Danielle & Michael

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Mike and I have known each other for many years, but never really spoke much. Our brothers were friends and our families knew each other through playing squash. I started working at the squash bar part-time and one day he came up to order a drink with his dad and we got chatting. One Saturday we were both out drinking and decided to meet up in town – the rest is history! 

Mike proposed in Thailand while on holiday for our two-year anniversary. We had a lovely three-course dinner at our hotel, before going on a romantic walk along the beach where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. 

Danielle & Michael

We got married on Saturday 24th March in Palmerston North. Our ceremony was held at Wharerata, in their beautiful gardens. However, due to rain 10 minutes into the ceremony we had to quickly run inside to finish the rest of the ceremony! We held our reception at the Boatshed by the lagoon. 

Danielle & Michael

When we first started looking at venues we were set on having both the ceremony and reception at one place, however when we started looking around Palmerston North, either the outside or the inside option we didn’t respond to, therefore making us change our minds. Instead we decided to go for what we both instantly fell for when visiting the venues we ended up deciding on. Wharerata we picked due to its beautiful outside garden area – the fact it had an inside option too was a bonus. We decided on the Boatshed because we liked the one big room, the beauty of the inside work meant we didn’t need to decorate it much and it was exactly our “flavour” –  being modern, white with hints of wood accents exactly the type of idea we had in our mind for our wedding.

Danielle & Michael

Jilly Bud Florist did all our flowers for the day including bouquets, buttonholes for groomsmen and family, centre pieces, head table and flowers for the hair. The flowers I wanted to use were all in white and creams, keeping it classic but very romantic. My main flower choices were roses and baby's breath with greenery and other white flower fill ins. These colours and flowers fitted perfectly into our romantic elegant theme and really stood out.

Before I started looking for gowns I always pictured myself in something fitting with lace, thin straps and a low back. Once I started looking I started to get more of an idea of what I wanted which was fit and flare style, ivory and lace. The dress I ended up going for was a beautiful ivory lace fit and flare style dress with a café undertone with a low back and train from the Bridal Studio. The lace flower lace detail went from top to bottom, dispersing more and more as you went down. This was originally strapless however my mum suggested off the shoulder sleeves and so we added this to the dress which I think made it everything I wanted. I'm not a massive sparkle person and so the dress fitted my style perfectly with just a thin sparkly band across the waist. I accessorised with big raindrop earrings, a thin two-strap bracelet, a long veil and flowers were added to my hair.

Danielle & Michael
Danielle & Michael
Danielle & Michael

I had three bridesmaids –  My maid of honor was my best friend since Year 9. I had another one of my best friends and a really close friend I met later in life when I started dating my husband. I ordered their dress from Evolution. I got Evolution to send three styles down for them to try on and we all decided on one. We ended up going with a baby blue cotton wrap dress which complemented their shape really nicely. I was originally going back and forth between baby pink and blue however seeing blue on the bridesmaids I instantly knew it was right plus it is my favourite color. I bought the bridesmaid each drop earrings and a simple pendent necklace with a diamond in it.

Danielle & Michael
Danielle & Michael

The men’s attire was your classic black suit on white shirt with black dress shoes and bow tie. All items were bought from Hallensteins. As a gift to my husband and the groomsmen I bought them personalised cufflinks. The groomsmen got rectangle silver cufflinks with their initials and I got mike circle silver and white ones with a trout fish and his initials (trout fishing is a big hobby of his).

Danielle & Michael

One of the things we really wanted from our wedding was good food – but plenty of food offered throughout the day so guests were never hungry. After our ceremony we organised for canapes to go around for the guests which included club sandwiches, garlic prawns and Thai chicken skewers. For our reception, again we provided nibbles for guests on arrival before sitting down to a buffet style dinner. The food was delicious – we had so many people come up to us saying how good the food was. This was a main element in our wedding where we didn’t want to skimp out on. Our cake was created with Melody’s New World. We chose to go with a three-tier cake to suit out guest numbers. We chose two layers of Mud Cake with dark chocolate ganache inside and the middle tier was carrot cake with a cream cheese filling, all covered in white chocolate buttercream to tie in with our white theme. We chose these flavors as I am a chocoholic and Mike's favourite is carrot cake so we blended the two together.

Danielle & Michael

We really wanted to provide favours that guests would utilise so we decided on doing a candy table that guests could raid throughout the night. We had little gold bags and a variety of all our favourite lollies and choc that guests could eat on during the night but also had the option to take a bag home. This was a huge success among our friends and family. Mike and I both love our sweet treats and so these favours emulated that.

Danielle & Michael

There were so many highlights from the day, but the best parts was seeing each other for the first time on the day, (Mike at the end of the aisle and me walking towards each other), officially getting married and being able to call each other husband and wife and being sharing the day with all of our closest friends and family – I had family travel from South Africa, London and Namibia who I hadn’t seen for 10-18years so that was quite special and just all the laughs and happiness the day brought.

Danielle & Michael
Danielle & Michael

Mike and I always knew we wanted a band for our wedding as we both believe they bring the best entertainment. We decided to go with Nothing Beyond. This is a local band that play all your great old school sing alongs incorporating some of your newer tunes – something for everyone. We went to see them play live at a pub before we decided on going with them. They were amazing – a four person band and the singer had a great voice. This was another element of our wedding we were happy to spend money on. The band had all their own lights and the venue had the perfect dancefloor at the end of the room where we could turn the lights off. We liked the idea of the room being one big room so those that wanted to have a break from dancing could sit at the tables but still watch the dancefloor and feel included.

Danielle & Michael

If I had one piece of advice it would be: Pick the most important elements of your wedding where you would be happy to spend money on – for us it was a photographer, food and music. I think it is important to have a budget in mind and research costs of things so you can alter budget as need be. But the main thing –  your wedding = your way. There are no rules anymore!

Danielle & Michael

THE DETAILS: Bride's gown THE BRIDAL STUDIO; Bride's shoes OVERLAND; Bridesmaids' dresses EVOLUTION; Groom and groomsmen's attire HALLENSTEINS; Hair by LORRAINE ELIZABETH; Makeup by EMMA DOOLAN; Rings SORELLA and MAN UP JEWELLERY; Flowers JILLY BUD FLORIST; Photography by BINH TRINH from PICTURE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHY; Catering THE BOATSHED; Cake MELODY'S NEW WORLD; Celebrant PRU ANDREWS; Music NOTHING BEYOND; Signage HANNAH & YOUNG PRINTING


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