Ryan and I met in Sydney in 2012. I’d flown over for a job interview and he was living with a friend of mine there. We were friends for a few years before getting together.One night in 2015 Ryan picked me up from work in a Taxi, we drove way out past Watson’s Bay and walked out to this beautiful hill overlooking the whole of Sydney harbor. It was getting dark and I kept complaining but when I turned around he was down on one knee.
We were engaged for about a year before getting married in February 2016 at the Riverhead in Auckland surrounded by about 72 friends and family. I was brought up around this area and had the most amazing childhood with horses and animals. For me being able to get married at the Riverhead brought back so many good memories and a great time of my life. Also we are both water people so the river surrounded by the forest was perfect.
We chose to have a sand ceremony. We are both quite spiritual people so didn’t just want quick vows, we wanted to make it extra special, binding and have more depth. I was brought up in North West Auckland so collected some black sand from Muriwai beach as well as Maraetai where I used to holiday as a child with my family. Ryan’s sand was flown all of the way from the Golden Bay area where he grew up. We both had beautiful wooden vessels and poured both of the sands together into one.
I wanted undone, natural wildﬂower look with deep nature hues to be the feature. My stylist Sophia at Cocolilly Events helped create this. I gave her the brief, budget and the look we wanted and she created stunning ﬂorals and table settings with ﬂowers wrapped over hessian runners.
Ryan is a builder and is also very artistic so he and his groomsmen actually hand made the arch we got married under. They also made all the signs and blackboards. We added things like homemade fresh juices and whole coconuts for guests to enjoy.
To tie in with our feel and who we are, we opted for a naked cake frosted with a French cream Chantilly and garnished with Lavender springs. We had 3 tiers of Chocolate, Vanilla and Fruit.
My dress was from Gold Coast designer Grace Loves Lace. It had an embroidered, fitted and boned bodice with a romantic, flowing silk skirt and slight train. I had a one tier veil, Samantha Wills ring and natural turquoise earrings. My flower headpiece was hand created so I wanted that to be the main statement.
Remember to march to the beat of your own drum. It’s great to look back and have a point of difference that you know was uniquely the two of you.
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