How did you meet your (now) husband? We met in Wellington. Neil was on a 2 year working holiday visa from the UK, and had a temporary job in my office. After a few wines at some after-work drinks, we’ve been together since.
How long have you been together? 6 years
Do you have a proposal story? We were on holiday in Sardinia. We were on the beach drinking some beers watching the sunset, when Neil got down on one knee. I got a bit embarrassed and made him stand up again!
What was your wedding date? 11 April 2015
Where? The ceremony was at Old Saint Paul’s, and the reception was at The Boatshed, both in Wellington NZ.
What made you choose there? We were organizing the wedding while living in London, so had to do everything online without seeing it! My first choice of venue has been shut for earthquake strengthening, so I had to look elsewhere. Neil didn’t want a religious ceremony, but I love old churches so we specifically looked for a church that could have a civil ceremony. Old St Paul’s fit the bill!
How was the weather on the day? We got very lucky with the weather – the evening before the wedding was a horrible storm, but on the day we got sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. As they say over here, you can’t beat Wellington on a good day.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Both our dad’s are teachers, so we had to pick a date that worked for NZ and UK school holidays, and this was it!
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We didn’t pick a theme until very late – I had a vague idea of pastels and books, and that’s how it ended up.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest! Where else
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We did quite a bit of DIY. Neil made 80 favour boxes to put personalized rock candy in. All the table names and table plan were DIY, using famous couples from books and book quotes.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I bought the dress while living in London. I figured there would be a lot more choice than in NZ, even though I ended up buying a dress from the other side of the world! I bought it from Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon.
How many gowns did you try? I went to 3 different bridal boutiques, and tried about 7-8 on at each store.
What did you especially like about your gown? I knew I was looking for a non-strapless dress with a lace top and buttons up the back – the Sienna dress was exactly what I was looking for!
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I bought the bridesmaids dresses off ASOS.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The groom and best man wore Ted Baker suits, bought in the UK.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore my maid of honour’s diamond earrings for my something borrowed, and my grandmother’s engagement ring for my something old. Neil gave me a bracelet from Tiffany to wear on the day.
Where did you get your shoes from? I bought the shoes from Forever New – Neil and I are the same height so I wanted flat shoes that would go with the dress.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My florist made a gorgeous little headpiece comb to match my flowers.
Florist – The Piccadilly Flower Company
Photographer – We Do Photography
Celebrant – Greer Berry
Stationery – Artcadia (UK)
Menu – Blue Carrot Catering
Cake – Sweet Bakery and Cakery