They met while camping as kids – but it was only when they reconnected as adults that sparks flew.

Kim and Baz celebrated their love in an outdoors ceremony at a gorgeous Christchurch venue overlooking the harbour. The bride wanted a rustic herb-themed wedding and the result was nothing short of chic. Kim wanted a herb-themed wedding. Months before the wedding, she put seeds in pots and grew the herbs herself.

But we’ll let Kim tell you all about it…

Kim’s advice: “Be as organised as you can. You will be less stressed leading up to the big day and enjoy yourself so much more.”


How did you meet? We have known each other since childhood. We used to go to the same camping ground at Christmas time. We linked up again as adults.

What made you fall in love with your partner? He is pretty funny and unique. He is also reliable and dependable.

Tell us about the proposal: The proposal was not very conventional. We were looking at venues before there was even a ring on my finger! He proposed in the spot where we were to get married at Mt Vernon Lodge.

Location of Wedding: Mt Vernon Lodge in Akaroa.

Describe your wedding day: It was 30 degrees, really hot. Ceremony looked out over the Akaroa harbour, a cruise ship in the bay. It had a pretty relaxed feel, and there were drinks on the deck afterwards.

The dress: My wedding dress was from Annah Stretton, very feminine.

The flowers: I wanted a herb-themed wedding. Months out from the wedding, I put seeds in pots and grew herbs. A colleague from work also helped by giving me heaps of herbs and cuttings from her garden. Another work colleague gave me beautiful white Japanese anemones.

My bridal bouquet consisted of dried lavender from Lavender Fields in Waikuku. It smelt and looked great, and are a fraction of the cost of traditional bouquets.

Highlight of the wedding: Taking photos on Onawe Pa in the Banks Peninsula. The colours were amazing and it was so nice to relax.

Was there any drama? None thank goodness.

The honeymoon: We went to the South of France.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Kelly Shakespeare Photography – and I can not pick a favourite photo, they are all so good.

Your advice to future brides out there: Be as organised as you can. You will be less stressed leading up to the big day and enjoy yourself so much more. Pinterest is amazing for ideas.


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