Introducing Kelly and Aaron
Kelly Watkins and Aaron McCash, both 26, married at Erskine in Wellington's Island Bay.
How did you meet? "We first met at youth group when we were 13," says Kelly. "We had some epic MSN and email conversations but when it came to talking in person, we were both far too shy! Four years later Aaron found my phone number and plucked up the courage to ask me on a date. Afterwards, he asked me if we were 'going out now' and I was so taken aback that I said, 'No!'. Luckily, he wasn't put off, and he asked me again a week later. We have been together ever since!"
Tell us about the proposal: "Having been together for eight years we had discussed marriage and had even looked at rings together. Even so, the proposal still took me by surprise! I arrived home from work one Friday evening to find the floor of the hallway covered in rose petals. I followed them through to the lounge where every surface was covered in rose petals and candles. Aaron came in behind me, and took my hand. He then got down on one knee, held out a ring, and asked me to marry him. By this stage I was giggling and crying, but I managed to squeak "Yes!". We celebrated with champagne, and then went to my dad's house where I was (again) surprised to find both our families were waiting to celebrate with us!"
Location of wedding: Erskine in Island Bay. "It was the first venue we saw, and we knew instantly that it was the one."
Describe your wedding day: "My sisters and I stayed at the Museum Hotel the night before the big day. On the day I woke at 5.30am and went for a run along the waterfront. It was so peaceful and quiet, and about halfway through it hit me that I was getting married today! And I burst into tears! I was convinced that that was only the start of it, and I would be a mess when walking down the aisle, but it was Aaron that did the crying during the ceremony! After the ceremony, our guests enjoyed live music, canapés and cocktails in the garden while we had our formal photo shoot. After dinner, our photographers treated us all to a slideshow of the photos. We then had our first dance, to Ronan Keating's 'I hope you dance', which we had spent weeks practising with the help of my Dad and Step-Mum. Afterwards, everyone hit the dance floor and the photo booth."
The flowers: "Whitney from Flowers on Featherston did the bouquets and buttonholes and was incredibly patient with me while I changed my mind 100 times! In the end, we went with avalanche roses and peonies. The lovely Katie from Paula Bevege Events did the styling which included peonies in preserving jars, and lots and lots of candles."
Highlight of the wedding: "Our first kiss as husband and wife!" says Kelly.
Was there any drama? "While there was a bit of drama leading up to the day, the actual day went beautifully smooth! All the stress and late nights paid off!" says Kelly.
The honeymoon: "We spent five wonderful nights at the Millbrook Resort in Queenstown where we drank and ate and spent far too much! I only wish we had stayed longer!".
Your photographer and favourite photo? "The amazing team from de la Fuente weddings. I don't 'do' posed photos (I tend to pull a 'Chandler Face' - 'Friends' fans will understand what I mean) so their relaxed, candid style really appealed to us. Our favourite photo is actually a series of photos of us walking down the aisle as husband and wife - the look on both our faces is that of pure joy!