Pastel New Zealand Wedding at Kuaotunu Hall

July 18, 2017 | Junebug Weddings

Laura and Jamie’s New Zealand wedding was the epitome of effortlessly chic! The couple had a gorgeous waterfront ceremony at Black Jack Scenic Reserve, and chose Kuaotunu Hall as their reception venue for its informal beachy vibes. Laura’s ultimate style icon is Jane Birkin, so she wore a fabulous crocheted Daughters of Simone gown that was inspired by the fashion icon’s own famous wedding dress! Wanting to channel their own home’s relaxed boho décor, Laura and Jamie decorated their wedding with tons of pastel hydrangea-inspired florals, DIY hand-lettering projects, and rustic and vintage touches that created a warm space for their guests to bask in. LaTo Photography captured every moment of the couple’s day beautifully, including their lively wedding party photos in the sand!

The Couple:

Laura and Jamie

The Wedding:

Black Jack Scenic Reserve & Kuaotunu Hall, Kuaotunu, New Zealand

For Jamie and I, we wanted a day that reflected who we were as individuals & a couple, it was important to keep the day intimate with our closest friends and family, amazing food, wine and music were top of the list for the day.

My style icon is Jane Birkin, I love everything about her, and her wedding dress and look was perfect. I had quite a dramatic dress so I kept everything else very low key. I didn’t even paint my nails until I was told to by a bridesmaid!



We fell in love with the reception hall as soon as we saw it, it was right near the beach, had character and easily could be dressed to suit our relaxed, boho style we had in mind. I dressed the hall exactly how I would decorate my home, we wanted people to walk in and feel our energy in the space and have a homely feel. The overall vibe we wanted people to just feel completely relaxed and informal. I made the table names which were wine corks with name tags inserted by a slit in the cork and a paper flower pinned to the top. Cute!

Jamie’s speech was most memorable for me, he was quite nervous leading up to it and stood up on the day with nothing prepared and straight from his heart, probably the best speech I have heard from a Groom. Also walking into our reception after the photo to “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye, we were on a absolute high!

Our photographers Laura & Tommy, what can I say. It was like having our good friends photograph the wedding, we just clicked with them and were so incredibly lovely to deal with from the beginning to end. My only regret is not having a drink with them on the day.

Don’t stress when something you have planned or organised falls through, it just means there is something else far better waiting in the wings, believe me! I only choose my dress 3 days before the wedding and had 2 photographers cancel, plus a 100 year storm pass through on the week of the wedding.

Processional – Blur, Tender
Recessional – The Holiday Makers, Sweet Lovers
First Dance – The Beatles, Love Me Do

The Wedding Team:

Photography – LaTo Photography
Ceremony Venue – Black Jack Scenic Reserve
Reception Venue – Kuaotunu Hall
Catering – Sherry Kitchen Catering
DJ – Murry Sweetpants
Makeup & Hair Artist – Lisa Matson
Wedding Dress – Daughters of Simone


Congratulations to Laura and Jamie, and a special thanks to LaTo Photography for sharing their day with us. Want more beachy New Zealand wedding inspiration? Take a look at this relaxed waterfront New Zealand wedding at The Longbeach Estate!

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