Introducing Tanya and Iain

Last updated 05:01 01/06/2012

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Operations manager Tanya Pearce, 27, and automotive technician Iain Calvert, 26, met as teenagers and married years later in Christchurch. 

How did you meet? "The first time we met was at our first after school supermarket job when we were 16 and 17 but it wasn't until six years later when we randomly bumped into each other in town one night that things got serious," says Tanya. "We swapped numbers but even then Iain played it real cool and didn't ask me out for a couple of months. When we finally went out for our first date that was it, we moved in together a month later and haven't spent a night apart since."

Tell us about the proposal: "It was my birthday and Iain had been sneaking around planning things that I had no idea about. He booked a suite at Chateau on the Park and had bought along quite a large present box. I was quite excited thinking I have finally got a GHD but when I opened my eyes he was on one knee. He had even designed the ring himself and asked my dad for permission so I was very impressed."

Location of wedding: The couple married at Cossar's Wineshed in Tai Tapu, just outside of Christchurch. "Absolutely beautiful venue," says Tanya.

Describe your wedding day: "The day was perfect, although very sunny so we are a bit squinty in the pictures. We had invited immediate family and close friends only so it was small with just 60 people but it was so much fun. We were able to spend time with everyone and it ended up being very relaxed. Instead of bridesmaids I had bridesmates as my three best friends are guys. They did a fantastic job of calming nerves and even went on a shopping mission to find me a bracelet when I discovered I didn't have one to wear."

The dress: "The dress I had seen a picture of many years ago but couldn't find anywhere so I got in touch with dressmaker Philippa Maunsell who was amazing. She made my dress purely from one picture and added all sorts of personal touches for me all in the space of about six weeks. It was so comfortable to wear."

The flowers: "The flowers were done through a friend of my mum who as well did an amazing job. She managed to find these beautiful dark purple calla lilies, I have never seen any so bright."

Highlight of the wedding: "The highlight would have to be actually the very end of the night," says Tanya. "My bridesmates were dropping us off at Clearwater for the night so we were driving back into Christchurch from Tai Tapu, we were relaxed and happy and looked out to the south and managed to see the aurora which was really bright that night."

Was there any drama? "There were no major hiccups although when on the way to the venue we seemed to have a real good run of traffic so I arrived half an hour early. The boys had just arrived and guests were still arriving. I think I am the only bride who has been asked to leave her own wedding. We had to drive around the block a few times."

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The honeymoon: "For the honeymoon we decided on something a little different and so we went to China," says Tanya. "Signing up for a 15 day tour with 10 other people is probably not the most romantic holiday but bloody hell we had fun. It was amazing, beautiful place."

Your photographer and favourite photo? "Shar Devine Photography was our photographer and she was brilliant! You can imagine what having to herd six boys after a few beers is like. Well she did it and the photos turned out amazing. I would recommend her to anyone."

- © Fairfax NZ News

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