Tina and Adam’s Classic Backyard wedding

When you fill a wedding with small wonderful details like Tina and Adam did you would end up with a wedding just as romantic and special as theirs was. Tina and Adam transformed their home into a gorgeous venue and had a wonderful intimate wedding, making sure everyone was included – even their sweet dog!

Tina and Adam

Wedding date:  12 March 2016
Wedding location: Whangarei
Number of guests: 62
Wedding budget: $6000
Wedding cost: $7000

The couple

Tell us a little about…

How you first met…
We first met at 15 & 16, Adam was living in Australia and I had gone to visit, we were young and thought it could never work.  25 years later we met up again. Those feelings had never gone away.

The proposal…
Adam proposed at our local restaurant Tonic, it was a complete surprise very romantic and heartfelt.

The wedding

We had a beautiful ceremony in our very own back yard, fairly casual with our family and close friends, as it was a 2nd wedding for both of us, it was nice to have our children involved, my two gave me a way, as well as being Bridesmaid and Groomsman.  Adams son and Daughter were Best man and Bridesmaid.  As we love animals so very much, our dog Benji was a big part of the day being the ring-bearer.

Our reception was also at home, not a sit down meal, but platters of canapés.


13340713_10154857707496509_393341512_o13313874_10154857706291509_1306603617_oWhat is your favourite memory about the day? 
The look on Adams face when I arrived, his pure joy, a moment I will never ever forget.

What was the best thing about having a backyard wedding?
The convenience of being able to set up things as we wanted, rather than waiting for the day before or the morning of the wedding.

The logistics

What made you decide on a backyard wedding? 
We love our home, and the surroundings, it has beautiful gardens and there was no where we would rather celebrate.13334462_10154857699541509_1135128066_o

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning a backyard wedding?
Making everything perfect, the hours we spent on the garden redoing things, even repainting the house at the last minute, you want everything to be just so.


What part of the day or planning are you most proud of?
The reactions from people who had previously been at our house, and could not believe the transformation, especially turning our grotty garage into such a beautiful area.


What were your save and splurge items?
I saved money by buying my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses online.  I bought many decorating things as I found them, and never paid full price.  The only thing I would say I splurged on was my insistence of freeze dried rose petals.


What advice do you have for couples who are considering a backyard wedding?
Don’t ever call it a “just at home” wedding, more work goes into a home wedding then imagined.  But to us it was perfect, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

The wedding team

Wedding Dress and Shoes:

ebride, Australia via TradeMe for the dress.
Shoes found on a FB page, recycled weddings, brand new never worn and absolutely perfect.

Hair and Makeup:
Hair Nikki Norman, Make Up, Rochelle McSkimming, Unichem, Tikipunga

Groom’s Suit:
Whangarei Suit Hire

Minette Hanekom

Bouquets and Boutonnieres:
Lush Florist, Whangarei & Cake Topper by Keepsake Bouquets

Cheers Party Hire

Cheers Party Hire, and borrowed from a friend, plus all the bits and pieces brought along the way.

Pamela Head

Wedding Cake:
The Whole Cake and Caboodle, Whangarei

Candy Bar by Sugar Rush Confectionary & Cake Tin Hire, Whangarei https://www.facebook.com/SugarRushWhg/ 
Photo Booth by Oto Photo Booth Company, Whangarei
Amazing catering by Country Caterers, Maungaturoto



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