Queen for a day

My Wedding - - HAIR & BEAUTY -

Bride: Alexan­dra Lee Groom: Alexei Du­nayev Re­side: New Zealand Pho­tog­ra­pher: Martin Bent­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy mar­t­in­bent­leypho­tog­ra­ Wed­ding Plan­ner: Paula Holmes, www.stam­ Bride & Maid’s Gowns: Calla Bridal, www.callabri­ Shoes: Kate Spade, www.zap­ Hair and Makeup by: On Hair Hair­dresser, Al­bany (09) 448 5696 Groom’s Suit: Ro­man Daniels,­man­ Com­plete stag­ing and flow­ers: www.flow­er­fac­ Favours: Pho­to­booth and Mous­taches, www.pho­to­boothand­mous­ Cake: Zhakita Cake De­sign, www.zhak­i­ta­

“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.

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