Mike and I met in 2012 and he proposed on March 12 this year, the day our niece was born. We had spent all night at the hospital and then gone home exhausted. That evening he suggested we go and get dinner. He drove towards Devonport and then turned up Mt Victoria. As soon as he turned I knew what was happening. He proposed in the exact spot where we had our first kiss, overlooking the city at sunset. We were engaged for six months before getting married at Boutique Barn, Puhoi on 01 October 2016 with 50 friends and family.
I never tried on any dresses in any stores, I knew I would always get something made. The dress was made by Rosemary Smith in Newmarket, who also made my mother’s wedding dress 36 years ago. The dress was a gift from my grandmother and she came with me to every fitting, making the whole experience more meaningful.It was an a-line dress. The underdress was silk with a sweetheart neckline and the top layer had ¾ sleeves and was made from ivory chantilly lace. The veil was a plain tulle cathedral veil, I didn’t wear any jewellery except for some diamond studs and my great-grandmother’s rings which I never take off. I wore blush pink Badgley Mischka shoes with embellishment on the heels that my father brought back for me from New York.
Three of my sisters wore navy blue lace wrap dresses from Moochi and my fourth sister wore dark pants and a navy shirt - all looked beautiful. Our niece wanted a mini bride dress so I bought her a flower girl dress and she had a flower crown. We also got our younger niece a beautiful white tulle dress from Trelise Coopers’ kids range and she looked adorable.
Twig and Twine made my bouquet, Mike’s button-hole, the flower girl crown and the cake topper. We asked for succulents and blush dusty pinks and whites and she did an amazing job! The rest of the flowers were sourced from a wholesaler and my whole family put the centrepieces, and arch flowers together the day before the wedding. We used dusty pink roses, tulips, Queen Annes Lace Stock, ranuncuals, spray roses, flowering foliage and fresias as well as various foliage my mum found on her farmlet up north.
Our wedding was a real family affair in the end, the champagne was from my Uncle’s vineyard, the wine from my Dads vineyard, Mike designed the invitations and place cards, my Mother and sister did the table settings and the favours and my Stepdad built the beautiful arch. Even the cake was made by a friend (and was amazing!). My dress-maker sewed some keep-sakes and a photo of my grandfather into the lining of my dress. We were very close and he passed away 7 years ago. Mike also wore a tie that belonged to his late father.
The absolute highlight of my day was probably the first look, the look on his face when he turned around. And the ceremony, we were both really nervous before hand, neither of us like being the centre of attention but it was like there was nobody else there, and also the fact it didn’t rain. A miracle!
THE DETAILS: Venue THE BOUTIQUE BARN; Bride's dress ROSEMARY SMITH; Groom's attire BARKERS; Bridesmaid's attire MOOCHI; Makeup CONNOR ADAMS; Hair ROBYN MUNRO AT INSPIRED HAIR; Photographer AMY KATE PHOTOGRAPHY; Catering LITTLEWOLF; Flowers TWIG AND TWINE; Rings MICHAEL HILL;
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