Struan and I met in high school in Kuala Lumpur when I was 13. I had a big crush on him however it was never reciprocated. He was 'Mr Cool' and I had some pretty bad hair, eyebrows and braces. We lost contact when my dad was transferred back to New Zealand from Kuala Lumpur. It wasn't until reconnecting almost 10 years after we last went to school together that things changed through a simple Facebook friend request. After six months of long distance (him in KL and me in Sydney), I packed my life into six boxes and jumped on a plane to live with him.
I was home in New Zealand spending time with my family after my 29th Birthday. Struan and I had just been to Europe to celebrate and while I was kind of expecting something there, I knew he wanted to ask my parents’ permission first. He surprised me two weeks into my NZ holiday by flying in to ask my parents’ permission and then proposing the following morning while in bed. He left the ring in the box on my pillow and the poor guy was sitting there for 45 minutes waiting for me to roll over so he could ask me.
When I did finally roll over I didn’t see the ring or the box at all – he had to point it out to me. At that point he asked me but, unable to say YES from shock, I squeaked and hugged him. In the process, I knocked the ring out of the bed and behind. We had to get up and physically pull the bed back to try and find it. It was very funny but very us.
I fell in love with the designer Hayley Paige and in particular her Lorelei gown but this dress was not available this side of the world. After phone calls to Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and even the US, one salon was willing to help me. The Proposal in Singapore brought in the Hayley Paige trunk show and then specially ordered in my Lorelei dress for me to try. It was flown in from the New York boutique for me to try and involved me travelling to Singapore to try it on. However, they could only bring in the white dress, not the rosewater, the colour I had fallen in love with. All we had was a fabric sample.
I loved the dress but the thought of buying the rosewater one (a colour I hadn't been able to see in real life,) made me extremely nervous as there would also be a huge time crunch – it would only arrive three weeks before my wedding. It would be too late to change if it was not perfect. Under the advice of my mother-in-law and husband, I decided on the rosewater and when it arrived 12 weeks later I was so glad I took the risk – it was perfection.
We got married on April 29th, 2017 at Kauri Bay Boomrock in Auckland, surrounded by 60 close friends and family. We were hoping for a day of clear sunshine, but the day before, a huge front hit Auckland which made for a very wet wedding day, but some pretty dramatic photos.
I'm from New Zealand but my husband is Dutch and has fallen in love with the beauty here. We have a joke he married me so he would be able to live in New Zealand one day.
We wanted some dramatic shots so climbed a huge hill next to Kauri Bay. It was an absolute mission getting up there in my dress and watching out for sheep poo and the wind and rain, but Struan was holding my hand the whole time. It was such a metaphor for me because regardless of what happens I know he will always hold my hand regardless or the wind, rain or poo that comes our way.
We wanted lots of flowers as part of our big day and needed someone who could be honest with us and tell us what would work and what would not. I walked into Blush in Parnell before even getting engaged and was like "yep, you guys will do my wedding flowers." I told Kelly what we wanted for the day, but it was 100% her vision that pulled it all together with the flowers and the styling. I was so so happy with the result, I wouldn't have changed a thing.
The Caker was our first and only choice for our cake bar and wedding cake. Their flavours are so unique and also not too sweet. We had a three-tiered almond and raspberry cake with almond butter cream cheese icing. It was divine. We also had a selection of baby cakes and mini cakes in a range of flavours as part of our cake bar.
I felt we offered unique guest favours which was a take home name place and placemat. They were made from rubber and can be used in the kitchen as hot mats. We had these custom made and designed by my husband.
We had both our ceremony and reception at the same location, and used my uncle's classic American cars to transport us up there.
We really went above and beyond to make sure our guests could kick back and really party. We had a full open bar – my brother kicked off the shots. We focused on great food and also amazing wines from Ata Rangi and of course lots and lots of champagne. We choose Kauri Bay Boomrock because we felt it offered the best of the best of New Zealand stunning views, amazing food and the best team you could ask for. We couldn't be happier with our wedding, it was perfection!
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