Stuff's wedding of the week
Even though a storm nearly rained on their engagement celebrations, the weather came to the party for Lance and Larissa Breukelaar's big day.
We'll let Larissa fill you in on the details.
How did you meet?
We both met through a mutual friend. One of Lance's cousins had a little get together, we met, and had been friends ever since. Over the years, we have grown closer together.
Tell us about the proposal:
We both were up in Auckland attending the Eagles Concert back in March 2015 with Lance's family, and we decided to go to Waiheke Island to visit some wineries. We hired a scooter to travel around the island, visiting all the wineries and indulging in fantastic Spanish tapas and wine when Lance stopped at a beach overlooking Auckland. The beach was so quiet and had old kayaks stacking along sheds varying in many beautiful colours on the water's edge. As we were admiring the view, Lance got down on one knee and asked the big question.
After I said yes, we headed to a winery where Lance's family were waiting to celebrate, but unfortunately there was a small cyclone heading through and we had to catch the ferry back to Auckland. We did not let the moment go to waste though, as we had champagne and celebrations on the ferry back.
Location of wedding:
We both loved the rustic, vintage look, so many weeks of Googling places for the reception, we loved the look of Trent's winery in Templeton, Christchurch. We booked an appointment to view and as soon as we saw it, we knew it was the one. Something about the old rusty cars, paddocks of lush grass, vineyards, vintage bricks and pond underneath trees made us madly in love with the place. The staff there was absolutely amazing and so helpful to get the day perfect for us.
Describe your wedding day:
It was a beautiful hot Friday in October, I had to get up at 6.30am to start my day of preparations, while Lance got up at 8.00am for a cooked breakfast down the road with the boys. Lance had organised the cars to pick me and the bridesmaids up and obviously these were a surprise on the day of what type of cars they were.
We met at the end of the isle at 1.25pm with a wedding talk by our close family friend, followed by the I do's. Of course there were a lot of nerves but everything went so smoothly.
We then made our way to Trent's Vineyard for photos, had a picnic supplied by Trent's Winery and had our photos taken. Fortunately Trent's had wonderful places to photograph. Full of laughs and champagne, it was a great time. As we were photographing, we had Graeme James playing soft music under a tree outside while guests enjoyed champagne and canapés.
After photos, we were introduced as Mr and Mrs Breukelaar, mingled with guests and then sat down for a meal and speeches. The meals were to die for and the room was filled with laughter and occasional tears as close friends and family presented their speeches.
This was followed by cake cutting, dancing and having a fantastic night!
The dress was a beautiful lace corset detail with a fantastic chiffon skirt from Christobelles. I fell in love with the dress as soon as I tried it on. Aly from Sacs Tailoring made the dress alterations and she did an amazing job!
The flowers were done by flower designer Marjolein Kemena, who also was our wedding planner and close family friend. She went above and beyond to help us plan our beautiful wedding day and provide flowers. We had roses, carnations, and gerberas in tones of cream, peach and pink. We also added a lot of greenery such as jasmine and ivy. Succulents were also included throughout all flower arrangement which was unique. We had stone planters with succulents in it made by Stone & Folk for our wedding favours. Absolutely loved how they turned out and they fitted the day perfectly.
Highlight of the wedding:
Larissa's highlight was the whole day! I loved every second of the day and everything went very smoothly, it is very hard to pick out one highlight. The bridal party photographs were a huge laugh and we had heaps of fun with that. The speeches were also a highlight, seeing everyone smiling, laughing and sharing the day with us.
Lance's highlight was waiting at the end of the aisle, and seeing how beautiful his bride was walking down the aisle.
Was there any drama?
There wasn't much drama. Before the wedding I did have a little trouble the dress. It ended up arriving very late so we had to rush alterations. They also did not include an item that I had bought, so they sent it again and it ended up being the wrong one. In the end, I did not receive this item. Other than that, they day went really well.
Two days after the wedding, we were on our way to Phuket, Thailand. Lance organised the whole honeymoon as a surprise, I had no idea where we were going. We spent 10 days in a little village called Nai Yang, in a resort called Indigo Pearl. The island was absolutely beautiful. We loved exploring Phuket and we even took a few day trips such as going to Phi Phi Island, James Bond Island, elephant riding and a Thai cooking class. We also spent a lot of time sitting by the pool having cocktails in our resort to relax after a long few months of planning.
Your photographer and favourite photo?
Our photographer was the amazing Tegan Johnson Photography. We had an engagement photo shoot out at Castle Rock towards Arthurs Pass to make us get used to the camera etc. She really made us feel comfortable with the camera which made our photos a breeze and we actually had a lot of fun! Tegan really captured the wedding day beautifully and got really nice shots. Tegan then delivered our photos in a handmade wooden box, tied in ribbon. Inside was printed copies of the highlights of the day and we also had a USB with the rest. The little details and presentation blew us away. There are so many photos to pick a favourite but we do really love the one of us in the trees and my veil has blown up in the wind. The ones of everyone dancing are a laugh as well!