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The happy couple - Ruth and Adam.

Bridesmaids Amy, Holly and Lucy, bride Ruth and Ruth's mother Margaret get ready to go.

Groomsmen Tom, from left, and Jeremy, groom Adam and groomsman Jono.

A sign welcomes guests to the ceremony.

Ruth and her father Bill are all smiles.

Ruth makes it official.

Confetti for the newlyweds.

The wedding was held at Ruth's granddad's farm in Banks Peninsula.

The bride was keen to have as many flowers as she could.

The couple goes for a stroll on the farm.

The beaming bridal party.

A beautiful view at the Akaroa Pier.

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They met at a uni party where Adam was dressed as a quarterback and Ruth was a cheerleader so clearly this couple was meant to be.

Their beautiful wedding was held at Ruth's grandfather's farm in Banks Peninsula, where guests were treated to a heartfelt speech - and Nerdalicious lollies.

But we'll let Ruth fill you in on the details...

Confetti for the newlyweds.
Mandy Caldwell

Confetti for the newlyweds.

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How did you meet?

We met at university. There is a big end-of-year party called the "Tea Party" - Adam was dressed as a quarterback, I was dressed as a cheerleader, so naturally we hung out. From there we became study-buddies (Adam had great notes) and then debated in a team together - then Adam asked me out!

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Tell us about the proposal:

Adam gave me a trip to Waiheke Island as a Christmas present - little did I know he was planning to propose! We stayed in a remote wee cabin and started the day with some ziplining.

After a lovely dinner we sat out on the verandah (with candles burning and cicada's chirping in the background). Adam gave me a lovely book with photos and mementos from our relationship and then got down on one knee and proposed with my grandmother's beautiful vintage ring. It was perfect. 

Location of wedding:

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula. The ceremony was on my (90-year-old) granddad's farm (Aylmers Valley Farm) in the "Old Orchard" paddock.

The farm is a working farm with cattle and sheep (all farmed by granddad). Akaroa is a special place for the whole family - I am the second grandchild to get married on the farm, and not likely to be the last! The reception was at Mount Vernon.

Describe your wedding day:

We both loved the feeling of having all our friends and family come together in one place. Family trickled in the day before the wedding and it was so lovely to show Akaroa and the farm off to everyone. 

Getting ready, I decided to do my own makeup - I was inspired by Kate Middleton who apparently did her own makeup so she could have a bit of peaceful time to herself on the big day. Meanwhile, Adam played a bit of football and threw a frisbee around with his groomsmen.  

The ceremony in the paddock was casual; we made an aisle with old mismatched rugs and put out chairs we found around the farm. My little sister (and bridesmaid) played Bach on the cello as I walked down the aisle.

The reception was decorated with as many flowers and lights as we could manage! For food, we had pizza and salad from Pizzacarto (who were wonderful), with a mix of banoffee pie, lemon tart and chocolate mousse for dessert. We also put out Nerdalicious lollies for snacking - Adam's favourite!

It was a wonderful, relaxed day with just so much love going around. 

Ruth and her father Bill are all smiles.
Mandy Caldwell

Ruth and her father Bill are all smiles.

The dress:

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I wore the Sophia dress and Grace blouse by Rue de Seine. I took off the Grace blouse for the reception for a slightly more relaxed look. 

The flowers:

The flowers were by Natalie-Rose of Flowerhead - mostly white with a touch of pink. I wanted to have as many flowers as we could fit into the budget and I was so happy with the result. My bridesmaids and I all put some baby's breath into our hair, and Adam wore some on his buttonhole. 

Highlight of the wedding:

It's hard to pick just one! My (identical twin) sister's speech was a highlight - she had everyone in tears. It was just beautiful - she spoke about how we used to play "brides and grooms" with each other when we were little. 

The beaming bridal party.
Mandy Caldwell

The beaming bridal party.

Was there any drama?

There was an audible "rip" of my hem ripping as I walked up the aisle but I was just too happy to care!

The honeymoon:

After the wedding we spent a couple of days back at the wee cabin on Waiheke where we got engaged. We are now on our "big" honeymoon' - an epic road trip of the US (I am sending this in from San Antonio, Texas).

Your photographer and favourite photo? 

Mandy Caldwell. We are so thrilled with the photos. My favourite photo is the one of me and my dad at the end of the aisle with huge grins on our faces - it captures how we were both feeling perfectly. 

 - Stuff


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