A relaxed, rustically inspired beach wedding in New Zealand

Today I am thrilled to share this relaxed, rustically inspired beach wedding in New Zealand.

Images were captured by Michael Shultz Photography.

Michael Schultz is a photographer based in Hawkes Bay but who travels all over New Zealand with his work.

He describes his photography as having a warm and intimate feel and he incorporates documentary style photography in his images to give them authenticity and a “realness”.


I hand over to gorgeous Bride Jolanta…


How did you and your partner meet?

Nick had just arrived in Perth from New Zealand and we met through a mutual friend.

We met up for lunch and let’s just say it wasn’t love at first sight, but it grew.

Tell us about the Proposal…

It was 2 days before Christmas, we had spent the day on the lake fishing and had set up camp for the night.

After dinner, we took the boat to a secluded hot pool where I received an early Christmas present.

With my hands in his he asked me to be his wife, he then presented me with the most beautiful ring.

We spent the evening lakeside celebrating with a bottle of champagne.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it…

My dress was a Stella York design. It was champagne lace over Ivory, strapless and fishtail style.

I knew I had found my dress when I began to get teary, I then tried on my veil and burst into tears.

I lost my mum 4 years earlier and for me this was a sign from her that this was the one.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding?

We wanted a relaxed, rustic, beach wedding on the beach, we added a marquee for the reception which had clear windows behind us overlooking the sand dunes.

We collected sand, pebbles and driftwood to create our own decorations and centre pieces.

What was your favourite moment from the day?

It’s hard to choose a particular moment, they were all incredible.

The speeches were full of emotion and love and the photos were loads of fun.

But a very special moment would have been taking 20 minutes time out half way though the reception to have sunset photos with my new husband.

It gave us time to reflect on the day so far and be alone.

Any DIY décor elements?

We collected driftwood to make our wedding arch and centre pieces and added sand and pebbles to our candle holders and vases.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?

Be open and honest with one another, say what’s on your mind.

Although sharing interests is important to us, we feel that having some separate hobbies and interests really help us to explore more and be open to new experiences together.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Your wedding day is about you and your husband not anyone else, don’t feel pressured to do something you don’t want.

Take time to stop and soak up your day, it goes by so fast.

Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Michael Shultz Photography

Venue: Surf and Sand Conference Centre – Ohope

Celebrant: Natalie Sandifer

Brides Dress: Stella York dress from Tuscany Bridal

Brides Accessories: Michael Hill Jewelers

Brides Shoes: Betts Shoes

Bridesmaid Dresses: The Gown House

Grooms Suit & Accessories: Hallensteins and Number One Shoes

Rings: Michael Hill Jewelers

Flowers: Honey Bee Wild Flowers

Hair: Bespoke Hair by Chloe

Makeup: Staci Edwards

Cake: DIY from Nick’s sister

Catering: Kiwizine

Hire Company: Absolute Party Hire

Wedding Invites: Adorn Invitations

Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations

Music: Nick created playlists – we asked our guests to add a song request to their RSVP


To Contact Michael Schulz Photography

Website: https://michaelschultz.co.nz

Email: michael@michaelschultz.co.nz

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