were incredibly generous and decided to donate their wedding florals to the Waipuna Hospice. This meant the day after their wedding I headed over to Old Forest School for a pack down. Nick came with me for a trip down memory lane, Couples put a lock on the gate and we found ours from 5 years prior! We put all the florals in water and were able to deliver mini-aragements to the patients and families at the hospice, a unique heartfelt way to spend our anniversary. It is so special to see the joy from Anna and Fraser’s wedding extend into our community.

This wedding gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings, such a joy to help this couple celebrate their love. 

Vendors: 

Bride: @abeetee 

Groom: @reevesfras 

Photographer: @ericajanephotographer 

Florals: @handpicked3110 

Venue: @oldforestschool 

Celebrant: @debbiehuntcelebrant 

Dress: i bought it second hand from a store that closed down 

Hair: @annarosemaney 

Makeup: @littlepugsmakeup 

Hire: @royallaboratorie 

Caterer: @elmonoloconz + grazing table was @byschraderandnew 

Music: @dj4you

Georgia & Brendon
Georgia & Brendon
February 2022


Think Classic, Elegant, Timeless… the perfect way to describe what Georgia had envisioned for her wedding. Now think rustic, romantic, farm house… also what Georgia had envisioned for her wedding! When we first met, Georgia was torn between a classic or rustic vibe for her wedding to Brendon at Old Forest School in April. After a couple meetings and mood boards discussing her options, Georgia decided she wanted to look back at her wedding and have classic elegant florals that would be timeless. We found ways to incorporate the rustic vibe in the ceremony arch and reception tables, so this awesome couple could have the best of both worlds!


The color palette was cream, white, green with some soft pinks in the bouquets. To create an elegant bridal bouquet I used  trailing phalaenopsis orchids and white and antique roses. To complement these show stopping flowers I included gypsophila, anthuriums. I absolutely love working with orchids when they are in season. The structural element to phalaenopsis orchids adds such a cool juxtaposition to softer florals, a timeless choice!  The groom’s boutonniere complemented the bridal bouquet with dried and fresh florals bound with twine.   


To keep some of the rustic vibe Georgia had wanted I nestled in olive and eucalyptus among the ceremony arch.. I also mismatched glass jars with gypsophila and lisianthus to create that rustic country element in the reception space. Olive and eucalyptus are always a brilliant option to bring a bit of nature into any space. 


The photos from this wedding are incredible, and makes me wish I was there! Georgia and Brendon just make the most magical couple, their love and radiance shines through every picture. A stunning couple I’ll remember for a long time!  

Sommer & Kane’s Surprise Wedding
Sommer & Kane’s Surprise Wedding
August 2021

Hands down the most fun wedding to work on to date! This gorgeous couple have been together for 17 years and have two amazing daughters (Sam 20yrs and Kyra 14yrs).

They have a huge amount of love for each other, their daughters, family and friends from far and wide. The people in their lives are hugely important to them so bringing them together for their wedding day was something that they wanted to do in their own unique way.

They planned an adventure for all guests and had three days camping at Phoenix Valley. All guests came expecting a 40th birthday party for Summer. Friends and family travelled across the globe. Upon arrival guests were ushered over for the beautiful surprise ceremony, and then they partied for three days.

Lydia & Matt’s Glasshouse Ceremony
Lydia & Matt’s Glasshouse Ceremony
August 2021

Lydia & Matt really wanted their wedding day to be a celebration that all of their friends and family could enjoy. It took them a while to settle on a venue but they knew that Black Walnut was right when they first visited it, the grounds are amazing and the facilities made it so easy to plan their day. They really loved the glasshouse and wanted to have their ceremony in there and make it a real feature.  

Planning the florals for these guys was made easy, with Lydia being a creative herself, she knew the look she and Matt were wanting to achieve. After the first consultation it was clear to me that attention to detail was needed for their day. This is something that hand-picked thrives on and excels at.

The florals and styling played an important role in every aspect of Lydia and Matt’s day. The look for their ceremony was an enchanted garden in an asymmetrical design using the most amazing spring flowers such as tulips, anemones, ranunculus, stock and foxgloves. The look carried over to the entranceway and then toned down to have a more minimalistic look for their reception.

Hayley & Cameron’s Old Forest School Day
Hayley & Cameron’s Old Forest School Day
August 2021

Hayley was an absolute breeze as a bride to work with. As it happened, I probably had more communication with her sister Lisa, who did an outstanding job of conveying Hayley’s vision to me.

Hayley and Cameron started their day at Pukehina Beach and when I arrived with the bouquets and buttonholes, I was welcomed with open arms.

Everyone was over the moon with the flowers.  For me personally this wedding was an extra special joy because Hayley and Cameron were about to get married at the same venue, I got married in a few years earlier.

SOMMER & KANES SUPRISE WEDDING
MARCH 2019

Hands down the most fun wedding to work on to date! This gorgeous couple have been together for 17 years and have two amazing daughters (Sam 20yrs and Kyra 14yrs). They have a huge amount of love for each other, their daughters, family and friends from far and wide. The people in their lives are hugely important to them so bringing them together for their wedding day was something that they wanted to do in their own unique way.

They planned an adventure for all guests and had three days camping at Phoenix Valley. All guests came expecting a 40th birthday party for Summer. Friends and family travelled across the globe. Upon arrival guests were ushered over for the beautiful surprise ceremony, and then they partied for three days. Sommer and Kane let me have loads of free rein with their wedding flowers, the brief was “give me loads of texture”!!! And proteas to represent Sommer’s  grandmother. With proteas being out of season I couldn’t guarantee them. Thankfully the week of the wedding a handful popped up and I was able to incorporate them into Sommer’s bridal bouquet and into their stunning two piece ceremony display along with stunning wedding flowers such as antique hydrangeas, large headed roses, a few varieties of amaranth toi toi and so many more bits and pieces to make everything pop.

HAYLEY & CAMERON’S OLD FOREST SCHOOL DAY
JUNE 2019

Hayley was an absolute breeze as a bride to work with. As it happened, I probably had more communication with her sister Lisa, who did an outstanding job of conveying Hayley’s vision to me. Hayley and Cameron started their day at Pukehina Beach and when I arrived with the bouquets and buttonholes, I was welcomed with open arms.

Everyone was over the moon with the flowers.  For me personally this wedding was an extra special joy because Hayley and Cameron were about to get married at the same venue, I got married in a few years earlier. As it had for me, Old Forest School delivered on everything it stands for and the happy couple had a magical day. They said it couldn’t have been any more perfect. I love hearing this from all my couples as, in my eyes, that is how every wedding day should go. Hayley’s gown was stunning and came from Katie Yeung at Daisy Brides. Hair by Juanita and Make up by NKD. Images by the super-talented Krystle at Bespoke Photography.