Introducing Kate and Blair
After a romantic proposal on top of Wellington's Mt Victoria, health programme coordinator Kate Edmonds, 25, and builder Blair Rawson, 26, headed down south to marry.
How did you meet? "We met in Dunedin where Kate was studying and I was doing my building apprenticeship. Like many Dunedin couples our age we met at the student bar the Cook!" says Blair.
Tell us about the proposal: "I'd told Blair in passing once that I wanted to get proposed to at the top of Mt Victoria in Wellington at night with all the lights. Blair remembered and had it all planned but then it was the wettest windiest night and I was very uncooperative! He said he wanted to go for a drive and I refused. He managed to convince me to go and when he asked me to marry him I was so surprised that the first words that came out of my mouth were 'Are you serious?' quickly followed by 'Of course I will!'," says Kate.
Location of wedding: "I'm from Lower Hutt and Blair's from Oamaru. We live in Lower Hutt so decided to get married down south. Our ceremony was at St Patrick's Basilica followed by a reception at the Homestead. My grandma was baptised at the same church and Blair's parents got married at the Homestead so both places were special to us," says Kate.
Describe your wedding day: "We got married on St Patrick's Day so we had to have a green colour theme. After so much preparation we couldn't wait for our wedding day and everything went perfectly. The day was beautiful and everything we hoped for. Our family and friends travelled from all over and it was so special to have them all together for our big day. It was all over too quickly but it really was the best day of our lives."
The dress: "My dress was an ivory Jasmine Bridal gown from Princess Bride in Lower Hutt," says Kate. "I really had no idea what I wanted when I started my search for a dress and tried so many different ones on. This was one of the first and I found I kept comparing others I tried on to this one. I love the back of the dress with the beading and the buttons all the way down the train."
The flowers: "We chose white and terracotta calla lilies. Jonell's Florist in Oamaru re-created what we wanted perfectly. I had my great grandfather's medal pinned onto my bouquet as my 'something old'," says Kate.
Highlight of the wedding: "There were so many! Our first dance was a highlight - we started it with us doing a typical slow wedding dance then the music changed and all out bridal party joined us for a choreographed dance to Footloose. We only practiced it a couple of times the day before the wedding but managed to pull it off and keep it a secret from all the guests."
Was there any drama? "We can't think of anything - we were so lucky!" say the couple.
The honeymoon: "We moved into our first house just two weeks after the wedding so had to put off our honeymoon until we were settled in. We finally got to spend 10 relaxing days in beautiful Bali in May, which was well deserved after a hectic couple of months!"
Your photographer and favourite photo? "Evan and Julliette from Createv Photography did such a good job it's too hard to choose our favourite," says Kate. "We love the location photos at the old railway station and in the old part of town in Oamaru."