Romantic Garden Wedding

Anna And Zachariah

We met when we were only fifteen years old and have beenĀ inseparableĀ ever since. For our wedding ten years later, we wanted to marry in a place that meant something to us and it seemed fitting to choose my grandmother’s garden for it was where my mother and both of my aunts were also married many years ago. It was also where I learnt to ride my first bike at four years old, learnt to swim and the place I spent all my childhood summers. It was the only place we really considered because of how special it was and still is to us.

We were married in the garden in front of one hundred of our close family and friends. I walked down the aisle to music by James Brown and we were married on old steps made from railway sleepers. For the reception we moved into several marquees set up in the top tier of the garden that were situated around the pool and amongst the palm trees for a seated dinner. The entire garden was lit at nighttime by fairy lights and tea light candles – it looked so magical.

My dress was made from two four metre long pieces of fabric that could be twisted any number of ways so that I could decide at the last minute how to wear it. My veil incorporate lace from my mother’s wedding dress and my bridesmaids all wore different dresses from designer Juliette Hogan in dusky colours.

I wanted the wedding to feel relaxed but romantic; soft but still with elements of tradition. The most amazing day of our lives and I wish we could do it all over again.


My dress: Theresa Lim Couture

Photographer: Garth Badger

Bridesmaids dresses: Juliette Hogan

Zach’s suit: Murray Crane

34 Responses to “Romantic Garden Wedding”

  1. lesley graham

    so ethereal and beautiful! doesn’t seem real! those dresses. beautiful. it was great meeting you the other day emily! best wishes to you, the site looks awesome.



  2. G

    Wow, what an incredible dress! I must have it! Such a beautiful and meaningful setting as well. Congratulations!!

  3. SP Weddings

    One of my favourite weddings featured on Oncewed ever!!!!!!!! The dress is to die for, it shines in it’s simplicity and I love the story behind the choice of venue!!!
    Love the entire event actually! Inspired on this Wednesday Morning!

  4. terri planty

    this is one of the most romantic weddings i have ever seen. i love her dress. it was made for her. and the garden that belongs to her grandmother and everyone looks so beautiful and effortless.

  5. Michele Hart

    I love how the photos (especially the ones at the beginning) really embody the atmosphere of the wedding. They lighting really fits the dress/style! Love it!

  6. Sally

    I love the beautiful, feminine feel of this wedding. Also, love the dresses and the whimsical photos of the ladies together!

  7. Natalie

    I LOVE everything about this! That dress is simply stunning. I’m a NZ’er too, and getting married in a couple of years. Will def be sending the fiance to Murray Crane. The suits are perfect! I hope to have a garden wedding as beautiful as this too! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Charlotte/LittleGems

    I think that is possibly the most beautiful wedding dress I’ve seen. GORGEOUS bride and wedding party. Thanks for sharing

  9. Corporate Party Facility

    everything is nice in this wedding! the atmosphere on the pictures is bright! i like it when the wedding entourage display a cheerful face looks like they’re all ready tom party! i love the setting which is in the meadows.

  10. Brittany

    I wish they would explain in a little more detail how she did her dress. I’d love to do this for my wedding in March!


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