Abby & Scott’s DIY Barn Wedding in Waimauku

Words by Amy Richardson / Images by Amy Kate Photography
March 1, 2017

A proposal with a ring hidden in a Kinder egg can only result in a wedding as fun as this one. Abby and Scott made their DIY nuptials look easy peasy thanks to a three day working festival with friends and fam to tackle the prep. “The boys would go surfing in the morning, then we’d smash out wedding set-up during the day with a few cheeky beach swims to cool off, then all go out for dinner.” With a woodland setting and Amy Kate along to capture the adventure, we think this rustic affair was well worth the hours.

Waimauku venue The Barn was love at first sight for this couple and the blank canvas made way for plenty of personal touches. As lovers of the outdoors, the ceremony was held in the adjoining forest, “There is a clearing in the middle so everyone was surrounded by beautiful tall pine trees. It is stunning!”.

Keeping with the laid back vibes, food trucks Taco Loco and Puha Pakeha (European and Maori fusion) served up food that had guests going back for 2nds (and rumours of 4ths!). When it came to dessert, these guys didn’t let their DIY game slip. “My aunty baked our main cake – a semi naked hummingbird – and my sister and I baked a dairy free and a gluten free one.” Colour us impressed!

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The boys kept things simple in ASOS while the groom stood out from the pack in a floral print Grand Frank shirt with Hallensteins bow ties all round.
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Who doesn't love a bargain? Especially one as pretty as this – Abby picked up her gorgeously detailed Bridal Brilliance dress on sale, lucky! Her bridesmaids co-ordinated their looks with drawstring dresses by Evolution, in alternating dove grey and blush.
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Abby sourced her own blooms - a pretty mix of proteas and country garden faves - and a talented friend (who we struggle to believe has no floristry experience) arranged the girls' bouquets.
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Plenty of personality shone through in all the DIY details of the day, like this stellar banner. The couple recommend putting aside time before the day with dedicated friends and family to tackle the set up - “It takes so much stress off the whole process and allows space for the celebration to begin before the wedding”.
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How much do we wish the weddings we went to when we were kids had colouring in stations? Especially ones as stylish as this.
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Credits

Images Amy Kate Photography | Bride's Dress Bridal Brilliance | Bridesmaid's Dresses Evolution | Groom's Suit Grand Frank | Hair Carla Taak | Venue The Barn Waimauku (private) | Food trucks Taco Loco | Puha Pakeha |


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Angela Rainbow 10 months ago

Hi – I have been put in charge of finding a venue, catering etc for my sisters wedding on 19th October 2018 and The Barn, Waimauku is perfect but I can find a phone number or email to make contact to arrange a viewing and booking ASAP.
Are you able to help me out?

Tamarin 10 months ago

Hi Angela! Sadly it’s a private property. Have you see Old Forest School? https://nouba.com.au/old-forest-school-wedding-nz-danelle-bohane

Roxanna Watts 8 months ago

Hello my name is Roxanna I am wanting to know how much for this wedding venue is please

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