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Camille and Neil met at the romantic and classy weekend that is the Wellington Sevens. She was dressed as a goddess, he was clad in fluro lycra and what do you know, the two hit it off.
Neil popped the question while the couple were on a romantic holiday and they spent Christmas day celebrating their engagement with a lot of bubbles and a star-strewn sky, ahhh there's the romance.
The pair got hitched on the fifth anniversary of the day they met. This time, there was no lycra.
We'll let Camille fill in the blanks.
How did you meet? My husband Neil and I met at the Wellington Sevens in 2008. It was such a fun weekend that turned into so much more. I was dressed as a goddess and he was clad in fluoro lycra. We saw each other, got chatting and ran into each other later that night ...it all went from there.
Tell us about the proposal: Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2011 and we took off on a tropical holiday. One night we snuck down to the pool for a late night swim, it was a beautiful night - balmy and clear. Neil went back to the room and came down with a bottle of bubbles and leapt into the pool, engagement ring and all, and proposed. I was so surprised that I jumped ups and hugged him for ages before realising I hadn't yet said yes, which I then did of course. We saw Christmas Day in drinking bubbles under the stars to celebrate our engagement.
Location of wedding: We were married at historical Old St Paul's in Thorndon.
Describe your wedding day: It was only fitting we got married on February 1, 2013, five years after we met. The wedding celebration was quite formal, but there were some laughs when I couldn't get Neil's ring on his finger. The guys in the bridal party took their jackets off at the end to reveal their Union Jack and New Zealand flag waistcoat backs which got a big cheer from the crowd. Neil wrote a poem about us that his Aunt read. We also had a reading from my Aunt and a blessing at the end from my cousin.
We were so lucky Wellington was in a middle of a 10-day weather high so the day was stunning. Our guests walked through the Sevens crowd to The Boatshed on the waterfront for the reception so they all got some really funny photos.
The reception had a red and pink theme. We went for a classy, party atmosphere. I spent a year collecting red, pink and white paper lanterns to hang from the ceiling and each table was decorated with mini lanterns strewn around. We had raspberry martini cocktails in milk bottles, red and pink bunting and white conversation heart favours with red messages wrapped in mini cupcake cases tied with ribbon. We carried the red and pink theme through with jandals for the female guests to walk in, parasols, red spotted water glasses, cocktail straws, napkins, the cake, a red postbox for cards and Hersheys kisses on the present table.
The reception was so much fun, I wish I could do it all again. We had amazing food provided by Trish at Simply Food which everyone raved about. Sean Preston provided entertainment by playing during dinner, and then kept everyone up dancing until midnight. We had a photobooth for entertainment which doubled as the guest book for the day - it was a real hit with all the guests.
The dress: My very talented mother made my antique leavers lace mermaid style dress. She spent hours and hours hand sewing the lace onto the dress. It could not have been more lovely, and I felt beautiful in it. I wore red and pink suede shoes. My mother also made the raspberry red lace bridesmaid dresses.
The flowers: I have always loved working with flowers so I arranged the flowers myself. The flowers all had a white and pink theme. The bouquets were oriental lilies, the button holes were roses and the table flowers were hydrangeas
Highlight of the wedding: The whole day was special and we both loved every minute. Some of the highlights included seeing each other for the first time that day at the church, the fantastic weather, walking into the beautiful reception and thinking it looked perfect, the first dance and the party atmosphere. It was also such a highlight seeing the photos and video a few weeks later which brought the magic of the day back again.
The honeymoon: We really spoilt ourselves and decided to go to Malaysia and the Maldives. We went to the Grand Prix in Kuala Lumpur then to tropical Pulau Tioman followed by a week in the Maldives. We both got our dive qualification for the trip so we dived with whale sharks, turtles, stingrays and many other tropical creatures. It was an amazing trip.
Was there any drama? The only drama was the tailor who made the guy's waistcoats thought the wedding was a day later so they were only finished four hours before the wedding started.
Your photographer and favourite photo? The gallery here includes some my favourite photos. Below is our short snapshot video of the day which shows the day off so well. We keep watching it over and over again.