Christchurch Wedding Fair 2015 – Countryside Romance Zone

Christchurch Wedding Fair 2015 – Countryside Romance Zone

Yay, here is the first of the awesome pics I know are coming from the Christchurch Wedding Fair. We all had such a great day.

Here is the Countryside Romance Zone:

Photographer: ANDY BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY | Stylist:  OH BUTTERCUP

BowTies: KIFFKNOT | Make Up: MARISSA WADDINGTON | Flowers: CHARMED FLOWERS

Celebrant: TANIA JOHNSON SCOTT | Marquee hire: HYDE PARK HIRE | Catering: MOVEABLE FEASTS

Musician: NICK LEE

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Queenstown Wedding Fair Vendor – Cakes Of Wanaka

Queenstown Wedding Fair Vendor – Cakes Of Wanaka

More Yummynes from Wanaka, Here is a bit about Clare and her business

What do you love best about what you do?

I love the look of a totally finished cake.  Once the final row of ribbon goes on around the board, I can sit back and admire. Any cake with a beautiful bunch of handmade flowers makes my day.  Occasionally I get couples that ‘step outside the box’ a little, and those are the cakes I especially love doing, ones with a bit of POP, or a little more challenging.

Whats your favourite thing to do on your day off?

Hate to admit it since I live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but sleep. I miss sleep alot during wedding season.  But apart from that I love an afternoon wine, in the sun, soaking up the views.

Tell us something about you?  

love to travel, dont do nearly enough of it, and one day I am going to Italy for a month or 2 just to soak up the atmosphere, the fabulous food and of course the local wines.  Of course, I would be gong via France for research and via New York for shopping and meeting cake idols!  I’m a wee bit obsessed with cakes, and there are some outstanding overseas designers that I would give my right arm to meet.

Whats do you think is new and upcoming in weddings?

Bold colours, metallics, hand piping and a growing trend overseas back to a memorable cake that makes a statement.  Taller the better.  All finished off with a gorgeous cake stand.  Theres also more focus on handmade flowers that match themes and bridal bouquets.  We can pretty much make any sort of flowers at Cakes of Wanaka.

What can guests expect from you at the fair (that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise see)?

Come and try some tasty wee treats. For the 1st time, I will be taking little cakes, so the set up will give couples an idea of a dessert buffet setup, also a growing trend.  Also the cakes on display will be all new, not yet seen in my lakefront shop or on FB.  Emphasis on pretty!

Queenstown Wedding Fair Vendor – The Rippon Hall

Queenstown Wedding Fair Vendor – The Rippon Hall

The Rippon Hall is vineyard venue located in the most spectacular spot- we’re lucky enough to overlook Rippon vineyard, Lake Wanaka, and the Southern Alps. The Hall is made from rammed earth dug from our hillside, and timber from our wood, so it a very special feel.

We’re a blank canvas venue, so each couple personally chooses all their details- furniture, catering, styling- everything is unique to them. We can host any size: from just the bride and groom up to 200 guests. The combination of flexible spaces coupled with no preferred suppliers gives each couple complete control & flexibility in creating their dream wedding. Oh, and the Rippon wine- it’s amazing!

What do you love best about what you do?

There are heaps of different aspects to my job and they’re all brilliant in their own way- from liaising with couples, to the wine side of the business, planning with suppliers, to taking care of the building.

My favourite bit has to be when I’m meeting a couple for the first time and I take them through to The Hall- that moment when they understand the potential for The Hall to fulfil all the wedding dreams they ever had and a light goes on behind their eyes- it’s pretty special.

What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off? 

Skiing is the only thing to do on my day off- there’s no choice involved! Or if it’s summer, I’m riding bikes.

Tell us something about you?

I’m originally from the UK, and fell in love with Wanaka whilst supposedly only away for a year… it’s been a lot more than that now. I’m a baking geek and I love a good yoga pose.

What do you think is new and upcoming in weddings?

I think there’s a bigger lean towards unconventional ways of doing things- leaning away from the traditional set order for the day. Cake first anyone? Also a focus on really entertaining the guests whilst the couple nip away for photographs, and a more informal, sharing style of catering.

