Real Weddings

Jess and Max

Photography by August & Vine

—How did you and your partner meet? "We met at Basque, a bar on Courtney Place, which sadly no longer exists." —What was the proposal like? "We were glamping by a river in the Ruakokoputuna Valley. Max proposed to me under the stars. It was dark, and I couldn't see the ring, but I knew as soon as he dropped down to one knee, and I said yes straight away." —What was your wedding budget? "$20,000 to $40,000." —How many guests did you have? "95." —What is your favourite memory from the big day? "My favourite memory is having my dad walking me down the aisle and seeing Max. All my nerves vanished at that moment." —What do you consider the best wedding investment you made? "Our venue. It had accommodation on site, and we were also able to book it for the weekend, which made the day before and the day of the wedding a lot more relaxed for us, our family and the bridal party." —Who was your outstanding wedding vendor? "We can't choose one. Every vendor we had was great leading up to the day and on the day itself. They all worked really well together, making our day run perfectly."

Thanks to all the contributing vendors:

Photography: August & Vine
Venue: Anam Cara Gardens
Hair: Wedding Hair by Rachel
Makeup: Jaymie Jarvis Makeup Artist
Cake: Stiletto Studio Cakes
Catering: Blue Carrot Catering
Entertainment: DJ4You
Dress: Hello Romeo Bridal Boutique
Florals: Yvette Edwards
Celebrant: Sarah Topliff