Hosting their wedding on the groom’s family farm, Rachel and James’s Longbeach Estate wedding was the ultimate in rustic boho! The couple restored a 100-year-old wool shed on the farm’s property to use as their totally dreamy reception hall and included DIY elements like a complete floral design by the groom’s mother and a Momofuku-inspired wedding cake. We think Rachel’s relaxed Rue De Seine gown was a perfect match for their easygoing coastal ceremony. Eric Ronald Photography captured every moment of the couple’s day beautifully!
Rachel and James
Longbeach Estate, Ashburton, New Zealand
With our ceremony being on the beach, I wanted to have a relaxed boho look. I chose a flowy cotton silk Rue De Seine dress.
We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our personalities. This meant being creative with each aspect and using our home as the setting. The venue we chose for the reception is a decommissioned, very old, sheep shearing shed on the property. It took a lot of hard work to get it ready – far more than we had imagined, but the end result was amazing.
Our wedding venue was the family farm that James grew up on, and where we now call home together. The farm is on a stretch of rugged coast, which was where the ceremony was held. The beach is amazing because the coastline is so different to anywhere else in New Zealand. The water is always perfectly blue, even in a storm. We always knew we wanted to get married there.
We were lucky to have two builders in the bridal party who built beautiful ceremony arches at the beach for our ceremony.
The most memorable part of the day was walking back down the aisle as husband and wife, and being completely covered in beautiful rose petal confetti that our mothers had hand picked.
The advice we would give is to enjoy every moment of the build up to your wedding. It can be stressful and crazy busy but those moments are some of the most special.
Eric Ronald was absolutely amazing to work with as our photographer. We felt so comfortable and relaxed around him. Escaping the wedding for our portrait session was one of the most relaxing moments of the day.
Our wedding was very DIY! We restored a 100 year old woolshed on the farm to use as our venue. Rachel and her helpers made the wedding cake, the desserts and relishes for the table. The mothers of the bridge and groom did all of the flowers and decorations.
Our wedding favor was homemade tomato relish that my Mum and I had made a few weeks before the wedding. We are big foodies so an edible thank you gift was always on the cards.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Eric Ronald Photography
Venue – Longbeach Estate
Catering – Flying Trestles
Live Music – Calico
Videography – Surfab Productions
Invitations – Stephen Cicala Design
Makeup Artist – Mareissa Waddington
Hair Styling – DNA Hairdressing
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine
Bridal Accessories – Zoe & Morgan
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Zimmermann
Congratulations to Rachel and James, a very special thanks to Eric Ronald Photography for sharing their wedding with us. Love this wedding’s boho barn style? Then you’ve got to see this boho Nashville wedding inspiration at Meadow Hill Farm!