Sarah & Chance

  • Photography by Nicole Gourley Photography

Chance and I met working together at a restaurant while we were both also studying. I had just come out of a long-term relationship and was quite young at the time. I wasn’t looking for another relationship straight away so I turned him down. We continued to work together and it took us over a year (and a few relationships in between!) to finally get together. 

In early 2015 we were in Singapore on a family holiday with our son Finn who was two at the time. I was swimming with the dolphins and at the end of our session the dolphin swam up to us carrying a chilly bin in its fins (even that was cool enough). I was first in line and the dolphin jumped up to pass me the chilly bin and I looked inside thinking there would be fish to feed it but there was just a tiny note. I opened the note and it said “SAY YES!!!” in big capital letters. Totally oblivious, I thought I was saying yes to the dolphin until the instructor started laughing and told me to turn around. Chance was down on one knee with the ring and little Finn was in his pram behind him wondering what was going on!

Sarah & Chance

We got married in Queenstown on the March 18, 2017. We had the ceremony at the beautiful Trelawn Place and our reception at Lake Hayes Pavilion, surrounded by 85 friends and family. Queentown was the first place Chance and I lived together as a couple. I moved there to pursue my journalism career and Chance soon followed. It was also the place we conceived our first son Finn. 😉

Sarah & Chance

Ever since I was a little girl I wanted a princess wedding dress. I wanted it to stand out but not be over the top and I also wanted a low back. It’s funny because what you imagine you want isn’t always what you end up loving. My sister actually picked my dress from the rack and when I tried it on we just knew. It was princess style, very simple and elegant with a gorgeous lace bodice, perfect for the outdoor autumn wedding we were having. I bought it from Rafaelle Ciuca in Melbourne. The dress was strapless with a lace detailed bodice and princess style skirt. 

Sarah & Chance

I had a cathedral style veil and Swarovski earrings and necklace gifted to me from my uncle (my something new). I changed my shoes at the last minute and they were perfect. A simple cream with diamante detail. 

Sarah & Chance

I always wanted Chance to wear a grey suit, as I felt black would be too big of a contrast with the pink. Again, his groomsmen were scattered across both Australia and New Zealand so he ordered online from Hallensteins. He found a dark grey that came with a matching waist coat. I went out shopping for matching pink ties and managed to find the perfect colour that matched the bridesmaid dresses. The guys looked incredible! Chance also had PlayStation cufflinks because he’s a bit of a gaming nerd!

I planned the entire wedding myself with the help of a stylist from So Sweet Hire so everything was my dream put together. We had the most adorable set up at the ceremony with drink dispensers full of cocktails and a gorgeous platter set up by a very close friend. We had lawn games and parasols for guests which they loved, to shade them from the sun. At the reception we had a polaroid guestbook which worked wonderfully and a candy table as favours. 

Sarah & Chance

Because of our large bridal party I found an old school bus that would fit all of us in and it was awesome. It took us all from the ceremony to get out photos and then to the reception. It also picked the bridesmaids up to take them to the ceremony and my brother (who walked me down the aisle). I arrived in an old school blue Ford Falcon. We also took a helicopter ride to Cecil Peak for portraits.

Sarah & Chance

I really wanted simple but beautiful bouquets and after seeing a picture of what I wanted they came together exactly as I imagined. Lots of baby’s breath and white roses. 

Our cake was four tiers, pleated white with decorated flowers. It was chocolate mudcake because chocolate is always best and there was a gluten-free tier as well! It was absolutely delish!

Sarah & Chance
Sarah & Chance

Living overseas in Melbourne and with two young kids we didn’t get time to practise a special dance so we kind of had to wing it. My bridesmaid did rap her speech though, and that was pretty amazing!

Sarah & Chance

Stop for a moment and absorb. I felt I enjoyed my day so much more because I made sure to stop every now and then and just absorb how amazing the day was. I did not have one ounce of stress on the day because of being organised beforehand and also because my wonderful bridesmaids made sure everything was running smoothly for me.

Sarah & Chance

THE DETAILS: Bride's dress PRONOVIAS from RAFFAELE CIUCA; Groom's attire HALLENSTIENS; Hair HAIR TO WED; Makeup THE BEAUTY ROOM QUEENSTOWN; Rings MICHAEL HILL JEWELLER; Flowers SO SWEET HIRE; Cake THE CHEEKY CAKE COMPANY, INVERCARGILL; Catering WANAKA CATERING; Ceremony venue TRELAWN PLACE; Reception venue LAKE HAYES PAVILLION; Celebrant JODIE STUART; Photographer NICOLE GOURLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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