“Tradie Tuesday” Peg + Pencil Design Studio

All you need is love and … some wisdom from a wedding professional.

Now, I know a lot about weddings, but not everything, so “Tradie Tuesday”is a series of interviews with wedding professionals, who will share their stories and wedding wisdom.

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Peg + Pencil Design Studio

Business Name: Peg + Pencil Design Studio

A bit about yourself and your business: My name is Kirsty-Ann and I’m a wife and importantly, mum to two gorgeous boys. I grew up in South Africa, moved to the UK in my twenties where I spent 7 years working in law, but soon realised this wasn’t the path I saw myself leading, especially with being a new mum.  Three months later, Peg + Pencil Design Studio was born. “Peg” was derived from the little pegs I used to decorate and then hang up wall art and paper goods with (yes, I got the idea from Pinterest) and “Pencil” was incorporated to include the graphic design aspect of my business.  I soon added Design Studio as it gave me more freedom to incorporate the bespoke stationery range that I have started designing, yet still keeping the key function to my business which includes wedding stationery design, corporate branding and party goods elements.  With being a mum, I have also started designing a kids range of bespoke items such as milestone cards and “Pebble Says” toddler stones.

What do you love about your job? Mostly the fact that I get to be a mum first and foremost. I keep my business time and family time completely separate so that I can still be 100% present in my boys’ days/lives.  I love that I can work my own hours and be my own boss.  With the time I dedicate to my family, this still means I often work from about 9pm at night to close to 3am-4am in the mornings, most days – but I would rather have it that way until I am able to afford getting an assistant! (#businessgoals!) I feel I also concentrate more when the house is still and there are no distractions.

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What do you do in your spare time? I am pretty keen on photography, so often find myself snapping away at things and admiring the angles and lighting of each picture.  Still have a long way to go before I can call myself a photographer though! I surf and I snowboard, so thankfully I have a winter and summer sport that I can enjoy.

What one thing do you wish that every wedding couple knew? That your day is just that – yours! You do not need to invite an army of guests just because you feel they may be offended if they’re not on your guest list. Weddings are expensive and what matters are those that support you, love you and praise you and your partner, unconditionally.

Any wedding trends you love? Most definitely foiled wedding stationery. A simple, minimalistic, but elegant invitation or menu, with a little sparkle of rose gold foiling! I do feel that the trend of including an RSVP card to your invitation is outdated as most will not return this and you will still be chasing guests for their attendance a month before the wedding. Rather look at setting up a personalised email address or even a personalised wedding website where you can digitally send your guests the option ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to confirm their attendance and dietary requirements.

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Any great interesting stories about working with a couple? I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked with truly amazing and down to earth couples, but one specific couple that really left an imprint on my heart was Beth + Justin.  I worked on their full stationery suite from Invites to Thank-you’s and Menus etc, but more special than that, I got to design their vow reading cards.  Every time I read their vows I would cry.  They are two beautiful people with humble hearts, surrounded and supported by a phenomenal family with God at their sides.

What two pieces of advice would you give a couple planning their wedding? Choose your guest list wisely, and think about a morning wedding, rather than a late afternoon wedding. The day goes so quickly and before you know it, it’s over.  You only get to live this day once, so try extending it out and make the most of it.

One insider tip or trick to pass on? If you are writing your own vows, consider asking your designer to include them in your design package.  This way, you can have them on a pretty card to read out on the day, and frame them after the wedding for a lifelong keepsake.

The lady herself: Kirsty-Ann

Feel free to get in touch with Kirsty -Ann for a non-obligation quote.

Kirsty-Ann and “Peg +  Pencil Design Studio is all over social media.  Here’s how you can get in touch with her.

Website: www.pegandpencilstudio.com

Email: info@pegandpencilstudio.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pegandpencil

Instagram: www.instagram.com/pegandpencilstudio

Twitter: www.twitter.com/pegandpencil


Five Fabulous Finds

Just a list of Five Fabulous Finds I found on the interweb this week.

