Thabitha + Benjamin
How did you meet?
A friend of mine asked I could help out volunteering at a church youth event one Friday night. Jokingly, I asked her “what’s in it for me?” and she replied “cute boys” (but I promise I would have gone anyway). Funnily enough, that was the night I met Ben.
Tell us about your wedding…
We would do it all again! The days leading up to the wedding were one celebration after another. We had almost half our guests over for dinner the night before, as most of Ben’s family and friends are from out of town. It was a really nice way to spend time with everyone, and for both of our extended families and friends to meet before the big day. It definitely added to the excitement of what was to come!
On the morning of the wedding the boys got ready near by at The Stables Cottage in Puni, which was perfectly set up for the occasion. They had a blast! The girls got ready at the venue itself, and put all the final touches together. Our colour palette combined a simple mix of neutral tones, forest green, and a touch of rose gold. This tied in perfectly with the natural beauty of our venue at Hedges Estate.
We had the ceremony in the wooded glade followed by canapés in the courtyard. Then the reception took place in the orangery with picturesque views over the country side. The weather was glorious, the food was divine, and never seemed to stop. The entire day rolled through so seamlessly. Our first dance took place outside under a fairy lit verandah, surrounded by our friends and family. Then we led everyone back inside to the main dance floor. The boys did a great job on the playlist, and had everyone up and dancing for hours! All in all it was an incredible day and we were very blessed to be celebrating with such amazing people!
What was the most memorable part of the night?
It’s impossible to choose one from a day full of wonderful memories. It was so special having my Uncle as our marriage celebrant, and a close friend of my brother (who is not with us anymore), sang while we signed the registry with his old guitar from when they were kids growing up. All the speeches on the night were truly heart-warming, especially my Mum’s speech. She was really nervous, but it was incredible. My Uncle Peter’s dance moves were also a hot topic for months! But it would have to be our MC that was the best entertainment of the night. She even put together a few songs about our relationship, which had everyone in stitches.
What made your wedding unique?
We had our guests in mind with every little detail. We knew that they had travelled a long way to be with us, so we wanted to make sure the day was as relaxing and fun as possible. The ceremony and reception were at the same venue, so our guests didn’t have to travel any further. Our venue was located in the beautiful countryside with gorgeous peacocks wandering the property. They even had aviaries with loads of stunning birds to see and talk to, so our guests could spend lots of time exploring. During canapé hour we had games, photo areas, and plenty of food and drink. There was also a make-your-own ice cream sandwich bar, which I believe was demolished in minutes.
Before the bridal party entered the reception, I changed into a traditional Indian bridal outfit. I was initially very unsure about it, as I absolutely loved my wedding gown and wanted to maximise my time wearing it. In the end I wanted a little touch of my culture to be included in our special day. At the reception we had dinner served to each table as a family-style meal, with sharing plates and many options to choose from. Everyone loved it!