We spent probably 6 hours talking on our first date covering a wide range of topics. It was clear we had a lot in common and made each other laugh. We basically were never apart after our first date.
Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…
Aisling: We are both very sociable people and love good food and wine – so a lot of our life revolves around our social itinerary and trying out new restaurants with friends. We both love to travel as well. Ulrik’s family are all in Denmark, and most of mine are in Ireland, so Europe is always on our mind, but we love to tick off new parts each time too! This year we’re going a bit more intrepid with a trip to India.
How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?
We met through friends in common. Eventually, Ulrik asked me out on a date and at first I said no as I’d planned to move to Copenhagen within the coming 6 months. Ulrik pointed out he’s Danish and therefore we could go to lunch and discuss moving there, so we did. We spent probably 6 hours talking on our first date covering a wide range of topics. It was clear we had a lot in common and made each other laugh. We basically were never apart after our first date.
When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?
Both of us thought ‘this could be the one’ on our first date, which is pretty amazing! I don’t know if there was ever a moment other than just continuing to confirm what we’d both felt on our first date.
Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…
Ulrik went over to Perth for a business trip when the travel bubble was open. As it was the first time we could travel in a year, I joined him once the business aspect was done so we could have a quick holiday. We took daily walks on the beach, and on one of those mornings we went for a swim as well – as we were getting out of the water, Ulrik got down on one knee. I was completely caught off guard (and actually said “Are you f*cking serious!?” before saying yes). Then we drove down to the Margaret River for a couple of days to celebrate at the different vineyards
Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…
Our original venue was Parihoa Farm which has beautiful, rugged West Coast views. Unfortunately, it was cancelled 3 days prior to the wedding due to the damage from Cyclone Gabriel. I’d wanted to match the coastal views with a beachy, but elegant style which is why we went for white and natural tones on the furniture. I also wanted to add subtle vibrancy and femininity to the day with pastel flowers to contrast against the industrial style of Parihoa.
We were incredibly lucky that McCallum Residence was able to bend a few of their normal rules in order to accommodate us 2 days out from the wedding as they were such extraordinary circumstances. Thankfully, all of the styling and vendors we’d planned for Parihoa worked perfectly out at McCallum Residence too!
What was one element you were happy to splurge on?
The food and alcohol. It’s impossible to go wrong with Cote catering, so we knew the food would be spectacular, which it was, but we certainly didn’t want to leave anyone hungry so we made sure the food was in good supply. The alcohol options were also very carefully thought out. What’s a good wedding without a great party into the night! We wanted to ensure the drinks complemented the day, the food, and who we are; I think we achieved that.
Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?
The week leading into the wedding was when Cyclone Gabriel hit – there was A LOT of drama in the week leading into the wedding because of this (cancelled venue, furniture unavailable, family members’ flights being cancelled from overseas.) I’m sure at some stage we’ll look back at and laugh.
Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?
I had seen a similar cape on another bride and instantly fell in love. I knew I wanted a New Zealand designer to be involved in my dress in some way, so having the cape made by Brooke Tyson was the perfect nod to NZ made.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION Mccallum Residence, @themccallumresidence / PHOTOGRAPHER Bubblerock, @bubblerock / CELEBRANTJenn Mckenzie / CEREMONY ENTERTAINMENT: Mother Sang During Ceremony Patricia Wright Soprano, @patriciawrightsoprano / RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT General Lee, @generalleenz / HIRE LL Hire, @llhire / MARQUEE Flock Events, @flockevents / FLORA Floral Stylist, @floralstylistco / CATERING Cote, @cotenewzealand / COCKTAIL CARAVAN Ruby Tuesday, @rubytuesdaycaravan / PRE-MADE MARGARITAS @besos_margarita, STATIONERY Simply Creative Studio, @simplycreative_studio / REGISTRY Mildred & Co, @mildredandco / BRIDE’S GOWN Galia Lahav, @galialahav / DRESS CAPE Brooke Tyson Ritual, @brooketysonritual / BRIDE’S SECOND DRESS Leave Her Wilder, @leaveherwilder / ALTERATIONS Fritz & Sarah, @fritzandsarah / GROOM’S SUIT Working Style, @workingstylenz / BRIDE’S RINGS Godavari Diamonds @godavaridiamonds / GROOM’S RING Orsini Fine Jewellery, @orsinifinejewellery / BRIDE’S SHOES YSL, @ysl; Jimmy Choo, @jimmychoo / GROOM’S SHOES Lloyd Shoes, @lloyd_shoes / EARRINGS Vintage Chanel from Valois Vintage Paris, @valoisvintageparis / ACCESSORIES Grandmothers Pearls / MAKEUP Kate Solley Makeup, @katesolleymakeup / HAIR Boutique Bride, @boutiquebride / BRIDE’S FRAGRANCE Chanel, @chanelofficial / GROOM’S FRAGRANCE Givenchy, @givenchy / GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Working Style, @workingstylenz / BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE Leave Her Wilder, @leaveherwilder
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