Flowers have always been used for decorations at weddings.
Some people choose the flowers at the wedding on the basis of their symbolic meaning. For example orange blossom has always been associated with weddings because it signifies purity and chastity.
Peonies are avoided by some as they represent shame; azaleas represent temperance and roses symbolize love. Not to forget the snowdrops because they represent hope.
A combination of red and white flowers is avoided by those of us who are superstitious because they stand for blood and bandages - I didn't know that until I did my research.
However, people from different regions may attach other meanings to the same flower. For example lilies symbolize majesty to some but are thought unlucky by others because of their association with death.
The groom often chooses a flower for his buttonhole which also is in the bride's bouquet. Therefore creating a theme for the wedding.
The buttonhole is from the time when a Knight would wear his Lady's colours to display his love.
I love working with Esther from Creme de la Rose as the flowers are always beautiful and with years of experience there is no flower disasters. The image here is of beautiful flowers for a wedding at Hanmer Springs.
Connect with Esther through her Facebook page and you won't be disappointed.
PS: She does all the flowers for our Simply weddings for our
The Rule for a Happy Marriage:
1. Never both be angry at the same time.
2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.
3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate.
4. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly.
5. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
6. Neglect the whole word rather than each other.
7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.
8. At least once every day try to say one kind or complimentary remark to your life partner.
9. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit it and ask for forgiveness.
10. It takes two to make a quarrel, and the one in the wrong is the one who does the most talking.
I trust you live your life as a happy couple.
Big reunion of all my couples, over 2000 of you - Christchurch April 2022.
Back in February, a month ago I had the absolute pleasure of being Jennifer and Dion's marriage celebrant.
You always know when you have a Pemberton Wedding that it will be beautiful in every respect and this one was no exception.
And today I had my love tank fulled up with and email:
We just wanted to reach out to you to thank you for the lovely service you provided at our wedding. Even though it is starting to feel like a distant memory now, it will always be a happy and amazing day that we will never forget. You played such a big part in making sure we felt relaxed and happy during the most important part of the day, our ceremony. Many of our friends and family who attended commented on how lovely it was and especially our MC Shane who appreciated your caring manner and approach to the whole thing.
We know we were one of the lucky couples that had our wedding only weeks before the lock down and are deeply sympathetic to those that have had to postpone their plans. We hope that you and your family stay safe and we wish you all the best for the weeks and months ahead.
Jen and Dion
Thank you again Jennifer and Dion it was indeed my pleasure to share in your special day.
Stay safe and have a long and happy life together.
They say a "picture tells a story" and a series of pictures tells you much more. Let's see if you get the story.
I felt very honoured and blessed to spend time with this couple and get them married in my nice relaxed and happy style.
In February I received an email from Sara saying together with her fiance they were travelling to Christchurch in March to spend time with relatives. It would only be for 3 days and I was asked if I could marry them at some stage during that time.
They said a simple wedding in Hagley Park by the Largest Redwood Trees with just 10 people in a very informal way would be perfect. I knew I could deliver and we swung into action to make it happen.
When I was told to meet them at the large Eucalyptus tree - I was concerned as I had no idea where to find that. As it turns out I was told it was in the Botanic Gardens and that didn't help. We hatched a plan I would meet Alan and guests had the bridge. I was waiting on one side of the bridge and the others were on the other side of the bridge.
Everyone found the spot, we delivered the ceremony at the agreed location - at the large Eucalyptus tree and it was everything it was meant to be. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Gardner may you have a long and blessed life together as husband and wife.
Guest Blogger:Ashley Lipman
Your bridal party, mom and dad, maid of honor, among other people are eagerly waiting for what you have brought them as a thank you for attending your wedding.
But where’s that one special item for your groom?
Still thoughts away.
It can be mentally harrowing just deciding what to gift your groom on your special day. Should I go with leather, wood or metal? Is a single item too cheap? Will he appreciate the baseball bat?
Well, answering that will require a bit of personal investigation to know your groom better. But no matter what you end up buying, one thing will make that gift stand out.
In short, you should be looking for personalized gifts that your groom will die for.
Which ones exactly? Read on to find out.
1. Personalized Rustic Beer Caddy
Browse etsy.com - BBQ Rustic Wooden Beer Caddy
See those times when he would give an excuse not to go on a date with you on game night? He was hanging out in one of his friend’s places having a beer while watching sweaty men chase whoever had an oval ball.
So, instead of getting mad at him, get him this personalized wooden rustic beer caddy.
This particular one can carry 6 12Oz beer bottles. You can have it personalized with his name, with a small note slid in saying – “It’s okay to be late on game night”.
2. Engraved Silver Hip Flask
Browse notonthehighstreet.com - Personalized and Engraved Silver Hip Flask
Still speaking of booze, if your man finds the beer caddy rather enormous, then you can consider getting him a hip flask.
For one, it’s highly portable. Second, it’s professionally crafted in silver cladding for that sophisticated look. Third, it’s suited for the groom with “high spirits”.
3. Wedding Cufflinks
Browse poshtottydesigns.com - Personalized Wedding Cufflinks
Yes, cufflinks are almost cliché. But this is a sweet reinvention to something overdone. If you are looking for something that will work as the perfect wedding morning gift, then this is it.
