Some might say a back injury on the day of your engagement is a bad omen, but for Kate and Brendan things only got better and better from there.
We'll let Kate fill you in on the details...
How did you meet? Brendan and I managed to miss each other for six years before we met properly. We both went to Burnside High School together and had many of the same friends but it wasn't until 21st season in 2008, when there was a spare seat going in a taxi to town, that Brendan decided he would leave his mates at a party and follow me. We struck up conversation from there.
Tell us about the proposal: In early January 2013 we were road tripping around Northland and had just driven up to Cape Reinga. Once we had taken the few steps up to the top of the hill before the light house Brendan asked me if I wanted a drink while I took in the view. He reached into his back pack and pulled out a ring box instead of a drink bottle and dropped to one knee. Later I asked him if he chose this spot because it was the point were the Tasman and the Pacific meet, he said he hadn't thought of it but would claim it. Just magic. A few hours later I twisted my back sand surfing on the dunes and ended up with some strong painkillers from Kaitaia hospital. We finished the day by being invited to crash a Sailing Regatta Hangi in Russel with strangers congratulating us all night, all while I was still drugged up. Quite an eventful day that's for sure!
Location of wedding: Both our ceremony and reception were at Pemberton Gardens in Prebbleton.
Describe your wedding day: OUr day was small but very fun and full of family and friends. It looks formal but really that's just my obsession with Downton Abbey-esque style. Everything just went so well, then again we had so much support including the wonderful, heavily pregnant Hayley Harding, our wedding coordinator to pull it all together. We did lots of DIY and prep but on the day just let everything happen and took it all in; rain and all.
The dress: The amazing Kerry Smith at Primrose and Finch introduced me to this very different gown. It's made by designer LA Claire Pettibone and is called "Kristene". Victorian inspired and made from tiers of English lace with an illusion back and a train - basically it's everything I thought I didn't want. I had so many comments, even from wedding vendors, usually starting with "this time I really mean it, that dress!". Even so, it made me feel great and that's the best part.
The flowers: Court Florists put together impeccable flowers for our bridal party. Such care and classic elegance, I loved my tear drop bouquet.
Aromaunga Florists had the challenge of my late booking to fill all the thirty odd random vases I had collected from op-shops and did an amazing job in bringing pictures to life.
Highlight of the wedding: All the personal family touches were the definite highlight. My dad built the photo wall and arch, my brother the signage, my eldest sister and friends did a lot of decorating on the day for us, my maid of honour's beautiful dance in lieu of a speech. We had the matriarch from each side sign our register which was truly special (110 years of marriage between them), our mothers gave a blessing together and the celebrant incorporated details we had written about each other into the ceremony which was a surprise. We were married on the sixth anniversary of meeting each other which was also a nice coincidence.
Was there any drama? Not on the day, but there were some pre-wedding speed bumps. Our first jeweller tried to double the written quote for the bridal band and then took a while to release the engagement ring after we said 'no thanks', but once we found Kennetts - they were a dream. They provided amazing personal service over email, updating us with images and phone calls between Christchurch and Auckland.
Also, my dress was almost late! It was a shipping hassle, so absolute no fault of Primrose and Finch, but again Kerry sorted it and delivered the gown needing no alterations on time, it was such fantastic service. She even gave me some champagne for my patience, I felt she deserved it more.
The honeymoon: We had an amazing but expensive five weeks in Europe last year, so immediately following the wedding we kept it short and had two nights at Louise Anderson's 'The Retreat" in Tai Tapu. A longer warmer break is booked for August to Noosa.
Your photographer and favourite photo? We have so many favourites. Rebecca Bijl is phenomenal and so easy to work with. The photo of my dad's face when he first saw me will stay with me forever.
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