Blair and I met in Christchurch ten years ago as flatmates, where I had a crush on him immediately. The first seven years were anything but ordinary or easy, as his job caused his frequent relocation around the country, and shortly after settling in Christchurch post-earthquakes, better career prospects took me to Auckland – away from him again. He followed me there a year later, though our lives are still chequered by distance as he flies long haul now. Travel has always been a big part of our lives, and he’d planned to propose in September 2015 in New York. However, following a romantic weekend, he proposed on February 15 at home – completely unplanned.
Our priority was for the wedding to bring together all of our international friends and family. We set about planning a 5 day weekend “sleepover” showcasing the beautiful Coromandel (so beautiful that our guests from far and wide would be compelled to come). The plan worked, and soon we had almost a third of our 75 guests arriving from overseas.
My dress was also an international arrival. I ordered it in March from Allure, it was part of their Couture collection and wasn’t ready to pick up until six months later, when I travelled to Los Angeles to meet my Maid of Honour (from New York!). That was also the first of my two hens’ parties, as we went to Las Vegas to kick off the party season! The second was more low-key, but just as much fun, as my closest ten girlfriends took to Waiheke for the weekend prior to the wedding. Blair’s stag was closer to home but also pretty adventurous, including the SkyJump!
Once everybody (and everything) was here, we had a relaxing, intimate and very personal celebration. Neither of us has parents, so I walked down the aisle alone, following my 5 beautiful bridesmaids. Our celebrant was a family friend of over 40 years, and in our vows we made promises which reflected our shared past experiences and common goals for the future. There were lots of tears, but even more laughter.
The ceremony was followed by cocktails, afternoon tea and lawn games, and we took some time alone for photos at and around the venue. We served a shared family-style Italian banquet while Blair and I and 5 of our friends gave speeches, followed by a few photos on the beach at sunset.
We stayed up well into the early hours, and swam in the sea with a dozen of our guests until almost 5am.
Credits: We just love The Official Photographers, and you’ll see why, and also have huge gratitude to PaulaJane Cakes, Natasha and Zea for hair, NZMakeup Girl, Hirepool, Food Gurus, Created by Nature flowers, The Ridler DJ, Lee Gray music.