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Leon and Lucy held a two day Weddstival at Pukarunui Bay and River Ridge Retreat in the Catlins. There were so many very meaningful parts to their wedding celebration, the place, the gathering of people, the musicians who are all people very special to them, plants from Lucy’s parents local nursery. Lucy even gave the caterers special family recipes to make for the night. I’m still thinking about the apricot crumble almost 2 years later. I do have to admit to not lasting through the all night line up, but falling asleep on a bean bag under a disco ball at about 2am.

Venue – River Ridge Retreat (Adele and Gary)
Catering – Kerri Clarke from Professional Catering, Milton
Bridal headpiece – The Wolf Cub
Celebrant – Judy Restieaux
Lucy’s dress – TK Store
Men’s Clothes by Richie – Clothes I’ve made
Lucy’s make up – by Elise Anderson
Florist – Jude from the flower shop Roslyn Dunedin.

Artists: Sumosui, The Funk Hunters, K+lab, Martine Harding, Little Massive, Hannah in the wars, Bassfreaks.

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Amit and Sarah chose this ceremony site near Mount Aspiring as it is a very sentimental place to them. They first spent time in the area during a campervan holiday and have visited every year since. The further they drove into the Matuktuki valley, the more they were drawn to the mountains, rivers and glaciers. The area reminded Amit of the mountains of Nepal where he grew up and triggers something particularly special for him, in fact it was in this area that Amit, in a dream, foresaw that he would be married, which gave him the idea to propose to Sarah. Rain or shine this was the spot they knew they would exchange their vows.

Amit and Sarah also held a beautiful traditional Nepalese blessing ceremony the previous day. Here is day two of their wedding celebrations, which had just as much love and also the addition of a wedding cake eating cow, a helicopter ride, some friendly Keas, snow and a lovely reception at Wanaka’s Bistro Gentil. (you will notice the big cow lick mark in the cake! we still ate it though)

Planner / Styling: One Fine Day, Celebrant: Kathryn Ormond, Hair: Sonja Connor, Ginger Meggs Queenstown, Make up: Emily Plum, Flowers: The Green Room, Dress: Colette Dinnigan, Shoes: self-designed with Shoes of Prey, Helicoper: Alpine Helicopters, Reception: Bistro Gentil.