Stuff's wedding of the week
Anna and Jamie were working in the same building in Christchurch, but didn't meet until the day of the February 22 earthquake.
That day brought them together, and following Jamie's romantic proposal in Adelaide the couple were married at a stunning vineyard near Christchurch, surrounded by friends and family.
Their wedding was filled with fun, romance, love and laughter. We'll let her fill you in on the details...
How did you meet? I work in marketing at The Press newspaper, Jamie is in sales at The Press, so we worked in the same building. However, we didn't really know each other. That fateful day on February 22, 2011 tore down our building in Christchurch's CBD leaving us all helpless. I saw Jamie wandering Gloucester Street alone and asked him to join me and other workmates to walk to my mum's, who lived close by, for safety. Going through that together, it really connected us. That day brought everyone together, but it brought us together forever.
Tell us about the proposal: We had gone to Adelaide to visit my sister, brother-in-law, Jamie's brother, his fiance, and our nephew. Over a few beers the first night, Jamie announced to the boys that he was to ask for my hand the following day while out wine tasting. In between tastings he took me out on to the beautiful balcony at K1 winery and dropped onto his knee. We came back inside to cheers and bubbles from our family. He had chosen a ring the week before and picked it up from the jeweller's duty free store in Auckland Airport. Because of that he had to declare it in Adelaide, so had to get rid of me in the airport, saying he had something to ask about our alcohol quantity and to go ahead. The officer nearly didn't let him take it through, but after explaining its purpose and grovelling to the team leader it was passed ... only if it came back on my finger!
Location of wedding: The Vineyard @ Rossendale at Tai Tapu, Christchurch. What a stunning venue! A purpose-built function centre that offers beautiful vines and scenery, and a crackin' dance floor!
Describe your wedding day: The morning started off with a few showers, but come show time, then sun was shining! Our ceremony was so personalised, fun, romantic and joyous. Having everyone you love and care about in one place, for the reason of your marriage, is so special. Alcohol and food was flowing, we had giant games, a photobooth, candy buffet, and an almighty band! Our MC won the crowd with a personalised rap, he did such a great job, sharing his wit and humour with everyone. The dancefloor was humming. It was fun, romantic, full of love and laughter ... it was the best day of our lives.
The dress: My bridesmaids and I took a shopping trip to Auckland to find my perfect dress. It is from the 'modern vintage' collection by Alfred Angelo.
The flowers: Wow! Glenda from 'Simple Elegance' took my vision and ran with it. She created the perfect mix of rustic, romance and vintage with native New Zealand greens that we were after.
Highlight of the wedding: Becoming Mrs Todd! I have a few highlights actually. My dad walking me down the aisle. Also, when we first got engaged I asked my uncle if he would consider becoming a marriage celebrant so that he could marry us. He also works at the Press so he and Jamie already had a special relationship; I couldn't think of anyone else that I would want to cement our love in front of our friends and family, and make it official - and that he did! After a gruelling six months of applying, he got the approval we were after. The best part of that also was that it was kept a secret from most people, so it was quite extraordinary seeing everyone's reaction on the day! Also, my family wouldn't celebrate anything properly without a surprise performance! We had songs personalised to us and performed after our first dance, it was such fun!
Was there any drama? None that I knew about on the day! The only thing that comes to mind now is that two cakes turned up - hardly a tragedy! One was ours, and perfectly scrummy, the other, well, wasn't ... so got sent on its merry way. Who knows the end of the story of that cake!
The honeymoon: We had a pre-honeymoon travelling around Europe for six weeks, both leaving our jobs to do so, and returning three weeks before our big day! Some thought of us as crazy, but man did we have a blast. So we had a much deserved relaxing honeymoon in Vanuatu for seven nights at The Terraces the week after the wedding.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Delphine Photography. I can't rave or recommend her enough! She made us so relaxed and we all shared so many laughs. I absolutely love the jumping one of the boys, so funny. I also love the moments she captured when we were announced husband and wife, and when we were just running around playing in the vines. She also created a Stop Motion video for us, which has been a really fun and quirky way to share our day with others.