Weddings of the week
Emma, a 25-year-old personal assistant and her future husband, 28-year-old Malcolm, sashayed their way into each other's lives at a social dance class in Wellington.
They escaped overseas on their OE in 2011 where Malcolm popped the question in romantic Switzerland surrounded by scenic snowy mountains.
Their wedding took place at a beautiful venue in Manawatu complete with friends, family and even a fainting bridesmaid.
We'll let Emma paint a more detailed picture of their special day...
How did you meet? Both Malcolm and I are ballroom and latin-american dancers, so we met through social classes at The Studio in Wellington. We knew each other for a while, but never had many conversations until one day after class someone forgot their car keys and Malcolm texted me to ask if they were mine. We just didn't stop talking after that.
Tell us about the proposal: We had decided to do our big OE around Europe in 2011 and planned to travel all over the place, but specifically Switzerland where one side of my family are from. One morning while we were in Engelberg (Switzerland) we decided to venture down the mountain we were staying on to the little village below. Unfortunately I was not in the best of moods, so poor Malcolm found it extremely hard to stop me in one spot for a good amount of time. Finally, on a little bridge above a beautiful stream overlooking the snowy mountains Malcolm got down on one knee and of course I said yes (through lots of tears). We called my parents straight away, too excited to remember that it was nearly midnight back home, opps!
Location of wedding: After looking through a huge amount of wedding venues in Wellington and the Wairarapa, we found the magical Highden Manor Estate in the Manawatu. Its old charm and beautiful surrounds captured us straight away.
Describe your wedding day: As most brides would say, our day was magical. My family came up the night before the wedding for a quiet meal out and to help us set up the reception room which took a huge weight off our shoulders. In the morning my bridesmaids and I relaxed in our suite at the manor with breakfast and bubbles out on the verandah, followed by hair and make-up prep. Meanwhile the boys just relaxed and played playstation all morning, easy for some. Having our family and friends make the effort to be there for our special day meant the world to us, especially since a lot of them travelled quite a distance. We couldn't have asked for anything more our of our day... it was perfect
The dress: My dress was a lace and tulle combination, specifically made for me and inspired by a gown that I had seen by designer brand Lazaro.
The flowers: My bouquet consisted of white hydrangeas and white roses, and the bridesmaids' posies had a mixture of white hydrangeas, pink roses and green lisianthus.
Highlight of the wedding: The biggest highlight of the day was taking a moment with Malcolm in a side room before we were about to go into the reception and realising that we were actually husband and wife.
Was there any drama? There were no major dramas that ruined our day so we were very lucky! But the most comical drama of the day had to be when one of my poor bridesmaids fainting right as Malcolm was saying his vows, ekk.
The honeymoon: After the wedding we took off to Taupo for a couple of days just to unwind, then in July we went for a lovely honeymoon trip to Singapore.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was the lovely Mahana Vardey from Wellington.
Picking a specific photo is very hard, but it would have to be the picture of Malcolm and I standing on the open road.