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Photographer: Candy Capco

Photographer: Candy Capco

Photographer: Fineline

Photographer: Fineline

Sharisse Eberlein beautiful photos from our favourite Featherston-based photographer
Nicole Marsden – another fantastic Wairarapa-based photographer
Erina Wood based in Martinborough. Check out her beautiful website and her Facebook page.
Candy Capco

Catherine Cattanach
We Do - photographers and photobooth hire
Sarah McEvoy
Jono Tucker Photography and video
Amy Schultz
Paul Howell Photography
Mark Tantrum Photography
Brendon Doran
Haran Photography
Graeme Bowden photographer
Lauren Dougan
Fine Line Photography
Luxlight Photography
Moemoea Photography
Bayly and Moore
Patina Photography
Mary Sylvia Photography
Anna Munro Photography
Stagebox Photography
Yes Photography

Honeymoon Cottages
For secluded, luxurious wedding night accommodation:

Wakefield Cottage
Matahiwi Barn
Little Branches
Glass of Red Hideaways
Bumblebee Cottage

Nearby Accommodation
Further quality homestay accommodation is available nearby in Featherston at :

Wakefield Cottage (right) which is perfect for bride and bridesmaids prep and as a honeymoon cottage or for high quality accommodation for your guests. wakefieldcottage

More nearby accommodation: Waite Cottage (2 mins walk from Tarureka), Little Branches; Glass of Red Hideaways (two houses, so ideal for larger groups – and next door to the Tin Hut), Longwood, Benvenuto; BellavillaWhispering WindsFeatherston Motels and Camping;  Wallace Cottage, Underhill Cottage, Plum Cottage and The Laurels Cottage. Accommodation in Greytown and Martinborough is 10 minutes away at Bumblebee Cottage, Oak Estate Motels, and Martinborough Experience . Rotapai Farmstay is located in the South Wairarapa countryside.

For your honeymoon – or a getaway with friends after your wedding – look at Matahiwi Barn - a meticulously restored, sublimely comfortable, four-bedroom, three-bathroom country house that accommodates up to nine guests.

For further local accommodation look at the Holiday Houses site.

Babysitting Services,
Wendy Hooper, tel: 027 339 7043
Wendy is a qualified early childhood teacher and does a brilliant job of looking after junior wedding guests at the Estate.

Nearby shopping

Second-hand and antiques
Featherston is renowned for its second-hand shops, many of which are close to Tarureka. Try Mr Feather’s Den in Fitzherbert Street for antiques and paintings, and Quirks for antiques- at the north end of Fitzherbert Street on the corner of Hickson Street. Monsieur Fox (behind Quirks in Hickson Street) specializes in Industrial, Vintage and Retro furniture. And of course there is the famous Country Trader in Greytown – not to be missed if you love French industrial antiques.

Featherston is becoming famous as New Zealand’s only ‘Booktown’, and bookshops are multiplying here, including:

  • Loco Café a quirky bookshop and café, right in the centre of town.
  • For the blokes – especially those interested in military history – visit the newly established Messines Bookshop – a 5 minute walk from Tarureka in Fox Street beside the War Memorial.
  • And for all the book lovers, there is the wonderful For the Love of Books, 5 minutes walk away in Fitzherbert Street, which has a huge range of second-hand books.

There are more and more food shops and cafes appearing in Featherston including:

  • C’est Cheese – located between Mr Feather’s Den and Everest Cafe -  a stunning cheese shop stocking locally made and imported cheeses – with everything that goes with them. You can ask your caterer to include their amazing cheeses in your wedding feast, or contact them directly to order your photography session picnic basket.
  • Next door to C’est Cheese, is the complementary shop Sweet, selling all things deliciously sweet!
  • The best bread in New Zealand can be bought at The Baker.
  • Newly opened Sweet & Salty offers authentic Italian cuisine – including desserts – to take away. The perfect solution to your Friday night rehearsal dinner.
  • You can get your coffee fix at Everest Café,  Loco Café or Dandelion.
  • The Tin Hut - a lovely country pub with lawns, gardens and stream, open fire and top-class cuisine. Only five minutes drive away, it is next door to  the two houses of Glass of Red Hideaways, so is an ideal spot for before or after wedding dinners and lunches.

Wedding Lists
in Greytown have a stunning array of modern/country and antique pieces – all perfect for a wedding list. Talk to Annabel or Grant.
Or try Newtown House for gifts of style and soul.

Vintage tableware
The Vintage Party

Sound system hire
Choose your own music, and be kind to your wedding budget with a system from Brent de Bres of Automated Music Systems (based in Martinborough) tel: 027 444 0111, 0800 267 687 ext 2 email:  Brent will also hire mics for outdoor ceremonies.

Marriage celebrants
Wayne Mowat your favourite radio voice
Carol Pilcher  0211662490,
Lorraine Southey 0272479062,
Victoria Wilks
Dawn McCallum 021 737 813
Dale Julius:
Ros Ross of Married by Ros

Bridal pampering
Le Coiffeur in Martinborough
Blossom Beauty, Beauty Services  tel: 0279325752 – Jasmine Veale is a local beautician specialising in bridal work
Miranda Millen Makeup ArtistryMake up and hair from this internationally trained artist

Lee-Ann Smith – Both hair and makeup services, specialising in weddings
Rebecca Connor

Turret House in Martinborough
Lorna Potter Beauty Therapy in Masterton
Creative Hair Image in Featherston
Bridal make up from Alluminus Beauty Therapy in Greytown tel 06 3049660, email:
Massage from the Featherston-based  Two Hands Massage

Wedding Cakes
Carmens Cakes
Sweet Bakery

Wedding Dresses
Nicola Screen
Paperswan Bride

Tree Top Flowers of Martinborough
Juliette Florist 04 939 9797 – 021 148 9244
Woodstock Florist;

Flowers by Megan: or visit her on Facebook

Video production
Crystal Clear Productions
Jono Tucker Photography
Patina Photography

Bus Hire and taxis
Rimutaka Shuttles
Phone (06) 370-6600 email, Martinborough (06) 370-6600
Martinborough Shuttles tel: 06 379-5303
Hunter Shuttles (Martinborough) 06 306 9847
First Choice, South Wairarapa – call and book 06 3049820 or 0279302678

Vinyl Bison – Warren Maxwell tel 021 181 2237
The Wellington City Shake-’Em-On-Downers
(contact Rob 020 407 95467)
The Blue Print tel: 0277735274
The Filthy Two tel 0272068416
Ricky Boyd and the Boomshacks
Uncle Monkey
The Hypnotics

Wedding Stationery
Beautiful individually designed stationery for your wedding from 12.01 Designhouse and Cocoa Berry Design