Each and every wedding at Cossars Wineshed is special and unique. Here are some beautiful words that our gorgeous couples have written about their experience at Cossars Wineshed.


Tom and I cannot thank Sophie and her team enough for the time, effort and care she put into organising our big day to make sure it ran smoothly. We loved that she was on call to answer any queries we had, from the simplest question to more detailed ones leading up to the day and for this we are so grateful. She listened to our ideas, wishes and dreams, but also helped out with things we were unsure of too, giving specialist advice on different photographers, bands, caterers etc.

Everything about Cossars is amazing –  the different unique places for photos, the gorgeous courtyard during the day and in the evening, the cute wee rustic barn for our dance at night was perfect along with many other special things!

We would both highly recommend Cossars Wineshed to anyone getting married. We will never ever forget our special day! Still to this day we hear people saying what a stunning wedding venue and amazing day it was, we cannot agree more.

Thank you so much Sophie for everything you did, our day could not have been more perfect.  – 

Chelsea and Tom Love

We were so pleased we made the choice to get married at Cossars Wineshed. After meeting Sophie and looking around the venue, we knew it was what we wanted. Sophie made both of us feel relaxed and at ease and she clearly knew all the in’s and out’s of weddings and we both felt so confident knowing that she would be helping us organise our big day.

As the wedding drew closer, Sophie was great in helping us to make sure that we had things organised on time, and meeting with her calmed and soothed all nerves and unsure feelings about anything wedding related.

Sophie was able to talk us through exactly what we would expect on our special day, down to approximate timings for everything and anything that I was unsure about, or needed in the way of decorations, Sophie helped me to figure out, or offered whatever I might need.

Our wedding was amazing – once again, no stress because we knew that Sophie had everything covered – she even had music playlists that we were able to use if needed.

Everything was perfect and nothing went wrong the whole day because it was orchestrated so perfectly. Even though it was such a hot day, she had sunblock, hats and cold drinks available constantly

We chose to stay at the onsite cabin on our wedding night which was great and meant we were able to stay until the end to say goodbye to everyone and then not have to worry about travelling – there was even an amazing breakfast waiting out on the balcony for us in the morning.

I cannot say enough good things about our whole experience at Cossars Wineshed.

I would thoroughly recommend anyone to make Cossars Wineshed the place to make your special day that little bit more special.

Vanessa and Grant

Cossars Wineshed… we don’t even know where to start!! The first time we visited Cossars we knew this was our wedding venue, we met Sophie and instantly knew everything would be covered and done to an amazing standard! We can’t thank Sophie enough, she went above and beyond making our Lunch time wedding possible, she also made it so stress free for us, any questions or help we needed she was there. We had around 60 people and 10 kids and this venue definitely suited this! Sophie and her friend from Vintage and White had set up so many activities to keep the kids busy and the styling was done so beautiful around the venue and ceremony! We got married in the vineyard which was absolutely beautiful! Sophie and the team at Cossars just made our day everything we wanted it to be and more!

Mel and Brett Horrell

I cannot recommend Cossars enough as a wedding venue, it was the best decision we made! Besides being a stunning venue, with beautifully manicured spaces for ceremonies, receptions and having fun, Sophie and her team were beyond amazing. Right from the start, Sophie had everything under control, was there to help with everything for set up, and helped our day run like clockwork (without us having to do anything but enjoy it!). She is very knowledgeable (and has great recommendations for other vendors), has impeccable taste, and is very resourceful. She was open to everything, and happy to help facilitate everything we desired. The venue itself is so beautiful, decorations aren’t necessary, and it looks amazing in photos.

Our guests still rave about our wedding, from the unique ceremony spaces, fun courtyard games, and dancing in the barn – Cossars really has everything you could want for your big day.

Erin Helliwell

Sophie made our wedding day so unique and all her quirky little touches made the day so special. She really understood our vision and was genuinely excited about our ideas. Nothing was a problem. We felt so relaxed knowing that a Sophie was there to oversea everything in the day. I would highly recommend Cossars to anyone wanted a unique wedding experience.  

Jade Renall

We can not thank the Chambers family enough for all of their amazing help and support with our wedding. They all made contributions to the day that we will never forget and will always be so grateful for.

All night it felt like our guests couldn’t stop talking about what an amazing venue Cossars Wineshed is and we couldn’t agree with them more. The venue is truly stunning. There are countless options for ceremony, reception, dancing and photos which meant we could easily tick all the boxes on our criteria with full confidence we were getting exactly what we were after. We also found the venue to be really accommodating and versatile with its range of options regarding food, drinks and entertainment. We felt like we didn’t have to sacrifice on anything that we wanted. Every time we visited the venue we felt like we were the only wedding of the season and that Sophie and her family would do everything to ensure we had the perfect day.

My bridesmaids and I also got ready at the venue during the morning. We were looked after so warmly by Gay and Ellie that we felt like we were at home. We relaxed the moment we walked in the door. I can not recommend this service enough, if not just so you can try some of Gay’s amazing baking!!

