Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship?
We are high school sweethearts in the traditional sense but are anything but traditional. We met at 15, fell in love at 20 and married at 22.
We love people, whanau, travel and bringing people together through food and laughter. We are both in the justice realm, myself a lawyer and Jarrad a police officer. Our heart is to see the system reformed for minorities through equity, culture awareness and through community.
I was born and raised in Paris to a British mother and Māori father, Jarrad was born and raised in Tauranga to kiwi parents, we both attended the same high school and bonded over the fact that we are complete opposites. I am an extroverted idealist, constantly on the move looking for the next thing to do, whilst Jarrad is introverted, grounded, patient and attentive. They say opposites attract and it couldn’t be more apparent in our case, but opposites not only attract, they complement, they balance, they challenge and together two halves make a whole.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details?
Our goal for the wedding was that it would reflect who we are and what we value, and it was exactly that, the wedding came together through all of our family and friends coming together and helping out to create a day of celebration.
The style was a mix of rustic and boho being that it was outdoors. The location was a personal favourite of ours, we were married on private land bordering a river and a waterfall and the reception was on our neighbours property overlooking hills and trees. Most of the wedding include nature and the outdoors, NZ is so beautiful so we thought why not try show it off!
Tell us about your main outfits?
I wore a Rue de Seine Sia gown and veil, the most beautiful dress I had laid eyes on and straight away knew it was the one. So comfortable and held tight in all the right areas. The fact that the name of the brand is in French and the designer kiwi meant it was a perfect reflection of my heritage. Jarrad chose a Vince Vivian suit. The colour black is classic and timeless, the suit was extremely comfortable and tailored perfectly.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
The best parts were the in between moments, Jarrad and I ensured we took time to stop and take it all in on the day. So at the reception at times we just sat and looked at everyone and it was so special to see all our loved ones together laughing and eating. There was so much laughter, that was definitely one of the best parts.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
Always communicate no matter how you are feeling. Be open to vulnerability, although it comes with risks the connection and depth of love you reach is so worth it. Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous and silly and try your best to keep the relationship spicy.
Photographer: J Photo & Co | Marquee andhire: LL Hire | Catering: The Happy Puku | Bride’s dress: Rue De Seine | Groom’s attire: Vance Vivian | Rings: Walker and Hall | Bride’s shoes: Siren Shoes | Makeup: NKD Makeup | Hair: Hair By Yvana | Bridesmaids: Black The Label and Evolution Bridesmaids