I left my job in Auckland early 2008 to go on my OE. Three weeks after I touched down at Heathrow I met James. For our first date he took me to a Champions League football game at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea, much to all his mates disappointment! Before long I had moved in with him and the rest is history.
Many years later after much nagging and just before our second son was born, James came home early on a Wednesday afternoon. I was working from home that day, so I was sitting at the kitchen table and our son was at daycare. He had a smile across his face, looking very suspicious and guilty – I thought he’d been at the pub. I asked him what he was up to, he sat down and said, “Well I was going to wait until tonight, but I’ll just tell you now…We’re getting married! I asked your father and it’s all good!”.
We were engaged for almost two years and married in January 2017 at St Mary’s Church in Timaru. Our reception took place at my parents’ home surrounded by 145 friends and family.
Mum wasn’t too happy at first when we set the end of January date. Apparently her garden wouldn’t be looking its best at this time…however she did a fabulous job and the garden looked amazing. I lived at this house from when I was two until when I moved out to head to University and I have a lot of fond memories growing up there. It was a perfect scene for a garden party.
I met Jamie Richards, Kiwi owner of Margaret Wray, when I was living in London through James. I had seen a number of her amazing creations and I knew she’d be perfect to design my dream dress. It was a vintage inspired all over lace design with a unique cape detailed neckline and sleeve. The skirt lace is a delicately embroidered tulle, floral motifs are embellished with a variety of tubular, spherical and diamante beads. The scalloped lace edges are used to finish the hem line and create tiers through the CB godet.
James wore a new suit from Rembrandt, where he also purchased his shoes.
The bridesmaid’s bouquets were bright yellow calla lilies which added to our fun garden theme. Bride bouquet was white calla lilies and roses, with hypericum, leather fern, beargrass, and aspedria leaves. We also had bright orange service sheets and bright orange helium balloons in the dance tent.
We didn’t want to have a sit down dinner, but we didn’t want people to go hungry by just having finger food. So with our caterers, we came up with a style that some of our guests said was much like a wine and food festival atmosphere, what we call “walk and fork”. Jane and Nigel from Dlish Catering were brilliant in bringing this to life.
We had a three tiered cake. One layer was chocolate mud cake, one was citrus cake and the other was carrot cake. Decorated with lemons and lemon greenery to fit in with the tables. Made by Jean from U-Bake.
Mum had been paranoid about the weather leading up to the day, because it had been unusually cold over Christmas. We organised two racks of old coats for dress up if anyone got cold. Even though the weather was perfect, they came in very handy when the sun went down.
My piece of advice is If you have the opportunity to get married before your kids come along, do it! Organising a wedding as a Mum is very difficult!
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