Stuff's wedding of the week: Will and Chloe

The happy couple: Will and Chloe.
Alice Doig

The happy couple: Will and Chloe.

After spending their first date on Waiheke Island, it was only fitting that Will and Chloe would get married there as well.

Their wedding was held at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard, and the day featured plenty of love and laughter, as well as some fantastic speeches and some not-so-fantastic dancing.

But even a sick MC and a minor setback with the groom's suit wasn't enough to spoil the special day.

We'll let Chloe fill you in on all the details... 

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How did you meet? We met through work, which is not too exciting, but I guess you have to meet somewhere! 

We started to get to know each other before spending our first date on Waiheke Island and Mudbrick was our favourite vineyard so I guess it was fitting that when we got engaged, we decided to tie the knot there.

The wedding was held at Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island.
Alice Doig

The wedding was held at Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island.

Tell us about the proposal: We went on a trip to Marlborough and Will had organised for a private tour of the Marisco vineyard. After the tour, we were dropped down at their river hut, which overlooked a river. 

Will had arranged for champagne and a platter to be set up for us on the deck, so we sat down on the bean bags, listened to music and popped the champagne. Nothing clicked until Will started shaking and then got down on one knee. He totally took me by surprise.

The bride and her bridesmaids share a laugh before the wedding.
Alice Doig

The bride and her bridesmaids share a laugh before the wedding.

Location of wedding: We got married at Mudbrick Vineyard over on Waiheke Island. We had our ceremony at their newly built lodge and the reception down at the beautiful main restaurant.

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The Lodge has such a great view over the whole Hauraki Gulf; they also have a really great indoor option. which was needed, as the weather was unpredictable on the day.

The Mudbrick team were wonderful and so well organised - I felt really calm and relaxed knowing they had it all under control.

Describe your wedding day: I know everyone says this but it really was the best day of our lives. It was such a happy day filled with love and laughter. 

We just had so much fun together. We made sure we took a few moments for just the two of us to take everything in. I grew up in the UK and Will has friends and family overseas, which meant we had so many people that we hadn't seen for a long time in one place and we both felt incredibly lucky. I wish we could do it all over again.

The groom and groomsmen clearly had a good time
Alice Doig

The groom and groomsmen clearly had a good time

The dress: My dress was by Maggie Sottero and it was everything I originally didn't want: strapless, fitted and lace. But when I tried it on, it just felt right.

The flowers: The flowers were by the Flower Gallery, who are based on Waiheke Island. The girls were a dream to deal with; we wanted simple white and soft pinks and they nailed it.

They also handmade my flower headpiece, which was my favourite part of my whole outfit.

Family and friends from around the world came to celebrate the big day.
Alice Doig

Family and friends from around the world came to celebrate the big day.

Highlight of the wedding: The whole day was a highlight, to be honest; from walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Will, to all the fantastic speeches and terrible dancing at the end of the night!

A standout moment for me, however, was the last song of the night, which was Robbie William's Angels. Will and I started dancing together and before we knew it our guests had made a circle around us – it was the perfect way to cap off an amazing day.

The bride loved her floral headpiece by Flower Gallery.
Alice Doig

The bride loved her floral headpiece by Flower Gallery.

Was there any drama? Of course! The Wednesday before the wedding our MC sadly fell sick so we had to find a backup at short notice. Luckily, our friend stepped in and was an absolute hit on the night, especially when he called out our "sick" MC (who still attended the wedding and drank plenty of wine!).

I also found out during the speeches that Will had left his suit back in Auckland and had to get his groomsmen to break into our house to pick it up the night before.

The honeymoon: We went over to the Maldives and we spent the week just relaxing and winding down from all the chaos before swinging by Singapore on our way home for some sightseeing. 

We both love to scuba dive and we were fortunate enough to do a few dives in the Maldives, where we swam with turtles, reef sharks, manta rays and loads of reef fish.

The newlyweds hit the dance floor.
Alice Doig

The newlyweds hit the dance floor.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was the wonderful Alice Doig, who is a Waiheke local.

She captured our day perfectly with beautiful natural happy shots which is just what we wanted. She also knew all the best spots to go to, which meant climbing up a huge hill to get the best views on Waiheke. I ruined my shoes in the process but it was definitely worth it!

My favourite photo is the one of my veil "blowing in the wind". There wasn't actually any wind on the day so Will's groomsman enjoyed flicking my veil up and running away until we nailed the shot! 

'I wish we could do it all over again,' says Chloe.
Alice Doig

'I wish we could do it all over again,' says Chloe.

 - Stuff

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