Sophie and I met 9 years ago on our very first day of starting medical school at Grafton Campus in Auckland. Both very nervous and not knowing a heck of a lot of people I sat down next to Sophie in the second to front row and introduced myself!
We love hiking and the outdoors. But we also love city life, having travelled to the crazy Tokyo several years earlier. South Korea provided the perfect combination of both of these and the perfect backdrop for my proposal! We were hiking through a wintery national park in single digit temperatures in January and at the very top of Ulsanbawi mountain top I made to fetch our camera out of my pack but instead turned around with a ring box! Sophie’s hands had swollen up so much with the cold that the ring only just slipped on too! We fortunately had the whole mountain top all to ourselves with spectacular views for a good hour before descending.
The groomsmen and myself all had blue suits with white shirts but my suit in particular was a two-piece with Huddersfield Alazar mid-blue cloth made by Crane Brothers on High Street. I paired it with brown suspenders and shoes with a self-tie white bow tie from NZ Ties.
Sophie has always loved vintage clothing and wanted a very simple and pretty dress. She looked online and found a shop which looked just like her style (Secret Lace Bridal). She and her Mum went up one Saturday morning, tried on half the store and eventually found the perfect dress – a Rue de Seine off the shoulder short sleeve dress. It had beautiful beaded lace details and a small train.She borrowed a pearl necklace and bracelet and wore pearl earrings that I had given her as a gift years ago.
We wedded on Saturday the 19th of November 2016 at the beautiful Stoneridge Estate in Queenstown overlooking Lake Hayes surrounded by 110 friends and family. Our reception was conveniently held at the same place.The South Island is our true ‘home’ with us spending our first two years as junior doctors together in Dunedin. Each month we would drive across to Queenstown for a weekend getaway and we fell in love with the region’s stunning scenery. We couldn’t have thought of a better place.
Sophie with her dad and bridal party arrived in a vintage 1928 Chevrolet bus provided by Remarkable Experience.
Without doubt the highlight of our day was the ceremony but in particular walking out to the smiling faces of all our family and friends showering us with petals and blowing bubbles.
The bouquets were themed yellow and white with large amounts of rustic greenery and lots of sunflowers, roses, and gypsophila. We wanted the colours to be bright but not overwhelming and to match the season that we were in.
We have always enjoyed Game of Thrones on Monday nights so we thought the theme song would be perfect for our introduction as man and wife. The epic music harmonised perfectly with the medieval venue for an awesome moment.
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