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When Shelley Wallace first met her husband, Blair Thompson, he was assigned to her team for training at work. 

From then on, their romance blossomed and eventually Blair surprised Shelley by popping the question on her 30th birthday. 

After months of planning, they married on December 1, 2012 at the Silverstream Retreat in Upper Hutt.

The whole affair went off without a hitch and Shelley had her dream wedding. 

Here she is to fill in the gaps. 

How did you meet?

We met at work, I was a team leader at the time but filling in for the trainer and Blair ended up being my trainee and worked in my team for a short time. Eventually Blair moved onto another team and one thing led to another pretty quickly. We worked together for almost three years before I moved to another workplace. I think if you can work with someone and live with them and you still get on that says a lot. 

Tell us about the proposal:

It was my 30th birthday and we had a friend's engagement party on that night. He took me out to buy me a dress for the night as part of my present and then said he had a surprise and he drove me out to Efil Doog Garden Of Art for a romantic picnic lunch.

We had a walk around and then set up the picnic by a pond, and there was no one else around which is hard to find in Wellington. Just before dessert he told me he had one more present, given we had been together for three years and had talked about eventually getting engaged I should have suspected, but when he asked me to stand up and turn around it did not click at all.

When I turned around Blair was on one knee holding my beautiful engagement ring.

It was such an emotional moment and it felt like we were the only two people in the world in this secluded garden. I found out later he had taken the day off the week before to scope out the location and pick out the ring and just to make sure everything was perfect: dropping me at work then picking me up as usual pretending he had been at work all day. Blair often does really thoughtful and romantic things for me so it was no surprise he had planned everything out to a tee, it's one of the reasons I fell in love with him.

Location of wedding:

We got married at the Silverstream Retreat in Upper Hutt, Wellington. We wanted a venue where we could have the ceremony and the reception in the same place, and the retreat was perfect for this. The garden outside as backdrop was just stunning. It was a little touch and go leading up to the wedding weather-wise but the rain held off and our photographer was happy with the overcast day we had as it's the perfect light for shooting. I had worried a lot leading up to the day about the weather needing to be perfect but when the day arrived so long as it wasn't bucketing down with rain, I was happy.

Describe your wedding day:

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The day itself was everything we had hoped for and more. It was a lot calmer in the lead up than I expected. My bridesmaids, my Mum and I were all just excited and enjoying the moment getting ready. Hannah from Made up Makeup did our makeup, which was fun and my hair was done by my hairdresser Jen at Rodney Wayne in Lower Hutt who I have been going to for years.

Hiring the right people really made all the difference as I had absolutely nothing to worry about on the day. The same with our wedding party, our bridemaids and groomsmen were awesome on the day. Arriving at the venue it was so amazing to see all the months of planning and all the little details come together.

It made all the nights and weekends we poured into organising it all worth it. Having all our friends and family there also made our day. We couldn't believe how smoothly everything went and that it was actually finally happening after a two-year engagement.

The dress:

My dress was from Robyn Cliffe Couturiere in Wellington - it was one of the first dresses I tried on and I instantly fell in love with it. The colour is 'oyster' which was a little different from the traditional white. I had the sweetheart neckline added after it arrived in store, as well as the sash which added something unique to the dress and made it feel more like 'me'.

The flowers:

Whitney from Flowers on Featherston did my flowers. I had a rough idea of what I wanted and Whitney sent me samples to confirm things which really helped. I just loved the lavender flowers on the table and bridesmaid arrangements.

Highlight of the wedding:

Walking down the aisle to meet Blair. It was so exciting to be declared husband and wife, it was a great feeling.

Also having my two children in the wedding party, they did so well and we were really proud of them on the day.

Was there any drama?

No drama, the whole day was just a dream. I did forget to send the pins for the button holes with my Dad when he dropped over the flowers to the boys, however my sister got them over to the venue and all was good.

The honeymoon:

Our honeymoon was our first holiday away together! We spent ten days in Phuket, Thailand it was the best experience and the perfect way to start our married life.

Your photographer and favourite photo? 

Jo Moore did our photos and we are so glad we chose her as our photographer as she has been amazing and our photos are just beautiful. We had photos taken outside the venue as there are lots of old buildings due to the retreat being an old army hospital in the 1940s, we then moved on to the river.

We both have the same favourite photo which is taken down at the river with me sitting on a chair and Blair standing next to me, a panorama of the river behind us.

- Stuff


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