Real Weddings

Tamsyn & Ajay's New Zealand Wedding

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From the proposal in Portugal, dress shopping in England to the wedding day in New Zealand, Tamsyn and Ajay's wedding finds inspiration in the natural beauty of their surrounds.

"Ajay and I met in Dunedin, New Zealand while we were both down there studying. Our paths crossed often and things just went from there. When we were living in London England, Ajay organised a trip to Portugal. We headed down the coast where Ajay had booked us into a magical place called Areias do Seixo. This place was incredible, a five star boutique hotel which was largely focused on sustainability, organics, eco living and nature. The hotel was surrounded by sand dunes, pine trees and sea. At sunset we were walking along the sand dunes and cliff top which overlooked the most stunning surf beach. Ajay asked me to close my eyes which I did still completely unaware and he got down on one knee and proposed.

I chose my wedding dress through multiple visits to London bridal shops, after endless hours on the internet I decided on the designer David Fielden. The dress has the most beautiful lace detail on the back and at bottom of the dress.

We wanted a natural wedding and decided on the Peregrine Vineyard in New Zealand. Our backdrop was the beautiful snow-capped mountains of the Gibston Valley. The days leading up to our wedding there was snow (in February, which is late summer!) The snow on the mountain ranges all around made the place look even more magical.

I love the romantic ambience from candles so they featured highly on our reception table. The reception was in a rustic old wool shed. We had loads of fairy lights attached from the roof which was beautiful and helped create atmosphere.

We hung a series of photos across one wall. Ajay and I have done a lot of travelling so we wanted to share some of the amazing memories through our photos. Our cake was made by Ajay’s grandmother which was really special, there was a lot of time and effort put into the cake which was so thoughtful.

My husband and I are going to try and have a baby soon, we would really like to dedicate the money from selling my dress to help set up the babies room."

Photography: Kelly Newland Photography / Tamsyn's favourite sites for inspiration: Pinterest, Etsy, The Knot & Style Me Pretty.

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