Introducing Samantha and Micah
Administration assistant Samantha Gibbons, 19, and carpet layer Micah Hoskin, 22, married at Allely House in Kumeu.
How did you meet? "We met through friends on a summer holiday up north in 2008 and have been together ever since," says Samantha. "Micah lived in Kerikeri at the time so we had to commute to see each other but then he moved down to Auckland throughout the year."
Tell us about the proposal: "I have lived out near Muriwai all my life and we tended to go out to Muriwai Beach quite a lot. One Friday after work he suggested we go out to the beach for a walk and my best friend came along too, I didn't suspect anything. My friend had organised for my sister to call her during our walk so she had to excuse herself because it was a 'client'. Micah walked me up onto a sand dune (which is the sand dune where we had our first kiss), got down on one knee and presented me with my gorgeous engagement ring. Obviously I said yes! We then celebrated with a bottle of champagne on the beach and then went home to tell the family."
Location of the wedding: "We got married at Allely House in Kumeu after a six month engagement. The staff at the venue were amazing and so helpful, we had the restaurant quite full but they managed to fit everyone in nicely and accommodate everyone's needs. Luckily the weather played along so we were able to have the ceremony outside. The food was amazing (although I didn't feel like eating much), the atmosphere was great, we truly had an awesome night!"
Describe your wedding day: "The day went so quickly it's hard to remember all of the details now," says Samantha. "The day started with an early morning walk with my bridesmaids, none of us could sleep so we decided to get some fresh air, it was a really good start. Hair and make up rushed by and before I knew it, it was time to put my dress on. I was expecting myself to bawl all day and ruin my make up but managed to hold myself together and only cried once. When we got to the venue I was shaking like a dog but my Dad reassured me and we headed down the aisle, it was such a relief to get to the end and finally be standing beside my husband to be. Our celebrant was an old friend and has known me since I was born so he did a great job in relating the talk to us. Once we had signed the papers I felt like I was smiling and hugging people non-stop! We had three different locations I wanted to go to for photos so we had to rush through that before it got dark and then came back for dinner and the hilarious speeches. We were both exhausted by the end of the night but so happy with how our day went."
The dress: "I am lucky to have an aunty who makes wedding dresses so she was able to make mine. It was based on an Ella Bridal dress I saw in a magazine and she did the most perfect job, I didn't want to get out of it!"
The flowers: "Seeing as my dress was white I wanted something to spice up my outfit so I went for the multi-colour bouquet. Ann from Wild at Heart in Kumeu did an amazing job. I wanted something simple for the bridesmaids so she came up with the idea of a single rose wrapped in ribbon."
Highlight of the wedding: "I can't say I have a favourite part of the whole wedding. I enjoyed every second but the moment when I got to the top of the stairs, holding my Dad's arm and looking down at Micah would have to be one of the best. I could see that Micah was so proud of me and having all of our friends and family around with us on our special day was such a great feeling."
Was there any drama? "As with any wedding we were on a budget so I made the mistake of not getting a trial done on my hair. I had a picture with me of what I wanted my hair to look like but it turned out nothing the same, I was so disappointed with how it turned out, I got home from the hair dresser and pulled it all out. Luckily my amazing make up artist was able to do my hair for me and she did is exactly how I wanted - she saved the day!"
The honeymoon: "It was so good to relax and have two weeks off work after planning an engagement party and wedding in six months! We stayed in Auckland city at the Heritage for two nights after the wedding and then went over to Waiheke for six. We came home for a couple of nights because we were so eager to open our presents and then headed off again down south, we visited Taupo, Mount Ruapehu and stayed in the Chateau and then down to Rotorua. It was a much needed break!"
Your photographer and favourite photo? "My photographer was a friend of ours who lives up in Kerikeri, Marie-Claire Hunter, Moments in Time Photography. She did an amazing job with our pictures and captured the whole day just as we wanted."