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Timeless Rustic Old Forest School Wedding

“Our love story began at the young age of 15 (for Cath!). We met through Jeremy’s brother (also Cath’s good friend) and were basically inseparable after the first date. 8 years later here we are! I said yes at the beautiful Waoku Lodge in Raglan. After convincing me at a dinner out that we didn’t need to be engaged to buy our first home, he blindfolded me and drove to the stunning lodge overlooking the ocean. When the blindfold came off he was on one knee with the ring. Dessert, wine, spa – what a dream!”

Who Catherine and Jeremy Farr (Catherine nee Mills)
Where Old Forest School, Bay of Plenty
Guests 100

Our wedding inspiration was…

Rustic, but still with classic elements. We wanted it to be a day we could look back on in 20 years and still love. The venue alone had a beautiful rustic feel so we added our own touch to this. We didn’t want overcomplicate things with the venue being gorgeous already, so we stuck to simple, fun, rustic themed table settings.

We saved by…

We did all the table settings ourselves (apart from the flowers!) and all decorations were provided by us and set up by the grooms party and friends on the day. The wedding car was hired and driven by Cath’s dad, and worked so perfectly. Even the invites were created by Cath’s sister Sarah!

We splurged on…

We stayed in really nice accomodation the night before and of the wedding, and I don’t regret it! It made for such a lovely time, both to get ready in and to wake up in as Mr & Mrs! We also didn’t hold back too much when looking at the outfits for both us and the bridal & grooms party, we wanted everyone to feel good on the day!

Our advice to engaged couples…

Planning can be such a stressful process, but on the day all the little details you stress about are almost forgotten. When planning, make sure you dedicate plenty of time and love to the parts that are most important to you as a couple, not just the technical parts! And I know everyone says this but remember to absorb as much as you can throughout the day-it goes so fast!


Photographer Arie & Tash from Black Robin Photography
Flowers Sweetpea & Jasmine
Venue Old Forest School
Catering Southern Spit Roast
Hair Hannah Stechman Hair
Makeup Kate Solley Makeup
Celebrant Morgan Croasdale
Brides Dress Grace Loves Lace
Shoes Ruby
Bridesmaid Dresses Miss Crabb
Grooms Suit + Accessories Barkers
Rings Michael Hill
Transport Uzabus
Music Nathaniel Leith from Taktix Sound

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