Jessica and Jason were married this past Saturday at Gear Homestead in Porirua, Wellington, in what was probably the most colourful weddings I’ve been to! The bridesmaids were in red, purple, yellow, and orange, the groomsmen wore green and blue ties, and Jess had matching coloured ribbons in her hair; it was so cheerful and upbeat it matched them perfectly!
They couldn’t have had a better day for it, spring had sprung and the snow from a couple of weeks ago was long gone. The weather was just amazing for August, bright, sunny, and cheerful.
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the photos that have caught my eye so far. There are so many great photos, and i’ve held back some of the best ones so Jess & Jason have more to look forward to when they collect their photos in a few weeks. After they do i’ll update the gallery so everyone can see them! I’ll put photos from their photo booth up in a week or so too.
Comments are welcome here or on our facebook page, where you can tag any photos you’re in so your friends can see them! 🙂
For lots more about their wedding, with comments direct from Jess, please choose “continue reading” below the slide show!
And now, some more about their wedding, direct from Jess!
WHERE WAS IT? At Gear Homestead, near Porirua. It is a great historic building, built in 1882 by the Gear family. We chose it because of the beautiful architecture and gardens, and because it was in our neighbourhood.
THEME OR STYLE: Colour! As bright and happy as possible! We also had elements of travel, family history and rock ‘n’ roll music.
BRIDE’S DRESS: My mum and my friend made my wedding dress from bright white satin and silver glitter organza – it sparkled in the sunlight and made me feel like a princess. It was more special to me than a store-bought dress because it was hand made with care.
BRIDE’S SHOES: White stilettos – not hard to walk in, except for on the soft grass lawn – but the bonus was that they made me tall enough to look my new husband in the eyes as we enjoyed the day together.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: The jewellery was a huge part of my day, as it represented my family. I wore my maternal grandmother’s pewter bagpiper brooch on my white faux fur jacket, my paternal grandmother’s amethyst dress ring, earrings from my new mother-in-law, a bracelet from my mother, and a necklace that I made myself. I was lucky enough to have my new husband’s great-grandmother’s engagement ring as well.
HAIR & MAKEUP: I made a rainbow ribbon and pearl hair piece, and I had my hair in French plaits from a side part, with the back of my hair all done in curls.
BRIDESMAIDS: We made bridesmaids’ dresses in purple, red, orange and yellow – some of my favourite colours. I chose 4 of my closest friends as my bridesmaids – and they were fantastic! They were the best bridesmaids you could ever wish for, and they looked beautiful in their dresses.
GROOMSMEN: The groomsmen wore ties I made in green, bright blue and dark blue satin – when lining up with the bridesmaids they made a rainbow effect. We had Jason’s best friend as his best man, my brother and Jason’s younger brother as our groomsmen. They sure did scrub up well, and they even turned up on time!
THE FLOWERS: Bright and cheerful – vibrant pink, orange, yellow and white gerberas, white carnations, a sunflower, lilies, irises and deep red roses (to match my husband’s buttonhole). My bridesmaids had white bouquets of roses, gerberas and carnations, and the buttonholes for our parents, grandparents, groomsmen and MC were white roses. Our awesome florist sprayed all of the flowers with silver glitter spray, which sparkled really nicely in the sun.
THE CAKE: A rainbow cake we made at home and then my bridesmaids decorated it with white icing so that it was a surprise until we cut it and lifted a piece out! We had two other layers, made by my new mother-in-law that were delicious as well. The cake table was decorated with mini Japanese paper cranes, a theme that was carried on through the venue decorations as well.
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: We designed our invitations and order of service cards around a rock music theme – the main picture was a silhouette of a rock guitarist striking a pose in front of a rainbow starburst background. We chose the font used on The Beatles’ albums, and the heading for the invitations was “All You Need Is Love…” and on the order of service it was “Love Is All You Need…”. For the name settings, we made heaps of brightly coloured Japanese paper cranes and wrote the names on the wing. We also made table decorations out of old 45″ records, and put photos of us in various countries around the world as the tables were named after places we had been. I glued a world map on a canvas and painted the table listings onto it, to tie in with the records.
FOOD & DRINK: We had a delicious meal of roast pork, chicken and lamb, alongside roast veges and a few salads. The best part was the dessert – mini chocolate self-saucing puddings, plum and rhubarb fruit crumble, and berry cheesecake, served with cream and ice cream – YUM!
THE HONEYMOON: We did things in a slightly strange order, as we went to Japan for 2 weeks before the wedding, arriving back in New Zealand with just three weeks to go! It was an awesome break from wedding arrangements that meant we came back refreshed and excited about the wedding.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: For me, it was dancing into the ceremony to UB40’s “Can’t Help Fallin’ In Love” in the sunshine, with everyone I love around me, and seeing my fiancé looking so handsome and happy waiting for me at the front of the congregation – magical!
Congratulations again to Jess and Jason!