Katie & Shane

  • Photography by Samantha Donaldson

Shane and I met at intermediate school when we were 12. Shane planned to propose at the Art in the Dark exhibition in Ponsonby in November 2014 - but it was so crowded he couldn’t find the right moment! Instead he waited until we were driving home and proposed on the beach I grew up on in Campbells Bay. I was asleep in the car and totally taken by surprise.

My dress was Dupion silk underlay with silk chiffon on top, a sweetheart cut with thin straps and was made by my good friend Jordan Raela. We all stayed the night before at the incredible Te Henga Studios at Bethells Beach. We got ready here in the morning and had our first look and wedding portraits taken there on the morning of the wedding.

Katie & Shane

My jewellery was quite special - I wore my mother’s pearls, passed down from a great-grandmother and a brooch on my dress from another great-grandmother. My mum’s mum was so happy I think she told just about every single person at the wedding!

Katie & Shane
Katie & Shane

We all stayed the night before at the incredible Te Henga Studios at Bethells Beach. We got ready here in the morning and had our first look and wedding portraits taken there on the morning of the wedding.I bought Shane some NZ made honey-cured bourbon as a gift to share with the boys - perfect to represent our new business Honeypot ( an online gift registry for modern couples ) and Shane’s favourite spirit.

We got married on the 26th March, 2016 at Cassels in the Waitakere Ranges with 110 guests. We chose an autumn wedding on Easter weekend. It was great to have a long weekend for friends and family travelling from around NZ and overseas. The weather was perfect - a nice sunny day but not too hot. 

We were skeptical about doing a first look, but it was definitely the best decision because we got to take them at Te Henga Studios, we were super relaxed for the ceremony and had plenty of time to chat with guests afterwards. When we took our photos at Te Henga Studios, some horses came up to us. The photos turned out great but pretty sure the horses just wanted to eat our flowers...it was one of the most memorable moments of the day.

Music was a big part of our wedding, we spent ages choosing the songs for our walk down the aisle, first dance etc. We had my brother’s friends playing in a jazz quartet during the drinks after the ceremony. 

Katie & Shane

Julia from Twig and Twine created all our flowers. I wanted to incorporate certain flowers like lisianthus (one of my favourite), David Austin roses and succulents (each remind me of my grandmas). I guess you’d call it a rustic style and the colour palette was white and green with a bit of coral/peachy pink.

For our wedding favours we put a couple of fancy tea bags  (“tea for two”) into a little golden egg and put it on a “nest”. It looked cute but took hours! Shane and I are huge tea drinkers and by far the most fun we had wedding planning was trying lots of tea with our flatmates to decide which to use.

On the Easter Monday we had a tea ceremony with both families which is traditional for a chinese wedding. Shane’s family is chinese malaysian so this was really important and special.

Katie & Shane

 My good friends sister Felicity Craft made our cake - a delish three tiered cake: lemon, coconut and chocolate with raspberry. A perfect sweet way to finish our day!

Katie & Shane

THE DETAILS: Brides gown JORDAN RAELA; Groom's suit HUGO BOSS; Hair CHARLIE MCLEAN MAKEUP ARTIST; Makeup CLAIRE SIBLEY MAKEUP ARTIST; Wedding rings FIFTH AVENUE; Flowers TWIG AND TWINE; cake FELICITY CRAFT; Venue CASSELS; celebrant DESIREE MASON; Music FRITSCH'S BREW JAZZ QUARTET; photography SAMANTHA DONALDSON

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