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Beauty and the Barn - Boutique Barn, Puhoi Elopement and Destination Wedding Venue

For many years now I have had the absolute pleasure to work with the team at Boutique Barn. Located only 45 minutes north of Auckland City, this magical little gem of a venue provides more than a beautiful, country garden setting - the icing on the cake is all of the well considered inclusions of the Wedding package.

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I cannot start to describe the venue without telling you about Morrae, your host. If you ever wanted your own fairy godmother... you may have found her!

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Morrae is the owner and host of the Boutique Barn, amongst many of her talents she is a prolific gardener and tends to her flowers and gardens with the utmost care and attention. A lover of her two horses Hollyhock and Lollipop and shares just as much love for her guests as she does her gardens, her horses, her suppliers and vendors. She truly believes that everybody deserves to have beautiful wedding day, no matter your budget.


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This brings me to some of the vendors I have worked alongside at Boutique Barn, Bayer Road Puhoi. Over the years I have worked with so many gorgeous vendors and helpers - I can't insist enough that you will be absolutely cared for at this venue. Planning an elopement or wedding of any size can be overwhelming and there are many things to consider and factor in, and of course budget for.

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The beautiful thing about this venue is that the main parts of the wedding day are already taken care of. Imagine being able to build your wedding day package they way you want to, with the inclusions that only you want and being able to reduce the noise of all the extra expenses?

In saying this, all you actually need to get married today legally is a celebrant and two witnesses. However, these are such precious memories being made - it only makes sense to capture some of these on camera, get dressed up smart, have a professional style your hair and makeup and who takes care of your whole presentation prior to your ceremony. Morrae can create your flowers either from her own country garden or from her local connections - these bouquets never fail to impress!!

You may then want some cake and bubbles to celebrate! You name it, the Boutique Barn has it.

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Vendor Highlight: Celebrant Laura Giddey IG @celebrantlauragiddey

Laura is such a joy, I love her sense of humour. She is so considerate, kind, compassionate and inclusive. Check out her past couples over on IG or Facebook Wedding Celebrant Laura Giddey. 💍

There have been many photographers that have been an absolute pleasure to work alongside at this venue, but recently two of them have made this highlight list:


Laura Tait Photography (on Facebook)

Laura is a gorgeous human with such a gentle, warm vibe. Always supportive of our couples experience, capturing your special moments amongst the florals of the country garden. In fact, Laura has such a passion for florals - she loves them so much that she dedicates time to this creating the most incredible images. Definitely worth checking out her social pages. 🪻

Chris Turner Weddings (on Instagram)

Chris' photography speaks for itself. You only have to start browsing his IG to see how he naturally captures our couples in a way that showcases all the "feels" from the moment. In additional to his natural talent and years of experience, he is also a sweetie and has been known to ask if you need coffees on his way to meet you! If documentary or journalistic photography is your ideal style then Chris will be your bestie 👌

If you choose to book Boutique Barn for your Wedding then you have full, exclusive use of the venue. It has the cutest little self-contained Bridal Suite, you can choose to stay 1-2 nights, you can choose a "legals-only" ceremony or upgrade to include more.

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(photo @soul_sistersphotography)


You may add on a Hairstyling and Makeup Artist (Me above!) choose a photographer and/or videographer, pick a delicious cake, Prosecco to celebrate, byo catering, table to sit down and share your meal, an inside dance floor area for your first dance, beautiful rolling hills for your most anticipated golden-hour photos and so much more.

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Of course, I am totally biased because I love to frequent this venue so much - its the people you choose as your vendors that make all the difference on your wedding day. And you will never regret choosing this venue. Rain or shine it never disappoints. 

Happy Wedding Planning! - Amy

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