Stuff's wedding of the week: Katie and Andy
Katie and Andy knew each other since they were kids, but it was only after one magical day at Mission Bay beach that sparks flew.
They celebrated their love in a romantic rustic-themed wedding with their nearest and dearest. But we'll let Katie fill you in on the details...
How did you meet? Andy and I met at a fifth form party, such a long time ago now. It's a great story (and one I just had to cheers to in my wedding speech). I use to date a couple of his friends, so I said I "saved the best to last" when I got together with Andy.
Andy and I met back up in Auckland in 2012 after studying at different universities and living in different cities. Several girlfriends/ boyfriends later and completely different uni life's apart, we were connected again.
We both saw each other as 'old mates' catching up, and that was it, but then we had one day at Mission Bay beach in Auckland where it all changed - it was magic!
Tell us about the proposal: Andy is such a thoughtful, black and white, to the point, ducks-in-a-row kind of man. We were in LA on our way home from our amazing travels through Europe and then Central America and Andy says "I've got something to tell you… I'm not sure if I should, but I really want to...".
Me: "Oh ok cool, yeah, what's going on?"
Andy: "I almost proposed the other night in Costa Rica..."
"Me: "What! Wow, why didn't you? Are you ok? Are we ok?" (Thoughts were running!)
This was Andy's way of letting me know he was ready to be engaged and it was on the way, which was so very special.
One of my best friends passed away five years ago now and he had her ring to propose with in his pocket that night in Costa Rica, but it didn't feel quite right at that moment as it wasn't 'my ring'.
So then when we were back in NZ, after collecting all our gear and the car from our parent's homes in Nelson, we stopped in Wellington while making our way up the country to settle in Auckland. We had spent two years in Wellington together and Mt Vic had always been a very special place to us both. So we went up the hill in the early evening and Andy walked me around the edge of the hill to a beautiful viewpoint, just before sunset. I could tell something was up. He was confidently quiet.
He dropped to one knee, and said all these incredibly beautiful things, followed by "Katie Susan Cross, will you marry me?". I said yes! It was such a surreal feeling. The champagne was popped and the grins were in full force.
Location of wedding: Private Property, "The Ponds", in Appleby, Nelson.
Describe your wedding day: Think The Wind in the Willows combined with a rustic chic theme, with an incredible feeling of love filling not only us but our guests and family the whole day. To see everyone's joy and love and excitement in return gave us so much joy.
We were really set on an 'all in one location' wedding so our guests could 'graze' and drink between the ceremony and reception and enjoy the property for what it is and all its beauty. We ensured a bar, a massive grazing platter and lawn games were there to keep our guests entertained while we had bridal party photos.
I wanted our wedding to be a very special and memorable event for our guests so was all about the tiny details which turned into big details and exciting surprises. Mr. Whippy joined us for dessert which was fun, and everyone's inner child emerged. The Ponds had never been used for a big wedding before, so it was even more special to showcase it and make it truly unique to Andy and I to celebrate our special love.
Tell us about the dress: I've actually put it on twice since the wedding. It was simple, yet elegant. I didn't want over the top, or too tight fitting, just simply me. Something that fit the setting, was romantic, and also comfort was high on the list.
It was a mix of a store brought shell of the dress, and then designed alongside Anna Schimmel, an incredible NZ designer. A lot of French lace, and a lot of work in order to get it fitting properly in all the right spots!
It was fitted through the front and bodice, all full lace, with a delicate sheer illusion. It curved around my bum nicely and the sheer tulle spread out behind me creating a delicate train. Just lovely.
I really wanted a full length veil too, I think that made it pop.
I hope our (future) daughter loves it as much as I did and will one day have it on her special day.
Tell us about the flowers: Sarah at Willow in Nelson is just amazing. So caring, thoughtful and really listened to my vision. My favourite colour is yellow so a 'pop' of mustard came through the whole wedding and in the bouquets, flower crowns, and buttonholes. Mustard roses and billy balls were a must.
The mustard rose was a feature right from the invites, through the stationary, marquee setup, arch and my flower crown too. I love those continuing details! Our theme was rustic chic taking into account the natural beauty of the property, so the flowers were full of greenery, very strong in colour and very beautiful.
Highlight of the wedding: Ooo, there are too many, but top three would have to be:
* Seeing Andy at the end of the isle, that moment of locking eyes with my future husband and saying "Let's do this".
* Walking into the marquee and seeing all our favourite people and feeling the amount of love that was flowing.
* Our location shoot on top of the hill in the evening. Andy and I danced in the golden grass while we laughed and smooched in front of our photographer and videographer… bliss!
Was there any drama? Coordinating 140 people is a big job. Everyone has an opinion all the jolly time. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good.
Let's just say that.
Tell us about the honeymoon: Total bliss and one mega lush out together. We thought if we can, why not. We will only be doing this once! So we went to the Maldives and had the most incredible time.
So much snorkelling, diving, eating, drinking, beach time and relaxing (it was well needed). To top it off, we stayed in an overwater bungalow on the final night complete with personal butler. Such a beautiful time together.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Rachael Brown at Rachael Brown Photography. Simply amazing. I was really seeking a whole heap of candid shots, not posey, and her style and difference is just gorgeous. Captures the love and emotion incredibly well.
I also hugely love black and white photographs, wish I could wall paper our house in them!
A favourite… too hard!
Your advice to future brides out there: Breathe. It will all happen. It will.
Lots of lists, lots of emails, lots of details... but most of all remember why you're doing it, and do it with love. Always.