New Zealand DIY Woodland Wedding: Carisse + Mark

new zealand wedding

Happy Monday, lovelies! As you know, we love a good woodland wedding around here, and Carisse + Mark’s magical, DIY New Zealand wedding, captured by  A Couple Of Night Owls, is just about as good as it gets! Chock-full of handmade and heartfelt touches throughout – and a playful palette of mint, burnt orange + peach! – I love how you can really see their adorable personalities represented in the design. Such pretty eye candy and guaranteed inspiration for those of you planning a day with a little rustic, woodland flair!

From the bride, We wanted something a little bit different – we both love the outdoors and I am obsessed with animals. I also love hand-making things and wanted the day to reflect us and not something bought from a store. A woodlands theme seemed to fit perfectly. It transpired later that we’d also find our perfect reception venue, Woodlands Historic Homestead and Gardens which, as its name suggests, is simply magical and was the most amazing venue. So much thought, planning and hard work went into it by our family and friends which truly made it one of the best days ever.

new zealand invitation

new zealand invitation

The amazing stationery suite, illustrated by Carisse, really set the tone for the whole event. Carisse’s sister, Lindsey de Beer, handled the design + execution to help bring the artwork to life. It turned out SO great!

new zealand invitation


animal boutonniere

Each family member was given a little forest animal boutonniere, handmade from wood by Outside Everywhere, to wear on the day! Such a cute touch + the perfect way to incorporate your love of animals into your celebration.

wooden animal boutonnieres

new zealand first look

new zealand first look

new zealand first look

bride and groom

illusion neckline dress

mask wedding party

animal masks

bow tie and checkers

animal boutonnieres

bride and groom leaf


white protea

I’m not sure I could love Carisse’s dress more! It was skillfully handmade by the New Zealand based dressmaking company, I Sew 4 U.

new zealand flower crown bride

bride and groom

vw bus with bunting

We decorated the tables with old glass bottles that held proteas, chrysanthemums and sweetpeas in green, white and peach. There were many critters everywhere – we had ceramic owls in mint, white and burnt orange – and little woodland animals covered in glitter!

brown bottle table decor

cookie favors

ombre orange cake

first dance

Thank you so much, Carisse + Mark, for sharing your beautiful, handmade wedding with us! Congratulations + best wishes from all of us at GWS!

photography: A Couple Of Night Owls // venue name: Woodlands, Hamilton, New Zealand // event design: Carisse Enderwick // planning: Carisse Enderwick // florals: Sister and mother of the bride // wedding dress: I Sew 4 U // hair stylist: Wayne Richardson from Ktizo // videography: Little Cleaver Design // cake: The Girl On the Swing // make up: Christina Dellar from Freckles and Blush // stationery: Carisse and her sister, Lindsey de Beer // candies: The Girl On the Swing // barbershop choir: Mighty River Harmony // boutonnieres: Outside Everywhere // photo booth: The Amazing Travelling Photobooth