Stuff's wedding of the week
Marketing product manager and bride-to-be Cole, met builder Aiden, at a wedding of all places. They were together about six and a half years before they decided to tie the knot.
The couple chose a stunning beach location in Eastbourne, Lower Hutt, and enjoyed an amazing day filled with friends and family.
We'll let Cole shed more light on the wedding details...
How did you meet? We met at another friend's wedding! My friend married Aiden's friend in October 2006 and although we had plenty of mutual friends, our paths hadn't crossed before that.
Tell us about the proposal: We were about to go on a week-long snowboarding holiday with friends in Queenstown and after purchasing the ring the week before, Aiden had big plans to propose up the mountain. However, the logistics of having the ring in the snow, and being up a mountain with big gloves on seemed a bit tricky. Aiden couldn't wait any longer, and proposed at home the day before we flew to Queenstown.
Location of wedding: Our ceremony was held on the beach at Korohiwa Bay, by the Wahine memorial at the end of Eastbourne, Lower Hutt. The reception was at The Dowse Art Museum, also in Lower Hutt.
Describe your wedding day: One word: amazing. It was a beautiful sunny day in the middle of February and it was wonderful to be able to share our big day with family and friends, especially those who travelled so far to be there for it! The reception was an awesome party - our band The Relatives learnt our first dance song (Slice of Heaven by Dave Dobbyn) for us, and the dance floor was packed all night.
The dress: Because I am quite petite, it was hard to find anything off the rack, so I had my lace sweetheart, strapless dress custom made.
The flowers: Sally at Allure Florist did a beautiful job of our flowers. The girls had variations of light purple, cream and white roses in their bouquets, and we had table centrepieces of gorgeous hydrangeas. Cole's late grandmother's pearls were attached to her bouquet.
Highlight of the wedding: It sounds cliche but the whole day was a highlight! Our favourite parts would probably have to be walking back down the aisle together as husband and wife, and partying with all our friends and family at the reception.
Was there any drama? There was no major drama... but Cole's grandparents were late to the ceremony, so the girls were all waiting in the cars for a few minutes before getting out at the ceremony while we waited for them to arrive with other relatives.
The honeymoon: We spent two weeks away, leaving a few days after the wedding for an amazing holiday in Bali.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Candy Capco and we could not be happier with her or our photos. We have recommended her to so many friends, she was fantastic. We had heaps of fun having photos taken after the ceremony with our bridal party. There are so many favourite photos it's hard to choose, but we are really glad to have captured some of the special moments including Aiden and his grandmother, and dancing with his daughter caught on camera - memories we will cherish.