Stuff's wedding of the week

Last updated 05:00 31/01/2014

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Who says office romances never turn out well? For Sam Peryer, 25, and Eddie McArthur, 28, meeting in the workplace was the start of something truly special.

After only six months together these two were happily engaged, because as Sam puts it "when you know, you know."

They eventually enjoyed a gorgeous wedding in Upper Hutt surrounded by all of their loved ones.

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

How did you meet? Ed and I met while working together at Toyota, he was the foreman while I was the receptionist. We used to casually flirt at work, but it wasnt until Sam got back from an overseas trip in October that we really started talking more. We officially got together in the New Year.

Tell us about the proposal? The proposal was quick - when you know, you know I guess! Ed proposed after six months together and it just so happened to be my birthday. I was actually still lying in bed when he popped the question, so even though it wasn't a sunset dinner or anything, it was perfect and neither of us would have things any other way. Because the proposal was so quick we decided we wanted a long engagement of about three years in order to buy a house and save for our dream wedding.

Location of wedding: The ceremony was held at my parents' private garden in Heretaunga, Upper Hutt and the reception was just a short stroll at the Royal Wellington Golf Club.

Describe your wedding day: Our wedding was exactly how we wanted it: rustic, romantic and relaxing... The weather was stormy up until lunchtime, but luckily it cleared up just in time for the ceremony at 4pm. We are extremely happy and proud of our day!

The dress: I purchased my dress about 14 months before our wedding - I was quite organised and knew what I wanted so there was no reason to muck around. I purchased it from Wilkins in Wellington and had it altered by Jennifer June fashion in Upper Hutt who was amazing. For the bridesmaids I couldn't decide between two different dresses, so went for both - I'm a dance teacher so I thought why not have a 'costume change' for something different.

The flowers: The only thing from the whole wedding that I would change is the flowers. I wish I made all the bridesmaid's bouquets because they were not what I asked for. I actually made my bouquet out of broaches, necklaces, earrings and bracelets held together by a glad wrap roll and polystyrene ball. I'm very proud of my bouquet - a lot of time and effort went into it, and we now have it on display in our lounge.

Highlight of the wedding: My highligh was definitely seeing my husband's face when I walked down the aisle! It was the most amazing and emotional moment, and I'll never forget it.

Was there any drama? There wasn't any drama at all. My bridesmaids were absolutely amazing, my mum was my rock throughout the entire process and I was so grateful to have no stress on such an important day!

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The honeymoon: We went to Phuket on Christmas day for our honeymoon and we had such a great time. It was relaxing and fun, and we loved spending quality time together.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Jo Moore Photographer, she captured every special moment amd all the photos are our favorites. She was so professional, yet funny and very talented.

- Stuff


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