Stuff's wedding of the week: Hannah and Julian
After meeting at high school in their teens, Hanna and Julian knew it was meant to be.
The couple tied the knot ten years later in a beautiful rustic-chic ceremony at Jennings Farm just north of Otaki. With so many lovely personal touches which made the day beautiful, Hanna and Julian's intimate celebration was exactly what they wanted.
But we'll let Hanna fill you in on all the details...
How did you meet? We met while we were both still in high school, when we were 16 and 17. We have been together ever since.
Tell us about the proposal: Julian proposed while we were at Cleopatra Falls in Abel Tasman. I wanted him to choose the ring so we had to wait a couple more weeks before we made it official.
We were going away for a long weekend and Julian got home from work later than he had planned. He was acting very weird so I asked him what was going on, and he proposed with the ring while I was folding the washing!
Needless to say the washing was left where it was while we opened champagne to celebrate and made calls to friends and family.
Location of wedding: We held the wedding at Jennings Farm in Manakau just north of Otaki.
The owners are our good friends and when they bought the property 7 years ago we knew we had to get married there when the time was right.
We have spent a lot of time up there since doing olive harvests, helping out at other weddings and just generally having a great time so it has become a really special place for us and it was so awesome to get married there.
Describe your wedding day: We decided to break tradition and stay together the night before. We woke up very excited and super early so wandered around the farm in our PJs and played some table tennis before grabbing some breakfast together.
When the bridesmaids, makeup artists and hairdressers arrived, Julian went to get ready with his groomsman.
The rain was threatening all day and finally let loose just before the ceremony so we made the last-minute decision to have the ceremony inside the marquee.
The ceremony was beautifully lead by our wonderful celebrant Trish, with readings from both our mums.
We had a few breaks in the rain during the day, but it absolutely poured during the photos which made for a bit of fun roaming around the property with our umbrellas.
We returned for speeches (which were both emotional and hilarious), food from the Greek Food Truck, cake from White Rose Cakery and started off the party with a choreographed dance (which I was pretty nervous about).
The night continued with great music from our DJ Paulo and some fireworks.
Tell us about the dress: I knew I didn't want something traditional so I had been looking online for a while.
I found 'the one' from Needle and Thread on ASOS and after consulting with all the important ladies in my life, I ordered it.
It was too small so I had it altered by the amazing Andy G in Wellington who made me feel so at ease – and it turned out better than the original!
I was so comfortable all day and I love it so much I am already planning on wearing it to some parties in the future.
Tell us about the flowers: We picked up the flowers from the Grenada Flower Market the day before the wedding and my amazing best friend's mum put most of them together with the help of my mum and the bridesmaids.
She even put my bouquet together and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
Highlight of the wedding: There were so many highlights it is hard to pick just one.
We had so much help from all our wonderful family and friends in the lead up to the wedding and on the day and there were so many lovely personal touches which made the day beautiful. We even had a Tardis wishing well which my dad and his partner made for us (Julian is a big Dr Who fan).
Officially becoming husband and wife was obviously a highlight, as well as the speeches.
The first dance was a hit with everyone as it was pretty unexpected (I can't dance!) and you can see in the photos how happy we are that we pulled off the jump!
Was there any drama? We hired a soft serve machine to go with the cake and other treats for dessert which unfortunately broke a few weeks before the wedding. We already had the icecream toppings so we just went and picked up some Tip Top icecream and served that instead.
The honeymoon: We decided not to take an official honeymoon as we had a five-week trip to around the United States the year before the wedding and had a few fun trips planned to Marlborough and Tasmania.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our amazing photographers were Darcy & Grace Photography. Nick and Rosie are a husband and wife team and as soon as we met them we knew that we wanted them to photograph our wedding – they totally understood our relaxed vibe and we had so much fun with them on the day!
Our favourite photo is the one taken in the boat shed. It was our only 'alone' time on the day and it was just so relaxed and full of laughter – it was a really special moment.