Stuff's wedding of the week

Last updated 05:00 22/08/2014

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Set in rural Timaru, this wedding was a riot of laughter, tears and interesting dance moves.

We'll let both Josh and Liz fill you in on the details...

How did you meet? Josh: Liz and I met in an acting class. She was late, I was dumbstruck as she walked in and said "wife" out loud. I covered it up with some witty pointing and noise-making. Everyone thought I was weird, so I thought I might as well marry her to give the story a good ending.  

Liz: We were friends for years after that class - until I badgered Josh to go to the movies with me, which he eventually relented to (Indiana Jones), and we kissed in the rooftop carpark. 

Tell us about the proposal: Josh: I booked a bach on Waiheke and set up the interior with a treasure hunt - lots of clues, flowers and ribbons... stuff chicks like. I also made a solar powered sign with 1000 tiny LED lightbulbs which spelt out "Marry Me", for the backyard which I planned to reveal at the right moment.

I arranged for Liz to meet me in town for a mysterious weekend. We took the ferry and arrived at dusk. Surprised, she went inside the bach and began the treasure hunt while I zipped around the back. I knelt by the sign waiting for her to cry her way through the treasure hunt out to the wondrous view of me, the sunset and my ridiculous sign. 

It wasn't quite dark enough to trigger the light-sensitive switch, so with hands full of sign I covered the solar panel with my knee to turn it on. Unfortunately, I kind of crushed it. After some quick rewiring I managed to spark up the sign just as she was coming out the back door. I let the sign do all the talking since I was too much of a coward.
Worked a treat.

Location of wedding: Josh: We had the wedding in rural Timaru on the farm where I grew up.

Describe your wedding day: Josh: Our day involved lots of family and friends on the farm. South Island meets Tongan Island-style service. Sunshine, laughter, tears, flower girls destroying most of the outdoor games in spectacular fashion, brilliant speeches and some interesting dance moves. It was magical.

The dress: Liz: My dress was guipure lace on top and a big poofy silk skirt on the bottom.

The flowers: Liz: Lisianthus, chrysanthemums, dusty miller from Christchurch flower markets, roses from a grower in Christchurch and lots of beautfiul home roses foraged from various family members' gardens gardens topped up with weeping willow from the river and gum from the neighbour's tree.

Highlight of the wedding: Liz:The 'holding paddock' location - Josh's big brother transformed it from an overflowing scrap metal yard to a beautiful lawn in the months leading up.

Was there any drama? Liz: Josh's niece is incredibly shy. She was lined up to do a reading during the service but it became too much for her. She had another crack during the speeches, but it became too much again so her equally shy father bravely stepped up and helped her word by word, sentence by sentence until her tiny voice took over and she finished the final phrase. Tears all around.

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The honeymoon: Josh: France. Soon.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Liz: Our photographer was Kelly from Kelly Newland Photography and Josh likes the photo of us pulling faces the most.

Not only did the team take stunning images of our wedding, they managed to capture our individual personalities and the indescribable intimate moments of that day - they were exactly what we wanted.

They put us at ease, made us feel relaxed on an incredibly stressful day and actually mentored us through some of the confusing bits - they've been to so many weddings! There was also something nice about having a female photographer with the ladies and a male photographer with the boys. It's a very intimate time, so I guess it's like same-sex doctors.

I can't recommend them enough. They even won New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography awards with our pictures.

- Stuff


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