Stuff's wedding of the week
Government employee Daniel Dixon, 32, fancied dental assistant Emily-Louise Glengarry, 26, from the first moment he saw her. The pair got married in a winter Wanganui wedding last August.
How did you meet? We first met at the Spring Ball in Wanganui about five-and-a-half years ago. I was getting pictures taken with friends when I saw this cute guy in the line waiting. Well, actually he saw me. As I left he asked me for a picture with him and I said yes. Six-or-so months later we crossed paths again and hit it off.
Tell us about the proposal: Daniel was planning on playing me a song that I love on his guitar, and was all set up ready to go when I walked into our lounge. However, I had the washing and it needed to be folded so I asked him to help. He looked confused and was only able to say "uh, no?". He then asked me to sit with him and he proposed to me right there and then. It could have been more romantic, alas, but the washing really needed folding!
Location of wedding: Our ceremony was at the Wanganui Sarjeant Art Gallery, our reception was at Element Restaurant. They're both historic Wanganui buildings and both indoors - as it was a winter wedding. Wanganui is very historical and picturesque, so it was the perfect location for our wedding.
Describe your wedding day: We decided on a simple but elegant white winter wedding theme. The style of our wedding varied between the 1920s and 1950s, but linked together just nicely. Our choice of venues really sent us in the direction we went with. Our chosen photograph locations also linked this together with the use of historical buildings and attractions around Wanganui. Our wedding car was a classic maroon 1950s Rolls Royce, which fit our theme nicely. The bridesmaid's dresses and style were inspired by one of my favourite film stars, Audrey Hepburn. The groomsmen's suits just fell together and we introduced the grey and black scarf to give it a real winter wedding feel. We didn't need to decorate either of our wedding venues because of the elegance they already had, which made for less work setting up.
The dress: I found the dress in a little boutique while on holiday in Melbourne. As soon as I tried it on I knew it was perfect for me (cliché but true!). It was far from the image I originally had in my head, and my advice to anyone getting married is try on all styles of dresses even if think you've decided on a particular style, as you could be amazed at how great another style of dress looks on you.
I never considered myself to be floral, so I opted for ostrich feathers as an alternative to flowers for the table decorations, and had just basic Gypsophila for the bouquets. The feathers worked well with our theme and were more a reflection of our style; the bouquets (which I did love) were a more traditional aspect to the day.
Highlight of the wedding: For me personally the highlight was finally hearing the song Dan had prepared to propose to me with, he surprised me by playing it during his wedding speech, accompanied by his brother. As a couple though, the highlight was seeing all our hard work pan out perfectly and the day flowing so smoothly. Oh yes, and of course actually being able to call each other husband and wife.
Was there any drama? Yes there was a little bit of drama, the Christchurch earthquake struck and all rules and regulations for use of public historical buildings changed, meaning it seemed we may not have been able to use the Sarjeant gallery. We never actually had a plan B as we just knew that the Gallery was where we were getting married. Four weeks before our wedding day the local council finally confirmed this for us.
The honeymoon: We like to celebrate big so we have decided to take a two year travelling honeymoon before we head home to settle down. We currently live in Brisbane, and will be heading to Canada, USA and South America.
Your photographer and favourite photo? We used Marcia O'Connor a local photographer, she made our day so easy and had great ideas. We made use of the riverfront near the Waimarie steamboat, the local historical tram shed and other areas of the Wanganui CBD. Dan's favourite photo was "for Dan's eyes only" (thanks Marcy). However, I couldn't choose a favourite as there were so many great photos of our day.