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After meeting at work, 34-year-old Sam took his 32-year-old partner Megan on a lovely trip to Queenstown where he was all set to pop the question.
Unfortunately, the weather didn't play its part and the pair were unable to enjoy their special moment atop the Remarkables. Luckily they were able to make do with a romantic dinner for two at their favourite Queenstown restaurant.
Their wedding day was a different story altogether - Auckland turned on the sun and Sam and Megan shared a wonderful day with all their family and friends.
We'll let Megan fill you in on the rest...
How did you meet? Sam and I worked together at Subaru and had eyes for one another straight away.
Tell us about the proposal: Unfortunately all didn't go to plan! Sam arranged for us to fly down to Queenstown for a wine tour, and at Chard Farm we were to be picked up by a helicopter and taken up to the Remarkables where he was planning to propose. Unlucky for us the weather was too bad to fly up so Sam proposed over dinner at our favourite restaurant in Queenstown - The Bunker. We went back for our honeymoon.
Location of wedding: Our wedding was held at Mantells in Mt Eden, Auckland.
Describe your wedding day: We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. At the beginning of the week it was forecast to rain, but on the day Auckland really pulled out all the stops - the sky was clear and blue, a gentle breeze was blowing and it was a stifling 27 degrees. It was really warm, but we were so grateful for a beautiful day. We had our photo shoot first which was a load of fun and our photographer, Kelly Newland, was brilliant - she had so many great ideas and we found it such a breeze to work with her. Our ceremony began at 5pm with the reception to follow. Our celebrant was a good family friend which made it that much more personal and fun. Mantells was such a fabulous venue, we didn't have to worry about a thing and it all went so smoothly because Francois and his staff were so attentive and efficient and the food was incredible. The speeches kept everyone captivated and our first dance to 'Beneath Your Beautiful' by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande was the perfect start to the rest of the evening on the dance floor. There was plenty of laughter and fun, there wasn't a single thing we would have changed.
The dress: When I visited Spain a few years ago I was amazed by the stunning gowns there, so when it came time to look for a dress, I searched the web and found the Pronovias website. They had so many beautiful dresses but I absolutely fell in love with the Benicarlo gown! Modes in Newmarket had a wide range of Pronovias gowns so I flew up to Auckland and they placed the order for me.
The flowers: We had a friend do our flowers, she made a special trip to Auckland and assembled everything on the morning of the wedding. I had my favourite flower - white peonies along with white roses, white hydrangeas and white freesias.
Highlight of the wedding: Our highlight would have to be seeing each other for the first time at our 'Special Meeting' at the old Courthouse just down from Albert Park. Even though this did happen before I walked down the aisle, it didn't curb the emotions - it was such a great feeling.
Was there any drama? There was one small problem with the delivery of our champagne, but that was quickly sorted.
The honeymoon: We went back to the place we got engaged - Queenstown. We spent a week at the Hilton where we wined and dined, rode on the Shotover Jet and even went paragliding which was undoubtedly the best way to see Queenstown! It was a super relaxing week and we can't wait to go back again.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was the talented Kelly Newland and there are so many great shots, I don't think I can pick a favourite! The old buildings in and around Albert Park were magnificent backdrops, especially the big blue doors.