The Big Day: Photos of the Garden 3

Looking down the hill to the arena/carpark/eventual berry farm.

The dahlia bowls were super simple and effective, and Mum made green spotty table runners for the huge 5m long tables the boys built from planks of 6' x 2' roughsawn timber.

Looking through the tent from the side.

When the sun went down, we fired up our snazzy new super-sized brazier (it's 1.5m wide)... built by the Hunk. Cue jokes about him setting my world on fire...

The Big Day: Photos of the Garden 2

We used the leftover pickets from the chicken coop fence as stakes to hold up the bunting flags around the garden.

Minnie checking out the oval bowls of dahlias from Dahlia Haven for one of the tables. They were all just gorgeous.

The lemonade stand, where we served the wedding punch (made from an 1861 recipe)

We kept the mozzies at bay at night with these divine green citronella candles in cut crystal sundae dishes. They were such a lovely gift from the girls at Mapua Country Trading Company.

The Big Day: Photos of the garden 1

The lawn was just perfect. Anyone willing to take bets as to how long it stays this way?

Looking across the wildflower border to the lawn. The sun umbrellas in the wine barrels cost $20 each on sale at Briscoes last week; we pimped them up with a strip of fabric bunting, sewn by Mum.

The driveway

It's amazing what a truckload of fresh gravel can do to tart up a driveway!

We hired two 6m x 10m Raj Tents and kept our fingers crossed that it wouldn't rain as there was no backup venue plan!

I rather like the idea of installing a tent at the end of the lawn permanently. Wonder if Mum can sew canvas... just kidding Mum.

The weather gods smiled, even if most of the roses in the flower bed in front of the stables jumped the gun and flowered prematurely.