Stuff's wedding of the week: Kate and Greg

A sweet photo of the happy couple: Kate and Greg.
Jo Moore

A sweet photo of the happy couple: Kate and Greg.

A first date at Starbucks kicked off the romance between Kate and Greg, who now reside overseas in Canada.

The couple had not one but two lovely ceremonies to include family from both sides of the world. They even lucked out with a beautiful day for their wedding in Wellington - in August.

But we'll let Kate tell you all about it...

The bride arrives in a 1967 Jag, owned (and driven) by one of her father's friends.
Jo Moore

The bride arrives in a 1967 Jag, owned (and driven) by one of her father's friends.

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How did you meet? Online! We got in touch through a dating site then our first date was ice-skating and a coffee at Starbucks - the rest is history.

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Tell us about the proposal: I'd opened all my Christmas presents, then Greg said, "I think you have one more, here on the tree".  My engagement ring was looped around one of the ornaments we'd made with the kids - the one with my name on it.  

He apparently put it there on Christmas Eve and when I hadn't noticed it by Christmas morning, he had to point it out!  He got down on one knee and asked me.

Location of wedding: Zealandia in Wellington. We currently live in Toronto, Canada.

Greg's first glimpse of the bride as Kate walks down the aisle.
Jo Moore

Greg's first glimpse of the bride as Kate walks down the aisle.

Greg is from Montreal and I'm from Wellington, so with family that couldn't really travel, we had two ceremonies, the first one in Wellington in August for my friends and family, and one back in Canada, in Montreal, for Greg's family in September.

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Describe your wedding day: Perfect! Very casual and stress free. We knew it was risky to be planning an outdoor ceremony in Wellington in mid-August but the weather was perfect. 

An old school friend played me down the aisle on her viola and her husband officiated. It was wonderful to spend time with friends and family we don't see very often.

The ceremony was officiated by an old school friend's husband.
Jo Moore

The ceremony was officiated by an old school friend's husband.

The dress: My dress came from The Bride's Project in Toronto. All their dresses are donated by past brides and salons and proceeds from dress sales go to cancer charities. 

I needed something simple that I could fly halfway around the world and back so this sheath dress with lace detail and cut-out back was perfect.

The flowers: From Juliette Florist in Kelburn. We had simple bouquets in pinks and purples. We did the flowers on the tables using gerberas from the florist and put them in vintage bottles we bought off Trade Me.

Guests were treated to a beautiful day at Zealandia for the ceremony.
Jo Moore

Guests were treated to a beautiful day at Zealandia for the ceremony.

Highlight of the wedding: Marrying my best friend in a beautiful ceremony in New Zealand! I also loved how the family ceremony included Greg's kids and acknowledged it wasn't just Greg and I that were joining together.

Was there any drama?  None. Planning the wedding from halfway across the world was stressful sometimes, but the big day was drama free.

The honeymoon: Croatia in April. We used all our holiday up coming to NZ, so we had to postpone the honeymoon for a few months.

The wedding cake was made by Sweet Cakery and Bakery in Karori.
Jo Moore

The wedding cake was made by Sweet Cakery and Bakery in Karori.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Jo Moore. As for a favourite photo, it's hard to pick.

I love the one of me kissing Greg, as he looks so happy, but I also love the series of photos we did with the kids and the picture frame.

The couple shares a quiet moment overlooking the old reservoir at Zealandia.
Jo Moore

The couple shares a quiet moment overlooking the old reservoir at Zealandia.

The bride and her father at the reception.
Jo Moore

The bride and her father at the reception.

L-O-V-E.
Jo Moore

L-O-V-E.

No boring photos here - Greg's children keep things interesting.
Jo Moore

No boring photos here - Greg's children keep things interesting.

The big day went off without a hitch.
Jo Moore

The big day went off without a hitch.

 - Stuff

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