Real Wed­dings

My Wedding - - CONTENTS -

The pro­posal: Mon­u­ment Val­ley, USA. We got up in the wee hours in the cold to watch the sun­rise. Adrian had hid­den the ring in his socks. I didn’t see it com­ing since we’d been to­gether nearly 10 years and were al­ready like an old mar­ried cou­ple in the best kind of way. We had a great day climb­ing the mesas and he shouted “I love you” and it bounced all around the mesas and sounded very ce­les­tial – a voice from heaven! Cer­e­mony Venue: St Philom­ena’s Church, New Ply­mouth. We are both from Taranaki, met each other there and have fond mem­o­ries of our first dates (and fall­ing in love!) there, In­clud­ing rowing on Pukekura Park which we recre­ated in our wed­ding pho­tos. St Philom­ena’s has a cool sym­met­ri­cal eye. I have done a bit of pho­tog­ra­phy so I thought this would look nice in the pho­tos. Also it was an in­ti­mate kind of Church. Wed­ding Venue: Puke Ariki Mu­seum. Ar­bo­rio restau­rant opens out into it so we used this space in com­bi­na­tion. It is right by the beau­ti­ful ocean and the Wind Wand, a city icon. There is a beau­ti­ful walk­way along the coast in New Ply­mouth. Ar­bo­rio’s amaz­ing head chef helped us achieve our vi­sion with foods and flavours we love. We are food­ies so menu was very im­por­tant to us. We also had wheels of cheese stacked up, and in­cluded food we’d eaten on our trav­els around the world. Min­is­ter: Fr. Manus Lyons from St Josephs Parish in Haw­era. We con­nected with his hu­mour and Ir­ish an­ces­try (my fam­ily has Ir­ish an­ces­try). He even jumped on­board with the wed­ding colour and wore his yel­low vest­ments. Theme: Our wed­ding was in Spring, which is not quite wed­ding sea­son but I think the na­ture around you is at its best then, so many things bloom­ing. I love yel­low, it’s so bright and happy. We wanted a very fresh spring vibe. Bride’s dress: When try­ing on dresses I got a bit de­pressed in the “meringues”. An Aun­tie sug­gested Anita from Vinka De­sign. When I tried on a sim­i­lar dress of hers I knew it was the one that I wanted! My dress is gor­geous and fresh, and em­braced our spring theme. My shoes even had flow­ers on, too, and were the per­fect spring shoe. I bought them from a favourite shoe com­pany who make shoes that are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Groom’s at­tire: Adrian wore a Rem­brandt suit and his tie was or­dered from over­seas to suit yel­low them­ing. It was fun find­ing the guys their own in­di­vid­ual cuff­links. My hus­band had ele­phant cuff­links from Etsy as his mother loved ele­phants and had col­lected a lot of ele­phant stuff be­fore pass­ing away. We also had one bat­man-ob­sessed best­man! I sourced a lot of good­ness on Etsy! Brides­maid’s dresses: Pur­chased through LA Dresses on­line. Hav­ing bases in New Ply­mouth and Aus­tralia helped as my Maid of Hon­our lives in Melbourne. They wore their own grey shoes. Flow­ers: I wanted the bou­quets to look less struc­tured than your aver­age wed­ding bou­quet and more like we’d been pick­ing flow­ers in the fields. Very nat­u­ral, and no pas­tels! Cake: A Lemon lime mud cake with flo­ral swirls, and ginger and red velvet cup­cakes with lit­tle yel­low flow­ers dec­o­ra­tions. We had boxes for those who wanted to take their cake home, sealed with yel­low heart stick­ers bear­ing our ini­tials and wed­ding date. Dé­cor: Dob­sons Hire for cut­lery and plates, Theatre Lamp and Light­ing for sound, chairs and sashes, ta­bles, hang­ings and chan­de­lier. We hired top­i­ary bushes from In­sphire that were dressed with rib­bons (Spot­light) and fairy lights (Trade Me). We made cards on ev­ery­one’s ta­ble of the States we had trav­elled