Old school LOVE

Jes­sica Sh­effield and Nathan Speir mar­ried at King’s Col­lege Chapel in Auck­land on Fri­day, April 10, 2015

New Zealand Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS -

e first met 16 years ago, when I was 12 and Nathan was 14. He was a friend of my friend’s older brother and we spent many sum­mers at Whanga­mata, where my school­girl crush quickly de­vel­oped! Af­ter a brief high school ro­mance we went our sep­a­rate ways at univer­sity and then re­con­nected in 2010 and have been to­gether ever since. A tra­di­tional pro­posal Nathan had planned an au­tumn road trip for us around the up­per North Is­land. We fin­ished at Ship­wreck Bay in Ahipara, one of his favourite surf­ing spots, and while I was busy en­joy­ing the sun­set he got down on one knee, propos­ing with my great grand­mother’s ring! A tra­di­tion­al­ist, he’d asked for my Dad’s bless­ing the night be­fore we left. In the fam­ily We got mar­ried at King’s Col­lege Chapel, which has strong con­nec­tions for us as Nathan, my fa­ther and brother are all old boys and my par­ents were mar­ried there too. Our wed­ding style I adore au­tumn colours and had al­ways wanted a wed­ding dress with long sheer lace sleeves, so an April cer­e­mony made all of that pos­si­ble. Soft cream and pale pink ac­cented with pops of bur­gundy and deep red set the tone for our ‘old-world’ cel­e­bra­tion. Nathan has a pas­sion for mu­sic, so we dis­played vin­tage records, made petal cones from vin­tage mu­sic sheets and read song lyrics in­stead of po­ems dur­ing the ser­vice. Dream dress Bri­dal de­signer Anna Schim­mel helped me bring my ideal gown to life. Us­ing the sleeves as the start­ing point, she cre­ated a fit­ted dress with a deep V-neck, a French Chantilly lace over­lay and bead­ing at the waist. A Span­ish man­tilla, which my great grand­fa­ther im­ported from Spain in 1922, fin­ished the look. The next day We flew out the day af­ter the wed­ding for a five-week trip around the States, which in­cluded a road trip through the South in a red Ford Mus­tang con­vert­ible. It was just in­cred­i­ble and cer­tainly highly rec­om­mended!

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