Sophia + Benjamin created the ultimate DIY backyard wedding at Ben’s family farm in New Zealand. Together, they handmade many of the rustic details you’re about to see: from the ceremony arch to Soph’s wedding dress. But the most impressive (and their favorite project) of all were the reception tables. They built 60 tables out of recycled pallets, which helped them truly pull off the rustic look they were going for, save a few dollars along the way, and seamlessly match the table decor + picturesque vibe. Below, they tell us more about the direction they hoped their wedding would take:
We both are very relaxed and we wanted our wedding to be relaxed also. We wanted everything in neutral colours so it all looked simple and ethereal.
Thanks so much to Danelle Bohane for the gorgeous photos + congrats to the newlyweds on a beautiful day!
The bridesmaids’ nude dresses were such a perfect choice for the rustic, natural direction of the day.
Shop our fave nude dresses for your ‘maids below!
Those DIY tables turned out so great! How many inspired couples will try their hand at building palette tables after seeing how well these turned out?!
Our best memory by far of the day was during all the speeches. Usually at weddings, speeches are boring and long. I may be bias but all of our speeches were amazing. We had funny, caring and AMAZING speeches which reflected each of our peoples personalities.
Don't get sucked into the big flash wedding picture. It doesn't all have to be super expensive and vogue worthy. If it means using 4x4 trucks instead of classic cars for your transport, or guitars instead of a cd track, go for it. You will feel more comfortable on your wedding day, and so will your guests.
photography: Danelle Bohane // venue name: Spiers Family farm, Old House Paddock in New Zealand // event design: DIY // florals: Leaf and Honey // wedding dress: Skirt by Joseph's Tailoring & Alterations and Bodice made by the bride // hair stylist: Lisa-Marie Professional Hair, Makeup & Styling // makeup artist: Lisa-Marie Professional Hair, Makeup & Styling // groom attire: Tailor Made Suits // festoons: La Lumiere // veil: Modes // assistant: Juanita Maria // groomsmen suits: Hallenstein Brothers