Michael and I met in 2010 in the tiny East Otago town of Macraes. I was a school teacher at Macraes Moonlight school and Michael works in the underground mine. We met in the local pub.
In 2015 we went to Ko Samui with my brother and sister-in-law. Michael wanted us to canoe out to a little island but I didn’t want to so I kept making excuses. He had organised champagne to be delivered for after he had proposed so he had to keep delaying it. He said he was going to the gym. I didn’t click that he went to the gym 5 times that day! Finally, he realised he wasn’t getting me in the canoe so he asked if I would have a swim in the pool with him (we had a private pool). Reluctantly I said yes. After about 30 minutes in the pool and me turning into a prune he got down on one knee in the shallow end and proposed. I had been dreaming of that day for so many years but hadn’t actually dreamt about how I would react. I just totally froze and didn’t actually answer for ages! He had to ask again. Of course I said yes! It was a totally surprise. We had dinner on the beach that night and I kept bursting into tears because I was so happy. Michael had to keep reassuring the waitress that they were happy tears!
I went for an ivory, lace, A-line dress with off the shoulder cap sleeves and a massive train! Very classic and timeless. It was totally different to what I thought I would go for so definitely recommend trying on lots of different styles before committing!
I had a mid-length veil with lace from the dress around the edge. My mum bought me some beautiful earrings to wear on the day and Michael bought me a bracelet as a wedding present which I didn’t know about until the day.
I also had a hankie made for my mum using the left over lace from my dress and then had a special message embroidered on it. Michael had a beautiful bouquet delivered to the Estate and a gorgeous diamond tennis bracelet. I’m very lucky! I made Michael a pile of ‘open when….’ Letters.
Michael, the groomsmen, father of the bride and father of the groom all wore the same navy suit from Rembrandt along with tan shoes and light blue pocket squares. Our dad’s and the groomsmen wore a different tie to Michael so everyone tied in but not too ‘matchy matchy’.
We were engaged for 18 months (That was the earliest date the venue had available) and married in December 2016 at Larnach Castle in Dunedin surrounded by 100 friends and family.
I come from a small market town in England with beautiful old buildings and lots of history. I love the look of old buildings so the castle it was. We also wanted a location where we could have the ceremony and reception at the same place and with accommodation for our guests.
Jolene and Rosie from Estelle Flowers created our flower arrangements and bouquet. We are a bit rubbish when it comes to flowers so we just explained the theme/look that we wanted to create and they took it from there. The flowers were beyond amazing! The bouquets were soft and trailing with beautiful roses and peonies which tied in with the flowers over the fireplaces and the flower chandeliers.
For our wedding favours I had a family friend from the UK send us new shiny pennies from the bank. We made little boxes for the pennies and had the poem, ‘find a penny, pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck’ printed on them.
Zarlene form Arbitrary Cakes created our delicious cake. It had three tiers. The bottom tier was chocolate mud, the middle tier was vanilla and the top tier was white chocolate and raspberry. Yum!
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