Tessa & Michael

Tessa & Michael were married at Owae Marae in Waitara & it seems that the whole of Taranaki had heard about it! This was a monster of a wedding to organise & bring together, so big admiration for all the amazing vendors who were involved along the line.


Friends & family came from near & far to celebrate a party that was as big as their love with beautiful cultural touches & a whole heap of prettiness. Tessa & Michael wanted their guests to really experience New Zealand culture, so the day started with a powhiri to welcome everyone onto the marae. Following a lovely ceremony, guests headed to the lounge tent for performances by Tessa‚Äôs old kapa haka group.

Arriving back to the marae after photos in Onaero, the reception tent was humming! An impressive hangi, hilarious speeches & lots of singing followed, topped with a haka that gave me goose bumps!

We headed back down to the lounge tent for the first dance with music by the fabulous Troy Kingi.

Dining tents, lounge tent, flax weaving, kapa haka, story telling, bars, lawn games...this wedding had it all!

Venue: Owae Marae, Waitara
Celebrant: Rose Haskell - Celebrant
Hair & make up: Cleaver & Rouge Hairdressing + Makeup & LOLA Hair Studio
Dresses: Galia Lahav & Lontessa
Bridesmaids: Lontessa
Planner: Victoria Jayne Weddings & Nau Mai New Plymouth Tours
Marquees, lighting & styling: The Flagship Events Company & Marquee & CoThe Pretty Prop ShopTLL Events,
Catering & bars: ABC CateringThe Cake Diary & Hello Audrey 
Cake: Tartan Rose Cakery & Deli
Florists: Pineapple SageThe Gatherers & Flowerlounge Floral Design
Stationery: Crafted byhilarybarron
Videography: Mark Lahood & CaptureYou Wedding Cinema
Music: Troy Kingi

A special thank you to Mikayla for coming down from Auckland to shoot alongside me & to Gabby for stepping in to give me a hand