Weddings of the week
Cushla Mitchell, a 27-year-old HR manager for Fonterra, met Alexander Moore, 28, who works at Westpac, while at university in Palmerston North. The pair, who now live in Hamilton, wed in Queenstown during a ski trip down south.
How did you meet?: "At a mutual friend's birthday party in second year of university in Palmerston North," Cushla says. "We got talking and I must have told Alex his cologne smelt really nice because on his way to town he stopped in at home and applied an extra dosing, when we ran into each other on the dance floor in town later that night it was love at first smell!"
Tell us about the proposal: "Alex told me he was taking me away for a surprise trip for my birthday and to pack for all possibilities, I thought he was taking me camping but we ended up flying to Sydney so I was way off. He proposed on the second day there after a big walk around the city and under a massive tree just up from the Opera house and overlooking the Sydney harbour bridge. He had been carrying the ring around with him and was so nervous he'd lose it so he couldn't wait to pass it over. It was a proper surprise."
Location of wedding: Queenstown. "We had originally been planning a ski trip down south and thought why not get married while we're down there and so less than two months later we did," Cushla says. "We had our ceremony at St Peters Church and the reception back at St Moritz Hotel which had the most gorgeous function room we'd seen, we were very lucky."
Describe your wedding day: "Fun and relaxed. We didn't have our ceremony till 6pm so we had breakfast together in the morning, then spent a little time with family before going our separate ways to get ready. The ceremony was very relaxed with the odd laugh, our reverend Dr David Coles was brilliant and our friend Emily did a beautiful reading for us. We had our location photos the next day in an encore shoot so we got to spend all of the evening with our guests which was perfect and what we really wanted."
The dress: "With six weeks to plan everything there wasn't a lot of time to spend searching for dresses, so after a day or two looking online I ordered one from Lightinthebox which is an American online dress shop. I wasn't expecting much but they made it to my measurements and it fitted perfectly so I was really happy with it. Was a huge bonus to get a dress I loved without having to pay a fortune."
The flowers: "Alex's aunty Robyn organised them for us and brought them down on the day from her florist in Christchurch, she did a wonderful job and was one less thing for us to sort which was great."
Highlight of the wedding: "Have to cheat and list multiple highlights because it's too hard to pick just one," she says. "Becoming Mr and Mrs Moore, the touching and hilarious speeches, the delicious food, seeing our Mums so excited, pulling off our first dance mistake free but most of all spending a great night with our dearest family and friends, we were so humbled by the effort made by everyone to be there given how far so many had come and at such short notice. Oh, and taking turns riding a mechanical bull at four in the morning was pretty memorable!"
Was there any drama?: "It was raining on and off during the day so [I] was a bit nervous for our guests that they would get wet arriving at the church but it cleared up just in time."
The honeymoon: "Our honeymoon became our ski trip which was our original reason for heading down south. We spent about a week across Queenstown, Wanaka and Mount Cook. First day up skiing we got stuck half way up when our chains broke and spent nearly four hours on the side of the mountain in some crazy weather before we got new chains to get down. That was pretty eventful but the next day made up for it with an amazing day on Cardrona. We got to enjoy some beautiful scenery while we were down there, the snow was great."
Your photographer and favourite photo?: "Nisha Ravji was our photographer and she came down from Auckland, she was lovely to work with. We're not the most photogenic people so any photo where we are both smiling is our favourite."