through and the seat­ing chart was also ar­ranged by States. Lots of work! We had pic­tures of us in the dif­fer­ent States on mini easels. We also had cute sparkly flower nametags for ev­ery­one. We liked the idea of mix­ing peo­ple up, think­ing about who would re­ally hit it off! There were yel­low sun­flower choco­late pops as favours. Sta­tionery: Wed­ding Pa­per Di­vas for save the dates, in­vites and thank you’s - af­ford­able but beau­ti­ful de­signs shipped right to your door crazily fast! En­ter­tain­ment: An iPhone with a great playlist hooked into the sound sys­tem - I worked hard on this one! In the Church Adrian’s cousin Annabelle played mu­sic be­fore I ar­rived, dur­ing the sign­ing of the cer­e­mony and when we were walk­ing out. She has been play­ing since she was 4! They live in Welling­ton but con­sulted us ev­ery step of the way - ring­ing us up and play­ing us songs on speak­er­phone. We got to choose some beau­ti­ful pieces. Trans­porta­tion: Weir Bros (they have the cutest Vaux­hill Cresta) and Ex­ec­u­tive Trans­port from New Ply­mouth. Ser­vice: We chose things per­sonal to us - Adrian had a lot of peo­ple af­ter say­ing if church was al­ways like that they would con­vert to Catholi­cism. It was a fun loving, heart-felt and per­sonal. We even did a Navaho read­ing as we were en­gaged in Mon­u­ment Val­ley in the States. Most mem­o­rable mo­ment of the day: We had the most amaz­ing speeches and true heart­felt thank you’s. There were tears and laugh­ter. Adrian’s Opa is an amaz­ing speaker and he had this Dis­ney-es­que speech that he’d mem­o­rised. All of our speak­ers were nat­u­ral born speak­ers, con­stantly en­gag­ing peo­ple. I also did a speech even though I don’t speak that of­ten - but I do like writ­ing and I just spoke from the heart. Who made the day spe­cial: One of my best friends, Cat, came over from Melbourne a few days be­fore the big day and she helped us with so much. I stayed with her the night be­fore the wed­ding and she was al­ways there with tea and crois­sants. She was very gung-ho and re­ally helped us sort so much out. Then there were all the peo­ple who trav­elled great dis­tances - it would not have been the same with­out them. And my Mum who helped me with try­ing on dresses in some slack places. Those dresses were heav­ier and way big­ger than my lit­tle Mum! She had quite a work­out. Any­thing else mem­o­rable? Get­ting ready for the wed­ding was very re­lax­ing. While we were get­ting our hair and makeup done, we were sip­ping her­bal tea and chat­ting and eat­ing yummy nib­bles like pork belly. The boys sent us a pic­ture of them at KFC for brunch – our Raro­ton­gan best­man was crav­ing some!

Our first dance was not your tra­di­tional waltzy sway - we danced to ‘A Crazy Lit­tle Thing Called Love’ by Queen and my hubby swung me around rock and roll style (we took classes). I think that is kind of a re­flec­tion of our love - we are al­ways hav­ing fun and that’s what has kept us strong over the years.

I loved the look on my Dad’s face when he saw me for the first time. He is the kind of guy who never no­tices what peo­ple are wear­ing or how they look, but he looked amazed and dumb­founded all in one. When I rang him from the States my mother said he danced on his tip­pie toes when he found out we were en­gaged. I think the wed­ding was a very ex­cit­ing day for him.

Adrian was so proud of me or­gan­is­ing (with his help) an amaz­ing day for our fam­i­lies. I live with chronic ill­ness, so some­times it was try­ing or­gan­is­ing a wed­ding in a re­mote lo­ca­tion.

Bride

Hay­ley Jen­nings Groom Adrian Blake Date 20th Oc­to­ber 2012

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