Stuff's wedding of the week
Jen and Jeff Dahlberg, both 31, have known of each other their whole lives - but it was only when they reconnected online seven years ago that their romance blossomed. Their romantic barn wedding was full of attitude and looked like so much fun.
How did you meet? Jeff and I knew each other from way back in our Tawa College Days. We knew of each other and had mutual friends. Our parents knew each other before we did as they played tennis against each other. The families were even on holiday at the same time in Hawaii when we were younger. Later on we got reacquainted through social media, about seven years ago, and it went from there!
Tell us about the proposal: Jeff, myself and Dan (the best man) went on a road trip to the Lady Gaga concert in Auckland. Jeff was planning an elaborate proposal on the Auckland waterfront after the concert (which he was not attending) but suddenly became unwell in the hotel lobby and fainted in the bathroom! It would have been interesting as I was in full Lady Gaga costume. He held off till the next day and got down on one knee on Omori Beach in Taupo while we were staying at Dan's family Bach.
Location of the wedding: Jeff was adamant he didn't want to get married in Wellington (due to the weather, which wouldn't have been much of a problem this year anyway). After lots of discussion we visited Sudbury Fields in Te Horo: an amazing setting with an old horse barn and an amazing outlook. It's also very close to the beach. We had always wanted an outdoor ceremony, and this place ticked all the boxes. The grounds were picturesque. We held the reception in the barn, which looked fabulous decorated in fairy lights.
The dress: The first purchase: a Maggie Sottero Adorae gown. The girls and I got ready in the on-site accommodation at the venue, which was a beautiful little house.
The flowers: They were by Black Rose Florist in Porirua. Jeff being quite allergic to flowers, they weren't a huge part of the day. We put the flowers down on my grandparents' grave the day after the wedding. They would have loved to have been there!
Highlight of the wedding: It has been said that it was the bride's rather enthusiastic Gangnam Style dance, but the setting was absolutely stunning! Indulging in a special James Bond edition Bollinger champagne with my Dad and the girls before the wedding was brilliant as well. I'm a huge James Bond fan!
Was there any drama? We didn't have a celebrant three weeks out from the wedding. We had one booked but unbeknownst to us, she hadn't renewed her licence. My husband-to-be quickly got in touch with my mum who managed to track down a fabulous celebrant who was based out in Te Horo. It was meant to be!
The honeymoon: We are having a delayed honeymoon to save some more dollars to be able to really enjoy ourselves... In September we are heading to Hawaii. We have always loved Hawaii, both having been there before. We would love to explore more of the other islands: volcanoes and all!
Photographer and favourite photo: Our photographer Mary Sylvia was amazing! It is incredibly hard to choose just one photo, but I love all the photos on the beach. I also love the photos of the girls and I beside my mum's Mini and Jeff's dad's Mercedes.