#1 Richard and Mildred Loving

50 years ago, Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested and sentenced to a year in jail for getting married.  That’s right, getting married. In 1958 Richard and Mildred wanted to get married, but their home state of Virginia didn’t allow inter-racial marriages, so they had to go to Washington DC to marry instead, when they returned home they were woken up in the middle of the night and arrested.  They managed to negiotate a deal where if they moved to Washington they could stay out of jail.  They decided to move, and hire a lawyer to fight for their right to be married.  Their fight reached the Supreme Court and the decision was overturned, and changed the the law relating to inter-racial marriages in America. Pretty amazing stuff really, and the fact that their last name is Loving, makes the story even more fabulous, I think.

On the 40 year anniversary of their victory Mildred released this statement.

Loving for All, by Mildred Loving “When my late husband, Richard, and I got married in Washington, DC in 1958, it wasn’t to make a political statement or start a fight. We were in love, and we wanted to be married. We didn’t get married in Washington because we wanted to marry there. We did it there because the government wouldn’t allow us to marry back home in Virginia where we grew up, where we met, where we fell in love, and where we wanted to be together and build our family. You see, I am a woman of color and Richard was white, and at that time people believed it was okay to keep us from marrying because of their ideas of who should marry whom.When Richard and I came back to our home in Virginia, happily married, we had no intention of battling over the law. We made a commitment to each other in our love and lives, and now had the legal commitment, called marriage, to match. Isn’t that what marriage is? Not long after our wedding, we were awakened in the middle of the night in our own bedroom by deputy sheriffs and actually arrested for the ‘crime’ of marrying the wrong kind of person. Our marriage certificate was hanging on the wall above the bed. The state prosecuted Richard and me, and after we were found guilty, the judge declared: ‘Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.’ He sentenced us to a year in prison, but offered to suspend the sentence if we left our home in Virginia for 25 years exile. We left, and got a lawyer. Richard and I had to fight, but still were not fighting for a cause. We were fighting for our love. Though it turned out we had to fight, happily Richard and I didn’t have to fight alone. Thanks to groups like the ACLU and the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, and so many good people around the country willing to speak up, we took our case for the freedom to marry all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And on June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that, ‘The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men,’ a ‘basic civil right.’ My generation was bitterly divided over something that should have been so clear and right. The majority believed that what the judge said, that it was God’s plan to keep people apart, and that government should discriminate against people in love. But I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation’s fears and prejudices have given way, and today’s young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry. Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the ‘wrong kind of person’ for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights. I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.”

 #2 Love Quotes from Classic Movies we love.

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Movies can be a great source of inspiration when you are planning your wedding, be it the theme of the wedding, the decor or styling or inspiration for your actual ceremony or even your vows.

Here’s some of my favourites:

“You make me want to be a better man.” Melvin Udall, As Good As It Gets

“In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find someone who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you.” Mac MacGuff, Juno

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night.” – Harry, When Harry Met Sally

“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” —Rhett, Gone with the Wind

“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” —Baby, Dirty Dancing

#3 Angel Gowns NZ

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One of the angel gowns that were made by volunteers from a beautiful donated wedding dress.

I have been a fan of this idea for awhile now, and am always alittle teary when reading and looking at the photos on their Facebook page.  The idea that women are donating their beautiful wedding gowns for beautiful angel babies and their families to use fills me with so much joy.  Check out exactly what they do here:

“As a midwife I have suported families through the tragedy of losing a baby, In Hamilton where I work, parents are given every opportunity to bathe, cuddle and dress their precious baby. Some of these babies are born earlier than expected and don’t fit the clothing their mum and dad may have chosen for them, or sometimes it is too hard for parents to shop for their angel baby in a mainstream shop.

A friend forwarded some information on to me about an Australian company who make beautiful gowns out of recycled wedding dresses. What better way to help than to offer this service in New Zealand. So as a group, of as many volunteers I can find, we want to provide beautiful gowns for beautiful angels.

Do you have a wedding or bridesmaids dress in the back of your wardrobe? And want to donate to enable parents to dress their angels, afterall we all deserve to go to heaven in a beautiful gown. xx”

If you or anyone you know would like to donate their wedding dress, contact them via their Facebook page. angel gowns nz

#4 Wedding Dress Fails

Just for a wee laugh, a few wedding dress fails for your enjoyment.

Gangsta wedding attire, nothing says “I love you” more thatn “wifey” on your butt.
Kinda have to feel sorry for the poor groom at this wedding.

