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Last updated 05:00 23/05/2014

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There's nowt like young love....

Students Kane, 22, and Emily Stone, 21, wed in Christchurch on January 4 this year.

They met as teens in Christchurch but headed off to Australia after the city was hit by the 2011 earthquake. Once they graduate - she's studying nursing, he's doing new media arts - they are planning to move back home to New Zealand.

How did you meet?

We meet through mutual friends at my church in Christchurch where I grew up. I was 18 and Kane was 19. It wasn't love at first sight but we built a strong friendship that continued for over a year before we both saw each other as more than friends. I had planned to move to Townsville, in Australia, for uni after the Christchurch earthquakes happened and it wasn't until he told me he was going to follow me their that we started dating. We dated for two years, including eight months long distance while he was still in Christchurch working for the Salvation Army.

Tell us about the proposal:

It was a beautiful North Queensland day and I had an inkling that he was going to propose but I didn't know when or how. He took me on a little picnic up to Crystal Creek which is a cascading waterfall and said he wanted to take photos. On the way we stopped at a cafe to pick up a milkshake for the drive. I told him I'd wait in the car which was perfect for him because he actually ducked around the back to call my Dad and ask his permission to marry me. We arrived at the waterfall and he made me climb right to the very top so we were overlooking the whole waterfall. He then pulled the ring out of his back pocket (risky I know) and asked me.

Location of wedding:

There was no doubt about it that we were going to get married in Christchurch, as the majority of both our families live there. We got married in a little country church in Ohoka just down the road from where I grew up which I would often bike past as a child, so it was very special to me.

Describe your wedding day:

There was a lot of stress in the week leading up to the wedding but the day itself was so relaxed and we had so much fun. It was absolutely perfect. It had also been raining the entire week but on the day it was a perfect temperature and slightly overcast which was perfect for the photos. I loved sharing the day with my two sisters, my childhood friend and my cousin who were my bridesmaids. We had family and friends there from all over the world. We counted 15 different countries and cities that guests had travelled from which made us feel so special. Our niece was our flower girl and she carried a teddy bear down the aisle holding the rings - the same teddy bear that Kane had held when he had been a page boy for his aunty's wedding. We wrote the first part of vows ourselves and didn't tell the other person until we were at the alter. After the ceremony we had a little afternoon tea in the garden followed by a reception at a different location with close family and friends. Instead of a guestbook we had a printed fingerprint tree where the guests would "leaf" their mark on a branch with their finger print which now looks awesome in a frame. Another special part was having a photo of both of the parents and both sets of grandparents on their wedding days sitting on a table at the reception. We also had a daddy/daughter dance which we gave the opportunity for other dads and their daughters to get up and share with us.

Tell us about the dress:

I had to have the lace and looked around a lot trying on dresses in stores to see what style suited me. I then stumbled across my dress online and bought it one size bigger than I thought to give room for alterations if needed. It was covered in lace with a beaded and pearl sash around the waist and a small train.

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The flowers:

My flowers were roses, hydrangeas and babies breath in a bouquet made by Shirley Minnis from Millwood Chapel. They were perfect and I couldn't have asked for better.

Highlight of the wedding:

The highlight for me was seeing Kane's face and seeing him struggle to hold back the tears as I walked down the aisle. Walking down the aisle with my dad, saying our vows, wearing the earrings that my mum wore on her wedding day, having a daddy/daughter dance at the reception are just a few others to name. We loved the sentimental touches. Also having so many family and friends that had traveled so far was a big highlight. It was a wonderful day of making amazing memories.

Was there any drama?

There were no dramas apart from going to put the ribbons on the wedding cars and the ribbon was too short because I had cut a bit off to tie a bow for our hay bale sign. But we made do with what we had and it didn't look too bad.

The honeymoon:

We took our honeymoon around the North Island and it was bliss. We spent time at Lake Taupo, Rotorua, and Napier which was lovely because I had not been to those places before.

Your photographer and favourite photo?

Our photographer was Rebecca Jayne and she did a fantastic job. We were blown away with how many amazing photos she took. I love the photos in the field of white flowers. I can't pick just one but one of my favourites is the one of my mum looking up at me.


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