My friend told me about this long-haired, snowboarding musician and I was instantly intrigued. I was living in Wellington, and he lived in Auckland at the time. We started by sending each other messages, which turned into essays, our essays turned into Skype dates, and then we had our first date in person a month later. Morgan booked a flight to Wellington to meet me after an 8 hour Skype date. He asked me to be his girlfriend that first night. We called each other regularly and spent weekends together when we could. Morgan moved to Wellington in October 2015, when we had been dating for 4 months. One month later, on 7th November 2015, Morgan proposed.
Morgan took me to watch our first sunrise together at Castlepoint. He packed a picnic breakfast, his guitar and some champagne. We left at 2:30am and he let me sleep in the car on the way. We ate breakfast and then Morgan played our song for me – “Bloom” by The Paperkites, and “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hensard and Marketa Irglova. He then asked me if I wanted to play a game of snap. He gave me half the cards and assured me they didn’t need shuffling. We started playing. The seventh card I played had my name on it. Then Morgan played a card with ‘will’ written on it. I stopped, poised to play my next card, and looked at Morgan questioningly for the longest moment, thinking: ‘is this what I think it is?’. Morgan urged me to keep playing. My next card said ‘you’. Morgan played ‘marry’, and I played ‘me’. When I looked up, Morgan was on one knee, ring in hand. He said, ‘Kayley, I love you. I want to spend my life with you. Will you marry me?’
I wanted a dress that reflected who I am, something elegant, whimsical and timeless.My mother Deidre Brooker designed and made my dress. A ball gown silhouette. The bodice had a sweetheart neckline with overlay and sleeves of delicate French corded Chantilly lace hand beaded with glass beads and pearls. The skirt was layers of fine ivory tulle over blush chiffon and an ivory silk. There were pearl buttons down the back, and a cathedral length train.
My flower crown was made by my sister Naomi Webb with roses from the garden at The Landing (where my family stayed and got ready). It has now dried out and is still so fragrant and beautiful! My mother gave me her grandmother’s pearl bar pin. My mother had worn this on her wedding day on the sash around her waist. I attached it to my full circle, waist length veil and wore it in my hair. I borrowed my earrings from my sister. She had worn the same ones on her wedding day.
We were engaged for 12 months and got married in November 2016 in Gladstone Church, followed by a reception at The landing surrounded by 86 friends and family in Masterton.
Jess Sweden from Table Flower created all the other flower arrangements.We had little bottles of sweet peas hanging from the trees outside. We had peonies and gypsophila (baby’s breath) in mason jars for the centrepieces. The men’s boutonnieres were white roses for the groomsmen, and a blush pink rose for the groom.The bouquets had accents of pinks to tie in with the men’s boutonnieres. We had blush pink roses, queen anne’s lace, blue berries, dollar gum (eucalypt) and lisianthus.
Our cake was a two tiered lemon and passionfruit cake with white chocolate icing. Made by Stiletto Studio Cakes.
We hired two cars from the Wellington Hot Rod Association. One was a red 1996 Ford Mustang, owned and driven by Jason Gilchrist; the other was a black 2006 Ford Mustang GT, owned and driven by Hayden Rau.
Most brides can’t afford to go all out in every facet of their wedding. My advice would be to decide on a list of three things that are most important to prioritise for you – three aspects that would make your day great. Ask your fiancé to do the same. Combine your lists, and decide together which three things you as a couple are going to choose to splurge on. This helped us to tailor the day to reflect our values, while remaining on budget.
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