Stuff's wedding of the week
Gemma and Lance like to do things a little bit differently, and around here we love that.
The pair officially tied the knot in Las Vegas a couple of years ago, but decided to hold a ceremony for all their friends and family this year in Wellington.
Despite persistent rain, they managed to create a day full of wonderful memories.
We'll let Gemma fill you in on the rest...
How did you meet? Lance and I met 15 years ago at age 14 - our schools were right next door to each other so we would see each other after school at the bus stop and became friends. Fast forward ten years and we finally became a couple.
Tell us about the proposal: We did everything a bit backwards, we were heading on a trip with our friends to Las Vegas back in 2012 and had decided we would get married while we were there. We made sure both sets of parents were ok with our decision - they agreed that as long as we promised to have another ceremony back in New Zealand, they were happy. Lance got down on one knee a week before we left for America, we had a bbq and let everyone know the news so they could tune in and watch the ceremony live on the internet.
Location of wedding: Zealandia in Karori, Wellington. It is so pretty and the Rata Cafe have amazing food and staff.
Describe your wedding day: Our wedding day was perfect, very relaxed! The girls spent the night before at a hotel in town and the makeup artist showed up bright and early at 7am to get to work. We spent the morning getting ready then headed to the ceremony to walk down the aisle for a second time. The speeches were all so beautiful, there were a lot of laughs and tears, we had lots of yummy food and danced into the early hours! It was so nice to have all of our favourite people with us to celebrate our marriage for a second time, we felt very loved.
The dress: Having just returned home from a three month trip around South East Asia, I was able to organise my dress in Vietnam. I met with some lovely seamstresses, discussed what I wanted, got measured, picked the material and it was ready to pick up the next day! The boys all got their suits made at the same place as well. We were really happy that we could both wear something that was one of a kind and was designed and made just for us.
The flowers: All of our arrangements and bouquets were very crafty - we wanted to make them individual and different. For the tables we chose bright gerberas and instead of flowers, we made the bridesmaids' bouquets out of pages from 'The Notebook' novel. My bouquet was made from a variety of brooches - some new and some very old - and the groomsmen wore brooches instead of flowers.
Highlight of the wedding: Lance's speech was definitely one of the highlights for me, it was incredibly beautiful. All the guests were also very impressed by the Siva Samoa that we surprised everyone with. Because we were already married we didnt need anything to be legal at the ceremony so one of our best friends stepped up and did an amazing job as celebrant. Our mums, who were the flower girls, were also great. In terms of the food highlight - our candy bar and cake went down an absolute treat. The whole day and night was a highlight!
Was there any drama: Not drama specifically, just good old Wellington weather. Along with my bridesmaids, I was supposed to arrive by boat and the ceremony was going to be on the grass by the water. However, as it was pouring with rain we had to have the ceremony inside. It was still perfect and we figured we probably would have fallen out of the boat anyway!
The honeymoon: Again, a little bit backwards - we spent three months travelling around Bali, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand before the wedding. Whether it was a late honeymoon for the first wedding or an early honeymoon for the second wedding - we saw, ate and did some amazing things.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Sanele Chadwick was our photographer and he was an absolute star. He was loved by everyone and made the photo taking so much fun! All of the photos are perfect despite the weather, but I think the one of just us with huge grins on our faces is our favourite.