Do­nated wed­ding a dream for cou­ple

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KELLY DENNETT

The bride had pur­ple in her hair and the groom had a ball and chain at­tached to his an­kle.

An­gela Roberts says her March 29 nup­tials to Mike McLeod at Western Springs was punc­tu­ated with great weather, good friends and above all, a lit­tle bit of hu­mour.

But the com­edy wasn’t the only unique thing about this day.

Roberts and McLeod were the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a wed­ding do­nated by a group of strangers from Face­book com­mu­nity Pay it For­ward West Auck­land (PIF).

The pair ap­peared in the Auck­land City Har­bour News’ sis­ter publi­ca­tion the Western Leader in Jan­uary de­tail­ing their fairy­tale wed­ding come true, thanks to Glen­dene florist Shari Ne­vaMof­fitt who of­fered to do­nate a bou­quet to an en­gaged cou­ple.

Bit by bit others con­trib­uted and soon enough an en­tire wed­ding was on of­fer.

Roberts was the lucky re­cip­i­ent af­ter writ­ing a heart-felt en­try ex­plain­ing the tough times her fam­ily had gone through af­ter the death of her mother and brother-in-law.

She and McLeod had al­ways hoped to get mar­ried but felt they could never af­ford the day them­selves.

As a re­sult of the ar­ti­cle more kind­ness came out of the wood­work from as far away as Levin where a butcher couri­ered a pig up for the re­cep­tion.

Peo­ple con­tin­ued to do­nate a dress, pur­ple Dodge wed­ding cars, food and mu­sic and Roberts also re­ceived a call from a cel­e­brant who had of­fi­ci­ated at her son’s nam­ing cer­e­mony and her mother’s fu­neral. She too do­nated her ser­vices.

As for the day it­self, Roberts says ev­ery­thing went per­fectly.

It cul­mi­nated in the re­cep­tion at Waitem­ata Seag­ulls Rugby Club where 150 guests feasted on a hangi do­nated by a fam­ily who were up at 5am pre­par­ing the meat and veg­eta­bles.

The high­light of the day was her son Shaidyen’s speech, Roberts says.

‘‘He got up and said, ‘I know there’s a lot of peo­ple who want to get mar­ried. Don’t worry, your dream will come true just like my mum and dad’.’’

The pair can’t thank the com­mu­nity and Neva-Mof­fitt enough and in true pay-it­for­ward style Roberts is do­nat­ing some of her wed­ding gar­ments on to others.

Photo: SANELE CHAD­WICK

Soul mates: An­gela Roberts and Mike McLeod mar­ried at Western Springs on March 29 cour­tesy of kind strangers.

Top prize: A sim­ple act of gen­eros­ity turned into a dream wed­ding for An­gela Roberts, Western Leader, Jan­uary 21.

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