Chloe & Alan

  • Photography by Sarah Clements Photography

Alan and I met in 2012 when we crossed paths at the beach through a group of friends. It wasn't until the following year that we properly connected on a party bus trip in Christchurch. The theme was 'international'. I was wearing a British flag dress and he was dressed as a storm trooper ( I'm still not sure where the storm trooper fitted in). The proposal happened at home on Waitangi day in 2017. Alan had built a clock and plugged in a screen which said 'Will you marry me?' before presenting me with a beautiful Partridges ring. We had a quick engagement and were married in December 2017 at Trent's Estate Vineyard surrounded by 115 friends and family. We wanted a relaxed, garden like space. Trent's with its beautiful rustic building and lots of grass and trees was absolutely perfect.

Chloe & Alan

I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted so I tried on a lot of different styles. I decided that the mermaid style suited be the best. I found Mille Feuille Bridal in Christchurch owned by Robyn and found a dress that I loved. Robyn made the dress to fit my measurements and made a couple of changes that I requested. I loved the low back as I believe this is my best body feature. Robyn also made me a beautiful, sheer veil to complete the look. Alan wore a navy suit from Tarocash, and picked a floral tie as he knows I love flowers! 

Chloe & Alan
Chloe & Alan
Chloe & Alan

Waiking down the aisle with so many eyes on me was absolutely terrifying as I have anxiety. Overcoming my nerves was a huge achievement for me and having Alan waiting at the end made it all worth it. We wrote our own vows which included me washing his undies and him mowing the lawns for me to prevent me getting hayfever. Walking down the aisle with Alan after the ceremony and having the flower confetti thrown at us was a big highlight and produced the biggest smile on my face. It was a huge year for both of us and and an amazing achievement for us to have gotten to where we were. 

Chloe & Alan

Everyone knows that I love flowers so this was a huge part of our day. I wanted everything to look relaxed and rustic and we had flowers everywhere. A family friend made our beautiful bouquets and even sourced some of my favourite peonies. We also incorporated ivy and asparagus ferns for greenery. Throughout the year I collected a number of vases from second hand stores and we filled these with flowers. Instead of guest favours we encouraged our guests to pick their favourite vase and take it home with the flowers, everyone loved it and it saved us from having over 60 different styles of vases at home! 

My uncle created our delicious wedding cake! He produced 3 different flavours. Vanilla sponge with salted caramel cream filling, vanilla with passionfruit filling, and Chocolate berry moose cake. The cake was to die for, and many guests went for their 6th serving! I wanted to have 3 different flavours to accommodate different tastes but to also tie in with the summer trends. 

Chloe & Alan

My one piece of advice to brides is to take jandals! My shoes were so comfy but it was a huge relief to slip my jandals on after the first dance as we had been hiking through long grass most of the afternoon for our photos and my feet were itchy and hot. 

Chloe & Alan

THE DETAILS: Bride's dress MILLE FEUILLE BRIDAL; Hair HUSH HAIRSTYLING; Makeup CLAIRE RANDALL; Groom and groomsmen's attire TAROCASH; Bridesmaids dresses EVOLUTION CLOTHING; Rings PARTRIDGES; Flowers GLYNIS; Cake UNA BAKERY; Catering and venue TRENT'S ESTATE VINEYARD; Music DJ DALE; Photography SARAH CLEMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY


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