Stuff's wedding of the week: Caitlin and Darren
When this Kiwi and American met as part of the same tour group in Beijing, sparks flew. Both from farming families, the stars most certainly aligned.
Darren and Caitlin tied the knot in a timelessly beautiful ceremony at Huka Falls Resort in Taupo. But we'll let Caitlin tell you all about it...
How did you meet? Darren and I meet in Beijing, China. I was working in Canada at the time and Darren, his brother and Dad were on the same work trip as me in China. We actually struck up conversation on the Great Wall of China and dairy farms tours.
Both being from farming families we found this rather ironic. The stars certainly aligned.
Tell us about the proposal: We had been dating about 5 months since first meeting in China. We were in New Zealand for Easter visiting my family and friends. After the introductions went well and he asked my dad for my hand within 30 minutes of meeting him, we went to our family bach at Riversdale beach for a few days.
Long story short, it's my favourite place in the world and he proposed on the deck asking me quietly if I would marry him.
Location of wedding: Huka Falls Resort Taupo.
Describe your wedding day: As cheesy as it sounds, it was actually everything (and more!) we hoped for. It was a beautiful sunny Taupo day, the ceremony was hot, the pictures were awesome and we walked into the reception to Crazy in Love by Beyonce. Fun is probably the best word to describe the whole day! I wouldn't have changed a thing.
My sister-in-law Greer Berry was our celebrant. Having somebody we love and know so well marry us was very special to us.
The dress: I bought my dress whilst still living in Canada when my mum came to visit me. It was an Allure Bridal dress. Nothing like I thought I would wear on my wedding day, but I loved it. The strapless bustier, the bling and the train were my favourite parts.
The flowers: Flowers were by Florist XO based out in Taupo. My wedding colours were sterling grey, navy blue and orange. I wanted a classic look with a pop of colour. I loved the orange. My flowers were one of my favourite parts of the day.
Highlight of the wedding: I honestly couldn't pinpoint one favourite part. From getting ready with my bridal party, to walking down the aisle and holding back tears with my Dad, to saying I do to my American, I loved it all.
Was there any drama? Although I had prepared my self for some minor drama, organising a wedding from America wasn't the easiest thing. With the help of my little sister and my mum (along with many others), everything went off with out a hitch.
The honeymoon: After taking 2 weeks vacation over the wedding in New Zealand we are currently planning a honeymoon for later in the year. A Dominican Republic all-inclusive trip is looking like the winner. Beach, sun and lots of drinks!
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Darren's cousin, Nienke Izurieta, who flew all the way from Saint John in New Brunswick Canada.
My favourite photo is the one where he standing behind me and I'm laughing (or trying not to). It's so us. Posed photos aren't really our thing and we did our best to give Nienke a chance to get some good ones.
Another fun fact: Darren and I both come from farming families and now live in Sunny California where we both work in the agricultural business and one day hope to reside from back the most beautiful country in the world (namely New Zealand).