emma & scott

My Wedding - - REAL WEDDING -

The Pro­posal:

When Scott and I were in­vited to a child­hood friend's wed­ding in Hawke's Bay he de­cided that was where he wanted to pro­pose, as that's where I grew up. The day af­ter the wed­ding he sug­gested we go for a walk, so I took him to the Red­woods where I spent a lot of time as a kid. Lit­tle did we know there was a con­cert on that af­ter­noon and peo­ple every­where, which he didn't like, and asked if there was a dif­fer­ent place we could go? So off we went to the Tuk­i­tuki River where I also had fond child­hood mem­o­ries, and as we stopped to ad­mire the view, he got down on one knee, com­pletely tak­ing me by sur­prise! Cer­e­mony: We wanted a gar­den set­ting, and it was im­por­tant that my 91 year old Nana be there, so we chose Syl­van Park in Mil­ford, at the end of her road. Re­cep­tion: As I work in the wed­ding in­dus­try, I wanted a venue I had not been to be­fore, and that I was not likely to be styling some­one else's wed­ding at. So, we chose a pri­vate venue called The Loft in Col­lege Hill. One big open space, ex­posed brick and white ceil­ing beams, the per­fect blank can­vas, and a stun­ning space all on its own. Hav­ing a pri­vate venue meant we also had no time re­stric­tions and could party the night away as long as we wanted. We en­vi­sioned our wed­ding re­cep­tion to be an in­ti­mate, re­laxed, fun at­mos­phere, so in­stead of a sit down meal, we had a walk'n'fork style, with bar lean­ers and lounge ar­eas from Villa Kula for our guests to min­gle and re­lax be­fore the band kicked off. Cel­e­brant: Graeme Maker, a fam­ily friend of Scott's. He was great, and suited the re­laxed feel we wanted. Pho­tog­ra­pher: Kim­ber­ley El­iz­a­beth Pho­tog­ra­phy. Our pho­tog­ra­pher Kim was amaz­ing, and one of the best de­ci­sions we made in the wed­ding plan­ning! We have had so many awe­some com­ments on our pho­tos. We had our bri­dal party pho­tos taken be­fore the cer­e­mony, partly to ease my nerves, and we also wanted to have the pho­tos taken around where Scott grew up. Bride’s Dress: This was my one splurge, and I am still so stoked with my dress! From the mo­ment I stepped into John Zim­mer­man's show­room I was in love! I wanted a lace dress as I thought it would be the only time in my life I would wear head-to-toe lace. Af­ter try­ing on many ex­quis­ite dresses, we took the bits I loved from them and to­gether we cre­ated my dream dress. Hav­ing a dress cre­ated just for me, with John's eye for de­tail and easy go­ing na­ture, was just an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence. John also sewed my new ini­tials in blue thread into the dress as my ‘some­thing blue'. I also had a full length veil made, and wore pearl ear­rings and pearl bracelets. Groom’s At­tire: Af­ter search­ing every­where for nice grey pants and a waist­coat for Scott with no suc­cess, we wan­dered into Hal­len­steins one day just on clos­ing and there they were. We bought Scott's out­fit and the grooms­men pants then and there. We wanted each per­son in our bri­dal party to have their own style, so we found ties from var­i­ous shops all in dif­fer­ent styles, and they each wore sus­penders, and their own shirts, shoes and ac­ces­sories. As a gift we also bought them tie clips and cheese-cut­ter hats. Brides­maids: I found an on­line site that had many dif­fer­ent styles, and let the brides­maids all choose their own style. My only re­quest was that they wore full length dresses in pur­ple, suit­able for our re­laxed gar­den wed­ding. They wore shoes of their choos­ing, and their own ac­ces­sories. I also gave them a pearl bracelet each to wear. I bought them a clutch each as a gift, with tis­sues and lip balm for the day. I also had my gor­geous lit­tle sis­ters as my flow­er­girls, in dresses made by their mum, and they looked in­cred­i­ble, so cute! Hair and Makeup: Jayne Jewell Wed­ding Hair & Make-up. Jayne was great, com­ing all the way down from Whangarei to do our hair, and I loved it! I gave her a ba­sic idea of what