Stuff's wedding of the week

Last updated 05:00 17/05/2013

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When Lorna, 28, met Ben, 31, she let her eyes do the talking, and her handiwork and creativity helped make her big day the vintage party of her dreams.

How did you meet: Ben and I met one night at local bar, The Cobb. Ben wowed me with his dance moves and I batted my eye-lashes until he asked for my number. From there, we dated the good ol' fashioned way, and the rest was history. 

Tell us about the proposal: Ben proposed to me in Penang, Malaysia while we were away on holiday. We went out for dinner and, as I was eating my scallop entrée, he popped the question. Needless to say, the scallop nearly popped straight out of my mouth. 

Location of wedding: Our ceremony took place at a beautiful private garden in Hawke's Bay called Friend's Bush. The Hastings Opera House hosted the reception, and Rosie Antis was a wonderful help and did everything she could to help us build our perfect wedding. Our catering company, Dish, also deserves a special mention for their amazing work.

Describe your wedding day: In three words: exciting, terrifying and perfect. We tried to savour the individual moments, as the day passed by so quickly. 

The wedding was vintage themed, and I spent hours trawling op-shops, antique shops, garage sales and TradeMe to find all the perfect pieces to decorate the reception. My mother made the gorgeous bunting and the wedding cake. I loved constructing the menus, setting up table decorations, arranging flowers, and framing old family wedding photos. All the DIY stuff was so much fun.

Ben and I exchanged personally written vows about marriage, and what we mean to each other which was a special part of the ceremony. Nibbles, prepared by mum and us girls, along with bubbly, followed. We went off to have photos, while our guests were transported to the reception spot, the Hastings Opera House. 

The reception was so much fun. Wayne Codyre made for a brilliant MC, and the speeches were entertaining and well-timed. The food was delish, and our sweets bar was a crowd favourite. Photo booth fun and dancing followed. The band, Hidden Agenda, got everyone up dancing. I wish I could do it all over again. Getting married is the best.

The dress: Sigh. Love the dress. French appliqué lace in ivory, designed by Christina Rossi. Astra Bridal in Auckland were wonderful, particularly Wayne and Mira. Being short in stature, the dress had quite a few alterations, but you would never know it. My mother helped make the straps on the dress, and lovingly beaded them with off-cuts.

The flowers: As I am addicted to Style Me Pretty and Pinterest, I decided I could do the bouquets and button holes myself. I made the bouquets from gypsophila and wrapped them in ivory lace. The buttons holes were also made from gypsophila along with rosemary and lavender, and wrapped in a rose lace. I loved being creative and did lots of DIY for the wedding.

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Highlight of the wedding: The highlight was definitely the photo booth provided by Portable Paparazzi. It was so much fun. The actual photo booth was inside a vintage car which they drove into the reception venue. Guests just grabbed some props, jumped in the back and started posing. Everyone got to keep a strip of photos, and they stuck the other into a book as a keepsake, along with a personal message for us. Young and old loved it.

Was there any drama? Our original venue, Sanctuary Gardens, pulled the plug a few months before the wedding. We were so lucky that Colin James, the owner of Friend's Bush, was able to help us out. In the end, it was an even better venue. I think the photos speak for themselves.

If that change wasn't enough, our flight out of the country for our honeymoon was cancelled meaning we were stuck at an airport hotel on the first night of our honeymoon. 

The honeymoon: Ben organised the honeymoon with the help of Flight Centre. Once we finally left the country, we touched down in Apia, Samoa. We stayed at The Seabreeze Resort on the south side of Upolu. I can't speak highly enough of the beautiful accommodation, amazing resort restaurant and welcoming locals. 

Your photographer and favourite photo? Brad Boniface was our photographer. We LOVE our photos and can't believe how well Brad captured all the special moments of our day. I really struggled to pick a favourite photo, but I adore the one of us on the stage, stealing a kiss. 

- Stuff


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