Regan and I have known each other for over 10 years.We lost touch for a while but reconnected when Regan was in Melbourne for a holiday while I was living there. We met for a drink and things took a romantic turn, our feelings became more than friendship. We decided to do long distance which lasted 8 months before I moved back to NZ to be with Regan.
I was in Auckland for work and Regan decided he would come up and join me so we could go to the Bledisloe Cup match together at Eden Park in August 2015. Significantly (as my husband likes to make a point of) it was former All Blacks Captain, Richie McCaw’s last Bledisloe Cup match in NZ that evening, to celebrate such an occasion, he decided it would be the day that he would ask me to marry him! That morning in our hotel room he proposed with a gorgeous ring and some very sweet words. Followed by some champagne for breakfast! Ironically, we ended up getting married on the same day as Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn.
My dress was created by Alma Wong. It had beautiful lace detail, a low keyhole back with buttons and a gorgeous long lace train.I had Swarovski tear drop earrings and a bracelet. I also wore my great, great grandmothers diamond flower ring. I had a tear drop necklace from Michael Hill Jewellers that Regan gifted to me on the wedding day.
As a gift to my bridesmaids I got them earrings from Pandora accompanied by a note and photo collage.My bridesmaids put together a “letters to the bride” book that had hand written letters from each member of my family, Regan’s family and my close friends. They gave it to me on the day with a handkerchief saying “keep your shit together”. Fair to say I probably should have read the book before I had my make up done!
Regan wore a navy blue suit from Barkers and his groomsman wore the same slacks and shirt. They all had brown shoes and belts with custom bow ties made out of the same pattern as the bridesmaid dresses. I also gave him a greenstone necklace which he wore on the day.
We were married in January 2017 at my mother and step father’s property in Whitemans Valley, Upper Hutt followed by a reception at The Short Straw, surrounded by 90 friends and family. Ever since my mother established the gardens on her property in Whitemans Valley I have wanted to get married there. It is so peaceful and tranquil and it is also where Regan and I first lived together. I had my father and my step father walk me down the aisle which was very special for me. We also decided to have both our mother’s as the witnesses to our marriage.
We set up the whole reception venue ourselves, we brought in wine barrels as bar leaners, we made our head table out of borrowed wood pallets, all the decorations, lighting and theming were done ourselves. This reflects us perfectly – my husband is a builder and I work in events so naturally I planned and organised everything and Regan built and installed everything.
A friend and her mother created our floral arrangements for us. I gave them a brief of pastel, lavender and greenery and they created these amazing arrangements that fit in perfectly with our theme and colours. They were subtle yet stunning.
I absolutely LOVE donuts so we decided to have a donut cake with a tier of chocolate cake at the top for cutting. The donuts were supplied by Donut King and a family friend made the top tier for us and put it altogether with the flowers and donuts.
We had a basket of “dancing shoes” (jandals) on the dance floor so our guests could be comfortable to dance the night away. We had an outdoor open photo booth as well. We had a “Sign Barrell”(instead of a Wine Barrell) that we asked our guests to sign their name and leave us some words of wisdom on – we now have that wine barrel on display in our living room. The boys arrived to the ceremony in Regan’s Dad’s jaguar. Our transport to get around for the photos and to the reception was my stepfathers tractor with a trailer on the back, hay bales for seats! This was also used to take our guests down to the reception.
The amazing haka that Regan’s friends and school mates from Heretaunga College did for us following the speeches was very powerful and emotional. Also, at the end of the speeches I organised to have a video made for Regan, I called in a favour and got Beauden Barrett and Ardie Savea from the All Blacks to say a few words to Regan wishing him well on the wedding day. Our MC (Scooter) and bridesmaid Nicola put together the video and added a few extras to make it special for both of us. Also, I think watching all the groomsmen climb the ladder onto this massive tree stump while balancing a bottle of port was a mini heart attack for those of us watching.
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