Stuff's wedding of the week
Little did Stacey know that when she asked Leighton to join her for a game of pool, she'd set one of the most important relationships of her life in motion.
We'll let her fill you in on all the details about their beautiful wedding...
How did you meet? Leighton and I met on a night out nearly seven years ago with our netball and rugby teams at The London Dairy in Woolston. I approached him to see if he'd partner me in a game of pool and the rest is history really. I was 'tricked' into thinking he was quite a bit older, but we soon realised age didn't matter. Leighton went to France for a few weeks not long after we met and we clocked up a phone bill close to $1000. We haven't been apart much since then.
Tell us about the proposal... In June 2013 we went on a family holiday with some great friends to Fiji. Mid-holiday we took a day trip to Robinson Cruiseo Island where we had a fabulous time. My daughter Maddison went off for a massage so we went for a romantic stroll along the beach. We found a little hut open to the water and this is where Leighton proposed - it was wonderfully romantic. Within minutes of being back with everyone else the ring was off and stored away and we were off snorkelling. It was the best holiday.
Location of the wedding: We chose The Tea House at Riccarton Park as our venue. It was perfect. It's so picturesque with the beautiful gardens and fish pond overlooking the race track and we were lucky enough to strike a beautiful day so the ceremony was held outside in the sun.
Describe your wedding day: The day was pretty relaxed really - we were both surrounded by great people and had lots of laughs. A few bubbles here and there also calmed the nerves. The boys arrived in a red cadillac and the bridesmaids, Mum, Dad and I arrived in black 300c's c/- VIP Cars. Once everyone else had got out the driver took me for a bit of a burn out round the roundabout - it was very funny! The setting of the ceremony was gorgeous, and the formal stuff was followed by some quite humorous speeches and a beautiful buffet dinner. We loved every moment surrounded by family and friends.
The dress: Well, after a few dramas with dress number one I made an executive decision to buy a second which arrived three weeks before the wedding and... it was perfect. It was very simple with a plain veil, but it flowed beautifully and was exactly what I wanted.
The flowers: Bourbon Rose in Riccarton Road provided the flowers. The bouquets were made up of vibrant yellow gerberas as well as yellow and white roses. They looked amazing next to the royal blue dresses, I really loved them. We also had gerberas in fish bowl vases on the tables and a large gerbera ball on the lolly buffet table. The pops of yellow around the room were magnificent.
Highlight of the wedding: It is so hard to pick a highlight as we both enjoyed every minute, but if we had to pick one it would be saying and hearing 'I Do'. The weather, venue, bridal party, guests, food, everything was perfect - what an amazing day.
Was there any drama? Probably the only dramas we had were leading up to the wedding with dress issues. Even one of the bridesmaid's dresses went missing in the post for a while, but I managed not to panic too much and everything fell into place.
The honeymoon: Over Easter we headed off in a campervan down south. We stopped in Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Dunedin and enjoyed a lot of fun activities. We will definitely have to go back.
Your photographer and favourite photo: Stacy Squires and his lovely wife Marie were our photographers. They were brilliant - both utterly lovely and friendly and always open to our ideas. They were a lot of fun to deal with - I would definitely recommend them. In terms of my favourite photo - I am a photo fanatic and I love them all!
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