 What can guests expect from you at the fair (that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise see)? 

A lot of my couples are based overseas- so to start with, they can meet me! Couples can also hear all about how The Rippon Hall came to be and the family story (with the odd juicy detail) and can see lots of images of how other couple have used The Hall’s spaces & styled in the past- for inspiration.

 

Queenstown Wedding Fair Vendor ~ Peak Functions

Queenstown Wedding Fair Vendor ~ Peak Functions

So we have some amazing vendors coming over from Wanaka to meet you. Here is a superb new venue that you may not have heard about, Peak Function. Come along and meet them on the 6th July..

Peak Function Centre is Wanaka’s premier wedding venue. Brand new for 2014 this contemporary, centrally located venue is unrivaled in style and functionality. Incorporating today’s contemporary tastes and unique local building materials, Peak Function Centre will stand out as a leader in wedding venue design. We will tailor make elegant wedding packages with spectacular ceremony venues, quality transportation, gorgeous accommodation and catering options to remove the stress from arranging your wedding from afar.

What do you love best about what you do?

We love working along side excited bridal couples, and families, offering an outstanding product in an amazing location. Peak Functions is a very exciting new venue that simply impresses and we are delighted to be selling this amazing product.

What is your favourite thing to do on your day off?

The Peak Functions team loves everything Wanaka has to offer from enjoying walks around the gorgeous trails and checking out the local arts, crafts and produce at the local famers markets. There are endless activities that both locals and visitors can enjoy and the diversity due to the change is seasons always keeps everything exciting and fresh.

Tell us something about you?

Wedding co-ordination and management have been Mandy’s life for the past 20 years. With roles as Conference Operations Manager for Sky City Convention Centre and Outcatering Departments, General Manager of Tongariro Lodge, and Conference Co-ordination and Management roles for the International Carlton Hotel, you can be assured you will be in safe hands at Peak Functions. Mandy will use all of her experience and skills to ensure every detail has been taken care of, and your event will be a fabulous and successful occasion.

What do you think is new and upcoming in weddings?

At Peak Fucntions we can see a trend in smaller boutique weddings with huge attention to detail. Personalised stationary, table decorations and running plans are becoming more and more individualized. We can also see interest developing in off peak and seasonal weddings capturing the gorgeous snow capped mountains that surround Wanaka.

What can guests expect from you at the fair (that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise see)?  

An awesome brand new product, Peak Functions will be represented by Mandy and Sarah who combined have over 40 years experience in the industry. Mixing a vast amount of experience with an extremely modern venue gives you the best of both worlds to ensure piece of mind. Info packs with sample menus, and a warm Wanaka welcome!

Queenstown Wedding Fair Vendor ~ Crimson Wedding Flowers

Queenstown Wedding Fair Vendor ~ Crimson Wedding Flowers

Not long to go now until you get the chance to meet these amazing vendors in one place. Tracey from Crimson Wedding Flowers is coming over from Wanaka for the day to meet you all. Here is a little bit about her.

What do you love best about what you do?

Creating something really special and unique for a bride is the biggest buzz! I love the creative process from first idea to actually presenting the flowers on the day.  Then to see photos after the event with all of the emotion and occasion….that is really special.

Whats your favourite thing to do on your day off? 

Walk my dogs lakeside and appreciate nature. There is always inspiration in the great outdoors and often a little foraging too!

Tell us something about you?

I love to dabble in lots of things….photography, writing, painting, collage, gardening, sewing…..so many ideas, so little time! This year I am creating a piece for the Wanaka Wearables!

Whats do you think is new and upcoming in weddings?

Anything goes….I think brides finally have freedom to feel uninhibited when it comes to their wedding choices. Colour, colour, colour….no one is afraid to use lots of colour anymore – it is fabulous to see the old classic bright blooms like Dahlias & garden style Roses in jewel colours featuring so vividly!

What can guests expect from you at the fair (that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise see)? 

Something a little different….they say there is nothing new under the sun….but I always like to give that idea a wee nudge! Dare to be different and follow your own star was always my motto. I don’t do ordinary!!!