Laidback New Zealand Campground Wedding: Kate + Liam

New Zealand Campground Wedding

A campground wedding with happy, yellow bridesmaids dresses, a drizzly ceremony, lawn games, greenery-adorned tents, and the cutest couple ever seemed like a perfect way to start the day! Kate + Liam are pretty much as laidback as it gets, so it was a must for their wedding to reflect their sweet, easygoing attitudes. A picturesque campground in the small village of Matakana, New Zealand was the perfect locale and natural design elements (with a hint of modern typography + signage) felt just right as far as styling was concerned. In the end, the most important thing to this duo was to spend a relaxed weekend away with a handful of their favorite folks. And they pulled that off like a couple of pros!

From Kate, We are both pretty down to earth people who wanted to spend our wedding over a full weekend with our friends and family. We wanted it to also reflect where we came from. We always wanted to be outside away from any city with the ones we loved so the theme slowly became a camping / wilderness type event.

Big thanks to Nordica Photography for these beautiful images + congratulations to Kate + Liam on a lovely day!

sign

New Zealand Campground Wedding

camp sign

New Zealand Campground Wedding

New Zealand Campground Wedding

tent

A swimming hole at the wedding venue? Just a bit jealous we weren’t guests at this one!

swimming hole

swing and swimming

river swing

New Zealand Campground Wedding

to the happy couple

beer in a bucket

A little light rain couldn’t stop any of the fun. And we adore this shot of all the guests with their colorful umbrellas!

umbrellas

wooden arbor

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

Kate walked down the aisle to Lovely Day by Bill Wither, played live by the band.

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

Light rain fell during ceremony (outside) and then stopped just after the vows and we walked away from the alter into the sunshine and the band played a harmony/folk song cover of pony by ginuwine, (unplanned) very nice moment.

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand bride and groom

wedding party

Cutest ‘maids ever! We love their yellow frocks paired with sweet braided ‘dos!

yellow bridesmaid dresses

yellow bridesmaid dresses

groomsmen in ties

yellow bridesmaid dresses

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

new zealand bride

rustic boutonniere 2

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

seating chart signage

bar area

catering

lawn games

new zealand camp reception

What a pretty tent, right? Wire baskets filled with eucalyptus + other local greens is the perfect idea for an easy centerpiece!

organic reception

basket of foliage

table numbers

organic foliage and bulbs

flower crown plate setting

flower crown plate setting

organic foliage and bulbs

entrance

flower crowns

New Zealand sunset

New Zealand sunset

Nordica nailed it with these gorge sunset portraits!

New Zealand sunset

New Zealand camp wedding

Start planning early but always be flexible on the day, a lot of things changed through the ceremony and we just rolled with it, we tried to keep it up beat and enjoyable for the guests through out the weekend.

photography: Nordica Photography // venue: Matakana, New Zealand // event design + paper goods: Bride (Kate) // event planner: Bride and Groom with help from Wildernest // wedding dress: Mum Watkinson (Joy) // hairpieces: Mum Robertson (Jan) and Mum Watkinson (Joy) and the bridesmaids // bridesmaid dresses + shoes: Bul // hair: Kat Omundsen – katomundsen@me.com // makeup: Samara Kurta – samarakurta@gmail.com // groom suit: Calibre, Ralph Lauren //catering: Free Range Chef Stephen Weeks // cake: Mum Watkinson (Joy) // music: Music Selection by Groom (from wedding guests favorite dance songs request through RSVP) and The Lost Colonies (friend’s band)

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Comments

  1. I love the simplicity and green-ness of this wedding. It looks relaxed, informal and therefore SO much fun. I especially love the leaf umbrella, it’s all about detail!

  2. Oh my… this whole wedding is just lovely! Love the relaxed feel of it!

  3. wow…I think this is my favorite wedding that you have ever had on the site. stunning and so relaxed

  4. These yellow bridesmaid dresses are stunning cab anyone help me track them down ?? I don’t see them on the BUL site

  5. I love the yellow dresses too! It seemed so chilled and relaxed too

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