Stuff's wedding of the week: Rhiannon and Kelvin

A magical wedding for a beautiful couple.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

A magical wedding for a beautiful couple.

A drop-dead gorgeous dress, a magical venue, a "cocktail" food option rather than a plated one - Rhiannon and Kelvin celebrated their love in the most fashionable way.

For them, having their friends and family from New Zealand and Australia all together in one place to witness their magical day made it all all the most memorable.

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

It was love at first sight for Rhiannon and Kelvin.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

It was love at first sight for Rhiannon and Kelvin.

READ MORE:
Introducing Shalimar & Michael
Introducing Larissa & Ryan
Introducing Annie & Tom

 

How did you meet? Kelvin and I met at one of the Anytime Fitness Clubs I manage in Perth. He asked me out for a drink one day, and I guess the rest is history. Apparently, he had wanted to ask me out for quite a while before he actually got the courage to do so. We have been inseparable since our first date.

Rhiannon with her five bridesmaids.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Rhiannon with her five bridesmaids.

What made you fall in love with your partner? Initially, I couldn't keep my eyes off him. He's a very good looking guy.

But his personality is what keeps me around. He makes me laugh every single day. He always puts my needs before his own, he is the most caring person. And we are best friends. 

I love him so much.

Both Kelvin and Rhiannon outfits contain special touches.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Both Kelvin and Rhiannon outfits contain special touches.

Tell us about the proposal: Kelvin told me one afternoon that we were going to the beach for a picnic. I didn't think anything of it, because we have little dates every week.

Ad Feedback

He had my favourite band playing on a portable music player, and a picnic basket. He laid out the blanket, and told me to open up the basket and grab out the wine. I opened the basket, and it was full of roses, and on top was the prettiest ring I had ever seen.

I turned around and Kelvin was on one knee, but he couldn't spit out the words because he was so nervous. He kept stuttering his words!

He had previously asked for my dad's permission before the proposal. He kept the ring in the cupboard for 2 months, waiting for the "right time", and then figured, any time is the right time.

Their first kiss as Mr and Mrs Neal.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Their first kiss as Mr and Mrs Neal.

Tell us about the location of wedding: We were very lucky with our wedding. My in-laws own Willow Glen, a beautiful cafe and wedding venue in Gordonton. The place is an absolute dream. Everything is green, and there are flowers everywhere - it is honestly magical. 

As Kelvin and I live in Perth, we had 47 people fly over for the wedding from my side!

Describe your wedding day: The entire wedding was outdoors under fairy flights, from ceremony to reception. The only time we went inside was for speeches. It was such a great night. Everything I imagined in my head, came to life that day.

Kelvin and his best men.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Kelvin and his best men.

We had the band situated under a marquee and an elevated dance floor so that everyone sitting down could watch others dancing. We had a cocktail wedding, as opposed to a sit down meal - so there was constantly waiters going around with trays for the whole night.

Tell us about the dress: My dress was from Tuscany Bridal in Perth. I originally saw the dress on a website before Kelvin had even proposed. I saved a picture of it in my phone.

The day after I got engaged, I booked an appointment to try it on, and I immediately knew it was the dress I was going to wear. I went to a few other stores to look at their dresses, but nothing compared.

The bridal party.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

The bridal party.

I brought my mum, nana and bridesmaids down for the second fitting and they all cried - so I knew it was the one.

Tell us about the flowers: Our bridal bouquets were orders through Petal Passions. I pictured a simple rose posey for myself and each of the girls, and they certainly delivered. The ladies did an amazing job.

The flowers for the venue were put together by Lisa Cowen at A Little Bit Vintage. 

A passionate kiss alongside the bridal car.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

A passionate kiss alongside the bridal car.

I knew that I wanted a "rustic" look, however I couldn't describe exactly what flowers I was after. Lisa and I sent a few emails back and forth and when I arrived at the venue I was so amazed that she had somehow understood the look that I was aiming for.

Highlight of the wedding: Seeing Kelvin's face when I walked down the aisle is something I will treasure forever. He looked so happy.

Also, it was so nice to have people from all over New Zealand and Australia all together in one place. It meant so much to us to have everybody there to celebrate our special day.

Be Stuff's wedding of the week

Share your stories, photos and videos.

Was there any drama? I was very restless the night before and had trouble sleeping, so by the time I had to get up and start getting ready for the day, I had only had an hour of sleep. But I managed to get through the day purely on adrenalin!

Our limo driver was half an hour late, but he was so friendly we had to forgive him. Plus, he got us there "fashionably late".

Tell us about the honeymoon: Kelvin and I just bought a puppy, and a house, and we just found out we are expecting a baby in December! So we have decided a honeymoon probably isn't on the cards for us right now.

An aerial shot with all the guests.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

An aerial shot with all the guests.

We went travelling around Europe for a few months in 2016, so we haven't really missed out. We would love to return to New Zealand to travel around the South Island though.

Your photographer and favourite photo? 
We worked with Paul from Paul Howell Photography from Wellington. Paul is the brother of a friend back in Perth, so he was obviously highly recommended. 

Kelvin and I skyped with Paul a few times prior to the wedding and he put my mind right at ease. All the photos came out better than I could have expected. He made us feel so comfortable, and he has given us photos that really captured the moment and we can't thank him enough. 

He met myself and the girls at the Lake House and took some photos of us before we left for the wedding. He was at the venue all day and night, and ended up staying about 3 hours over time! He was absolutely amazing.

The flowergirls and paigeboy listening to the band.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

The flowergirls and paigeboy listening to the band.

My favourite photo is a black and white copy of Kelvin and I holding hands walking through the gardens. The way he is looking at me, puts the biggest smile on my face. It reminds me of how happy we were on this magical day.

Your advice to future brides out there: Don't sweat the small stuff. If the flowers aren't the right colour, or the wrong song plays - just embrace it. Nobody is probably going to notice aside from you.

So just sit back, and have fun, and try to take everything in, because the day will flash before your eyes. 

The wedding was held at Willow Glen in Gordonton.
PAUL HOWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

The wedding was held at Willow Glen in Gordonton.

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Ad Feedback