It was only when they met as adults that Sophie and Ben realised they had grown up across the water from each other at Lake Tarawera in Rotorua, New Zealand. These two drew plenty of wedding inspiration from their childhood home to create a relaxed and stylish lakeside affair, captured by Bespoke Photography.
Starting off on a high note, the bride arrived to the ceremony on ‘The Colleen’ – Ben’s family vintage wooden cruiser – to the sound of bagpipes echoing across the water. Sophie’s good pal Kim of N.A.W. Events had the details covered. “We had a really simple triangle arbour made out of old wood that Kim styled with simple flax and toi toi – a typical lakeside look. Overall we wanted to keep it minimal and natural. The clear blue skies and glassy lake in the background didn’t half help!”
The celebration continued back at the reception with plenty of greenery, warm tones and statement pieces, like those amazing brass lanterns, sourced from Royal Laboratorie. Not wanting to go the white marquee route, the couple opted for Scandinavian style tipis from TopKata. “The tipis really set the tone for the wedding and I loved how we could open them up to the lakefront to make the most of the views.” We’re loving the Nordic minimalism meets tropical island feel, and getting your guests to line up for Mr Whippy is somehow cuter than queuing for cake.
Images Bespoke Photography | Bride's Dress Houghton NYC | Bridesmaid's Dresses Miss Crab | Groom's Suit Ted Baker | Rings Jaime Lucinda | Celebrant Alice Pritchard | Flowers The Botanist | Catering Hereford Kitchen | Styling & Planning N.A.W. Events | Hair & Makeup Lipstic & Co | Tipis TopKata | Prop hire Royal Laboratorie |