ALEXANDRA & ALEXEI
Queen for a day
Bride: Alexandra Lee Groom: Alexei Dunayev Reside: New Zealand Photographer: Martin Bentley Photography martinbentleyphotography.co.nz Wedding Planner: Paula Holmes, www.stamford.com.au/spak Bride & Maid’s Gowns: Calla Bridal, www.callabridal.co.nz Shoes: Kate Spade, www.zappos.com Hair and Makeup by: On Hair Hairdresser, Albany (09) 448 5696 Groom’s Suit: Roman Daniels, www.romandaniels.com Complete staging and flowers: www.flowerfactory.co.nz Favours: Photobooth and Moustaches, www.photoboothandmoustaches.co.nz Cake: Zhakita Cake Design, www.zhakitacakes.co.nz
“The prospect of organising such a big event for all of our families and close friends was simply overwhelming. We were also very time poor. Then we met the lovely Paula Holmes, wedding planner extraordinaire. She immediately made us feel at ease and we made up our minds to have our wedding at Stamford Plaza even before we viewed the rooms where our ceremony and reception would be held. Everything came together in what seemed like a blink of an eye – from the first consultation
with our wonderfully talented, world-class artists Martin and Leslie from Martin Bentley Photography, to the dresses we picked out with Christine and Jackie at Calla Bridal, and the lovely florist and staging guru Fadia from FlowerPak – the fact that we were able to have our dream wedding despite relatively little time and modest budget would not have been possible without the extraordinary support, professionalism, and hard work from everybody who came together for our
special day.” – Alexandra
By far the long walk down the red carpet with my dad, wearing the wedding dress my mum had kept for me from Korea, seeing all of my dearest in the same room for the first time that day, and finally, locking eyes with my handsome husband at the end of the aisle waiting for me, grinning from ear to ear.
The heartfelt speeches from our fathers, the best man Igor, my sister Jennis who was a dazzling maid of honour, and an impromptu speech by Grandma Galya. The first dance with my husband was in my traditional Korean Han-bok, followed by a mesmerising performance by Russian Gypsies. I had so much fun that I only realised I hadn’t eaten all day as we were leaving at the end of the night. I was so relieved upon entering our honeymoon suite
to find a platter of sweet treats left for us from Stamford’s awesome catering team. These memories started flooding back when we received the official photographs from Martin and Leslie a couple of weeks later when we were honeymooning in San Francisco. I really did feel like a queen on my wedding day, as should every bride at least
once in her lifetime.