Stuff's wedding of the week

Last updated 05:00 15/11/2013

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Nicole met Jordan at the tender age of 13, but the two were unable to get together due to Jordan's inconvenient punishment... ahh young love.

Once they did start dating the pair were completely inseparable, so it was no surprise to anyone around them when Jordan popped the question.

They shared a gorgeous wedding day surrounded by family and friends and enjoyed every moment.

How did you meet? Jordan and I have been friends since we were about 13, we met through mutual friends at a Guy Fawkes party at Bethells Beach where my friend originally tried to set us up. We had a great night and agreed to swap numbers, but Jordan was grounded so I never heard from him. We stayed in contact on and off throughout high school and there was always a spark between us. Finally, in 2010 we decided to go on a date to Parakai Pools and we haven't been apart since. 

Tell us about the proposal: I had been dropping hints for a while and my family were always mentioning it to Jordan. I had pointed out my dream ring to him a few times in the jewellers, never thinking anything of it or that I would ever end up wearing it! One night at a family friend's 50th, Jordan plucked up the courage and asked my dad for his blessing, which dad was thrilled about. The next day while at home relaxing, Jordan popped the question, he said he couldn't wait any longer and was scared dad would spill the secret to somebody. The same day Jordan's younger sister went into labour, it was a very exciting day for all of us! 

Location of wedding: The amazing Tasting Shed in Kumeu was the location for our special day. We have been regulars there since it opened and are friends with the owners. It is a rustic old apple shed turned restaurant, the food is amazing and it's a great local spot. We had both the ceremony and reception there, and could not have been happier with the way the owners Jo and Ganesh ran the day.

Describe your wedding day: It started with one of the last few America's Cup races: myself and my maid of honor watched it whilst having breakfast at The Olives, a local B 'n' B. It was such a nerve-wracking race - we were winning the whole way and then the time ran out, effectively making the race not count! Once my mum arrived we all got our hair and makeup done by the amazing Kailtin Chapman. Meanwhile the boys had a BBQ and relaxed together with Jordan's mum and grandma. My dad and I arrived a bit late to the wedding as he decided to pull over at the local pub down the road and confirm that I was 100% sure I wanted to marry Jordan! He was joking of course, but once I told him just how sure I really was, we both had zero doubts. We had a gorgeous ceremony that really reflected our casual style - it was truly a perfect moment for us. We had some fun wedding party photos in the Auckland rain, followed by a yummy dinner in true Tasting Shed style before dancing the night away under a gorgeous Raj Tent. 

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The dress: I went to a few different shops, but there was one dress that stood out from the rest. It was an amazing vintage lace mermaid shaped Allure gown that I felt like a million dollars in. I had a bit of a scare a few weeks out from the wedding when my beautiful dress was too tight for me to sit down in, but all the running around before the wedding soon sorted that out for me. 

The flowers: By the very talented Angelli from My Wedding Flowers, she has amazing knowledge and created the most gorgeous bouquet and table settings. The bright yellow sunflowers really brightened up a dull, grey Auckland day. 

Highlight of the wedding: It was great when our photographer mentioned an idea she had involving Jordan and I taking the Oldsmobile and having our couple photos by ourselves. We jumped at the chance and it ended up being really nice to just have a chance to talk about what had happened so far, and just take a breath away from everybody. We have some very special photos that were taken during that quiet moment together. 

Was there any drama? No drama, though there were quite a few tears from both mothers and my maid of honor! The whole day was really intimate and relaxed, exactly how we wished it would be. 

The honeymoon: We spent 9 days in Samoa and stayed at Sinalei Reef Resort where the food, people and beach were absolutely paradise. It was also our first international trip together so was very exciting and because Jordan is part Samoan, it was great for him to experience some of his heritage. 

Your photographer and favourite photo?  Our photographer was Emily Raftery, the most talented and amazing lady. The photos are all really natural and really capture what our day was about. My favourite photo was taken before the ceremony and is of Jordan giving Emily one of his million dollar smiles. I also love the candid ones of the crowd, and the photo in front of the huge old blossoming plum tree, which epitomises our spring wedding.

- Stuff

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