Kaye & Edwards incredible wedding day caught our eye when we came across the video created by Humdrum FIlms. Their infectious happiness, the energy of the day, gorgeous styling and the views of Queenstown from High Country NZ left us full of inspiration. The talented Emily Adamson was there to capture the details, the shenanigans, the beauty, and the tears, and we are over the moon to share more with you about how the epic wedding of Kaye & Edward came about…
Tell us a little bit about the proposal and your engagement?
We moved back to Kaye’s hometown of Port Moresby (POM) 6 years ago for work and found ourselves in an amazing group of friends. When some friends chose to get married in France, they organised a pre-wedding catch up at a little café in Paris with a group of our favourite POM friends. The café owner who didn’t speak a word of English asked if he could sketch Kaye’s portrait, Kaye thrilled by the gesture then sat still like a dill for the next 15mins. When the portrait was given to Kaye, it was a detailed painting of the same café, the same friends and a guy proposing to a girl. Clearly confused about why this was not a
portrait of her beautiful face, Kaye turned around in her chair and in front of all of their friends, Edward was on his knee and proposed to Kaye. Of course, Kaye said yes, and we drank bucket loads of French Champagne and celebrated love in the city well known for it.
How would you describe each other?
Edward is a laid back country guy who works as an Electrician. He has great family morals and tells terrible dad jokes. Loves to fish, but never catch.
Kaye is focused and is always the first to put up her hand in an audience. Can be playful and charming, when not tired or hungry, HANGRY.
Tell us about your wedding style. What influenced your planning for the day?
Because we lived so far away, getting a wedding planner was a no-brainer. We were so glad that we chose Kath and her team from One Fine Day. They have a wealth of experience with weddings and vendors in Queenstown and the surrounding areas. They know the best and will only work with the best. When we were faced with any decision, we made a pact to always choose the funner option.
Why did you choose your destination?
Our family and friends are spread out across the South Pacific, so we were super excited to find a travel destination where people could make a holiday of it. One of our first holidays as a couple was a road trip through New Zealand, ending in Queenstown. We were excited to share our love for this beautiful town with all of our friends and family, specifically showcasing beautiful NZ to those who came from overseas. And Queenstown delivered with the most perfect summer weather (plenty of lake swims) and a great party atmosphere.
What was your favourite detail from the day?
We really wanted an Oyster Bar and One Fine Day did a great job at helping us set it up. Our Caterer, Raspberry Creek, even jumped in and helped shuck Oysters with our lovely shuckers (a couple we were introduced to from Wanaka), which was definitely going above and beyond. Our families and friends were in Oyster heaven.
Along with outdoor lounges and Bernie the Caravan serving our fav cocktails, the party had a great relaxing chilled out vibe. Another really special detail was that we were given permission from the Waikato museum to release Kaye’s families Korowai for her to wear down the aisle and for pics. The only other time I had seen the Korowai was at my Grandfathers funeral.
Who were your stand out vendors?
Raspberry Creek – helping our Oyster Shuckers
Bernie Caravan Bar – amazing positive people, full of energy and helped me out after the
wedding with a few of our leftover props and things
Geed Up – amazing fellas who have kept in touch after the wedding
NZ High Country – getting space ready and even building me some steps in the side of the hill
Humdrum and Emily Adamson – what an incredible job they did in capturing our day and
they worked so well together.
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage is about putting down all your walls and making a huge commitment to another person. Marriage came naturally to us after 9 years together and a large portion of that, living together. We trust and rely on each other like we have already grown old together, yet flirt and play like we’ve only just met.
What was your favourite moment of the day?
It’s funny how sometimes the one thing that goes majorly wrong in your day, becomes the most memorable. Our first kiss as husband and wife literally went off with a bang when some of the foil streamers flew into powerlines on the property. Which then lead to multiple Sparky jokes throughout the speeches.
A serenade from my Uncle Neville on his saxophone ended up with myself and a bridesmaid bawling our eyes out which made for some priceless photos of us blowing our noses on the same napkin.
And then Geed Up, who we flew over from Gold Coast after seeing them perform multiple times, absolutely delivered. At the end of the night they performed the Haka, which was really special to Kaye’s heritage and such a memorable part of our wedding.
Advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Try and let go of the things that haven’t yet been organised in the week leading up to the wedding, especially if a destination wedding. It’s more important to be present in the moment, no-one wants to spend the night before their wedding finishing off kissing gamecards (this was clearly me haha).
| Credits |
Photography: Emily Adamson | Planning/ Florals/ Styling: One Fine Day | Videographer: Humdrum Films | Catering: Raspberry Creek | Ceremony & Reception Venue: NZ High Country | Marquee Hire: Gather and Gold Tipi’s | Bar Hire: Bernie Caravan Bar | Entertainment: Geed Up, Gold Coast | Transport: NZ Ski Ltd (Buses), & BLACK for Range Rovers & Mercedez Sprinter Van | Hair: Louise Molloy | Bride’s Makeup: Eve Makeup Artistry | Bridal Party Makeup and Tans: Emma for Beauty | | Cake: Peppermint Kitchen | Signage: Pop Creative | Other Hire Items: Major and Minor Hire & Queenstown Wedding Hire | Oyster Name Places: Ink Berry Calligraphy | Helicopter: Over The Top | Brides Gown: Rue De Seine | Shoes: | Badgley Mischka | Veil/ Headpiece: AMAROQ | Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: The Black Label, Sydney | Shoes: RM Williams | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alice McCall | Rings: AG Designer Jeweller & House of Gemini | Flower Girls: JJ’s House