Weddings of the week
Kirsty Butler, a 28-year-old banker, married builder Matthew Blundell, 29, at the Old Church in Napier on September 29.The pair lives in Wellington.
How did you meet: "I was 20 and Matty was 21, and every weekend it was traditional to head to the local pub on Friday and Saturday nights," Kirsty says. "We got to know each other from the various times bumping into one another at the pub and before we knew it we were an item. And the rest is history."
Tell us about the proposal: "It was Christmas eve and we were having some pre-Christmas drinks. Matty told me I was allowed to open one present. It was a huge box and weighed a tonne! I opened it with so much excitement until I saw the contents, boxes and boxes of nails. (He is really good at doing prank presents so this is not uncommon). I walked away saying very funny. He then said no please open this box of nails. After some persuading I did and saw the purple box Michael Hill Box. I still hadn't clicked what he was up to as in the past he has bought me charms for my charm bracelet that come in the same box. I opened it and screamed a little bit, and feel to my knees! He met me down on the ground and asked if I would marry him."
Location of wedding: "We had our ceremony and reception at The Old Church in Napier. What an amazing venue - words cannot describe it. The place sets the most amazing scene for a romantic wedding," she says. "Everything was fantastic and I couldn't fault a thing. Mel and Jacinda from the venue were the most helpful people in the months leading up to the wedding and on the day they were both there to make sure that everything ran smoothly, which it did."
Describe your wedding day: "It was the most fabulous day we could ask for and after two years of planning the day couldn't have been any better. Us girls started the day off with my Mum and Gran cooking breakfast. Then we went straight into hair and make up with a few glasses of Moet to help with preparations. Our make up was done by Candice from Embellish Me - she was amazing and made everyone feel absolutely gorgeous on the day. Our hair was done by my wonderful friend Deanna from Salon Cheveux who made the trip up all the way from Upper Hutt. The boys spent the day relaxing and enjoying a couple of beers. After the weather not behaving itself in the sunny Hawke's Bay we made the call to have the ceremony inside instead of the court yard. It turned out to be just as magical as it would have been outside as the venue has so much wow factor.
"Our guests were ready and waiting for me to walk down the aisle but there was a slight hold up as the groom and groomsmen had to quickly change sides at the altar as the hairdresser realised the bridesmaids hair was styled on the other side which had to be perfect for the photos! So that provided a few laughs for the guests. Everything ran smoothly from there.
"We then had photos taken while our guests were enjoying drinks and canapés. The rest of the night was filled with amazing food amazing company and some amazing dance moves thanks to the great band we had The Pulse."
The dress: "After spending many weekend going to all the dress shops in Wellington I had some what of an idea what I was after but couldn't find what I was looking for as nothing was quite perfect. I ended up looking on line and finding the dream dress. It was a bit of a risk but after sending my measurements through there was no turning back and I have to say when I arrived it was more than perfect. With a tulle bottom and beaded top with a sweetheart neck line it was surprisingly comfortable and didn't want the day to end so I could keep wearing it."
The flowers: "I had cream roses and freesias wrapped in cream satin for my bouquet and my bridesmaid had the same but with the black ribbon which looked perfect for the photos. They were just beautiful. I had a small idea of what I wanted but Kim from Lushka flowers was so helpful and produced exactly what I had in mind."
Highlight of the wedding: "The whole day! I loved all every minute of it and wouldn't change it for the world. Also having everyone that plays and important part in our lives all together at one time."
Was there any drama? "There was no drama on the day at all, everything ran smoothly, thank goodness."
The honeymoon: "We spent a week in Port Douglas. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind after a hectic six months. We did have one drama on the honeymoon that we can laugh about now. Matty likes to keep our passports safe so hit them under the kitchen sink in the hotel. The day before we were due to fly out I got them out to check our itinerary and discovered the sink had leaked and our passports were destroyed. A urgent phone call to the travel agent and we were on the next flight out to Sydney to get new passports. The bonus was we got to spend some time in Sydney and go shopping."
Your photographer and favourite photo? The photos were taken by Rochelle Withell, from Pure Images. "Rochelle was fantastic. The most creative photographer I could have come across. She made everyone feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera and it felt like you had known her for many years. Rochelle was there from 1.30pm to capture everyone getting ready and was there up until the first dance at 9.30pm. She captured all of the special moments throughout the day and her photos tell a true story of what happened. My favourite photo if I really had to choose one (as I love them all) would have to be the one of Matty and myself on front of The Old Church with our shadows on the wall."