Not sure what to say about this!

My absolute favourite.

#5 Shoe Decals

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How cute are these shoe decals, totally customised of course, for the bottom of your wedding day shoes. If you get them in blue, they can also double as your ‘something blue’ check out the etsy store: Gifted Thimble

“Wedding Reading Wednesday”

Are you thinking about including a reading in your wedding? Have a read of a previous post here about the what, why and how of wedding readings To read or not to read?

There are wedding reading suggestions all over the internet, and frankly it can get a bit overwhelming if you google it, (especially after a wine or two late at night) so I thought I would give you a bite size  each Wednesday, just two different readings (enough to fit in your mouth at once).

Here’s this weeks suggestions:


Reading 1

The Amber Spyglass By Phillip Pullman

“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me.”


Reading 2

Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce

“If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do, is to save every day ‘till eternity passes away, just to spend them with you. If I could make days last forever; if words could make wishes come true; I’d save every day like a treasure and then, again, I would spend them with you. If I had a box just for wishes, and dreams that had never come true; the box would be empty, except for the memory of how they were answered by you. But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them. I’ve looked around enough to know that you’re the one I want to go through time with.”


“Tradie Tuesday” – Melt Wedding Photography

All you need is love and … some wisdom from a wedding professional.

Now, I know a lot about weddings, but not everything, so “Tradie Tuesday”is a series of interviews with wedding professionals, who will share their stories and wedding wisdom.


Melt Wedding Photography

Business Name: Melt Wedding Photography

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business: We are based in sunny Dunedin, and we travel extensively in Central Otago to photograph weddings in Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell and beyond.  Our style involves lots of candid shots and visual storytelling, paying close attention to detail, capturing your family and friends, your wedding preparations, the ceremony, reception, and of course your portrait shots too.


My assistant and I will work with you both to ensure we get the shots you want, and plenty of them. We meet and talk many times before the wedding, so that we all know what’s happening, so you can rest easy on the big day.

We love to hear all about your special day, and what you have planned, so we can help provide you with some beautiful photographic memories from your wedding day, in the form of images, prints, bespoke wedding albums and thank you cards.  We can’t wait to hear from you.


What do you love about your job? I love the energy a wedding day provides. It’s great to share and feed off the excitement, nerves, happiness, and then turn this into amazing memories for our lovely couples.

What do you do in your spare time, hobbies/interests? Movies!!! I love losing yourself in a good movie, but the trouble is I’m always looking at camera angles, lighting etc !!


What one thing do you wish every wedding couple knew? How quickly the day goes, so to make sure they enjoy every second.

Any wedding trends you love, or would love to see disappear? I love the relaxed country/woodland type weddings, fabulous light and beautiful for photography!


Any great/interesting stories about working with a couple? I photographed a very lovely couple’s wedding on my birthday one year. At the reception about 5 minutes into the speeches, the bride and groom thanked me and then proceeded to get the whole room of about 100 people to sing happy birthday to me … it was the longest 30 seconds ever … but very lovely of them.

What two pieces of advice would you give a couple planning their wedding? Have a pre-wedding/engagement shoot.. it’s a great way to get comfortable with your photographer, and each other in front of the camera.                                                                                                        And also, don’t forget to relax and enjoy your day! It’s so easy to spend time worrying about little things, but your family and friends won’t know if something hasn’t gone perfectly to plan, or much less care … they love you no matter what.


One insider tip/trick to pass on? I always advise the bride to bring some comfy flat shoes, hankies, and some spare lipgloss etc.. for touch ups.  That way she will be far more relaxed on the portrait shoot, because chances are she’ll have sore or tired feet by the afternoon.


Mel and Melt Photography would love to hear from you to discuss your wedding day dreams and how they can help you achieve them.


Mel’s all over social media, so you can contact her here:

Website: http://www.weddings.meltnz.co.nz/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MeltWeddings/


Pinterest: https://nz.pinterest.com/melt_weddings/


And here’s the lady herself! Apparently it’s notoriously hard to get a photo of a photographer, but here she is.


Five Fabulous Finds

All you need is love and … this week’s Five fabulous finds.

Just a list of ‘five fabulous finds’ I found on the interweb this week.

