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After only one meeting, Chantelle and Troy knew they were destined to be together.
Three years later and the bride-to-be was treated to a decadent breakfast that resulted in a sneaky surprise proposal.
With a team of trucks to transport them to the ceremony and a four-legged ring-bearer - this wedding was all about the details.
We'll let Chantelle fill you in on the rest...
How did you meet? Troy and I met online on Find Someone. We were both hard-working, silly hours people and didn't get time to go out and meet people very often, so we both tried the online thing and meet over a drink at Robert Harris in Fielding. We never left each other after that meeting.
Tell us about the proposal: Troy proposed after we'd been together for three years. I had been busy doing my weekend job at the time of milking cows in the morning, and I came home to find the kitchen bustling and pancakes being made. This is a normal weekend breakfast routine for us, so I didn't think anything of it and carried on with my morning ritual. Later, I came down to the most amazing breakfast and a plate with a tent card that said Chantelle's Breakfast Menu on one side and a picture of my foal we had bred on the other. As I picked up the menu I noticed a ring box nestled underneath. It was the most perfect ring I could ask for - I couldn't have picked any better! Troy then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was an amazing moment and I knew nothing about which made it all the more special.
Location of wedding: Our wedding was at Orlando Country on Mount Curl Road in Marton.
Describe your wedding day: Months of preparation and many hours of planning and decisions 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 everyone involved. 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. We were lucky with the weather - in the morning it rained on and off and wasn't that warm, so we weren't very hopeful, but as we left in the truck it was fine. Fortunately we managed to get through the ceremony JUST before it rained. It then cleared again enough to have photos and continued to get better and better resulting in a magical night - Nana was definitely watching down on us weather-wise! Our celebrant, Angela Wilson was fabulous, one meeting and then the rest done by email and she turned up on the day to lead a fabulous ceremony that ran like clockwork. Every moment, even when my horse was our ring-bearer, was great. Sarah and Gus who run Orlando Country were the most amazing hosts, from the food to the entertainment to the setup, they ran the whole thing perfectly and it was just such a special day for us.
The dress: We searched far and wide before finding my perfect dress on the sale rack in my local store, The Bridal Studio in Palmerston North. It was pretty crazy, but was so perfect in every way for me: just enough detail to be elegant, but not too much that it didn't suit me, and best of all - the fit was just perfect after a few small alterations. Originally I didn't want a train, but after seeing the stunning detail on 'the chosen one' I was hooked. And on the day I barely noticed I had one so was definitely a good move (Thanks Tiffany).
The flowers: Rochelle Key from Arranged For You did an amazing job. The flowers were so perfect and she was incredibly lovely to deal with. She made it so easy to decide what I wanted - considering I wasn't a flower person, the whole process was surprisingly painless. We ended up choosing purple and white roses and they worked perfectly.
Highlight of the wedding: Having all our special friends and family from as far away as Germany and Australia definitely made our day. Being able to have two big rig trucks that Troy's friends Uhlenberg Haulage drove over from Eltham as his groomsmen's cars was so special for both of us. The drivers even spent many hours cleaning the trucks to perfection so that they were absolutely glistening, which was an added bonus. I also travelled in my family's horse truck - it is our pride and joy, and is a massive part of my life. It's taken me around the country to events and many good times have been had in the truck. It's actually not the first wedding it has done either! Even more special was having my horse Witchy there with me during the ceremony. A special thanks has to go to my friend Christine who handled her, having her as ring-bearer was a very heartfelt moment for my mum and I. We have celebrated many highs and lows competing with Witchy over the years and can read each other like a book, so having her there meant the world to me,
Was there any drama? No drama, it was a perfect day for us.
The honeymoon: We are still planning our honeymoon and have several ideas of what we would like to do. We will be taking one in the next year, we want to be away about a month and go a couple of places at least so this takes money and time.
Your photographer and favourite photo: Our photographer was the talented Kim Sargent and there are so many great shots, I don't think I can pick a favourite.