Ricky and I grew up in the same Taranaki town and met six years ago. My sister is married to Ricky’s cousin Ryan and the two of us met at Ryan’s 21st. We bought the ring together on Valentine's Day and waited for it to be made. It was supposed to take 6 weeks but it took 12! We had an OE booked but luckily (just kidding!), Ricky broke his back and we were unable to travel and therefore were around when the ring was delivered – we should have been long gone.
Ricky's plan was to be able to walk to the top of a hill on my parents’ farm – but I couldn't wait that long! In the end after getting permission he popped the question one evening.
I never wanted a really traditional bridal gown. I am really pedantic when I know what I want so I tried to not put too much pressure on this part. We went looking in Auckland and I found two completely different styles – one a long sleeve gown that was not particularly traditional and the other a jumpsuit. After a long debate, practicality and cost won through and it was the best decision.
The jumpsuit was Pronovias from Modes in Auckland – they were amazing to deal with! The jumpsuit had a silky lining with a beautiful chiffon fabric. It felt beautiful to wear. It had a high neck with beading around the top and around the waist. The beads were an off-white, so not too glitzy and sparkly but just enough to create interest. The back was slightly open in the middle too. The leg of the jumpsuit was really ﬂared so from certain angles it did look like a dress (I really tried to show off the fact that it was a jumpsuit!).
Ricky opted for a textured navy suit, with a lightly patterned white shirt and brown belt and shoes, all from Barkers. In order to keep the casual theme he went without a tie.
We were engaged for ten months and were married on the 18th of March 2017 at Paradise View Lodge in Waipu Cove, surrounded by 50 friends and family. We had an amazing three day getaway with our guests and enjoyed the most chilled out and relaxed time with an intimate group of our closest people.
We had been road tripping around the Northland region a few years back, Waipu Cove and the Mangawhai area really took us by surprise with the beauty but also some hustle bustle and we both really loved the vibe there. With the escape idea we had in mind it needed to be far enough away that people would feel like it was a getaway.
One of the groomsmen has a done up vintage Kombi van which has eight seats and looks amazing! We chose to do a ﬁrst-look reveal and photos before the ceremony so the whole wedding party was able to pile in and hang out between photos which was actually really cool. I loved that we could all spend that time together in one vehicle and the Kombi looks so neat in the photos too.
My Little Flower Company did the ﬂowers. I had seen her work on social media and knew I wanted her! She just had a really cool and organic style which suited us to a tee. I knew what I liked but it can be hard to articulate so I just sent through some pictures and let her put her own style on it. I remember a picture of my aunty's wedding hanging at my Nan's house and she had this beautiful cascading bouquet, so that was a source of inspiration too.
Ricky cut some Manuka and created an archway. We had an amazing friend who did stunning ﬂoral arrangements and decorated the arch and decorated the wedding cake. My sister made the wedding cake. We weren't afraid to ask our friends to help with different tasks along the way, and in doing this I think it really helped them connect and really feel a part of the day, instead of just showing up. We also had our dog Baxter come up with us and he was just able to roam around with us and share the day.
I really appreciate quality, nutritious food and was super lucky to ﬁnd Pits Catering in the area. Pit uses fresh and, where she can, organic ingredients. We opted for a late lunch around 2pm and buffet style.
My sister made the cake. The inspiration came from what we called a 'deconstructed wedding cake' which was a fancy way of saying 3 single tiers of chocolate mud cake with butter cream icing laid out on a wine barrel! We used different heights and sizes and decorated the whole drum with fresh ﬂowers.
We wanted to be sure we didn't get caught up in the planning and forget what we wanted to achieve – an amazing time with our closest people to share the most important moment of our lives. In all honesty I think that approach was what enabled us to really enjoy it and not worry about niggly details. We didn't have a set vision on what the day had to look like. We had AMAZING help, and it was just a case of playing around until we were happy – there was no right or wrong, which meant nothing couldn't be perfect!!
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