Stuff's wedding of the week

Last updated 05:00 11/10/2013

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When Sarah and Kyle were thrown together at a grad programme, neither of them could have possibly guessed what was to come.

A beautiful surprise engagement in the Yarra Valley complete with tea lights and rose petals followed by a stunning beach side wedding completed their fairytale romance.

We'll leave it to Sarah to fill you in on the rest...

How did you meet? We were both on the graduate programme at Westpac - Kyle missed the first couple of weeks due to illness and I volunteered to help him learn the ropes when he came on board.

Tell us about the proposal: We lived in Australia at the time. Kyle organised a surprise day out for us in the Yarra Valley, not far from where we lived in Victoria. He dropped me off to get a massage, returning a couple of hours later to pick me up and take me to a vineyard for a 'glass of wine'. Turns out he had arranged some accommodation for us for the night. He went ahead of me to the room while I 'registered' with the owners. After a little mishap (locking me out), I came in to find a pathway of tea lights and rose petals to where he was waiting outside on the deck. The rest is a blur.

Location of wedding: We held the ceremony on Langs Beach in front of a close friend's bach, followed by a reception at Millars Vineyard, Mangawhai. In my opinion that part of New Zealand has the most beautiful beaches in the world, so it was the perfect place to have our wedding.

Describe your wedding day: It just went by so fast! We had a fantastic day filled with people we love, great food and fantastic weather. It was amazing.

The dress: I got my dress in Australia, it was a sale dress from the Ella range by Stella York. I only tried on a few dresses - I found it all a bit intimidating seeing as I bought my dress alone (my bridesmaids live in New Zealand).

The flowers: We had white gerberas by Brenda from Design Flowers, Whangarei. She was one of our bridesmaid's neighbours growing up. They were absolutely gorgeous and simple.

Highlight of the wedding: We left the ceremony with a sparkler tunnel  - it was a fantastic way to finish off the day.

Was there any drama? Our day went very very smoothly, we were lucky. There were only a couple of issues. Firstly, the generator broke and the sound stopped working on the beach during the ceremony. Luckily our AV guy had a back up, but unfortunately part of the ceremony was too quiet to hear. Also, the ice cream truck we had for the guests after the ceremony was down the other end of the beach, so a guest had to run down and redirect her to the right spot. As far as we were aware that's as bad as it got.

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The honeymoon: We went to Singapore and Sri Lanka for just over two weeks. We have done a lot of travel and Sri Lanka was somewhere on the list for a while that we hadn't yet got to. Fantastic place, fantastic people and beautiful beaches.

Your photographer and favourite photo?  Our photographer was Kerri Vernon Photography, Whangarei. One of our favourite photos captures the moment after one of the groomsmen had ripped a hole in his trousers - Kyle and I are in hysterics.

- Stuff

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