Stuff's wedding of the week
27-year-old Hazel met 35-year-old Kurt when he performed the ultimate hero act and rescued her from the clutches of another man.
After he'd impressed her with his stellar dance moves at a bar, and wooed her with a custom-made flower bouquet during their first date, Kurt arranged a cute proposal with the best kind of personal touch.
Their wedding was virtually flawless bar a wee drama involving Hazel's ring and a field full of cows, but we'll let her fill you in on that great story, as well as the other drama-free details...
How did you meet? Kurt and I met through mutual friends at a local bar - he 'saved' me from the advances of another guy, we danced the night away and I was hooked. Who wouldnt adore a guy that wasn't afraid to dance? Not long after, our first proper date included a drive around the city to pick flowers for a bouquet for me, it was very memorable!
Tell us about the proposal: Our path has been what some may call untraditional, so the day Kurt proposed our daughter Bella was there to be a part of it. Well, Kurt tried to make her a part of it but when she refused to give me the ring box, it was all down to him.
Location of wedding: Both our ceremony and reception were held at the stunning Highden Manor just outside of Palmerston North. Our ceremony was held in the grounds, and the expansive back gardens provided the perfect setting for our guests to mingle and partake in lawn cricket, giant board games and enjoy the sun going down. The added bonus was the accommodation on site which allowed our family and friends to relax beforehand and party with us into the night without hassle. The managers at the time, Julianne and Steve Fulton, were simply awesome. Their experience pulled the day together, and I still dream of the delicious meal they created for us.
Describe your wedding day: The day itself was relaxed, very us and so much fun! Our 'theme' was vintage glam; luckily Kurt was fantastic at taking the decor ideas in my head and making them even better in reality. Both of my parents also created things included in our day which was very special. Our centre-pieces included teacups from my mum and family friend's collection, with the most special tea cup from my nan and grandad's wedding taking pride of place on top of the wedding cake.
Kurt and I exchanged vows in the Manor grounds and gifted a special ring to Bella during the ceremony which was made from family jewellery. While we had photographs, our guests were entertained by two great buskers. They got to play oversized games like Jenga and Connect 4 as well as snacking on the vintage lolly bar we had created - it was an awesome atmosphere.
After a reception of divine food and wonderful tear-inducing speeches, our nearest and dearest danced into the night with the help of special whiskeys gifted by family and an awesome playlist Kurt had put together. The photo booth Kurt built was a huge hit - looking at the photos later on made us laugh so hard, and showed us how lucky we were to share such an awesome day with the fabulous people in our lives. I wish it had been a never-ending day!
The dress: Oh the dress. After trying over 90 dresses in four locations (I'm a little indecisive), I found 'the one'. Soft chiffon with a low cut back and stunning ruffle train, it just felt right! The Bridal Studio were great at making sure everything was perfect and I was blessed to finish my look with jewellery special to both mine and Kurt's sides of the family. Four pairs of shoes later, I finally found 'the pair' as well! Topped off with the wonderful vision of my hairdresser, Amanda from Bijonei Hair Design, and makeup by Fiona of Indulge Yourself Makeup Artistry, I felt amazing.
The flowers: Peonies were one flower I had to have from the first time I scoured Pinterest for ideas. Right up until two weeks before the wedding we thought it wouldn't be possible due to timing, but the fabulous Penny from Sweet Magnolia Designs worked miracles and made us white peonies surrounded by freesias, avalanche roses and lavender - pure magic. The bridesmaids wore wrist sprays of tiny, wired purple freesias, orchids and delphinium - it was something different and beautiful.
Highlight of the wedding: There were so many amazing parts to our day but one that makes me smile and laugh was our first dance. We came up with a sort of routine just the day before the wedding, using dances like the sprinkler and lawnmower to the song 'Feel so Close' by Calvin Harris. We laughed the whole time, it was great to be ourselves and it seemed like everyone else really enjoyed it as well.
Was there any drama? Definitely! When I was putting my heels on (about ten minutes before heading down the aisle) Bella stood on the back on my dress and it popped open. Cue a sewing kit and Kurt waiting at the 'altar' for an extra 30 minutes. The biggest drama happened during our photo-shoot. We were in a field and as I cheekily pinched Kurt's bum my ring fell off into the dense grass. While running to get people to help look, the cows in the field charged me, but after 30 minutes of searching the ring was found - I was crying at the time but it's hilarious now! Bella still talks about the cows eating mummy's ring.
The honeymoon: We were incredibly lucky to head to southern Thailand for two weeks of bliss. Our time was spent exploring the islands on scooters, snorkelling, eating and learning how to cook Thai food - and of course drinking cocktails! It was simply unforgettable.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Brad Boniface and we were so stoked with how he captured the day. He was relaxed but professional which really suited us, and helped things run smoothly. We also had a videographer Jono Tucker who gave us another perspective of our day. I have watched the short film he created countless times and will treasure it forever. It's hard to choose a favourite photo from the many amazing shots Brad captured, but one we love would definitely be the shot of the boys all showing off their red socks, it really shows the fun and silliness that was part of our day.