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Haley, 25, and Darry Wall, 29, are both grape lovers, and their vineyard wedding was something special. Gorgeous turquoise shoes, a dress fit for a princess and a dramatic opening of a champagne bottle - anyway, we'll let her tell you more... 

How did you meet? We met online through mutual friends, and we met up once I realised Darry lived just down the road. I found out later that one of his brothers worked for my dad, and I went to school with his younger brothers. 

Tell us about the proposal: The first proposal was on Christmas morning 2010, then we spent the day telling family and friends. Darry wanted to improve on that proposal, and proposed again with a second ring last year by surprising me with a horse trek and a romantic picnic. We also saw our first wild snake in Australia while out on our trek! I'm one spoilt girl with two engagement rings. 

Location of wedding: We moved to Perth, Australia in May 2011, but we wanted to get married back home in New Zealand close to our family. We're from north of Auckland, so Ascension Vineyard in Matakana was a perfect choice, and always a dream location for me. We're both right into our wine, so there was no other option than a vineyard really.  

Describe your wedding day: My day was perfect, I stayed at my maid of honour Jade's house the night before after having a family BBQ with our families. Jade made me breakfast then we relaxed while waiting for my bridesmaids and mum, and Kaitlin Chapman (my hair and makeup artist, she really was an artist!). Kaitlin was great despite everyone being late and we still managed to be ready before our photographer Lauretta and her assistant arrived. We then went and had photos in the park with people coming out onto their decks to watch.  

The wedding itself was perfect, the weather was amazing and it was great catching up with so many people that we hadn't seen for a while. We both managed not to cry during the ceremony (just!).  

We also had a surprise for our guests, Darry had made a sword to sabre our first bottle of bubbly with. Despite the first sabreing not quite going to plan, the second sabering was perfect. We then went off for photos, then, after our entree, Darry and I got some more photos as the sun was going down. That was followed by amazing food, great dancing, highly entertaining speeches and cutting the cake with the sword!

We continued the party back in the house we had booked for the weekend with some of our family and our Perth friends who had flown over for the wedding.

The dress: I always knew I was going to buy my dress in Perth to deal with logistics and fittings, but I went dress shopping in New Zealand so that my mum, mother-in-law and bridesmaids could come. I must have tried on about 40+ dresses but I ended up getting a dress from Gown Gallery in Perth by Alfred Angelo.  

I couldn't have imagined a more perfect dress. I also wore some gorgeous turquoise shoes which actually got more comments than my dress! 

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The flowers: I got my flowers from diywholesaleflowers.co.nz and my bridesmaids, one of my nieces and Darry were all together making bouquets two days before the wedding. Darry and I had white roses, while everyone else had white carnations, which was the same wedding flower that my parents had almost 28 years before. My bridesmaid and sister-in-law Julie also made all our centrepeices. 

Highlight of the wedding: Getting married! After over two years engaged and 19 months planning it was great for the day to finally arrive.  

Also, seeing so many friends and family that we hadn't seen much of since we had moved to Australia and having our friends Kyrie and Ben, and Michelle and Paul make the trip all the way to New Zealand from Perth to celebrate with us. 

Was there any drama? The limo got stuck when it was picking us up, and we had to wrangle in surrounding neighbours to help us push it off the driveway, while one of my bridesmaids drove. Luckily I found it funny at the time, and had planned to leave early in case of traffic anyway!

The music didn't work due to my poor job of putting on the CD, which Darry had to deal with and was quite stressed about. Darry also forgot to bring the sword to the venue, and had to send his best man to pick it up.

The honeymoon: As huge wine fans we wanted to go to a wine region, but we also wanted to go somewhere tropical, so we spent four nights in Marlborough drinking wine, then a week in Bora Bora, French Polynesia in absolute paradise, staying in an over-water bungalow. Our honeymoon was just perfect, highlights were swimming with sharks and stingrays, and all the pina coladas! 

Your photographer and favourite photo? We had Lauretta Quax from Shine Studios. Our families have been friends since I was young, and I've always wanted to have her as our photographer, as her work is just incredible.

To pick a favourite photo is so hard, I love all the little moments that were captured, like the picture of all our nieces and nephews, one of my mum wiping a tear while my dad holds her hand, the photo of Darry as I'm walking down the aisle, or the one of our first kiss just after the ceremony. But my favourite would have to be the one of Darry and me kissing with the vines in the background.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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