Stuff's wedding of the week
Hannah Maclean and Malachi Farrant were set up on a good old blind date back in 2011.
Although Hannah had her reservations at the beginning, as soon as the pair were left alone to bond, they both knew it was a sure thing.
The young couple tied the knot earlier this year in a beautiful church in Waihi surrounded by family and friends.
We'll let Hannah fill you in on the details...
How did you meet? Malachi and I first met on a set-up blind date back in 2011. Malachi was doing his building apprenticeship with my brother-in-law, and my sister had been telling me all about him.
It took a wee while to convince me to meet him (I thought the idea of a blind date was quite strange), but eventually Malachi and I went wake-boarding along with my sister and brother-in-law. At first it was a bit awkward because all eyes were on us and I kept taking a beating on the wake-board, but once we were alone later on in the night we just clicked. We've been inseparable ever since and I even made the move from Auckland to Hamilton after a year of long distance.
Tell us about the proposal: On October 1, 2013 Malachi took me out to a farm in Matamata. I had no idea what we were doing, but right on cue a helicopter appeared above our heads. We hopped aboard and were dropped off up in the middle of the Kaimai ranges overlooking the east coast and my hometown, Waihi Beach. Malachi whipped out a bottle of my fave wine and chocolates with a nervous look on his face. He proposed in front of the most beautiful view - it was absolutely perfect!
Location of wedding: We got married in a small church in Waihi on January 25 and the location was so beautiful already that we hardly had to do anything to it. Our wedding reception was at the gorgeous Fairview Estate Golf Course just outside of Kati Kati. Because there was a reasonable distance between the venues, we provided our guests with a bus ride there and back.
Describe your wedding day: My three beautiful bridesmaids and I got up early the morning of the wedding and had our breakfast on the deck over-looking the beach which was lovely as it was an absolute stunner of a day! The boys went out for breakfast and managed to get in a morning surf.
My time getting ready was very exciting, but also very relaxed and I loved that I could share the experience with my family - I especially loved the fact that my sister did my makeup. Our wedding was at 1.30pm and I managed to only keep my groom waiting for 10 minutes.
After our ceremony we cut the cake (made by our friend Phillipa) and drank bubbles with all of our guests. We wanted to cut the cake at this stage of the day because we had 160 at our ceremony and 120 at our reception and wanted to share this moment with everyone. We were driven around in classic cars and had our bridal party photos taken down in Bowentown.
The reception was filled with laughter from our speeches and photobooth as well as lots of dancing to our band Jam Dr. It truly was the best day of our lives and we wouldn't change a thing.
The dress: Because we only had a three-month engagement, my dress was probably the thing I stressed about the most. I had a clear idea of the type of gown I wanted and after visiting Vanilla Bridal in Tauranga, I knew I had found 'the one'. I changed the original dress from a key hole back to small straps that sat just off my shoulders. Jasmin the owner was very accommodating and did an amazing job of the alterations.
The flowers: My flowers were mainly roses and baby's breath, and were arranged by Julie Stock; a family friend from Waihi Beach. She did such a beautiful job of bringing my ideas to life!
Highlight of the wedding: Walking down the aisle and seeing Malachi for the first time was pretty magical. Also having all our family and friends there to share in our special day.
Was there any drama? No drama at all except for me crying in my speech at the reception (which is more embarrassing for me than a drama as such). Everything else fell into place on the day.
The honeymoon: Straight after our wedding we jetted off to Tahiti for eight nights. Lots of sun, surf, food and relaxing followed - it was our dream honeymoon!
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was the wonderful Brooke Baker from Hamilton. She managed to capture our special day perfectly and was such a warm and vibrant photographer to work with. Professional, energetic and amazing are the three words I would use to describe her. I couldn't pick a favourite photo because I love them all. I'll let you decide which one is your favourite.