Kiwi girl Amie Bingham, 32, was one very laid back bride. On the morning of her New Zealand cliff top wedding, when gale force winds were threatening to blow her, Aussie beau Kenny Best, 31, and all 110 guests out to sea, it was her dad getting into a tizz while she and her chief bridesmaid came up with ways to embrace the wacky weather.
Then, just as Plan B was about to get the nod, the wind dropped and the sun came out leaving one poor (bald) guest with blisters on his head.
The ceremony was a low-key event set on a friend’s farm overlooking the ocean; a place that Amie cherished as a kid. She says, “To the south was the magnificent Mt Taranaki – which you can rarely see through the clouds – and to the north, the coast stretched as far as you could see. The sea was smooth as glass and there was not a cloud in the sky.”
The reception was held at Amie’s parents’ house – the same house where she grew up – and her mum participated almost fanatically in bringing the country NSW couple’s “vintage-chic” DIY wedding to life.
Amie says, “Mum now has a full dinner set in mismatched vintage plates for 150 people which has since been booked for several upcoming weddings!”
She adds, “Poor dad must have felt like he was living in a bric-a-brac shop with it all lying around,” joking, “We did argue over a few items and I had to remind her that the theme was ‘vintage-chic’ not ‘look-at-all-this-cheap-stuff-mum-got-me!’”
This patch of wall at Amie’s parents’ house became the site for a DIY photobooth, with their names and wedding date written in chalk and an antique chair for guests to sit on while posing in front of a polaroid camera.
Amie’s bouquet was a mix of native New Zealand fern and Australian eucalyptus, arranged by friends Noeline Hobbs and Mary Young. As a gift to Amie, these two “amazing women” commissioned paintings of the bouquets (one in water colour and other other in oil) so that she could choose her favourite to take home. “Such a thoughtful gift and a lot prettier than a dried bunch of flowers,” she says.
The fabulous wedding cars were generously lent to Amie and Kenny by friends of the family. “I think it was Kenny’s favourite part of the wedding when he got taken to their garage and told to choose whichever two cars he liked,” says Amie.
Guests enjoyed “typical Taranaki fare to impress the Aussies in attendance,” says the bride, including a sheep which was gifted from friends and roasted on a spit.
Kenny and his best man went shopping for their black Tarocash suits but checked in with Amie at the last minute to make sure she approved. “He says he loves how I always make sure we get things done,” says Amie, “which I think is his way of saying I’m bossy!”
After a disastrous online shopping experience, the bridesmaids’ lively coral frocks were sourced from Sydney boutique Sheike.
The beautiful three-tier chocolate mud, hummingbird (Kenny’s favourite) and fruit cake was made by local NZ cake hobbyist Jill Manaia. “There wasn’t even any to munch on the next day!” praises Amie.
Of their DIY wedding Amie says, “The special moment that stands out for us is realising how much love people have for us and their generosity in giving up their time and skills. We had no idea so many people had hidden talents!”
Photos courtesy of Trevor Read Photographer.
Bomboniere: DIY / Brides Accessories: Carvacious (bracelet), Mobile Alterations (veil) / Brides Gown: Luv Bridal Chatswood, alterations by Mobile Alterations / Brides Shoes: Witchery / Bridesmaid Shoes: New Zealand / Bridesmaids Dresses: Sheike / Celebrant: Claudia King / Ceremony Music: David Cadler (friend) / Ceremony Venue: Friend's farm - New Zealand / Entertainment: David Cadler (friend), Aiden Morrell, Ash Haimona / Flowers: Noeline Hobbs & Mary Young / Gift Registry: Peters of Kensington / Grooms Attire: Tarocash / Groomsmen Attire: Tarocash / Hair: Liscelle Bocock / Honeymoon: The Pacific Pearl - Fiji / Invitations: Milestogodesigns - Etsy / Makeup: Ella Volino / Photobooth: DIY / Reception Venue: Bride's parents' home - New Zealand / Transport: Borrowed from friends / Venue Decor: DIY