Introducing Katy and Gareth
After a long distance romance and a Paris inspired proposal, Marketing Manager Katy wed Architectural Technician Gareth Morgan on Auckland’s Narrow Neck beach.
How did you meet? "We met at a friend's 21st birthday party. Gareth had gone to high school with Sam and Katy was at University with his now wife, Kristyn. Gareth was living in Tauranga at the time and so we did the long-distance thing for about two years before he moved to Auckland to be with Katy."
Tell us about the proposal:"I had always said I wanted to be proposed to at the Eiffel Tower, so one afternoon, with some help from some of our good friends, Gareth set up a very romantic surprise picnic with a panoramic photo of Paris on the beach," Katy says. "There was champagne, strawberries, cheese and crackers. In typical Gareth style, he waited for a very long time before proposing. It was such a magical moment. At the time we didn't know that the beach is actually called Lover's Cove!"
Location of wedding: "Our ceremony was on the grass on Narrow Neck beach under the pohutukawas. Our reception was at Mantells on the Water in Westhaven which is a fantastic venue with amazing food and even better service. We felt like king and queen for the evening, and our guests are still raving about it!"
Describe your wedding day: "Our day was perfect. We had been very concerned about the weather leading up to the day, but we were incredibly lucky and had one of the hottest days of summer. Gareth and the boys got ready at our place, starting with a cooked breakfast made by one of the groomsmen. Katy and the girls got ready at her parents place and went to Blaze in Newmarket to have their hair and makeup done. One of Katy's favourite moments was when her flower girl saw her in her gown and gasped. In another very special moment, Katy walked up the carpet isle with her father while her cousin Virginia sang Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love, accompanied by the best-man on the guitar. At the reception, all the table names were names of our favourite beaches in New Zealand - including Lover's Cove for the bridal table. We also had a table with photos of our grandparents on their wedding day that the guests could see while they were signing the guest book. Our photographer set up a 'photo booth' where our guests could go during the evening and have their photos taken with props - there are some hilarious photos! Everyone told us that the day goes fast and to enjoy every moment, but until you experience it you don't realise just how fast it goes!"
What was your dress like? "My dress was a couture gown by Anna Schimmel. I went in with a sketch of what I thought I wanted, and she took it and made it the perfect gown for me. I knew I wanted a big skirt and she definitely gave me that and told me I needed to wear the dress with attitude!," Kay says.
And the flowers? "The flowers were done by our friend Lisa O'Shea. She has recently started floristry, and she did an amazing job and made exactly what I had envisaged. She had brilliant ideas for toning everything together - including the lambs ear on the bouquets and corsages."
What was the highlight of the wedding? "It is very difficult to choose one highlight as we both loved the entire day so much - but it was such a treasurable day to be able to have all our favourite people in one place at one time."
Was there any drama? "We were very lucky and had no drama on the day, but the day before after the wedding rehearsal, one of the cars we were using broke down. Luckily it was the day before and Katy's fantastic brother and girlfriend managed to organise a substitute - they were there at 9pm the night before washing and polishing the car up to scratch!"
Where did you go on honeymoon? "Our honeymoon was at Musket Cove in Fiji. It was fantastic - the staff are so friendly and the water is so warm. It was very relaxing."
Your photographer and favourite photo? "Our photographer was Gareth Robins who Katy found on Twitter. He gave us a free engagement photo shoot and we knew he was the right photographer! He was fantastic! We have a few favourite photos but probably the one of us sitting on the seat in Wynyard Quarter is our favourite."