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Last updated 05:00 20/09/2013

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Georgina McLeod, a 32-year-old Communications and campaigns advisor, met her future husband, 35 year-old Public Servant Peter Peilua, while filling in for a social sports team.

Sparks flew on the football field, and about five years later the pair jetted off on a romantic European holiday. Young couple in love? Check. Picture-perfect backdrop? Check. Aptly timed flower vendor? Check. As you can guess, the proposal was something they'll never forget.

We'll let Georgina fill you in on the details...

How did you meet? Pete and I met playing twilight football about six years ago - we were both filling in for a mutual friend's team on a regular basis. I thought he seemed like a nice guy, so finally plucked up enough courage to ask him out for an after game beer, Pete would say he asked me out though...!

Tell us about the proposal: We went on a trip through Europe last year - we had been through Paris and all the beautiful romantic spots, so by the time we got to Rome I was fairly relaxed and sure there would be no proposals on this trip, however Pete had other plans. We had a lovely dinner down a wee ally near the Trevi Fountain and on the way back to our apartment Pete pulled me off the train at the Colosseum stop. The Colosseum is beautiful at night, all lit up and without a hoard of tourists. We were sitting on a big marble block, and he just asked. Almost as if it was planned, someone selling roses popped up out of nowhere and gave me a rose.

Location of wedding: We got married in a small Mid Canterbury village called Mt Somers, so we had a lot of family and friends travel down from Wellington for the weekend. We kept the ceremony location a surprise from guests and bussed them into the hills to a very cute stone cottage in an old river valley quarry pit. We used to go there a lot with my grandparents when I was a kid, so it was lovely to be able to get married there. The reception was in the Mt Somers War Memorial Hall.

Describe your wedding day: We had a really fun and relaxed day - I loved every minute of it! While I went with my bridesmaids, mum and aunties to have hair and makeup done, Pete and the men went out to the farm and had a round of clay-bird shooting - they loved it! Then Pete and I took an amazing helicopter ride into the mountains for photos and a picnic lunch. In the meantime, all the guests arrived at the stone cottage and waited for us to arrive... the helicopter was a surprise, so it was pretty cool to come in and see all the guests watching us arrive. The reception was a mixture of Kiwi and Samoan tradition with lots of singing, dancing (including my best attempt at a Siva Samoa and our first dance), and eating. We had a great night.

The dress (and the suit): I got my dress online, and my wonderful Aunty Eva made a fantastic job of some alterations. I loved it and was pleasantly surprised that it coped so well with getting in and out of a helicopter as well as with the rugged country setting. Pete wore a combination of a vintage traditional country hunting jacket and Samoan ie lavalava.

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The flowers: I went with one of my favourites - white calla lilies. My bridesmaids and I all also had frangipani flowers in our hair.

Highlight of the wedding: It's hard to pick one highlight - spending the morning on mountain tops and in a helicopter was pretty amazing, but I think the highlight was seeing our families come together. We are both really close to our families, so it was really important for us to make them really part of the day (and weekend).

Was there any drama? We had a little drama with the music for the Siva - I was pretty nervous about this part of the night to begin with and then the stand in DJ (a cousin, not their fault!) couldn't find the song we had been practicing to, and hit play on a different song. There was a little confusion, but we just went with it and ended up enjoying it.

The honeymoon: We had family over from Australia so didn't take a honeymoon straight away, but had a lovely week in Tonga a couple of months after the wedding. It was nice to have a break away after the wedding rush had died down.

Your photographer and favourite photo?  Our photographer was a friend of a friend - Peta Jon S Photographer. He was great - he didn't bat an eye when we said we wanted to take him in a helicopter up into the mountains, and he did really well at capturing all the people as well. The photos of us on top of Mt Winterslow looking out over the Canterbury Plains are pretty special.

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