HapPea Events – Native Wedding Plant Hire and Event Styling
Kia ora, we’re Claire and Rocky from HapPea Events. We’re event stylists, plant addicts and lovers of all things green. We bring places and spaces to life with New Zealand native plants. We love using our passion to help New Zealand brides to bring that extra native flavour into their wedding planning and wedding decoration. We’re based in rural Whakatane, in the Bay of Plenty and travel all around the North Island to bring Aotearoa to all the nature lovers out there.
We launched our business early 2020. The name HapPea originates from a mug which Claire gifted to Rocky on their first Valentine’s – very romantic!
On the mug is written: Rocky, you + me = HAP–PEA–NESS. And that’s where it all began.
We’re strong believers in the powerful link between time spent in nature and happiness. So it only made sense to use this name to create happy memories and special moments in people’s lives. Nature is at the centre of all our designs. Our slogan is:
HapPea Events, connecting you with nature.
The world is facing a huge climate crisis and we are all in desperate need of more sustainable products and services. The events world and the New Zealand wedding industry are no exceptions – actually a lot of work can be done there. Using living plants at an event is a great way to keep the waste down. We reuse our plants over and over again, and do our best to always find the most environmentally friendly option for our clients. We pride ourselves in using only natural or recycled pots for example. And are big on hiring items rather than buying cheap and throwing out. Certainly it is lovely to see that eco-wedding theme is becoming more popular as more New Zealand brides want to be more environmentally friendly.
Being mad about plants and madly in love with New Zealand (I mean who isn’t? We live in such a beautiful part of the world), it was a no brainer when we started up. Our mission from the start was to shine the light on New Zealand’s unique native flora.
We offer wedding plant hire packages for wedding ceremony backdrops, reception areas, photo backdrops and more. We deliver, set up and pack down – easy peasy. We have a unique wedding photo backdrop, the Living Green Wall, which is the only living native wall available for hire in New Zealand. She’s a beauty. We recommend adding a neon light or signage to make it really personalised.
Our planted ponga pots are also a favourite, they are carved out of tree ferns. The smaller ones are ideal for the dining area, the larger ones lining the ceremony aisle. They create a beautifully natural and organic feel. We’ve named our current collection Lush Green, as it is inspired from the kiwi bush. Our plants come in all shapes and sizes and can transform any space into a green lush wonderland.
On top of plant hire, we also offer tailored wedding styling. We love bringing visions to life. However wild the idea may be. Actually, we do love them wild! From concept design to on the day set up, we’re there every step of the way. We collaborate with a range of event vendors from furniture hire to wedding planners, lighting specialists and more. Whether it be a country barn, seaside venue, lakeside lodge, clear marquee or canvas tepee – plants are a naturally beautiful decoration that look good in any setting, and any style, may it be a totally natural look, urban, rustic, boho or chic… ! Whatever fits best the couple.
And that would definitely be our top tip for couples. Stay true to yourselves. It can sound cliché but it’s the best advice we have. Take time to think about what you really want, not what’s fashionable at the time, or what your auntie thinks you need, or what your best friends did for their big day. Just take the time to reflect on what is important to you. Spend an evening together looking at the stars, drinking hot coco (or wine or champagne…?) and ask the big questions, the real questions. What is meaningful to you, to me, to us? Whilst planning your wedding, take the decisions which make you feel good.
Make your big day unique to you.
We want all of our couples to feel unique on their wedding day. That’s why we encourage incorporating personal items and upcycled finds into the wedding styling, to help make their big day totally unique. There are so many ways to make an event personalised and special.
For whoever is reading out there, if you’re looking for a little help to make your big day completely unique to you – and kind to the environment too – or simply after some beautifully green and healthy plants to make your wedding guests go ‘oh wow’, we’re right here, connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Plant Hire + Event Styling
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Whakatane . Rotorua . Tauranga . Bay of Plenty and beyond
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