Stuff's wedding of the week

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The story of Christchurch couple Doug and Jessica Barnett's Greek Islands proposal makes us swoon with jealousy, we'll let them do the talking... 

How did you meet? Doug and I met while on our O.E. in London. We met in a Kiwi/Oz pub one night and have been together ever since.

Tell us about the proposal: The proposal was like a fairytale. We were holidaying in Rhodes, Greece, and Doug acted weird for the first couple of days... we woke up in the morning and he apologised for being strange and said that he was taking me quad biking to make up for it.  

We got ready and headed down to the marina where he said we were getting picked up. The quad bikes turned out to be a private luxury yacht which took us around some of the most beautiful bays on the island. He proposed up the front of the yacht on one knee, trying not to lose the ring overboard!  

Afterwards we phoned my parents in NZ (who were expecting the call because, ever the gentleman, he had asked for their permission) and enjoyed a meal cooked by the on board chef.

Location of wedding: Newbery Lodge, Christchurch.

Describe your wedding day: The best day ever! We went for glamour and romance.

Guests arrived to pink lemonade in the garden with a string quartet playing in the background. The groom and his lads arrived in an Impala and the bride in a London Taxi cab - a surprise to the groom.

The ceremony was held in the garden and the whole crowd was involved in the promise - our celebrant Morgan Williams was just hilarious. After the ceremony, canapés and drinks were served while photos were taken.  

Dinner was a three-course sit down meal at tables that were named after Greek Islands in reference to the proposal. Guests were treated to local flavours like Akaroa salmon and Canterbury lamb.

After the cake cutting guests went back out to the garden where the bouquet toss was lit up with sparklers, and cake and coffee was served. The rest of the evening was spent dancing away to the live band.  

The dress: An ivory satin gown with fully beaded bodice and lace neckline. The skirt had seven skirts, with a full lace skirt with tulle overlay. It had a built-in train and was finished with an ivory belt with diamante detail.

The flowers: These were done by the amazing team at Flowers on Cashmere. The girls had posies in shades of pink, the bride had a cascading teardrop bouquet in ivory and pale pink roses. The men had pale pink buttonholes.

Highlight of the wedding: It sounds cliché, but when they pronounced us husband and wife.

Was there any drama? Everything went so smoothly, although the next day when we checked out of the hotel I realised I didn't have any shoes to wear!

The honeymoon: Rarotonga, we stayed at Rendezvous Villas in Muri beach, the bedroom and lounge opened straight onto the beach and our private plunge pool was amazing.

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Your photographer and favourite photo? Tracey Robinson, the bride's Aunty and a professional wedding photographer. Our favourite photo is the one of two of us in front of the wedding car. We also love the 'high five' shot with our niece Indi.

- Stuff


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