I had in mind, and let her do her stuff. Our make-up was by Shona Steven­son, who lived lo­cally to where we were get­ting ready, and she was fan­tas­tic. Cake: We chose not to have a cake. Our mums did an amaz­ing job of mak­ing loads of sweet treats, and we had a dessert ta­ble in­stead, which guests nib­bled on all night! Dé­cor: We chose a sim­ple, soft colour scheme of white, with touches of pur­ple and green. I work for A Touch of Class – a wed­ding and event styling com­pany - which means I al­ways have so many ideas in my head for wed­ding styling and dé­cor. Nar­row­ing them down was al­most im­pos­si­ble! I love all things home­made and crafty, and all those per­sonal touches that make a wed­ding unique. I de­cided to make ev­ery­thing my­self from things around our home. I painted var­i­ous bot­tles and wrapped jars in lace and pretty pa­per for vases and can­dles. Scott is an elec­tri­cian so we made some vases out of light­bulbs and hung them from the ceil­ing, and also hung fairy lights and pa­per lan­terns. One of my favourite things was our gift card suit­case. It was my great un­cle's school bag from the 1930s! Lastly, we had a lit­tle bas­ket in the bath­room filled with all those things that come in handy on oc­ca­sions like this - bobby pins, quick ease, hairspray, lip balm, wipes etc, and this was much ap­pre­ci­ated by our guests, al­most ev­ery­thing was used! Sta­tionery: One of my amaz­ing brides­maids de­signed our in­vites, a beau­ti­ful lace de­sign in teal. Flow­ers: My brides­maids (with the help of my lit­tle brother!) ac­tu­ally made our bou­quets the morn­ing of the wed­ding - white pe­onies tied with pur­ple rib­bon. With some fan­tas­tic helpers, we set up the venue the day be­fore, and I did all the flower ar­range­ments there. I wanted them to look they had just been picked from the gar­den, sim­ple, soft and pretty. En­ter­tain­ment: A friend of ours played in a band, so he bought a band­mate along and they rocked the re­cep­tion! We gave them free reign, and asked them to play as long as they wanted. Not only did they judge the crowd per­fectly, the dance­floor was packed from the mo­ment they started un­til af­ter 1am! Cater­ing: I love food, so it was im­por­tant to me to have cater­ers who un­der­stood my vi­sion. Mur­ray and Sam from Ap­pres­soFresh Cater­ing Com­pany were a per­fect fit, and we had so many com­ments on the de­li­cious food! As well as canapés, the three mains were small enough por­tions so guests could try all op­tions - pork belly, eye fil­let and over 180 chicken slid­ers! Trans­port: We had our broth­ers drive the bri­dal party around for the pho­tos and then down to the cer­e­mony in Auck­land. It was great hav­ing them be an im­por­tant part of the day. We also hired a limo to take the bri­dal party from the cer­e­mony to the re­cep­tion which was loads of fun. The Ser­vice: The cer­e­mony was laid back and re­flected our per­son­al­i­ties. My aunt gave a great read­ing that was sweet and funny, and suited us per­fectly! For the af­ter-cer­e­mony drinks, we played mu­sic from bands Scott and I have seen live in con­cert to­gether. Mem­o­rable Mo­ments: There were so many, but we both re­ally loved the lead-up to the cer­e­mony. Spend­ing time with our bri­dal party be­fore­hand was great, es­pe­cially as some of them were from out of town. Talk­ing and hav­ing a glass of cham­pagne with one of my best friends on Skype while get­ting ready, and then the walk to the cer­e­mony. I met my dad and flow­er­girls at my nana's house, and we all walked the cou­ple of min­utes down the road to Syl­van Park. The neigh­bours came out to wave and wish us well, and it was great to have that time chat­ting away to dad on our way down. I don't think we stopped talk­ing the whole way! I thought I would be so ner­vous, but the whole day was so much fun, and I was happy and calm all day, know­ing that I was mar­ry­ing the best guy ever!

Bride Emma Hall Groom Scott Bother­way Wed­ding 8 De­cem­ber 2012

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