Samantha Paton and Darryn Gordon met as flatmates before love blossomed and they became something much more. The couple married in Wairarapa.
How did you meet? "We were flatmates... friends... and then more," says Samantha.
Tell us about the proposal: "We were at Brackenridge in Martinborough for the weekend," she says. "When I returned from a spa treatment, I found our room decorated with balloons, a diamond ring glistening in its box in the centre of the room and Darryn getting down on one knee. It was so romantic."
Location of wedding: The couple were married on January 6 this year at Gladstone Church in the Wairarapa. "Our reception was at Tirohana Estate, Martinborough," says Samantha.
Describe your wedding day: "Our wedding was 18 months in the planning; the day itself was amazing. We all awoke to stunning weather and us girls went to get our hair and make up done; the boys spent the morning putting the final touches on the table settings at Tirohana," she says.
"The ceremony was in the historic Gladstone Church, which sits gorgeously on the hillside in rural Gladstone. It was hard to believe how quickly the day went, and before we knew it we were heading to the church where the boys were waiting nervously. Our 40 guests were all eagerly awaiting our arrival, along with our minister who made sure the ceremony went seamlessly," says Samantha.
"After more than an hour of fun having our photos taken, we headed back to Tirohana - a perfect reception venue for a perfect day. We spent the rest of the evening eating amazing food, drinking great wine and enjoying the company of our guests."
The dress: "The dress was made by Althea at Wedding Belles in the Stokes Valley. I always knew I would get my dressed made, and Althea did an amazing job of putting together aspects of dresses that I'd like from hundreds of bridal magazines. It took nearly eight months of fittings for the dress to be completed, but all the effort was totally worth it."
The flowers: "Our flowers were created by Bev at Tree Top Flowers in Martinborough. Bev did an amazing job and I couldn't have been happier with them. The bridesmaids had dark purple calla lilies with green flowers, which was matched perfectly to the groomsmen's corsages. I had white calla lilies which again were beautifully matched to Darryn's, my dad's and my nephew's corsage."
Highlight of the wedding: "The highlight was seeing the smile on Darryn's face when I walked down the aisle. My nephew was page boy on the day and incredibly cute. The other highlight was having all my family together for the first time in many years."
Was there any drama? "I didn't find out until the reception but one of the groomsmen (Chris Chan) left his suit in an Auckland hotel the day before the wedding and had to get it flown down (not sure if it had its own seat on the plane?)," says Samantha. "No one told me about it before the wedding in case it sent me over the edge. Thankfully he managed to get it just in time - man was he lucky."
The honeymoon: "I didn't know where we were going on our honeymoon as Darryn had secretly planned the whole thing. It wasn't until our wedding night when Darryn announced that we were off to Bangkok, Ko Samui and Singapore for two weeks. We had such a relaxing time - it too was amazing."
Your photographer and favourite photo? "Our photographer was Venessa Smart of Wedding Story photography. Our favourite photo would have to be the one of Darryn and I in a field next to the church. The photo itself has amazing colours and the hills in the background make an amazing setting for our favourite shot."
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