Ryan and I met at a mutual friend’s party in the middle of nowhere, near the Kaipara harbour in 2012. We had a long distance relationship for a year before I moved from Howick to Omaha to live together.
The proposal was a lovely surprise in February 2016. One of our favourite things to do is sit on the beach where we live in Omaha. It was a beautiful February Friday evening... Ryan came home from work with a bottle of wine, pesto, cheese and crackers and said “lets go down to the beach and try out the wine glass table holder” (that he had made). We gathered up our stuff and off we walked, we were sitting there talking and watching the waves for a while and he then bent down on his knee in front of me, pulling a ring out of his pocket and asked me the question so many girls dream of. It was a truly romantic proposal. He had chosen and brought the ring several weeks earlier and had asked permission from my dad.
We were engaged for 14 months and got married at Plume Vineyard Restaurantt in Matakana on the 1st of April 2017 surrounded by 70 friends and family.
Anita at Vinka Design created me the most beautiful gown. I knew I wanted an elegant gown with a low back, beautiful lace and a tulle skirt. I was quite indecisive as every gown of hers I looked at I loved! There was one gown that did stand out in the Vinka Design store and Anita and her team created me one very similar. I knew I wanted one made in New Zealand. My mum had also had her wedding dress made by Anita’s mum 40 years ago, which made it especially special. My wedding gown had a fitted bodice with sheer lace back and layered tulle skirt. The lace embroidery is richly beaded with crystals and pearls.
The groom and groomsmen's suits were from Frank Casey in Newmarket. We wanted navy suits to suit the bridesmaids, and hunted around for the right coloured navy. We ordered cufflinks that reflected the guys – Ryan had surfer cufflinks as he loves surfing, Matt had snowboards and Matt had hammers. Ryan also had a pocket square and different coloured tie to the groomsmen to differentiate himself.
We drove to the ceremony in my Dad's classic 1968 HK Holden Monaro. Ryan could hear the V8 coming up the road so he knew I was on my way!
During the ceremony we did a personal tribute to one another, speaking about our favourite qualities, how we felt the first time we met (this was a surprise to each other on the day), and wrote our own vows.
Natalie at Floramay created our flower arrangements and bouquets using seasonal flowers that were available in April. We decided we wanted whites and blush pinks. The soft tones of the flowers complimented the darker autumn already incorporated.
We had a three-tiered cake from Bluebells Cakery. We loved their style of cake using butter cream icing – we wanted something simple, pretty yet elegant and went for the beaded look. We chose our three favourite flavours; chocolate with raspberry, lemon and carrot cake.
We had personalised labels made for jars of Nutella for the male guests and for the ladies we had our ultimate favourite chocolate ‘Macadamia Butter Toffee Crunch’ from Makana Confections in Keri Keri.
Remember that a wedding is a party of celebration, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.
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