1 Flair and Paper Cards

These cards crack me up, very funny and quite sarcastic, totally me to a tee. There’s a whole lot to choose from, this one is probably my favourite. Check out the rest of them at flairandpaper

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2 The Mill House, Oamaru

I was lucky enough to marry two gorgeous people at The Mill House yesterday. I have driven past this venue alot on my way to Christchurch, and have never been in. And I was pleasantly surprised, it is lovely. I had the pleasure of chatting to the owners while I waited for the couple to arrive and learnt alittle bit about their history. Its an ideal wedding venue if you’re looking for somewhere a little bit out of town, and with accommodation. They can cater for up to 80 guests for the meal, and the venue has a big garden, perfect for the ceremony. Check out more deatails here: themillhouse



3 How to pee in a wedding dress.

Now, this is not neccessarily something that you’ve had to think about before, but if you’re going for a puffy princess type wedding dress, it’s something that you and your bridesmaids need to read, very informative, and very funny.

Check out the slightly scientific study here: Buzzfeed: How to pee in a wedding dress

The logistics of using the bathroom in a wedding dress.


4 Oppo Suits

This one is for the grooms. It would take a very secure man to pull off one of these suits. I especially love the mustache one, but there is one to suit every groom.             Thanks Offbeat bride for the pics and Oppo suits for the inspiration.

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5 Jot It Down

If you’re anything like me, then you have a passion for stationery. Nothing beats the feeling of a new notebook, or coloured pens, it feels like the possibilities are endless. So this week I found this beautiful range of stationery by Jot It Down

My personal favourite are their feather pens.  Kinda tossing up whether to purchase one or all three for signing the marriage licences on wedding days. A special pen for a special day.


“Wedding Reading Wednesday”

Are you thinking about including a reading in your wedding? Have a read of a previous post here about the what, why and how of wedding readings To read or not to read?

There are wedding reading suggestions all over the internet, and frankly it can get a bit overwhelming if you google it, (especially after a wine or two late at night) so I thought I would give you a bite size  each Wednesday, just two different readings (enough to fit in your mouth at once).

Here’s this weeks suggestions:


Reading #1

Why Marriage, by Dena Acolatse










Reading #2

All I really need to know I learnt in Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum

All of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

These are the things I learned…

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.


Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Give them to someone who feels sad. Live a balanced life.

Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day.

Take a nap every afternoon.

Be aware of wonder.

Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

Five Fabulous Finds

All you need is love and … this week’s Five fabulous finds.

Just a list of ‘five fabulous finds’ I found on the interweb this week.

1 Bridesmaid Armbands

The bridesmaids at this wedding carried beautiful wildflower bouquets and then had floral armbands on their upper arm. I love them, and think they are a unique addition for the bridesmaids. Photo via weddingchicks.com



2 Oh Em Gee



I found these gorgeous felt flowers awhile ago, and just had to share them. If you are not wanting to go for fresh flowers, (maybe you want to keep your bouquet, or are allergic to fresh flowers) then these flowers are perfect. There are a ton of different styles of flowers to choose from, in my opinion they are all pretty great, and if you scroll through the gallery, you will see what I mean. They also do customised bunting, which would be perfect for decorating your wedding space. Check out the link here: ohemgee.co.nz

3 Port Chalmers Town Hall

If you’re looking for a unique venue for your wedding and/or reception, then take a look at the Port Chalmers Town Hall. I have attended two weddings at this venue, and am always amazed by the facilities that the town hall has for the price of hireage. It is a great to have as a wet weather option if you are wanting to get married in Port Chalmers, there are numerous wedding locations in the area, or if you just want to have your wedding and reception in the one location. Couples have provided buses, taxi’s and some have even booked the train to deliver guests from Dunedin. The hall comes complete with chairs/tables/sound system/kitchen facilities and is centrally located, with plenty of cafes/ pubs and shops around for your guests to enjoy while you go and have your photos taken.

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Set up for a wedding reception

4 Don’ts for Husbands book


I found this little gem of a book on-line this week. It was written in 1913, and some of the advice is sage still now, obviously some of it needs to be taken with a grain of salt. It would make the perfect joke/light-hearted gift for your groom on your wedding day. It would also make an ideal joke/light-hearted gift for a wedding gift. There are some stunners in here:

“Don’t come in any any odd time, and expect your dinner to be done to a turn. It was ready at the time you said you were coming, it can’t be quite as nice an hour or two later. You home is neither a club or a hotel” 

There is of course a “Don’ts for Wife” companion book.