Prior to the ceremony our photographers left us for a bit to take photos around the venue, they came back raving. They couldn’t get over the amount of detail that had gone in to making everything look so special. Everywhere they turned they said they found more things to photograph and marvel at. This was all down to Sophie. Feeling quite daunted with regards to decorations and table settings I felt so relieved when Sophie told me she could offer this service and take it all off my hands. Getting Sophie to help me out with all of this, not to mention many other aspects of planning my wedding was most definitely the best wedding decision I made! She was quite simply a godsend. When she called me up the day before the wedding to say my hairdresser could no longer make it but not to worry as she had found another amazing one to take her place I just smiled and felt no stress or concern. I just knew that thanks to Sophie this new person would be perfect. Everything Sophie did for us was exceptional and above and beyond what we expected. The venue, decorations, table settings etc. etc. etc. were just gorgeous. Like the photographers I also found myself finding new things to be amazed by as the night went on! My absolute favorite was the way the courtyard looked at night, with all of the lights strung across the courtyard and the braziers burning for people to huddle around, it was just beautiful. I cannot recommend Sophie and Cossars Wineshed enough to anyone hoping for the perfect wedding.

Kate and Nick Kennedy

Cossars truly is the best place in Canterbury to get married! Due to Sophie’s hard work, impeccable time management and dedication our wedding planning and big day could not have worked out more perfectly. Sophie’s help with planning and the timing of the big day was invaluable and meant I could relax and enjoy the day as much as everyone else. We had the odd minor hiccup with cars, and it was Sophie to the rescue to make sure things ran nothing more than smoothly, in fact I never even knew about this until afterwards. We were married on one of the busiest weekends of the year, but felt like the only couple she was working with. Our wedding day truly was the best day of my life, and I would encourage anyone who wants the best service and surroundings to get married at Cossars.

Chloe and Matt Legg

Cossars feels like a place you wish you could stay forever.

When trying to find a venue you should all stop here. Cossars made us feel like we had come home. Sophie and her family are the most amazing people,  we felt so welcome and loved. I swear they go the extra mile no matter what the situation is. There are so many options for the type of set up you need and want they don’t just cater to one theme. Our day was so special in so many ways. The special touches that were made on the day made us feel amazing,  we knew there would be no worries in the world. The vines are something else especially if you’re lucky like us to have your ceremony amongst them. Make sure you stay in the wee cottage at night, this truly is magical !,  the candles lit along the vines as we walked hand in hand still brings tears to my eyes. The breakfast was amazing and the special little personal touches I will let you see for yourself but it’s a defiantly a must do. Cossars can do anything that’s all you need to know. They do it without even asking the help, the care and the way they have personalised this venue is like no other venue I have been to, both here in Christchurch and New  Zealand wide. I know that the chambers family make everyone feel special as all the other brides I have spoken with feel the same way.

Lily and Mark Simons

After our very first meeting with Sophie, we knew that we were in capable hands. Not only did she listen to us, but she completely understood our vision for our special day.

Throughout the planning process, Sophie and her family, made us feel at ease and nothing we requested was ever too much of an issue.

When we arrived at Cossars after our photos, the sound of laughter and activity (our guests especially enjoying the lawn games), was exactly what we had dreamed of and more! In that moment, Cossars was completely filled with love and warmth.

Staff greeted us and our bridal party with a hamper to enjoy the vineyard, which provided us with a perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy our first moments as a married couple before we entered the ceremony.

All the extra touches that Sophie added, such as, the lanterns carefully placed over the courtyard and the pink lemonade served to our guests, was fantastic and seeing our vision being perfectly implemented on the day, was truly amazing.

We have only received nothing but positive comments from our guests about Sophie, her family, the team at Cossars and how delightful the venue was. We had the most wonderful, beautiful and special day and Cossars was a huge part of that!

Thank you again, Sophie and Cossars!

Kate and Mike Wilson

We would like to say a big Thank You to Sophie and her mother, Garet and I had the most amazing experience and Sophie was there to answer our every question in the lead up to our big day. Sophie had amazing ideas and helped us to visualise our day. In the days leading up to our wedding  Sophie helped us set up our venue and the day itself ran without a hitch. Garet and I didn’t have to worry about anything as Sophie made sure she had a clear idea of how we wanted the day to run.

I would highly recommend both Cossars as a beautiful venue but also the amazing service of Sophie and her team.

Many Thanks

Gemma & Garet Thomas

What a beautiful and captivating venue! Cossars is so full of character and effortless beauty that, even in torrential rain, our guests felt awe-struck by the simple charm of the place.  Planning the wedding from the UK had its challenges but Sophie made it so easy and put our worries and anxieties at ease. I am forever thankful to her for doing such a fabulous job at keeping our guests happy and dry (everyone loved the fire inside!). She took control on the day and made the time to check in with us to ensure we were happy with all the changes.  Although nothing went according to plan I would not change a thing, including the rain. I know that I would not be feeling this way if it was not for the passion and hard work that Sophie puts into each wedding.  Thank you so much!

Jennifer and Sam Fergusson

When we flew in from Auckland to view the venue and meet Sophie the General Manager, we didn’t know what to expect. We had so many ideas of how we wanted our day to be, the way we wanted it to look and feel. Sophie was there waiting for us when we arrived, so warm and welcoming. She sat down and listened to all of our ideas, dreams and wishes; nothing was a problem! We left Cossars so excited and reassured that our big day was going to be amazing. And wow did Cossars Wineshed deliver! Cossars looked so beautiful with its rustic chic look and warm, welcoming feeling that all our guests raved about. Sophie was there to help coordinate everything on the day and made it all run so smoothly.

Thank you so much Sophie for making our day so relaxed, enjoyable and memorable. We had the best day ever! We would highly recommend Cossars Wineshed, the most beautiful wedding venue, run by the most amazing people!

Sarah and James Firman