Before he walks to the altar, have the best man give him this set of personalized cufflinks with a special message written on them. Pro tip: have the best man make sure he wears it.
His heart will be racing, waiting for you to walk down the aisle.
4. Personalized Glass-Top Cigar Humidor
Browse amazon.com - Personalized Premium Cigar Humidor
Some men like liquor, some like smoke. And if your groom falls in the latter, then this is the gift you need to get him.
This glass-top cigar humidor can accommodate up to 30 cigars – with the larger ones stacking up to 15. At the glass-top is where you can have his name engraved in large bold white font.
Wait, he doesn’t smoke that much.
With his groomsmen and the birth of his first child, his celebratory mood might just lead him to. So consider it.
5. Personalized Tie Clip with Stripped Tie
Browse groomsmengiftideas.com - Personalized Tie Clip with Stripped Tie
Your groom might be the staunch white-collar professional who can’t stay out of his suit even on weekends. And if that’s the style that warms your heart, then you can make it sharper with this gift set.
It comes with a personalized tie clip, and light blue stripped tie. You can opt for his name or initials engraved in the tie clip.
Even better, to save you from the packaging hassles, this gift set comes in a wooden box that you can personalize too.
6. Silver Money Clip
Browse bluenile.com - Personalized Tartan Hinged Money Clip
Well, if he has all the ties and tie clips that stores have to offer, think of getting him a money clip. Being the professional that he is, he’ll need something to hold onto his 100 dollar bills.
This tartan hinged money clip comes in sterling silver with a very high polish. The tartan design leaves a smooth center where you can engrave something personal for the man you love. The hinge offers an extra layer of security, making sure he’s clipping his money for the right person.
7. Record Print
Browse gettingpersonal.co.uk - Personalized Record Print
The two of you might have fallen in love over a Jazz song. Or was it “Billy Jean?”.
This framed record is designed to hold your first song memories intact. The most intuitive idea is to have this framed with your favorite song. You can choose an A3 frame or a larger frame with a mount, for a more pronounced presence in your new home.
There are also two colors available – black and white (duh, it’s retro!).
8. Personalized Photo Booth
Browse notonthehighstreet.com - Personalized Giant Photo Booth
What of our first photos? That can be sorted by this giant photo booth print.
You can fill it up with personal photos of you and your groom. And since this holds a lot of love memories from day one, you can have this gift grace your wedding venue on the D-day.
And it’s not just photos that can be put in this booth. Personalized text too. You can create a collection of photos in one booth, with a special message to him on what that collection reminds you.
And if you place it at the entrance of your wedding reception, it might be the perfect ingredient for an “aww” moment from the guests.
When you are getting married there is really nothing more important than you friends.
Such was the interesting team of four (including the groom) who I waited with - waiting for the Bride and another friend of the group who walked her in.
Such was the simplicity of this elopement Civil Union.
Their decision to have a Civil Union (unable to apply for this online not like marriages) was made so that when they upgrade to Marriage - they can say they have never been married. An interesting take on it and I respect every couple and the decisions they make.
None the less there are some magical photos that were captured and I won't be sharing them out of respect of the couple.
Congratulations on your marriage - I trust you will have a long and happy life together.
Frank certainly did a great job with your photos.
The beautiful Cedar Park Gardens, Bed and Breakfast in Rolleston was the location for this family oriented beautiful wedding ceremony.
I think I have found my new best photo with a couple. Check it out and tell me what you think.
Of course, Frank Visser Photography was there to capture these images and he did a great job.
The original plan was a simple ceremony and I think that was delivered.
Alex an Mathias have been together for 9 years and have a beautiful daughter and small baby son. Mathias family came from France so traveled a long way for the ceremony.
A beautiful wedding and beautiful photos to treasure.
In October 2019. an email arrived from Aileen telling me of her plans to travel with her fiance to Christchurch from the UK in February 2020.
Her fiance Stuart had spent 2.5 years in Christchurch following the earthquake and was involved in many of the residential rebuilding projects that followed.
He had to return to Scotland in 2015 when his Dad became ill. Move on a few years and Aileen and Stuart were coming to New Zealand, the place they say "feels like their second home".
So Aileen had this plan that they would get married here and there would just be the two of them and together we planned their elopement. Of course I had to check Frank Visser Photography was available and we sorted our plan.
The Wedding Day would be 17 February at 1.00 pm at The Sign of The Bellbird - my go to place for speculator wedding photos.
What I didn't realise until we had done the ceremony was that - Stuart had only been told about the wedding the day before. They had been engaged for a long time. So they hired a kilt and appropriate attire; Aileen on the other hand had package her exquisite dress for the occasion.
To add to the surprise for Stuart, Aileen had tracked down and emailed Grant and Melinda, very good friends to be the witnesses and they were chauffeured by Mike from ChauffeurNZ.com to collect the bride and groom. This forced Stuart to do a double take as it was also a surprise for him.
As you can see from the photos the perfect wedding in New Zealand and Stuart was no worse for the late notice that he was getting married.
Congratulations Stuart and Aileen - have a long and happy life together.
Credit: Frank Visser Photography www.facebook.com/frankvisserphotos/
Transport: Mike Halliday, Chauffeurnz.com
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Video courtesy of Jared at Professional Wedding Videos