Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…
GM: I’m a Fashion Buyer & Hamish works in construction management. We live in Auckland, and both enjoy getting outdoors for walks / hikes, relaxing at the beach, travelling and eating out with friends and family.
How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?
GM: We meet in London when we were both living there. It was rugby world cup semi final night October 2015 at a club in Clapham, there were a lot of kiwis out celebrating that night as the All Blacks had just won. We got talking at the bar waiting to order a drink and realised we had some mutual friends, after chatting we also found out we worked across the road from each other in Camden & lived across the Thames from each other – It was meant to be!
When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?
GM: There wasn’t a particular moment, but we did realise quite early on in our relationship that we wanted to spend all our time together, we moved in together after 6 months of meeting.
Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…
GM: We had been In Queenstown for a long weekend skiing with friends and decided to finish the trip with a road trip to Christchurch stopping off in Twizel for the night. Hamish surprised me by booking for us to stay at Skyscape, a beautiful unique accommodation where guests stay in glass roofed units so you can literally stargaze all night. We went for a walk shortly after arriving and it was here that Hamish proposed with the backdrop of the Mackenzie country. We were very isolated, so it was super special having the night to ourselves to relish in the moment.
Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…
GM: Our wedding was originally meant to be in November 2021, the start of Summer! But due to Covid restrictions in Auckland we had to postpone until late January 2022. It ended up being a blessing as the weather was terrible on our original wedding date, and stunning on our actual Day in January.
We wanted a laidback day which was full of laughter, love and good times with all our favourite people after a tough 4 months of lockdown in Auckland.
Our Venue – The Winehouse in Queenstown was perfect they made everything very easy, we didn’t need to do much in terms of decorating as the gardens were so stunning. I wanted to have simple but beautiful flower arrangements which brought in the colours of summer – Whites, Green, Peach and pink tones. The bridesmaid’s dresses were a dark green silk jacquard slip from Ruby and an organza wrap top which also matched the organza sleeves of my dress.
What was one element you were happy to splurge on?
HM: We are quite the foodies, so It was important to us and our family that everyone enjoyed and remembered the food and wine. It was worth getting some of the extra upgrades and selecting our own wines. Straight after the ceremony Berry Mojito’s were served which was a refreshing treat as it was a hot summers afternoon.
GM: We value beautiful photos that we will be able to look back on for the rest of our lives, our photographer Kate did such an incredible job capturing the whole day. She managed to not only get amazing photos of Hamish and I but also captured all the in between moments of our day and all our guests.
Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?
GM: Not knowing if our wedding would go ahead until a few weeks out, unfortunately the whole of NZ was put into RED setting which meant guest numbers were capped to 100. Fortunately, it was just at the beginning of the covid surge, so we felt very lucky that we snuck it in with no covid outbreak on the day.
HM: I also really didn’t want wagon wheel to play at our wedding and after mentioning this to some of my mates, they got into the bands ear. When the band kicked off the d-floor with wagon wheel, I was not stoked but it was good party raiser and can’t complain about the mood on dance floor.
Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?
GM: I came across Kenny & Harlow on Instagram and loved Megs style so knew straight away I wanted her to make my dress. Before the initial meeting I tried on my mums wedding dress, there were elements of her dress I loved and wanted to incorporate into my dress. I wanted a dress that was simple and timeless, but also being a lover of fashion, I wanted something different & fun (something I wouldn’t usually go for).
I was drawn to a strapless dress that had a ruched bodice which reminded me of my mums wedding dress, then Meg pulled out these beautiful organza puff sleeves with a train attached (again reminded me of my mum’s dress) and they were perfect! They were so fun, and I loved I had two outfits in one as the sleeves were removable.
Hamish wanted to be more formal, so a dinner suit hired from Omen in Queenstown was perfect for the day.
Ceremony + Reception location: Wine House / Photographer: Kate Roberge / Celebrant: SK Marriage Celebrant / Entertainment: Mojo Band Queenstown / Flora: The Vase / Catering + Beverages: In 2 Food / Cake: Raeward Fresh / Stationery: Mabs Made / Brides Attire: Kenny and Harlow / Grooms Attire: Nemo / Ring/s: Culets / Shoes: Sol-Sana / Brides Earrings: Amber Sceats / Makeup: Jet Makeup / Hair: Beautiful Bridal Hair / Fragrance: Jo Malone / Bridesmaids: Ruby / Groomsmen: Nemo