Scott and I met at high school in Mosgiel when we were 16 and 17. It wasn’t until a few years later, when we had both grown up a bit and I’d spent some time living in Australia that our relationship became serious.
There was no big romantic proposal for us, we simply decided that the time was right to get engaged and he had made me wait long enough. I don’t know if our parents believed us when we first told them, everyone must have given up on the idea! We were only engaged for five and a half months before getting married in March 2017 at North View Gardens in Mosgiel surrounded by 55 friends and family. The reception was held at J Tees Golf Course Function Centre.
I bought my Stella York dress from House of Kavina in Dunedin – everything was so beautiful that it was hard to pick just one! It was a strapless, trumpet style dress with a corset back and ruching across the body with a small train. I absolutely loved my sparkly shoes from Merchant – they were unbelievably comfortable.
Scott and groomsmen hired suits from ACE Suit Hire. They all wore timeless black jackets and pants with a navy tie to match the bridemaids, with Scott added a navy waist coat to his attire as a point of difference. My two sisters were our bridesmaids, wearing navy wrap dresses from Evolution. Very simple, but incredibly elegant.
We wanted a garden wedding and after looking around the gardens at North View, I was sold. It overlooked where we grew up and had spent so much time together. It was stunning and we could easily walk in and walk out without the added stress. We are both pretty down to earth, no fuss people, so we wanted our ceremony and vows to reflect that. We joked about who was always right when we argued, who would feed the dog and win at monopoly.
We used Twigs N Twine from Dunedin to create our bouquets with a relaxed, romantic and elegant look with greenery. Our colour palette was gold, soft pink and navy so we used mainly the soft pinks with cream. To keep costs down we made our own arch details and the flowers on the table.
On the day I was really worried about how nervous Scott might have been and we kept joking about what would happen if one of us didn’t turn up. So the flower girl walked down the aisle and delivered Scott a handwritten note. To this day I don’t think many knew what it said, but it just said:
You’re here, I'm here, it's on – game face!
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