If you hadn't heard, Shani and Mark are the winners of the New Zealand Weddings Win Your Dream Wedding Competition for 2017. Now she has just weeks to organise her wedding with the support of New Zealand Weddings event planner Emily Harrison, and our generous sponsors. Let's follow along:
"Today was such a great day. We went to our venue, Plume in Matakana.
I think I was speechless the whole time. I just cannot believe we are going to be getting married there. It is beautiful, to say the least. When we walked in there was a family setting up a wedding for later that day. This was perfect as we could really imagine what it will look like on our special day.
Farida from Plume showed us around the property. There is even a back up interior ceremony space in case it rains, how amazing is that?! She showed us the pergola where the ceremony will be and the path where I would walk. Now it is starting to feel real. Luckily Emily (the New Zealand Weddings event planner) was there to ask all the right questions, because Mark and I were both so taken aback by the venue.
There was no relaxing in Matakana for us though, as we had our appointment with Sondra at Sweet Bites Cakes that afternoon. (Not a bad day, right) The whole car ride Mark and I talked about the beautiful venue – and how excited we were to taste cake!
Sondra was incredible. As soon as we told her what we liked she whipped up a picture and there it was, our dream cake. She made it so easy and she didn't hold back. This is going to be a cake we will always remember. Then it was cake tasting time, yum! Mark and I both liked the same flavours making it an easy decision, chocolate-raspberry and passion fruit.
This week we have also been in contact with Stow Lockets . It is so nice that the bridesmaids are included in this amazing prize. They get a locket and a silver charm each. The charms are so personal as they all have little meanings. It will be hard to choose because they’re all very delicate and beautiful. I’ve also been talking to the lovely Ashleigh from Sally Eagle . She has sent us some fabric samples so we can decide on a colour for the bridesmaid dresses. So many decisions!
Next: We are on the hunt for table decorations, let the shopping begin."
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