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