Steve and I met in the summer of 2008, just before he moved to Sydney. We realized we had something special right away. On our first date Steve made an impression with two roses and a Kinder surprise. He woke up extra early on Easter Sunday to arrange an Easter egg hunt around the bach at whangamata. While walking on the beach he gave me one last egg - a Kinder surprise, to remind me of our first date. Inside was my engagement ring!
I purchased my dress at Marry Me Bridal in Mosman, after seeing it featured on the American designer’s website, and they kindly arranged for it to be made in full ivory. The beaded and sequined bodice and deep v back gave way to a soft tulle A-line skirt and train, separated by a simple white ribbon sash. A chapel veil and navy blue stilettos completed my bridal look.
We both grew up in Auckland and currently live in Sydney. However we both love Queenstown so decided to have our wedding there and gather all of our family and friends in one place for a few days. My dad drove from Auckland to Queenstown towing his 1966 Ford Mustang which we then used as our wedding car.
We decided to fly Steve’s family vicar down to Queenstown to officiate at our wedding in St. Peter’s Anglican Church, giving our ceremony a more personal touch.
After initial photos with the bridal party at the Whitechapel ruins, and some time at the cocktail hour with our guests, we escaped via helicopter up into the stunning Pisa Ranges for our wedding portraits. During the chilly shoot up in the mountains I wore a cream fur bolero and then a vintage grey fur from my grandmother.
Our wedding reception took place at The Winehouse in Gibbston Valley. We presented our guests with Kinder surprises as wedding favours and had easter eggs on the table to mark our Easter wedding.
Dad had another surprise up his sleeve and during the speeches he provided Steve with excerpts from ‘Alana’s Instruction Manual’. There are lots of tips in the manual for Steve like, ‘Always prepare your argument and collate your evidence before arguing with Alana’ and ‘never comment on Alana’s driving – just pay the speeding tickets’.
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