chris­tine & david

My Wedding - - REAL WEDDING -

The pro­posal: “It was our 3-year an­niver­sary and we went out for din­ner. When we got home there was a lit­tle box wait­ing for me on my pil­low! In it was a beau­ti­ful rose gold band with the di­a­monds in a lit­tle bag next to it - the ring wasn’t quite fin­ished in time but it didn’t mat­ter, it was per­fect.” Cer­e­mony and Wed­ding Venue: The Red Barn, in Pi­aere, cho­sen be­cause of its ru­ral out­look; it suited our farm­ing up­bring­ing.

Mar­ried by: Dea­con Leon Finn Pho­tog­ra­pher: Donna Walsh, cho­sen by the bride be­cause she is a friend. “I knew I would feel more com­fort­able with her tak­ing my pho­tos than a stranger. Also I knew she would do a fab­u­lous job! Which she did!”

Theme: Black and white polka dots with red Bride’s Dress: ‘Greer’ in off-white soft or­ganza, pur­chased from Brides Cor­ner in Manukau for $2,150. Groom and Grooms­mens’ at­tire: Hired from Frank Casey in Hamil­ton, ties bought from Etsy on­line Bride­maids’ dress: Black dresses with a lace top and pleated skirts, made by Robyn Brooks from Ooby Ryn in Cam­bridge. Flow­ers: Eros red Ger­beras bought in bulk from the Frank­ton Flower Mar­kets in Hamil­ton and ar­ranged by Wiki Ihaka.

Hair and Make up: The Sam­ple Room in Cam­bridge Cake: The bride made all cup­cakes. “I baked 100 of them to fill a 7-tier stand I’d bought. They were choco­late with a whipped choco­late ganache, and white choco­late mud with cream cheese ic­ing, dec­o­rated with red and white fon­dant hearts. The top tier was a fruit­cake made by my mother Lind­say, and we cov­ered it with white fon­dant and added polka dot rib­bon and pearls, topped with a mini red ger­bera and the horse shoes from my mum’s wed­ding cake.” Dé­cor: A mix­ture of DIY and hire. “One of my favourite things about the decor of the wed­ding was the bunt­ing that my brides­maid Emma Blair sewed for me. We hung it in the trees and tied it along the bri­dle ta­ble. The things we hired were from Blakes in Hamil­ton. I used tall cylin­der vases, filled the bot­tom with clear rocks and added a sin­gle red ger­bera with polka dot rib­bon around the tops and bot­toms. Th­ese were sur­rounded with vin­tage in­spired tealights. There were black table­cloths and white nap­kins with pearl nap­kin hold­ers. Sta­tion­ary: A graphic de­signer friend Rachel Trevelyan de­signed the in­vi­ta­tions which were sim­ple and mod­ern. “She also de­signed stick­ers with our ini­tials to seal the en­velopes with. The thank you cards I did on­line through VistaPrint us­ing a photo from the wed­ding where we held up a por­tion of the bunt­ing with thank you writ­ten on it.” En­ter­tain­ment: “I left my brother in charge of this. He and a brides­maid’s fi­ancé made a play list and we played it through the venue’s speaker sys­tem - it was per­fect and saved us a lot of money.” Trans­porta­tion: “My Dad sourced a Jaguar from a friend of his for us girls, and we bor­rowed a Mazda CX5 for the boys.” Cater­ing: The buffet was by Kerr and Lad­brook. “They come with the pack­age and are amaz­ing!” The Ser­vice: quite tra­di­tional. “We had a can­dle cer­e­mony where our mothers lit a can­dle each; at the end of the cer­e­mony we lit a sin­gle large can­dle us­ing the smaller ones to rep­re­sent our fam­i­lies join­ing. My grand­mother was the only grand­par­ent at the wed­ding so we thought it would be spe­cial for her to do a read­ing to rep­re­sent them all, she chose Wed­ding Prayer by Robert Louis Steven­son. Our friends Rachel Young and Jo Gil­bert also did a read­ing. My friend Tara Hughes signed the reg­is­ter for me and Dave had his brother Tim sign for him.” Most mem­o­rable mo­ment of the day: Walk­ing down the aisle as hus­band and wife! Fam­ily Friends who helped make our day spe­cial: A lot of peo­ple were so help­ful and sup­port­ive of the wed­ding even though they all thought we were crazy plan­ning a wed­ding in FIVE months! My brides­maids were great and helped a lot along the way. On the morn­ing of the wed­ding, friends Lisa Coupe and Emma Geor got my two horses ready by plait­ing them and mak­ing them look nice so I could have some pho­tos with them. Chele Clarkin, a friend and jew­eller made my en­gage­ment ring, our wed­ding bands and lent me, my mum and the bri­dal party beau­ti­ful jewellery to wear on the day. Any­thing else mem­o­rable: When Dave got all mud­dled and tried to put the wed­ding band on the wrong hand! I had swapped my en­gage­ment ring to my right hand for the day so he went for that hand!

Pho­tog­ra­phy Donna Walsh Bride Chris­tine Cor­nege Groom David Dawkins Date 30 March 2012

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