Adam and I met 12 years ago when I was 15 and he was 17. We were in the same athletics team at high school and had seen each other around a bit. A mutual friend took it upon herself to set us up and we started chatting. A few weeks later we went away on an athletics trip and then Adam made the first move… he held my hand!
The proposal happened in July 2013. One of our favourite things to do is head up the mountain for a snow weekend! After a few days of boarding, we made our way back to the car park and absolutely shattered, I sat in the front seat. Adam brought my shoes to put on (and strangely stood there and watch as I put them on) and as I went to put them on, the ring fell out of one of the shoes. It took a while for me to realise what was going on, but of course I said yes! It was most definitely a big surprise! His original plan was to pop the question on the chair lift, but knows how clumsy I can be!
I had the most amazing shoes bought from Charlotte Mills (in the UK). Each shoe had a poem on the bottom and also, a six pence in the sole. Worth every penny, and they were super comfy! I was lucky to receive a beautiful pearl bracelet the morning of the wedding from the husband-to-be and had some gorgeous diamond drop earrings bought in Dubai.
I always knew that I wanted an ivory dress with lace. I had tried a few on in Dubai but didn’t fall in love. When I went home for a holiday, mum and two of my bridesmaids came to help me try some on. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one! I was especially sold on the back of the dress with the heart shape back and small train. The dress was embroidered ivory lace on lustre café satin. V-neck with a lace heart shaped back and soft lace capped sleeves and a small lace train.
Adam had his two best friends and his brother (who was his best man). The groom's and groomsmen's suits and ties were all from Hallensteins in navy. White shirts were bought from Bond & Co along with the groom's ivory tie and pocket square that matched my dress. As a gift, we bought them all stunning Ted Baker cuff links. They all wore brown shoes and brown belts.
We were engaged for three years, as we decided to take an opportunity to head overseas to teach. This delayed our wedding a little bit but left lots of time to plan! Our wedding took place on the 23rd of December 2016 at Mills Reef winery in Tauranga surrounded by 129 friends and family.
We chose to get married in Tauranga as it’s where we both grew up and is very special to us. To come back here and spend time with our friends and family was really amazing. When we first checked out Mills Reef, we both fell in love with it. It was such a relaxed venue but also had such a good wedding plan in place to follow (this was especially helpful since we were overseas).We wanted our wedding to be a relaxed and have a fun atmosphere. It had been a long time since all our friends had all been in one place so it was a bit of a high school reunion in the best of circumstances!
I had three incredible bridesmaids! I had seen some of my girls wearing lilac previously and I bought some dresses online – unfortunately they were not the right fit and also found out that Sarah was pregnant and would be 37 weeks at the wedding. We ended up finding some dresses locally in a shop called Evolution (in Mount Maunganui) who have a whole range. We chose a V-neck crossover wrap dress (that fit perfectly over the bump). With just a few alterations, looked absolutely stunning on the girls!
I absolutely loved my flowers that were created by Shontelle at Sweet Pea & Jasmine. I wanted neutral looking bouquets so that the lilac dresses stood out on their own. I sent some pictures to her of the look I was going for and she nailed it!
We had a three tier cake made by Ros from Cake Away. We chose our three favourite flavours – chocolate, carrot and fruit cake. It was decorated with an elegant lace design in ivory icing.
We were so incredibly lucky to have so many amazing people helping us plan our wedding. Being overseas and only having one week at home before the wedding meant we really had to trust people to just get things done. I can’t thank them enough!
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