Weddings of the week
Nikki Maetzig, 29, met Jimmi Corbishley, 30, when he served her up cocktails at a Wellington bar. The pair married at the historic Erskine College.
How did you meet? "We met at Chow on Tory St, Wellington," says Nikki. "Jimmi was bar manager there at the time, and I was taking advantage of the two-for-one cocktails deal on Wednesdays. He was serving me delicious 'Rosebuds' as I was sitting at the bar, and the rest, they say, is history."
Tell us about the proposal: "We decided to go to Christchurch for Easter weekend and stay with Jimmi's mum and step-dad. We went out to Pegasus Bay Vineyard for lunch and, while strolling around the vineyard, he took me to a beautiful yellow tree and went down on one knee. I was completely taken aback as he was a student at the time and I didn't think we could afford a ring. To my surprise, he had been holding onto his Grandmother's ring for months before deciding on the right moment."
Location of wedding: "It was at Erskine College in Island Bay. It was a perfect wedding venue as we could have the ceremony and the reception all in the one place," says Nikki. "Our guests loved it there and went on 'ghost hunts' during the photos and the reception. We were the second to last wedding to be held there before it was closed down due to earthquake proofing. It would appear that it might be demolished which would be a tragedy. The building has so much history and is architecturally stunning. Hopefully Wellington will find a way to save it."
Describe your wedding day: "Our day was relaxed, fun, and very stylish," says Nikki. "We requested that all our guests wear a hat or fascinator to really make it an event. They all looked amazing and you could tell they loved an excuse to wear a hat. We had swing and jazz music as the guests arrived, and everyone was really relaxed and happy all night long. It was perfect.
The dress: "My dress was made by the wonderful Sally Eagle. It is a simple design, fully made with lace. My main concern was as I'm only 5ft 2in that I didn't want my dress to 'wear me', so I discussed with her what I would like and she did an amazing job. I felt incredible in my dress and felt it had simple elegance".
The flowers: The flowers were done by Allure Florist in Alicetown.
Highlight of the wedding: "The highlight for me was the ceremony," says Nikki. "I loved the 'kiss the bride' moment. It was the moment that I had been imagining in my mind for so long. Jimmi's highlight was the speeches. All the speeches were so funny, and so heartfelt."
Was there any drama? Dramas only exist if you make them dramas. The things that didn't go as expected were so slight that it wasn't even worth giving them a second thought. I had many comments during the morning that I was such a relaxed bride. I guess I was, but the nerves were definitely there."
The honeymoon: "We were lucky enough to go to Jimmi's cousin's wedding in the Gold Coast a couple of weeks after our wedding, so it was an awesome way to kick-start our honeymoon. We also stayed in Brisbane and Melbourne. It was a wonderful couple of weeks away as a newly married couple."
Your photographer and favourite photo? "Our photographers were Jason and Aneta from WeDo. They were absolutely outstanding," says Nikki. "They understood exactly the kind of photos we wanted and delivered perfectly. They were there as we were getting ready right until the end of the night. Their documentary style and their balance of romance and whimsy were what ultimately caught the fun at our wedding. It is so hard to choose which is my favourite photo but I guess I could say one of my favourites are of us kissing, as that was the first moment after the ceremony, after all the hugs and congratulations, that I could just be with him. I told myself to savour those moments as I knew the day would be busy and fleeting. It definitely was."