5 Lily – Anne Designs 

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If you haven’t already been to a Lily Anne jewellery bar, then you’re missing out. These jewellery products are completely customisable, you choose the locket size/colour/shape and the necklace colour/length/style and then you have tons of fun choosing all the gorgeous charms that go inside. Hosting a jewellery bar would be a perfect idea for a hen’s night, you invite all the girls over, have some drinks, food and look at the the beautiful shiny jewellery. You could purchase matching sets for your bridesmaids/flower-girls, or your guests could all chip in and purchase the bride a beautiful piece of customised jewellery.  There are huge rewards for the hosts of jewellery bars, and there are definitely Lily Anne consultants in your area. Link to look at all the lovely combinations here lilyannedesigns.com.au Check out Lily Anne Designs –  Helena Dobson – Independent Design Consultant on Facebook if you’re in Dunedin, to host your own event.

From engaged to married – April update

Want to know what Sharmain and Jeremy have been up to on the journey from engaged to married, well, here’s April’s instalment.

This month has been interesting for a number of reasons, but they definitely feel like they have made some progress.  The Save The Date cards have been officially either mailed out or hand delivered, and once the overseas guests have a received theirs, then we can officially announce the wedding date. Woot woot!!

The bridesmaids and groomsmen have all been asked and booked in for the wedding date.

Sharmain bought a  bag for her wedding dress, which she purchased in February, to keep it away from prying eyes and beautiful and clean leading up to the day.

Here’s the wedding dress, in it’s bag, of course. You didn’t think I would actually show the dress did  you?

The flowers for the bouquets and buttonholes have been purchased and arrived. Sharmain decided to go with artificial flowers, because she really liked the idea of being able to keep her bouquet forever.

The bouquets and buttomholes arrived and Tyrion was fascinated with what was in the box.

Wedding favours have also been ordered. Sharmain has a regular customer who bakes and decorates gingerbread cookies by hand.  They look amazing and taste great too, and they both feel its good to be able to support a local business as well.  They are yet to decide on the design and size of the cookies they will use, this will be decided on when the wedding favour boxes arrive, and they can tell the size.

Hand baked and hand decorated ginger bread cookies, for wedding favours.

The biggest challenge this month has been the on-going saga with the reception venue.  The venue they have their hearts set on is currently undergoing renovations, which means there are alot of questions surrounding, whether it is going to be ready in time, can they use outside caterers, how many guests will it fit? So there have been numerous emails, and meetings, and finally they have a verbal agreement with the committee members and will have a written one in the next few weeks, which will make it an official booking.  Once this is done, then they can finalise the guest list and book caterers.

They are currently playing around with centerpiece ideas and have bought a few bits and pieces, to see what they like better.

There have been thoughts on the wedding ceremony itself, and Sharmain and Jeremy have been gathering ideas for vows and readings that they may be able to incorporate into the ceremony, their wonderful celebrant (me) will be able to help them with other ideas closer to the time, and it’s always good to have some ideas, to discuss.

So all in all, lots has been happening, lots of bits and bobs have been bought, and as soon as the venue is finalised, we’ll all breathe a sigh of relief.

“Wedding Reading Wednesday”

Are you thinking about including a reading in your wedding? Have a read of a previous post here about the what, why and how of wedding readings To read or not to read?

There are wedding reading suggestions all over the internet, and frankly it can get a bit overwhelming if you google it, (especially after a wine or two late at night) so I thought I would give you a bite size  each Wednesday, just two different readings (enough to fit in your mouth at once).

Here’s this weeks suggestions:


Reading number #1

“If I shall fall behind”

By Bruce Springsteen

We said we’d walk together baby, come what may

That come the twilight should we lose our way

If as we’re walking a hand should slip free

I’ll wait for you

And should I fall behind

Wait for me.

We swore we’d travel darlin side by side

We’d help each other stay in stride

But each lovers steps fall so differently

But I’ll wait for you

And if I shall fall behind

Wait for me.

