Stuff's wedding of the week
Sam and Daniel met on their very first day of university in Wellington and haven't looked back since.
They tied the note exactly 9 years after that initial meeting in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the Tauranga harbour.
We love the handmade aspects of their wedding - especially the carefully crafted table settings (the gorgeous roses encased in glass remind us of Beauty and the Beast) and cute notes - there's nothing quite like a personalised day after all.
We'll let Sam fill you in on the rest...
How did you meet? Daniel and I met on the day we both moved to Wellington to attend Victoria University. We happened to sit at the same table for dinner on the first night at our new hostel and can both still remember the exact moment we were introduced to each other.
We were married on that exact date 9 years later to celebrate the moment we met and the day we met so many of our wonderful Wellington friends.
Tell us about the proposal: Daniel proposed after 6 and a half years together on my birthday at the top of Mt Victoria. Overlooking the glittering lights of the city that we had met in and built our lives together, Daniel got on one knee with a ring I had spied in a jewellers window months earlier and had jokingly suggested he buy for me. When the ring was gone from the store two days later I had no idea that Dan had hidden, waiting for me to walk past after work, so he could sneak in and keep it in his sock drawer for a couple of months.
Location of wedding: The ceremony was held on a very sunny and hot afternoon in the Rose Gardens in Tauranga overlooking the harbour.
The reception kicked off from 5pm at the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club which has amazing views of the harbour and Mount Manganui, and delivered a view of the most brilliant sunset during the speeches. It was a truly wonderful venue for the most magical of days.
Describe your wedding day: Months of preparation from the handmade invites, to handwritten candy bags, tea lights painstakingly decorated with ribbon and lace, fingerprint hearts and thank you cards made the day a labour of love that we put both our hearts and souls into. Everything came together to be the most perfect day for ourselves, friends and family. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they have been to and we are really glad they enjoyed the day so much.
The dress: Michelle Leenders from Michelle Jayne Design and Dressmaking in Silverstream created a dream dress over months of consultations and dress fittings. She sketched two designs and made a dress with six layers of flowing silk and a lace off-shoulder top which had to be un-beaded to go through the sewing machine and then re-beaded to give the dress a delicate shimmer.
The bridesmaid dresses are Warehouse UK bought online from ASOS, I liked them so much I bought one for myself!
The flowers: We left my mum in charge of flowers with loose instructions. She worked with Shar Matthews from Blanc Designer Florist who created bouquets of subtle creams and purples to match the colours of the wedding. We didn't see the flowers until they showed up on the day and they had done an amazing job together.
We didn't see the cake and cupcakes until we arrived at the yacht club on the day either. Chrissie from Cakes by Chrissie was fantastic, all it took was a few emails and the cakes were exactly how we had described - and delicious too!
Highlight of the wedding: The main highlight was celebrating with our friends and families from all over the world! Another big highlight was that we got married by a longtime August family friend Father Eddy, who we flew up to Tauranga for the day.
Other highlights included bubble wars with the kids at the ceremony and catching bubbles as we walked down the aisle, a large group of boys rolling around on the floor as they copied 2-year-old Emma's dancing, all the speeches, the candy bar disappearing in seconds, and the photobooth - especially when three of our friends fell out of it.
Was there any drama? No real dramas, we forgot we needed to get the boys flowers to them, another job for the photographer in the end! And the moment I stepped out to walk down the aisle my garter dropped to my ankle, and stayed there until the very end when it was quickly chucked to the maid of honour who held onto it for the rest of the ceremony.
The honeymoon: The day after the wedding we celebrated our marriage with everyone at my parent's house with a BBQ, then spent a night in Auckland before flying for 10 days of bliss in French Polynesia. Five days each on Tahiti and Moorea were the perfect way to relax after all that wedding planning!
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our amazing photographer was Tracy Stamatakos from One Black Sheep Photography in Tauranga.
It would be way to hard to pick just one favourite, the photos included are all our favourites.