Real Weddings

Haidee and Jordan
Little Wilderness

Photography by Kate Little Photography

"We met ten years ago when my daughter, Ellia, and Jordan's niece, Jaylah-Lee, became best friends at daycare. It dawned on me that I should be the one to propose, we had already been together for several years. After months of tossing around the idea, I finally made up my mind. I thought a lot about the perfect location and knew that Jordan had spoken highly of a privately owned farm not far from home. I put a letter in the mailbox at the farm and eagerly awaited a reply. The process was not straightforward: the owners of the property had just sold, and the timing was off. Finally, I got a call from the new farm manager, and he was happy to support my endeavour. On the day, mum came over to have the kids, and I had told Jordan we were going out for lunch. I diverted down the farm road, and as we walked down, there was a picnic set up: wine, cheese, crackers, the works. I ensured we were standing in the right spot for our friends hiding in the bush to capture the special moment on camera. I said a short speech, got down on one knee, and presented a ring. It was scary and exciting - but he said 'yes'! It was an incredibly rewarding experience, and I could tell Jordan was pretty stoked. It was refreshing to shake the tradition and know it's ok to do something different. If you are thinking about 'breaking' any tradition when it comes to getting married because it doesn't fit you as a couple, go ahead! We wanted a boho wedding with romance and emotions; good music, food and drinks were also a must. It was also important that we were kind to the environment; our venue Little Wilderness was the perfect place to assist with this. We ignored all traditions that didn't work for us. We didn't do a ring exchange, dad didn't walk me down the aisle, and I certainly did not wear a garter or 'throw away' my $300 bouquet!" It was essential that we incorporated our culture into the wedding. Being Maori, both of Ngapuhi descent, marrying into the same culture was really special to us. We put down a hāngi, and I was honoured to have a sister from each side do a karanga as I walked down the aisle."

Thanks to all the contributing vendors:

Photography: Kate Little Photography
Venue: Little Wilderness
Dress: Rue de Seine
Florals: Wildy, Madly, Deeply
Hair & Makeup: Daisy Faulkner
Furniture: Two Foxes, The Fox in Flora, Rent for Events
Arch: Covers Decoration Hire
Cake: Ilze Carseldine
Mere & earrings: Te Kaha Paunamu