Weddings of the week
Kate Nuttall and Jason Hanson married on March 17 at The Tea House at Riccarton Race Park in Christchurch.
How did you meet? "We met almost seven years go at the beach through mutual friend," says Kate. "Jase saw me and got my number off a friend, later that day he sent me a text message, and the relationship started from there."
Tell us about the proposal: "Jase had a plan of proposing to me while in Kaikoura two years ago at New Year's, but due to our plans changing he was unable to go through with it. A couple weeks after that Jase asked me to marry him while at home one night. I was absolutely speechless, but of course said yes. We kept it quiet from all family and friends and went looking for a ring. Almost six months later, we finished our lay-by on the ring and Jase surprised me on the way home from Blenheim one day by taking me up a waterfall in Kaikoura to see some baby seals. Next thing, I turned around and Jase was standing there with the ring box. It was perfect, it couldn't have been a more fitting location. It was simple and sweet."
Location of wedding: "After our first two choices for venues were damaged in the earthquakes, we were lucky to book the Tea House at Riccarton Race Park in Christchurch," says Kate. "We were so happy with the venue, and the function manager Brent was so helpful and very patient. The day before when we were decorating he was there every step to make sure everything was perfect. Apparently there was another wedding and a 21st birthday on the same night at the Race Park, but we had no idea, we didn't see or hear them once."
Describe your wedding day: "Our wedding weekend was the best weekend of summer. It was lovely and warm with a light breeze," says Kate. "My bridesmaids, my mum and I spent a few hours at my friend's hair salon getting hair and makeup done, before heading back to my auntie's for lunch and to get ready before photos in her garden. We were able to relax all morning, and everything was on time. I was early as usual, so our drivers had to go around the block a few times so we weren't early to the ceremony. The ceremony was fun, my groom was waiting for me at the top of the aisle, and it was perfect. We had so much fun. It was what I had always dreamed of."
The dress: "I went with one of my bridesmaids to try on some dresses at a shop," says Kate. "I tried on my dress as joke, never in my life did I think I would have a poofy dress, but I fell in love immediately with the Alfred Angelo Disney Snow White Dress. I couldn't afford what was on the price tag though, so my hunt began for a cheaper version. I ended up getting my dress from a China-based company, who made my dress for a quarter of the price, and when it arrived it was perfect except for I had to get it taken in slightly. I knew it was a risk getting it online but I took it, and couldn't have been happier."
The flowers: "My bouquets were artificial gerberas. I made them a few weeks before the wedding. We decided that it would be a lot cheaper on our budget and it meant the bridesmaids could each keep their bouquet. The flowers in the centrepieces were different coloured real gerberas that I got from the local florist the day before; they were very budget friendly but super effective on each table."
Highlight of the wedding: "The whole wedding was amazing, it was more than we had ever hoped for. My mum walking me down the aisle was a fantastic feeling, and my dad travelled from the UK with his wife for the day. The ceremony was a lot of fun. Our celebrant, Sean Joyce, was amazing, we would recommend him to anyone. He was so easy to deal with, very helpful, and he helped everyone relax, especially Jase and the groomsmen before the ceremony."
Was there any drama? "The closest we got to drama was just before I walked down the aisle, a big gust of wind picked up my veil and it flew away. Mum chased after it and stuck it back on my head very quickly, and it was all smooth sailing from there."
The honeymoon: "We haven't had our honeymoon yet. But we are going away soon to Fiji; we timed it so we could be over there for our friends' wedding, so it will be a very special time."
Your photographer and favourite photo? "Our photographer was Wendy Cook. I started meeting with her about three months before the wedding, and we had a lot of fun talking over everything. She visited the venue the week before the wedding to suss out photo spots. When I first saw all the photos I was amazed. I remember all the moments happening, but I don't remember her being there. She kept out of the way and it was like she was invisible. I have so many favourite photos, especially the one of the whole bridal party sitting on the stairs looking up at Jase. I also the photo of Jase and his groomsmen sitting in one of the cars."