Pamela Marker married Timothy McIntosh at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant on Friday, January 31, 2014
Will you marry me? Tim and I met at a friend’s 30th birthday party in 2007 and hit it off straight away. He proposed five years later while we were in Rarotonga. During a fantastic day of swimming and snorkelling together Tim noticed that my favourite number kept appearing everywhere, from booking codes to tickets and table numbers. He hadn’t planned to propose that day but took those coincidences as a sign that it was the right time to bring out the ring. Our wedding style We set an elegant, modern theme, much of which was thanks to Waiheke Island’s Mudbrick Vineyard. Surrounded by lavender and spectacular sea views, the venue barely required any decorating: we simply clustered candles on tables and perched name cards shaped like gold butterflies on the wine glass at each place setting. It gave the illusion of butterflies floating throughout the reception. My dream dress I tried on about 30 dresses before deciding on my custom-made, mermaid-silhouette ivory lace gown from Kellylin. Light and floaty, it was a perfect choice for our summer event. Before heading to the reception I swapped my floor-length veil for a simple gold headpiece adorned with white petals. Magical moments To keep the event flowing smoothly, we had our ‘first look’ and bridal party photo session before the ceremony instead of afterwards. It meant our makeup and flowers were at their freshest for photos, and gave us a chance to toast with our friends before the formalities took place. By cutting the cake during the ceremony, guests could enjoy an afternoon sugar rush with a glass of champagne to tide them over until dinner. Floral fantasy Glenys Wilson created our soft-hued bouquets and buttonholes using a mixture of roses and gypsophila. My mother-inlaw collected flowers to decorate the reception and teamed up with my mum, the bridal party and a few friends to finish the delicate arrangements over a wine the day before the wedding. Something special Both our dads were able to play a significant part in the day by giving speeches, so we wanted our mums to have a prominent role too. Asking them to sign the register as our witnesses was a simple yet meaningful way to involve them. My advice for brides to be Our bridal party and MC were key in helping our day run smoothly. Allocate these roles to those who truly appreciate the importance of your day.