It was the hottest day this year, with the hottest
most colourful guests and vibrant
When we (Joyce Lepper and Dave Carter) decided to tie the
knot on January 5, 2013 they wanted a mix of cheerful,
happy carnival atmosphere and bright cheery colours so chose
a theme for guests to wear: PINK or glamorous hats or both.
What a perfect day! There was a 35degC
temperature, no wind, in a fabulous garden
at our friends Paul
and Shirley Bellugue's place (a very green and lush
large garden with many natives and a pond which even had pink
ducks on it for the wedding) and a changing room full of pink
clothes for guests to put on something pink if they chose
Joyce was led down the garden path to the altar by her son
Louis giving her away and also by a bagpiper playing Scotland
the Brave. She was closely followed by her flowergirl (Georgi
McKay) and six bridesmaids (Maureen Comerford, Veronica
Simonson, Fiona Hewitt, Claudie Favre, Lorraine Soanes and
What gorgeous arrays of pinks among the bridal party.
The guests embraced the pink /hat theme and an
extravaganza of pink, glamorous hats, music, ceremony,
laughter, fun and happiness flowed freely all day among
guests and wedding party alike.
The wedding ceremony finished with cannon fire, which was
spectacular and caused quite a stir among those
guests not expecting it.
Then approximately 30 seconds of rain brought
the temperature down to about 32degC and what with
the smoke from the spit roast created a steamy,
almost monsoon jungle-like scene and atmosphere.
During the service Po Karekare Ana was sung by Karin Reid and
then the contingents of guests joined in
While the wedding photo shoot was occurring and while
waiting for dinner to be served there
was fabulous fiddling by Anna Bowen, which gave a
lively happy village fair-like atmosphere.
Following this there was a delicious buffet and
speeches, followed by the fabulous dance band
Bluestone, who played until after midnight. At 11pm, to
the rhythm of the band there was also a spectacular
performance of fire poi by Flair McKay.
There were 160 guests at the wedding.
Marriage celebrant Pru Muschamp performed an
excellent ceremony, meeting us on a number of occasions to
discuss what they would like for their vows and to
personalise them exactly as we wanted. She provided excellent
ideas as well.
All in all it was a magical day that was made possible by the
many friends who contributed their help and talents to make
our wedding day a very special happy occasion and everything
we wanted it to be.