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27-year-old Christina Langley met 29-year-old Jeremy Chaston through friends and knew immediately that they would be together forever.
The lovely couple shared a too-good-to-be-true proposal on a trip to Australia and topped it off with a wonderful wedding at The Hilton in Lake Taupo surrounded by family and friends.
We love the photos - the beautiful backdrops are perfect for such a special occasion!
We'll let Christina fill you in on the rest...
How did you meet? We met at a friend's place, a day that was supposed to be destined for the cricket, however as soon as we met we knew we weren't going anywhere. As cheesy as it sounds it was love at first sight. Our friends could see there was an instant attraction and we have been inseparable since. I knew it was the real deal when Jeremy, on our second date, cooked a beautiful meal for me on Valentine's Day - good looking and he can cook!
Tell us about the proposal: The proposal was all a bit of a blur. It was my birthday and Jeremy surprised me by booking us flights to Melbourne so I could see my close friends, he even arranged leave from work without me knowing. On our first night in Melbourne Jeremy took me to a beautiful Italian restaurant for dinner. Once our mains were cleared, Jeremy all of a sudden got very nervous and said to me that he "needed to tell me something" which was quickly followed by "I haven't been completely honest with you for the last month." At this point I had no idea what was going on and my eyes were like saucers. Then, out of nowhere, he got down on one knee and pulled out the most beautiful diamond ring. I instantly told him to "get up, get up". I was in complete shock and all I could keep saying over and over again was "oh my god, oh my god". Jeremy proposed (at least he tells me he did); "oh my god" wasn't the answer Jeremy was expecting, so after asking me again I responded with a high pitched "of course".
Location of wedding: The Hilton Lake Taupo. We choose this location because we wanted an outdoor wedding and their private garden made for a beautiful backdrop for our ceremony. The portico, ball-room and bar areas were great for the reception and the food was incredible. The bistro menu was created by executive chef Simon Gault - we had eaten there before so we were sold. There was also plenty of accommodation to choose from which was important as all of our guests were coming from all over the country and some from Australia. It was nice getting out of our hometown to celebrate, and everyone treated it as a weekend getaway.
Describe your wedding day: Absolutely perfect. It was a warm 23 degrees and there was not a cloud in the sky, a picture-perfect day for a wedding. Our celebrant Janeve Green was so much fun and did a great job writing a personalised ceremony meaning there was a lot of tears and laughter. The reception was light-hearted and everyone enjoyed the speeches, food, wine, our DIY photo-booth and listening to our incredibly humorous and witty MC. Then it was the moment of truth: our first dance. We were extremely nervous because it wasn't your typical slow dance. Our dance started off with Jack Johnson's "Better together" and transitioned into Michael Jackson's, " The way you make me feel", then "You're the one that I want" from Grease, Bruno Mars "Marry You" and ended on Psy's "Gangnam Style" where our bridal party joined in. All of our family and friends were surprised and thoroughly entertained, it was an effective way to get everyone on the dance floor and was heaps of fun.
The dress: I always thought I would wear a simple Grecian style gown but when I tried on my sweet-heart strapless organza Allure Bridal gown I knew it was the one as I didn't want to take it off. Alison Blaine carried out several alterations a few weeks before the wedding so it fitted me perfectly.
The flowers: Kirsten from XOX Floral did all of our flowers and she did such an amazing job - they were gorgeous. We had a pretty combination of spray roses, hydrangeas, carnations and lisianthus.
Highlight of the wedding: Our highlight was when we saw each other for the first time and also our walk down the aisle as husband and wife. There was so much love and happiness surrounding us, it was magical.
Was there any drama? I didn't find this out until after the wedding but the night before the wedding one of the groomsmen tried on his suit only to find that his suit jacket didn't fit, a quick trip to the tailor sorted that thankfully.
There was no drama on the day apart from our wedding cake/cupcake tower falling over. It was actually suprisingly comical because there was a collective gasp from the girls surrounding the table when it happened. It was a sweet mess but luckily no-one missed out on cupcakes.
The honeymoon: We took some time off after the wedding and spent it around Taupo, Rotorua and Napier. Every day was sunny so we got to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of our lakes, native bush, and vineyards where we consumed copious amounts of wine and cheese - it was bliss. Sometimes we wonder why anyone would holiday anywhere else in the world when we have such an incredible country. We are planning a big holiday and second honeymoon overseas later in the year.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was the stylish and creative Sabrina Hyde from Wellington. Sabrina found the most breath-taking locations and captured our day beautifully, we forgot she was there snapping away. Our favourite photo was when we were pronounced husband and wife and our celebrant announced "Christina you may kiss your husband". We especially love that we can see all of our family and friends in that photo.