Andy and I met four years ago while working in Dunedin. Andy is incredibly shy and quiet and although I am very outgoing, trying to talk to him on the brief occasions when we worked together was painstakingly hard! Eventually I had decided I'd had enough of trying to make things happen at work and I needed to take things a step further... So after some discussion with some of my closest friends I decided to throw an “end of year” party. My friends and I dubbed this party “Operation Candy” (Cara + Andy = Candy)…safe to say it was a success and we’ve literally been inseparable ever since.
Andy has a real knack for making the simplest things incredibly romantic. He had a whole day planned which involved re-creating our first dates together. First he took me out to the Otago Peninsula to watch the seals frolicking, we grabbed an ice-cream and some lunch and then went for a stroll in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. We walked down this derelict path which opened out to a large lawn and bench overlooking North Dunedin. Once I saw the bench I realised that this was where we had our second date. When I sat down Andy got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I had been given the diamond for my ring 8 or so years ago from my Grandpa in South Africa. My parents had kept it safe for me until we decided to get engaged and unbeknownst to me, Andy had spoken to my father and got the diamond made into a ring for me.
We got married on November 11th 2016 at Glenfalloch Gardens in Dunedin. We chose Glenfalloch Gardens because of its link to the Botanic Gardens where we got engaged. We had 66 guests in total for the wedding reception, but we had some bigger friend groups that our budget wouldn’t allow for so we had some extra people come and party with us later on in the evening too.
We had a few little things that made our ceremony special for us. We both wrote our own vows and kept them a secret from each other until the ceremony – they turned out to be surprisingly similar. Our little Chihuahua Belle was our ring bearer. Lastly, we had a memorial candle for our family members who had passed away to acknowledge that we wish they could have been there with us.
We did some asking around to see if any of our friends knew people with old fashioned cars – in the end two work colleagues of mine both knew people who could help us out. I traveled to the wedding ins 1929 Model A Roadster and my bridesmaids traveled in a Mercedes. We had a three tiered “lemon and vanilla angel cake” with buttercream icing created by ‘The Tart Tin’. It was served alongside fresh fruit salad. It was absolutely to die for!
We had all of our flowers done by Amaryllis for Flowers. I knew I wanted the flowers to be soft pastel-pink colours with mainly peonies and roses. Our decorations were quite minimal and we wanted our flowers to really take centre place. They really went above and beyond to give us the perfect flowers for our day and this was exemplified by the fact they were picking up the only batch of pink peonies in all of New Zealand at 9pm the night before the wedding.
I originally had my mind set on a slim fit dress with lace edging up the back and on my shoulders…as soon as I had tried on two dresses in that style I knew it wasn’t going to work for me. So I changed my tactic and went for the more “cinderella” type dresses. I had to be careful when choosing my wedding dress as I have a “baby face” and some of the dresses made me look like I was heading to my school prom. After trying a couple of different dresses I found “the one”. I wore an ivory Venus Bridal dress with spaghetti straps. It had a sweetheart neckline with an A-line silhouette down to the floor. The top layer of the skirt was made out of organza with a beautiful floral lace sewn in at the bottom and top and it had a small train out the back.
The highlight of the day was when we were pronounced husband and wife and we walked down the aisle together for the first time while our friends and family threw confetti petals at us. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so wide in my life.
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