Janelle Keighley and Jack Malpass created a three-day ‘wedfest’ of glamping, games and gorgeousness. They married on the 17th of March 2018 in Havelock North.
Jack and I both work at the same company and met for the first time when we were pulled into the same development group. Two years later we were on a South Island road trip together. It was Easter Sunday and Jack arranged an egg hunt in and around our Land Rover – the final ‘egg’ was a white engagement ring box! It was amazing and a complete surprise.
Our wedding was held 10 months later and was a three-day glamping affair. Call us greedy, but we knew we wanted to have plenty of time with our friends and family, and this shaped the overall concept of our boho ‘wedfest’. We found a private venue on Airbnb in Havelock North: John’s House and The Pavilion. On the property we set up 20 bell tents, supplied by Nomadic Tents, for our guests to stay in, along with Topkata Teepee marquees.
We had chill-out areas, lawn games and backyard cricket. We strung up fairy lights in the trees and lined the driveway with homemade bunting. The rest of the décor we kept to a minimum, relying on the beauty of the venue and its stunning views of Te Mata Peak. Magdalen Hill created some of the gorgeous florals for the day – I’d wanted a large, lush bouquet full of dusty miller and lamb’s ear leaves; she pulled them together so beautifully. The rest of the florals were kept to a minimum, and I foraged for some pampas grass which stood next to us during the ceremony.
I don’t often wear dresses, so the gown hunting experience was initially quite daunting. I went for a shape I’d worn before and knew I felt comfortable in: a high-neck, backless Martina Liana gown from Alma J Bridal, covered in lace embroidery. I accessorised with a veil pinned in with offcuts from my bouquet and my grandma’s brooch and pearl earrings gifted to me by my mum. When the temperature dropped I popped on a blush biker jacket.
Jack sported a suit from Remy Ghougassian, a navy jacket and grey trousers. I didn’t have any bridesmaids, instead having two ‘bridesmen’ – one of my closest friends and my brother. The bridesmen and groomsmen all wore navy suits also by Remy Ghougassian.
Foodwise, the absolute standout was our Kapiti cheese cake which my cousins put together – the blue cheese was everything!
We had an incredible local band called Stolen Records – with an 11am wedding, we kicked off the party at 4pm. Having a day time party was one of the best decisions we made – we had an absolute blast!