Is­land idyll

Pamela Marker mar­ried Ti­mothy McIn­tosh at Mud­brick Vine­yard and Restau­rant on Fri­day, Jan­uary 31, 2014

New Zealand Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS -

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.

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