Happy 1st Birthday to us!!
On Sunday 31st March 2019, The Little Chapel was introduced to the world at the Great NZ Bridal Show in Christchurch.
Here I am, after setting up our first ever exhibit at an expo this time last year!
What a first year it has been! 2 bridal shows, 2 open days, a radio competition wedding which featured in Avenues Magazine and with a prize worth over $23k, 5 wonderful couples married here and the help of countless fantastic individuals and companies who helped us along the way.
So this blog post, is a post of appreciation and reflection on our inaugural year in the wedding industry. A year which has seen us grow into a viable social enterprise that gives people the chance to create wonderful memories in a unique and beautiful space. Hopefully I don't ramble too much, the COVID-19 induced isolation does funny things to me.
Firstly, a huge thanks goes out to the Rata Foundation who generously granted us the funds to be able to create our logo, website and digital marketing campaign. Without their help, our website could have ended up looking something like this.....
Instead, we have a beautiful website, a professionally designed logo and ongoing digital marketing support.
A huge problem we faced when starting out, was that we had no professional pictures of The Little Chapel to use to advertise the space. The wedding industry is so visual, people want to be able to see the possibilities before viewing. We were incredibly lucky that Joseph O'Sullivan, a supporter of Home & Family and also a fantastic wedding photographer donated his time and skills to photograph a 'staged wedding' for us. You can read about our wedding photoshoot here. It wasn't just an excuse for a bit of a party, our staged wedding shoot formed the basis for our website, social media pages, as well as printed media and our bridal show exhibit.
Thanks to funding from The Stout Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian, we’ve been able to restore our shed which was gifted by Nurse Maude to the sisters of The Community of The Sacred Name. Now the shed opens out onto our deck and lawn area, and is used to serve nibbles, and refreshments at weddings. As well as being an additional meeting room and office for Home & Family through the week.
To the wonderful couples who were married at The Little Chapel this year, Rochelle and Kahanui, Folina and Byron, Sonia and Rory, Katherine and Gregor (and gorgeous Miss Pearl below), Eva and James - We hope that your day was everything you dreamed of, and thank you for choosing us to host your special day. It was our absolute pleasure!
I'm sure we can all agree that 2020 isn't exactly going to plan at the moment, and we are very much looking forward to emerging from the other side of this, and getting back to what we would all much rather be doing. Until then - take care everyone and stay in your bubble.