Now everyone dreams of a love, lasting and true

But you and I know what this world can do

So lets make our steps clear that the other may see

And I’ll wait for you

If I should fall behind

Wait for me.

Now there’s a beautiful river in the valley ahead

There ‘neath the oak’s bough soon we will be wed

Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees

I’ll wait for you

And should I fall behind

Wait for me

Darlin’ I’ll wait for you

Should I fall behind

Wait for me.


Reading #2


By Roy Croft

I love you

Not only for what you are,

But for what I am

when I am with you.

I love you,

Not only for what

You have made of yourself,

But for what

You are making of me.

I love you

For the part of me

That you bring out;

I love you

For putting your hand

Into my heaped-up heart

And passing over

All the foolish, weak things

That you can’t help

Dimly seeing there,

And for drawing out

Into the light

All the beautiful belongings

That no one else had looked

Quite far enough to find

I love you because you

Are helping me to make

Of the lumber of my life

Not a tavern

But a temple.

Out of the works

Of my everyday

Not a reproach

But a song.

I love you

Because you have done

More than any creed

Could have done

To make me good.

And more than any fate

Could have done

To make me happy.

You have done it

Without a touch,

Without a word,

Without a sign.

You have done it

By being yourself.

Perhaps that is what

Being a friend means,

After all.

Five Fabulous Finds

All you need is love and … this week’s Five fabulous finds.

Just a list of ‘five fabulous finds’ I found on the interweb this week.

 1 Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary


This venue is not new, and definitely not new to me, in fact it’s right on my doorstep and my family and I love spending time here, wandering around the tracks. The Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary is (in my opinion) one of Dunedin’s most beautiful buildings, it stands majestically above  Blueskin Bay and offers spectacular views from the function center. The Eco-Sanctuary is available as a venue for weddings, with all the facilities you would expect from any venue, and being only 15 mins from Dunedin, it would be fairly easy to provide a bus for your guests. Find out more about the Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary here orokonui eco-sanctuary


2 Debra Fallowfield


I am in love with almost all of Debra’s jewellery. I’ve been a fan (stalking madly on social media) and am saving and dreaming of which piece I will buy. If you’re after bespoke engagement and/or wedding rings then this is the place, and she’s a local Dunedinite, with a must see store: Precious, in Port Chalmers.

“I make handmade precious contemporary jewellery – from conception to completion, completely from hand. Stunning, urban, organic gold and silver. Chunky rings, engagement rings, wedding rings. Powerful talismans for a modern age.”

My personal favourite.

Check out the rest of her unique, beautiful pieces here Debra Fallowfield

3 Celebrity First Dance Songs

Struggling to find that perfect first dance song, looking for some extra inspiration. Here’s a list of what the celebs first dance songs were.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel – “A song for you” by Donny Hathaway

Kate Middleton and Prince William – “Your Song” by Elton John, performed by Ellie Goulding

President Barak Obama and Michelle Robinson – “You and I” by Stevie Wonder

Fergie and Josh Duhamel – “Sweethearts together” by Rolling Stones

David Beckham and Victoria Adams – “It had to be you” by The Starlight Orchestra

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan – “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

John F Kennedy Jnr and Carolyn Bessette – “Forever in my life” by Prince

4 Lord of the Rings Fan?


I found this example of a ring exchange that would satisfy the biggest Lord of the Rings Fan.

“With this one ring I thee wed, with this one ring, I give you my love and devotion, with this ring that binds us together as long as we both shall live”

5 Signature Wedding Cocktails


Want to add a level of fun and sophiscation to your wedding reception? Why not think about serving your guests a signature wedding cocktail. You could choose one or have a bride’s drink and a groom’s drink, and come up with fun names for them. Here’s a few things to consider when choosing your signature wedding cocktail.

  • Use fresh ingredients – think seasonal fruit, squeezed juices and home-made syrups
  • Consider the colour of the drink – do you want it to complement your colour scheme.
  • Think about the complexity of the drink vs speed of it being served.
  • If in doubt, consult the experts, talk to a mixologist or bartender for recommendations.
  • Make a decision on how long the drink will be served – is it going to be an all night drink or just for the drinkies straight after the ceremony.