Stuff's wedding of the week

Last updated 05:00 22/11/2013

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It's always lovely when someone decides to propose surrounded by family and friends, and this couple's engagement story is no exception.

32-year-old Dave Monds popped the question to 27-year-old Tristina Owen at the celebration of his own 31st birthday, and the pair went on to tie the knot at the beautiful Mission Estate Winery in Hawke's Bay.

Their special day had it all - vintage cars, beautiful lilac dresses and cute-as-a-button flower girls and page boys.

We'll let the bride fill you in on the rest...

How did you meet? We met online. Dave: I googled 'perfect wife' and Tristina's name popped up haha.

Tell us about the proposal: Dave proposed on his 31st birthday during dinner with both of our immediate families present. Although it isn't out of character for Dave to want an elegant dinner party, I really should have guessed as he had suited up and seemed nervous. He had laid the tables with white tablecloths, flowers and silverware. But then again it was HIS birthday!

Location of wedding: Our ceremony and reception were held at The Mission Estate Winery in Hawke's Bay.  This truly stunning venue with beautiful views, fantastic staff and exquisite food didn't fail to impress us.These guys really know how to throw a wedding!

Our vision was a romantic, glamorous and slightly decadent, Marie Antoinette themed wedding. Not over the top (our budget saw to that) but with enough flair to reflect our personalities and make our guests feel like they were a part of our fairy tale.

Describe your wedding day: The weather was perfect - not a cloud in the sky. First came the big job of hair and makeup. My Mum, a friend and I are hairdressers and trained in makeup so we were pretty well covered in that department. On the day of the wedding I was quite relaxed until somehow most of the day had suddenly disappeared leaving a fraught last 20 minutes of titivating, fluffing, lacing and fastening! We arrived 'traditionally' late at The Mission in a 1948 Chrysler De Soto and a 1952 Bentley Classic and were quickly swept away by the magic of the ceremony.

After celebratory bubbles and family photos we headed off to roam the estate grounds and vines for the bridal party photo shoot. We could have spent many more hours posing for the camera as the setting was so amazing, but we had to make our entry to the reception of course. The Mission's chapel venue was beautifully decorated by June of A Touch of Elegance and was everything we had imagined. The food was fantastic, the speeches touching and funny, our first dance slightly awkward (Dave: "Maybe I should have had those dance lessons Tristina talked about!") and before we knew it midnight was upon us and we were whisked away to Black Barn's Rush Cottage for our mini honeymoon. 

The dress: I found my dress at Astra Bridal in Wellington: a Maggie Sottero design which I had altered by their seamstress Averil. I had in mind a fitted bodice and full-skirt silhouette - I loved the romance of the pearl colour, sparkly beaded motifs and the French pick-ups/bustle. It took a lot of work to get it just right but was definitely worth it! The bridesmaid's dresses were bought online from Parklandbridal. The dresses for the flower girls, as well as the ties for the page boys and a few other accessories were from The Bridal Studio in Palmerston North. The girls there blew me away with their brilliant customer service.

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The flowers: The ladies at the Flower Barrow in Napier took great care in putting together our centerpieces, bouquets and pedestal arrangement using creams, pale pinks, lilac fat roses, gypsophila and silvery foliage. I really wanted peonies but we knew it would be touch and go for that time of year. The peonies were available the following week, but the roses looked fantastic so it turned out fine.

Highlight of the wedding? The whole day was a highlight, but to see the Chapel laid out so beautifully really sticks in our minds. All of our ideas and the little details came together to make it magical. From the fairy lights and pearly entrance curtain, to the table settings, the flowers, our place cards and the magnificent cake made by Cindy McKinnie, it really was amazing.

Was there any drama? My dress was stepped on quite a lot throughout the day - I heard/felt a few stitches here and there burst, but when inspected we could not see the damage anywhere so it can't have been that bad. Also, Dave struggled to put the ring on my finger so I had to jam it on myself!

The honeymoon: We are planning our honeymoon for early next year to California and Hawaii.

Your photographer and favorite photo? Michelle Fey of Eva Bradley photographers in Napier was great.  She was warm, energetic and professional and managed to deftly marshal our families into position for the group photos.

- Stuff


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