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Kate + Hamish \\ Arild Farm Wedding Captured by David Le

A ceremony setting amongst the rolling hills and long stoney river beds of Arild Farm, Mangaweka. Perth based Kate + Hamish were joined by their family and friends for a big celebration in this stunning rural setting on a family farm in New Zealand. 

Styled beautifully by Alice from Flock Events with soft textures and rustic earthy tones.

We are pretty chilled out people, so we opted for a relaxed cocktail style wedding that focused on three main things that we love most in life – great food, great tunes and great booze. said Kate. 

Kate looked a dream in her Grace Loves Lace gown and Lola Varma veil. A modern romantic twist on the rustic surrounds.

Captured beautifully by Photographer David Le and filmed by Ben of Sink or Surface

How did you meet and how long have you been together?  

We first met 8 years ago in Berlin, when a group of mutual friends living in Europe decided to get together and meet at a Six60 concert for the weekend. 

Fast forward 2 years later on a night out, we absolutely hit it off on the dance floor at our local watering hole in Palmerston North. Since that day we have been glued to the hip for just over 5 years.

Tell us a little bit about the proposal and your engagement? 

Hamish popped the big question during a hike whilst we were on holiday in Banff, Canada in 2018. It was a 34 degree day and he was adamant he wanted to see this one particular lake, called Grizzly Lake. I wasn’t so keen on the 3 hour round trip and complained the whole time about the heat. He requested I get a photo when we finally got there and when I turned back around the rest was history!

How would you describe each other? 

Yin & Yang

New Zealand Wedding Photographer  David Le Design & Photography www.davidle.co.nz
New Zealand Wedding Photographer  David Le Design & Photography www.davidle.co.nz
New Zealand Wedding Photographer  David Le Design & Photography www.davidle.co.nz
New Zealand Wedding Photographer  David Le Design & Photography www.davidle.co.nz

Why did you choose your destination?  

We currently live in Perth, however we always wanted to get married around our friends and family in New Zealand. We were very fortunate to be able to hold our wedding at my parent’s family farm in Mangaweka. Their property lines the Rangitikei River and has breathtaking views, so it was a bit of a no brainer for us.

New Zealand Wedding Photographer  David Le Design & Photography www.davidle.co.nz
New Zealand Wedding Photographer  David Le Design & Photography www.davidle.co.nz
New Zealand Wedding Photographer  David Le Design & Photography www.davidle.co.nz

Tell us about your wedding style. What influenced your planning for the day? 

We are pretty chilled out people, so we opted for a relaxed cocktail style wedding that focused on three main things that we love most in life – great food, great tunes and great booze. 

However, the majority of the styling of our wedding came from Alice from Flock Events, she created a beautiful ceremony and reception space for our guests and we still get comments on how beautiful the cocktail areas were. We sent off only a few inspo pics to Alice, of the florals and layout we had in mind and what she created for us was everything we could have hoped for and more.

New Zealand Wedding Photographer  David Le Design & Photography www.davidle.co.nz

What was your favourite moment from the day? 

When we both locked eyes walking down the aisle, we couldn’t wipe the cheesy grins off our faces.

Another highlight was when Hamish’s whanau did a very moving haka, it was so special to us and had the majority of our guests holding back tears.

Who were your standout vendors? 

Literally every single one of them made our day awesome! 

From the moment we made an enquiry to the moment I walked down the aisle, they were all so helpful and we couldn’t thank them all enough!Shout out to the lads – David & Ben who we were lucky enough to have capture our day, they were unreal. We had no idea what we were doing in front of the camera, but the guys gave us great directions, were completely professional and also had our whole bridal party in tears of laughter all day long with their dry sense of humour.

Advice for other couples planning a wedding? 

We would 100% recommend putting every cent into your photography and videography. The day goes super-fast so it’s awesome to have great pictures to look back on.

|| VENDOR CREDITS ||

Photography: David Le | Videography: Ben Maurice of Sink or Surface | Event Planner + Stylist: Flock Events | Florist: Flock Events | Bridal Gown: Grace Loves Lace | Bridal Shoes: SensoHair Stylist: Alison Barnaby | Makeup Artist: Katrina York Makeup | Veil/Headpiece: Lola Varma Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Iconic, Coven & Co, Shona Rubery, Significant other | Rings: Mazzucchellis Perth | Groom’s Suit: Sportcrafts MenswearGroomsmen Suits: Hallensteins | Flower Girl/Page Boy Outfits: Farmers, Jamie Kay & Cotton On | Venue: Arild Farm, Mangaweka (family farm) | Marquee: Tweedales Hire | Furniture Hire: Flock Events | Signage: Zane Te Rangi (brother in-law) | Celebrant: Katie Gilmour | Catering: Meat Candy BBQ & Ruth Rainey Catering | Cake: Naked Cakes NZ | Entertainment: Darren Wallace Musician | Alcohol: Native Sparkling | Accommodation: Awastone – Mangaweka Campground

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