Some­thing i learned

“Take the time to set up a wed­ding web­site. I used The Knot and it helped enor­mously with guest lists, in­for­ma­tion, RSVPs – and it was free! It saved lots of headaches closer to the time. ”

New Zealand Weddings - - GALLERY -

I Sean pro­posed on Chi­nese New Year dur­ing our fam­ily din­ner, af­ter three years of dat­ing. I was par­tic­u­larly touched be­cause I know how shy he is, so it would’ve taken a lot of courage to do it in public. Our cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion were held at The Farm at Cape Kid­nap­pers in the Hawke’s Bay. Sean and I love golf, so we thought choos­ing a golf re­sort would be a great way to re­flect us. Plus, I loved the vibe and the rich, vin­tage dé­cor of the venue – it was the per­fect fit.

The venue directed our styling and colour pal­ette, which was flaw­lessly brought to life by our wed­ding plan­ner and stylist Danielle from Oh! Such Style. We leaned to­wards white and blush with ac­cents of pale blue, beige and dark green to give the look more depth. The pale pink tied in beau­ti­fully with the brides­maids’ blush off-the-shoul­der dresses, and we in­cor­po­rated the creams and blues through­out the venue into our can­dles and sta­tionery suite.

Mag­dalen Hill cre­ated the breath­tak­ing flo­ral in­stal­la­tions across

din­ner fol­lowed by a next-level semi-naked choco­late and ba­nana cake and dessert wall cre­ated by Cookie De­li­cious (owned by my sis­ter).

Adam Dixon in Syd­ney cre­ated my beau­ti­ful gown. He was a dream. The dress was a silk drop satin in bone white with pearls that were em­broi­dered by Adam across the back. I’d col­lected the pearls over the years from my 21st birth­day, friends and an­tique shops.

Be­fore the cer­e­mony I took my sis­ters to Bull Hill, where one of Dad’s sculp­tures stands. There, I gifted them pounamu pen­dants each con­tain­ing Dad’s ashes. I’d been dread­ing not hav­ing Dad there on the wed­ding day but hav­ing this mo­ment with the girls re­ally eased the bur­den. Along with pay­ing trib­ute to Dad through­out the day (which in­cluded a post- cer­e­mony pho­to­shoot at his best friends house in the church they built for him), the speeches were also such a high­light, they evoked laugh­ter and tears, fol­lowed by danc­ing and par­ty­ing un­til four in the morn­ing!

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