Celebrations: Wanaka: On cloud nine

Kylie Stanford and Daniel McIntosh married at St Columba’s Anglican Church, Wanaka, on Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Kylie Stanford and Daniel McIntosh married at St Columba’s Anglican Church, Wanaka, on Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Our love story Daniel and I met in 2006 when friends of ours got married – he was a groomsman and I was a bridesmaid. I left the ceremony on Daniel’s arm, and the rest is history. Five years later, after a grilling from his GP about why he hadn’t proposed to me yet, Daniel took me for an evening walk along the banks of the Waikato River and, knee-deep in pine needles, asked me to be his wife.

    Winter escape We live in Hamilton, but with some wonderful holiday memories from Wanaka it seemed like the perfect place for a winter wonderland wedding. The rustic wooden interior of St Columba’s Anglican Church made for a cosy ceremony, and the canopy and fairy lights we hung from the ceiling of The Venue created a warm, glowing reception. Our colour palette of ivory and dark brown was played up by small vintage jars filled with neutrally toned roses, ranunculus and alstroemeria.

    My dream dress I ordered my Sottero and Midgley gown through Astra Bridal, keeping our wedding’s subtle vintage theme in mind. It was a delicate creation in a light gold, with lace, Swarovski crystals embellishments and an asymmetrically swept train. I completed the look with an ivory veil, also from Astra Bridal, and jewellery made from pearls and Swarovski crystals.

    A sumptuous feast The Venue created our warm winter feast. After canapés of seared scallops and corn fritters, we enjoyed a three-course sit-down meal that included fresh blue cod and herb-crusted lamb. The cold weather meant we could enjoy our vanilla bean and berry ice cream wedding cake without worrying about it melting.

    View from the top After our bridal party photos had been taken, Daniel and I took a helicopter to the top of Mount Roy for a portrait session. With clear blue skies above, an eerie blanket of clouds below and snow-capped mountains in the distance, it was a very monumental moment and a wonderful chance for us to reflect quietly on the magnitude of the day.

    Special touches As a fun activity to get guests talking, we left crosswords on tables loaded with questions about our love story so far. Small easels also sat at each place setting, holding a personal note for each guest and a $1 scratch card, which acted as a favour.

    My advice for brides to be Don’t rule out a destination wedding, even if it means fewer people are able to attend. The change of scenery means everyone is in holiday mode, making for a happy and carefree celebration.

    The Details
    Bride’s gownAstra Bridal
    Bride’s shoes Number One Shoes 
    Bride’s jewellery Jewels by Design, Tauranga
    Bridesmaid dressesDino Direct
    Hair Chocolatt Hair
    MakeupGena Bagley 
    Groom’s attire and shoesFrank Casey 
    CateringThe Venue – 63B Catering 
    Bride’s ring Belonged to mother of the bride
    Groom’s ringPascoes 
    FlowersWanaka Wedding Flowers 
    CakePure New Zealand Ice Cream 
    MusicLA Social Club 
    PhotographyMelanie Peters, MELT Images 

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