Wedding Bliss in New Zealand

I am in New Zealand for the wedding of my son to his lovely lady that he has known since they were at school. It has been a convoluted path for both of them over the years, but like all good love stories they have now found each other again.

The wedding morning dawned with the sky bleak and grey and rain pouring down. They say that is a good sign!!!

But the show had to go on…

Friends and family arrived with so much home baked food that it looked as though they could feed hundreds. With umbrellas raised the marquees went up and the bamboo arch (home made by Kerry’s best friend Rachael) was decorated with net, flowers and native greenery also from Rachael’s garden.

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At midday Rachael helped Kerry with her make-up and miraculously the rain stopped.

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The wedding was in their back garden and it was a small and intimate affair with approx. 40. Kerry’s family and friends congregating from around New Zealand, and on the groom’s side, Jack and I, plus my daughter and partner, 2 grandchildren and a great grand child. We are a small family, but now we have swelled by 40…

The wedding ceremony started at 2pm and the sun came out.

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It was a beautiful and happy ceromony. I had to take deep breaths as I gave a reading and welcomed Kerry into our family.

I looked around and saw Rachael with tears in her eyes and Margaret, a long time work colleague, dabbing her eyes too. Margaret made the wedding cake, a delicious carrot cake that was Kerry’s favourite.

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The last part of the day Rachael took us down to the beach as the sun set for a photo session.

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Then it was back to join the family and friends in the garden to share a traditional home cooked BBQ, sausage, steak, chicken and so many delicious salads. Followed by pavlova, cheesecake and fruit salad.


I am so enjoying family time over here and only have 10 more days before we head back home. I have been disconnected from the computer while over here, but just ducked into the local library to share these few photos from the almost 600 that were taken on the day…

Look forward  to connecting with my blogging friends when I get back to Australia.

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52 thoughts on “Wedding Bliss in New Zealand

  1. That photo in the sunset is just so lovely. I wish the best to the bride, groom and their families.


  2. awww, what a beautiful and happy couple !!


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  5. Sorry I missed your wedding post, Pauline. WP is only sending me notifications intermittently, which is very frustrating. Such amazing happy wedding photos and I love that dreamy sunset image. x


  6. Kerry Carroll

    Pauline and Jack, it meant so much to have you both to come over to NZ to share our wedding with us. The photos’ you took will be treasured memories of an amazing day with our wonderful families.


  7. Pauline, congratulations to the happy Couple.. Loved that you shared them.. And how wonderful to reconnect again with family.. Enjoy your time away from the computer.. Family much more important xx 🙂 xx

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  8. Hi Carole just popped over from Jack’s blog. Wonderful wedding it must have been a very happy time for you and Jack . The wedding looks lovely the Romantic picture at the end, Say’s it all.

    Best Wishes



    • G’day Sheila lovely to meet you, thanks for leaving this comment. I like your description of the “romantic” photo. It was a beautiful family gathering.

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  10. Here’s to happy endings, Pauline! That photo of the two of them beaming into the camera is a gem. Such a winning smile she has! Isn’t it wonderful to see people so happy? Enjoy your time there, sweetheart. 🙂


  11. It’s always so wonderful to share our children’s happiness. Congratulations to everyone.


  12. You saved the best till last! What a lovely day. Can you get married anywhere in NZ then? I thought it had to be in licensed places. A BBQ to round off the day sounds great. Hope you continue having fun over there and that the weather improves, it seems a little cool. See you soon PP xx


    • Raining again today so it is a library day to catch up. Yes you can get married any where over here as long as you have a registered celebrant. Went round a beautiful water garden last weekend. Will do a post when I get back home…

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  13. Glad you had a lovely time, I hope at my wedding in June next year it is not raining!


  14. Joan and Terry Watson

    Oh how lovely, it made me want to cry, they looked so beautiful.


  15. poppytump

    What a beautiful and happy occasion Pauline ! It’s splendid when friends and family are able to make , share and help in different ways with such celebrations . Lovely smiles in the cake cutting picture .
    Enjoy the rest of your time in NZ 🙂 Catch up soon x


    • Lovely to hear from you Poppy. I am enjoying my time over here, it is going too fast, a week now and I will be back home. It was lovely to have so much sharing and love at the wedding, a small intimate ceremony.

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  16. Congratulations to the happy couple – and to you all! It looks like a lovely wedding.


  17. Congratulations what a wonderful day you all had!


  18. oh how sweet – the sunset on the rocks is magical – and nice blue flowers on the cake – ❤ ❤


  19. Congratulations are in order for all!


  20. This is fantastic, Pauline. I love stories about finding love again. Wonderful! 😀


  21. What a lovely day!!! Congratulations to your son and his bride.


  22. Jackie

    Great photos… and blog!

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