Stuff's wedding of the week
25-year-old Daniel Sanson and 24-year-old Candice Fulton first crossed paths during Primary School but it wasn't until their final years at high school that they discovered just how they felt about each other.
The relationship progressed steadily from there and on their seven year anniversary Daniel popped the question following an impromptu display of fireworks in Wellington.
Both Daniel and Candice managed to put their design backgrounds to good use in preparation for their special day - Daniel worked alongside jeweller Peter Shakes to create the engagement ring, wedding bands and the boys' cufflinks and Candice designed the beautiful bridesmaids' dress.
We'll let Candice fill you in on the rest of the wedding day details...
How did you meet? Daniel and I have an almost cliché "high school sweet heart" or "girl next door" relationship. We first crossed paths in Mrs Henare's class at Porritt Primary School in Napier, but eventually went on to different high schools. We later managed to get in touch via social media in our final years at high school. For our first date we reconnected over a walk - we clicked straight away and have been inseparable ever since. Shortly after, both of our families also coincidentally built in the same subdivision only houses apart making us even more inseparable.
Tell us about the proposal: Daniel had the ring custom made by local Wellington jeweller, and friend, Peter Shakes. He'd been holding on to the ring for months, waiting for the right moment. By this stage, we'd already been together almost seven years, had finished university and were now working professionals living in Wellington.
It was our seven year anniversary that Daniel finally managed to pop the question. I came home to a bunch of red roses and we went out for dinner and a walk along Wellington's Oriental Parade that evening. Coincidentally, fireworks started going off (it was Chinese New Year). The moment was there and, unbeknown to me, Daniel thought this was his chance. However, I was cold and wanted to go home and I unintentionally thwarted his plan. It wasn't until we were warm at home that night that Daniel got his opportunity. It turned out to be the perfect moment because he still managed to catch me by surprise.
Location of the Wedding: We are both originally from Napier so naturally we chose the Hawke's Bay region for the big day. We wanted our day to have an ambience of romance and a sense of formality. Te Awa Estate Winery was perfect as it needed little embellishment and had a really intimate feeling about it. The stunning timber features of the winery complemented the rich rustic tones of orange in our colour palate. Fresh flowers and flickering candles completed the overall décor. Rochelle, Te Awa's event manager, was the deal breaker. Her enthusiasm is like no one else. She made planning our wedding at a distance a breeze.
Describe your day: I was surprisingly relaxed despite news that Cyclone Lusi was on its way. At the last minute, Daniel had to make the call to bring the ceremony inside.
I arrived at the winery to a very intimate and romantic indoor setting. The fire place was roaring, a jazz band was playing, and the winery looked amazing. I walked down the aisle to the jazz band playing "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, with the sound of the torrential rain in the background.
The food was divine! Cake pops (as an alternate to a wedding cake) went down a hit and we had our first dance to a jazz cover of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" which had everyone up dancing with us.
We had a fantastic day and made some great memories and the storm just added to the fun.
The dress: As a fashion design graduate I was initially planning on making my own dress, but after a morning of trying on dresses I fell in love with a stunning Jane Yeh gown. It fitted like a glove and had the most amazing bodice detail. I knew it was the one! I did, however, have fun making the bridesmaids' dresses.
The flowers: Our florist was Jo Pierce, a good friend and a very talented florist. The bouquets she created were gorgeous and really complemented the orange of the bridesmaid's dresses. Jo also made up posies for the reception tables, bathrooms and fire place which really added to the whole atmosphere.
Highlight of the day: The whole day was amazing. The ceremony was really beautiful, the speeches were both heartfelt and hilarious, and the jazz band, 'More Fun Than The Library', were incredible. They had travelled up from Wellington especially to play for us and were a highlight for everyone.
Was there any drama? There's nothing quite like cyclone weather on your wedding day. Fortunately, the indoor setting at Te Awa was beautiful and the weather only added to the excitement.
The honeymoon: A few days after the wedding we whisked away to Queenstown for a week and then headed back home to Wellington. We also set up an account with flight centre for our guests to contribute to and we are planning an overseas trip later in the year.
Your photographer and favourite photo: We chose the lovely Linda Baylis to photograph our day. She really documented every moment and captured all aspects of the day without letting the rain dampen her creativity. At one point Linda spun around and snapped our whole bridal party on the move behind the scenes - the photo now has to be one of our favourites.