aubrey & jonathon

My Wedding - - REAL WEDDING -

The pro­posal: June 22nd 2011- I (Aubrey) knew the ring was in the process of be­ing made - dad had given Jono my Great Gran’s ring to use to make a new ring. Jono told me it was an­other two months from be­ing ready. The very next night he took me out for din­ner, then we went to the petrol sta­tion for hot choco­lates and lol­lies. I sug­gested we go to Sul­phur Point. This was where Jono had first told me he knew I was the one. What I didn’t know was that Jono was plan­ning on tak­ing me there any­way. I was cold and went to put my hands into his hoodie pocket. He pushed my hands out ...I thought, what’s in his pocket? He got down on one knee on the beau­ti­ful wa­ter­front un­der the stars and said “Aubrey Jessica Speak­man, will you marry me?” I couldn’t stop gig­gling for about an hour I was so happy! Venue: We were mar­ried at Mis­sion Es­tate Win­ery, Napier, a beau­ti­ful es­tate over­look­ing a stun­ning view of Napier. Both the grounds and build­ing are amaz­ing! It’s a sec­ond home to Aubrey, as her fam­ily has all worked there over the years and she grew up dream­ing of be­ing mar­ried there. Our re­cep­tion was also held at Mis­sion Es­tate in the old re­stored chapel with beau­ti­ful high ceil­ings, amaz­ing food and ex­cel­lent ser­vice. Min­is­ter: Our own pas­tor, David Dishroon, a great friend and men­tor to both of us. He ran the ser­vice so smoothly, and it was great to have some­one who knew us both and our jour­ney to­gether. Pho­tog­ra­phers: Bruce Jenk­ins was our main pho­tog­ra­pher on the day. We also had our good friend Me­gan Warn tak­ing pho­tos for us. It was great to have two dif­fer­ent peo­ple tak­ing pho­tos as you got a great va­ri­ety of things cap­tured. Aubrey’s dad, Tony Speak­man edited the pho­tos, and made our al­bum. He is a pho­tog­ra­pher but wanted to be Fa­ther of the Bride for the day!

