"I worked on the waiting staff team at so many weddings with Ruth Pretty and at each one added to my own wedding ideas list. I wanted to do things differently, so we could enjoy our day,” wrote bride Catherine to Ruth and Paul.
"Adam and I just wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone who worked on our wedding. It was a magical day and one that we shall both cherish. We could not have wished for anything better!!
"It was great for me to have Paul there on the day, and to know everything was well organised. A special thank you to the team for everything.”
Catherine and Adam chose distinctive Wellington venues and unexpected touches for their wedding, reflecting their own sense of fun and beauty.
For their winter wedding, Catherine, Adam and photographer Jess Dewsnap from Woolf Photography realised natural light would be fading fast after the ceremony. So the wedding party had their photos taken beforehand, in the stylish Museum Art Hotel.
The boys played billiards as they waited for Cat and her bridesmaids to arrive. Photos were taken around the hotel, including beneath the chandeliers of the glamorous Hippopotamus restaurant.
The ceremony was held at Old St Pauls, and the reception at the Academy of Fine Arts on Queen’s Wharf. The Academy’s highly acclaimed Rembrandt Remastered exhibition of Old Masters provided a superb and highly original backdrop.
On arrival, guests were welcomed with a Rose Bud cocktail: Vanilla Vodka, Lemon, Cranberry, Pineapple and Passionfruit juices. Wow!
Catherine’s wedding experience truly paid off when it came to the celebration feast: she chose a series of relaxed food stations rather than a seated dinner, so everyone could mingle and choose the food they liked best. And the choices were extensive.
"The food was to die for!” Catherine reported.
"Our guests raved about all the food but had a special mention for those beef pies. So a big thank you for designing the menu, to the chefs for a job well done, and to Krissy for her creative skills on the food stations and in the venue. It was all fabulous.”
The spectacular "wedding cake” was a tall pyramid of colourful cupcakes, surrounded by fresh single blooms in small glass bottles. Guests were given a cupcake each to take home, in a colour-matched box. The top layer was an actual cake, for cutting.
With her background, Catherine was particularly attuned to the quality of the serving staff. She wrote to Paul "The wait staff were excellent. Hector and Fiona were excellent in their attention to detail and assistance with the event.
"Kylie’s great work in organising all the details behind the scenes was fantastic. We had a wonderful, memorable and very happy day – just what we wanted,” Catherine and Adam concluded.
Their day was beautifully captured in images and blog by Jess at Woolf Photography http://www.woolf.co.nz/wedding-blog/2015/7/15/adam-cats-gorgeous-winter-wedding.