Penny & Eli’s Vintage Wedding at Old Forest School

Words by Amy Richardson / Images by Courtney Horwood
April 11, 2017

Childhood sweethearts Penny and Eli met as blind dates at a high school dance, so it was perfectly fitting that they tied the knot not far from their New Zealand home town of Rotorua. They had their heart set on their venue from the start – “Old Forrest School was the only venue we wanted! Nothing else would compare.” Nouba vendor Courtney Horwood was on hand to capture all the wedding day bliss.

The pair enlisted The Heirloom and Rosie’s Wildflower Co to style the day. With no shortage of pretty blooms, foliage and delicate lace details, their “whimsical, vintage, bohemian” theme came together perfectly to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

As they’re currently living in Australia, having a stellar cast of vendors made pulling off a wedding back home in NZ a whole lot easier for Penny and Eli. “The best advice we can provide is to stay relaxed and try to get your vendors to do most of the work, and trust their professionalism and talents. That way you’ll have less to worry about in the lead up and on the day, and you can simply relax and soak up each moment.”

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Stylists The Heirloom helped craft a setting that was relaxed and inviting, while bringing the couple’s vintage, bohemian theme to life with plenty of pretty details.
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Penny’s Grace Loves Lace long sleeve dress was the ideal mix of vintage and bohemian, and paired with a flower crown and dramatic 120cm veil, her ensemble has us swooning!
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Penny’s bridesmaids donned vintage inspired numbers from Fabled and True. While all wore lace details and soft pink florals, the girls dressed were a tad mismatched for a relaxed theme.
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With vivid blooms and some serious foliage, this was one flower filled affair. We can't get enough of the lush greenery and untamed florals - Rosie's Wildflower Co certainly brought the goods!
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Given that Penny and Eli met at high school, we think it was pretty darn cute that they chose to say their forevers at the charming Old Forrest School.
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Photographer Courtney Horwood's candid and vibrant style was perfectly matched to all the colour and relaxed vibes of the day, these snaps have us feeling the love.
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Credits

Images Courtney Horwood | Bride's Dress Grace Loves Lace | Bridesmaid's Dresses Fabled and True | Groom's Suit Privately Tailored | Hair Beautiful Hair | Makeup Lilly Beth | Celebrant Debbie Hunt | Flowers Rosie's Wildflower Co | Venue Old Frest School | Styling & Hire The Heirloom | Catering Big Smoke BBQ | Cake Mistress of Cakes | Transport Love Dubs Kombi Hire |


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Wedding Boutique 3 months ago

A stunning wedding!

Homes & Weddings 3 months ago

Oooh la la! This was such a treat to view. Congrats to the happy couple.

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