Gar­den PARTY

Anna McCor­mack and Matthew Todd mar­ried at St Peters Angli­can Church, Akaroa, on Fri­day, Jan­uary 15, 2016

New Zealand Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS -

Even af­ter be­ing to­gether for four years, the tim­ing of Matt’s pro­posal made it a com­plete sur­prise. He popped the ques­tion one night af­ter a rugby game and just hours be­fore he was due to leave for South Africa the next morn­ing. I was help­ing him pack and sud­denly he was on one knee. Our wed­ding style We chose a clas­sic, tra­di­tional theme, and Natalie-Rose from Flow­er­head – our florist and stylist – brought it to life beau­ti­fully. Built in 1857, the stately home of Blyth­cliffe made an apt back­drop. We dec­o­rated with sim­ple green and white fo­liage. My dream dress I chose my dress when I was six months preg­nant, but the week be­fore the wed­ding, de­cided I wasn’t ac­tu­ally happy with it. My sis­ter has a great re­la­tion­ship with Kris­tine from Miss Crabb, so they made me a sim­ple summertime wrap dress. I tried it on for the first time on the morn­ing of the wed­ding, and I couldn’t have been hap­pier with it. My other sis­ter is also a jew­eller in Lon­don (Jes­sica McCor­mack Di­a­monds), so I wore her di­a­mond de­signs too, which made me feel very spe­cial. Aisle style My brides­maids also wore un­struc­tured, shoestringstrapped dresses from Miss Crabb. Mid­night blue in colour, they worked well with the boys’ navy Bark­ers suits. Cap­ture the mo­ment Ini­tially, I was re­luc­tant to leave the venue for photos – I had wanted to get them all taken there so we didn’t miss catch­ing up with guests dur­ing cock­tail hour! How­ever, I have to ad­mit that when our pho­tog­ra­pher and wed­ding plan­ner whisked us away, hav­ing that quiet mo­ment to re­flect, just Matt and me, was one of the most spe­cial points of the day. My ad­vice for brides to be Hir­ing a wed­ding plan­ner was the best de­ci­sion we made. Emma New­man was calm and sup­port­ive – I don’t think we could have got there with­out her!

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