Georgie + Jeremy by Susannah Blatchford

We knew within a month of dating that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

Georgie: Jeremy is an auto electrician and started his own business very soon after we met. I work in my family’s business selling cars, motorbikes and caravans, as well as managing my father’s properties. We live in Christchurch with our little girl, Lulu, and a French bulldog, Shelby. We met at a race car event where I was frantically trying to fix a car that was due to race in minutes. Later that day we started talking and have never stopped! We knew within a month of dating that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.

Everything we wanted in life aligned – we knew the same people, loved the same hobbies and we were at the same stage in life where we wanted to start a family and build a home. We were, and still are, best friends. Jeremy proposed to me at the top of the gondola in Queenstown. I had chosen a ring but had no idea when he was going to propose. He opened the box upside down and almost lost the ring in the gap between the decking. Luckily we both dived for it and managed to catch it.

We both wanted a small wedding with our family and our best friends but not a traditional wedding because we’re not that kind of people. Instead, we spent the morning at my parent’s house getting ready together. Our guests all wore formal black attire and joined us at the venue for a fantastic night. We had one hiccup in that the taxi drivers delivering our family to the venue both went the wrong way and made everyone about 20 minutes late. We were out in the country, so no one had any phone reception, and we were beginning to think that perhaps they weren’t coming!

Jeremy wore a beautiful Boss suit, all black with a white shirt, black Boss shoes, black LV tie, LV cufflinks that my parents had gifted him and an Armani watch. His choice of aftershave was Cartier De Pasha, which is my favourite. I wore a Zimmerman dress which was the first dress I tried on that was a perfect fit! I paired it with my grandmother’s gold Chanel earrings and deco diamond ring. I wore rock stud Valentinos with a matching handbag and black Chanel sunglasses, and during my ceremony, I wore my great-grandmother’s fur, which completed my outfit. I definitely have my own style, and although many people probably wouldn’t have chosen these accessories, they were perfect for me.

None of it would have been possible without the generosity of my wonderful father Angus. We were happy to push the boat out with our photographer. I fell in love with Susie after she photographed my sister’s wedding a year prior and had to have her, so we worked our wedding date around Susie’s availability. Her photos were worth every penny, and she captured our day beautifully.

LOCATION Otahuna Lodge, @otahunalodge PHOTOGRAPHER Susannah Blatchford, @susannahblatchford CELEBRANT Graham Jones, @grahamjonescelebrant FLORA The Flower Press NZ, @theflowerpressnz CATERING & BEVERAGES Otahuna Lodge, @otahunalodge CAKE Full Time Tart, @fulltimetart RINGS Partridge Jewellers, @partridgejewellers WEDDING DRESS Zimmermann, @zimmermann GROOM’S SUIT & SHOES Hugo Boss, @boss TIE & CUFFLINKS Louis Vuitton, @louisvuitton GROOM’S WATCH Giorgio Armani, @giorgioarmani BRIDE’S JEWELLERY Grandmother’s Gold Earrings from Chanel, @chanelofficial BRIDE’S SHOES & HANDBAG Valentino, @maisonvalentino BRIDE’S SUNGLASSES Chanel, @chanelofficial MAKEUP Chrystal O’Brien, @chrystalobrienmua HAIR Monique Woods, @moniquewoodshairstyling FRAGRANCE Valentino, @maisonvalentino; Cartier, @cartier