Dreaming of summer weddings...


Escape the chilly August weather, and dream over this gorgeous summer wedding at Anam Cara - one of the newest venues on the Kāpiti Coast. This place is an oasis - modern, lush gardens and just a short drive from the beach.

What more could you want? Get excited for summer weddings filled with stunning outdoor ceremonies, the warm beach breeze, and near-tropical sunsets!

We spoke to Jo Moore Photographer, who was lucky enough to photograph the wedding of Teresa and Tim at Anam Cara Gardens in Ōtaki earlier this year - and not only were these two absolutely gorgeous, but they are the new owners of this amazing venue! Here’s what she had to say:

The property is absolutely gorgeous with so many different gardens – each one a little different to the next. There are beautiful native trees, flowers galore and lush green lawns. Ōtaki in summer can get pretty hot, so having a venue that has lots of shade is perfect.

Teresa and Tim were married in the Laneway – a gorgeous alley of tall green trees which is lovely and cool during a hot day! It is one of my favourite spots on the whole property. One of the things I really loved about this wedding was the drinks on the lawn after the ceremony . This area is such a great space – they had a bouncy castle set up for the kids, croquet and games on the lawn, table tennis under the trees and a musican playing guitar adding to the atmosphere. It was fun, elegant and relaxed all at the same time. I love photographing candid moments so capturing the guests chatting and laughing in this beautiful environment was amazing for me.

Tim and Teresa are an incredibly sweet couple and I loved being part of their day. I was treated as an old friend  and welcomed by their friends and family.

Take a look through some of Jo’s gorgeous photos, and see what’s in store for summer at Anam Cara.


Some of the awesome people who helped make it all happen:

Photography: Jo Moore Photographer

Venue: Anam Cara Gardens

Caterers: Nosh

Celebrant: Sarah Topliff - Let's get you wed

Flowers and Cake: Sara Grigg (Groom's sister).

Dress: Astra Bridal

Make up: Goddess Make Up Design

Hair: Facepaint Studio