Theme: Vin­tage/ Ro­man­tic mixed with our huge love for mu­sic. Bride’s Dress: A beau­ti­ful strap­less Ella gown with flow­ing chif­fon, off-white and pulled to the side with dia­mante flower de­tail. It was pur­chased in a half price sale from Vanilla Bri­dal, Tau­ranga. She also wore her great grand­mother’s pearls around her neck which was her some­thing old; and Jono’s sis­ter’s veil was her some­thing bor­rowed. Groom’s at­tire: A clas­sic black suit with a light pin­stripe, pur­chased at Hal­len­steins. A waist­coat and tie, white with a sil­ver pat­tern, were hired from Munns Menswear in Hamil­ton. He didn’t let Aubrey see what he was wear­ing un­til the wed­ding day! Brides­maids’ dresses: Midnight blue, V-neck dresses pulled in around the waist with beau­ti­ful ruf­fled skirts, or­dered on­line from China. This was a night­mare as we had to get them ad­justed sev­eral times and they were only just ready the day be­fore the wed­ding! I don’t rec­om­mend it! They also wore clas­sic pearl jewellery. Grooms­men’s at­tire: The same suits as Jono from Hal­len­steins (they got a great deal buy­ing to­gether), with black waist­coats, white shirts with midnight blue ties to match the girls dresses. Each of the boys had a mu­sic re­lated cuff­link match­ing the in­stru­ment they play. Flow­ers: We adored our vin­tage/ro­man­tic flow­ers from Natasha and team at The Flower Bar­row, Taradale. Roses in pale shades of pink, peach, mauve and cream, wrapped in blue or cream rib­bon. My bou­quet had my grand­mother’s brooch pinned to it - my some­thing blue. Ev­ery­one com­mented on how beau­ti­ful the bou­quets were. They also did the flow­ers for our cen­tre­pieces, the dis­play at the cer­e­mony and petals for the guests to toss. Hair and Make up: Aubrey’s hair and makeup was by the Visage team in Taradale. Our friend Ann-Marie, also a hair­dresser, did the brides­maid’s hair and one of the brides­maids did all of their makeup. Cake: Our amaz­ing three-tiered cake was by Deb­bie at Sweet Art, Have­lock North. The top tier was gluten and dairy free choco­late flavour, fol­lowed by a choco­late mud layer and a vanilla layer. It was a mu­sic-themed cake with the mu­sic score of “I’m Yours” (our song) wrapped around it, topped with a bride fig­urine with a mi­cro­phone look­ing up at the groom fig­urine with his gui­tar. Dé­cor: June from A Touch of El­e­gance de­signed and set up the most mag­i­cal set­ting for the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion. In­cred­i­ble fairy lights and hang­ing bead cur­tains shone from the ceil­ing; ro­man­tic lan­terns and can­dle hold­ers, pearls and beau­ti­ful fab­rics sat on the ta­bles. She pro­vided chair cov­ers and rib­bon, and an amaz­ing back­drop be­hind the bri­dal ta­ble. Oh my good­ness she did it all and it blew us away! Mis­sion Es­tate pro­vided plates, table­cloths, nap­kins, cut­lery etc and ar­ranged the seat­ing and menus for us. Sta­tionery: Aubrey’s dad is a tal­ented graphic de­signer and made all our sta­tionery. He made us our own logo and “I’m Yours” slo­gan which went on ev­ery­thing. We stuck to the same colours, light pink and black, added the mu­si­cal el­e­ment where we could and the amaz­ing Kieran McKi­naly printed it all per­fectly. Our ta­ble names were gui­tar brands and shaped as that gui­tar would be. There were mu­si­cal touches through ev­ery­thing! En­ter­tain­ment: Dusk2Dawn was amaz­ing, pro­vid­ing sound, light­ing and DJ. We also had a group of friends from our church who we play in a band with. It was fun hav­ing our friends jam for us! Trans­porta­tion: It’s who you know! Friends and fam­ily asked around and we ended up with a V8 Holden com­modore Ute as the main bri­dal car and two other Holden Com­modores to bor­row for the day no charge. We were stoked as th­ese are our favourite cars! Cater­ing: Mis­sion Es­tate pro­vided ev­ery­thing from fin­ger food to drinks and main meals. Ev­ery­one was handed cham­pagne as soon as we got back up the aisle. The food was de­li­cious and the ser­vice was spot on. The ser­vice: We wrote our own vows straight from the heart. They were so beau­ti­ful and spe­cial; we’ll never for­get that mo­ment! We chose songs that were “our songs”, sung a wor­ship song to God and my lit­tle brother Joshua did a bi­ble read­ing for us. “I’m Yours” Played as we signed the reg­is­ter, our song for the day! Our par­ents came up and prayed over us and our mar­riage, which was spe­cial. Most mem­o­rable mo­ment of the day: Read­ing our vows to each other. Aubrey cried so much she snif­fled all the way through read­ing them! They were from the heart. Jono also en­joyed driv­ing a V8! Mostly just hav­ing a huge fun party with all of our fam­ily and friends all to­gether in one place! Fam­ily/Friends: Our nephew and nieces did a won­der­ful job as flow­er­girls and page­boy. It was so spe­cial see­ing them walk down the aisle guided by Jono’s sis­ter Kelly. Aubrey’s mum be­ing the wed­ding co-or­di­na­tor at the Mis­sion Es­tate was very handy! She was amaz­ing and co-or­di­nated ev­ery­thing, find­ing us the right busi­nesses to work with. Aubrey’s brother Alis­tair was our MC and was both or­gan­ised and hi­lar­i­ous! Both of our fam­i­lies were re­ally great help and sup­port, as were our brides­maids and grooms­men. Don’t be afraid to lean on peo­ple and ask for help - most friends and fam­ily just want the best and for you to have the best day pos­si­ble. Mem­o­rable: We let off Chi­nese lan­terns with our guests over the look­out be­fore we left the re­cep­tion. It was fun and made for great pic­tures. We co-or­di­nated a sur­prise bri­dal party dance us­ing a few mod­ern songs straight af­ter our first slow dance - hi­lar­i­ous! Aubrey and her mum went to the hair salon to­gether for a cou­ple hours the morn­ing of the wed­ding – it was great to spend some qual­ity time to­gether. We had a pho­to­booth with funny props and the guests put a copy of their pho­tos and a mes­sage into a spe­cial book - great to look through and fun to do. As a sur­prise Aubrey’s mum set up a sweet bar with lol­lies and lolly bags for ev­ery­one to help them­selves to. This was a huge hit with the guests! See­ing it all come to­gether af­ter months of plan­ning makes ev­ery­thing so worth while!

Bride Aubrey Jessica Speak­man Groom Jonathon Paul Chap­lin Date of Wed­ding 14th April 2012

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