A PRIVATE PROPERTY IN AUCKLAND PROVIDED THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR THIS GOLD COAST COUPLE’S DREAM DESTINATION WEDDING
THE COUPLE: Venetia McGrath Cameron, 29 and Ty Kudla, 30
THE LOVE STORY: There’s a mutual friend to thank for this love story. “Our first encounter was one Friday afternoon at after-work drinks where we were introduced to each other through a friend,” Ty recalls. “A few weeks later I spotted Venetia in/on a bar dancing like a maniac and I immediately fell in lust. After a long night of flirting, Venetia offered to split her cab with me as my place was on the way. She even stepped out for a cheeky kiss on departure. A few weeks later I learnt that she lived approximately 20km in the opposite direction when picking her up for a follow-up date.” Ty proposed in 2015. “That year we were very spoiled and our family Christmas was spent sailing and exploring the islands off Auckland. One gorgeous afternoon, I woke Venetia from a nap and asked her to come and watch the sunset with me. I think she was still half asleep, because halfway through my rambling she said, ‘Are you OK, what are you doing?’, to which I nervously spewed ‘Would you like to get married?’”
THE BIG DAY: February 16 at a private property at Glendowie, Auckland, officiated by Swami Yogamani Saraswati. Ty says their favourite moments were the family speeches with lots of laughs and tears as well as later losing the “Just Married” sign and beer cans hanging from the wedding car somewhere in the city. “We decided to meet each other prior to the ceremony, which was just beautiful,” Ty says. “It allowed us to have some really intimate moments together and embrace our emotions away from a crowd prior to show time.”
THE SOUNDTRACK: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Haley Reinhart
THE DRESS: Venetia’s dress was by designer Berta Bridal.
PHOTOS: Jonny Scott, jonnyscottphoto.com