Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
Hannah and Troy’s relationship was a happy accident – serendipitous. Hannah accidentally super liked Troy on Tinder. Alex, Hannah’s bridesmaid was there to witness her horror when it happened.
Troy messaged Hannah with “Roses are red, bananas are yellow, how about you go out with this awesome fellow” she said ok — this was pretty spontaneous of Hannah. After their first date Hannah knew her weirdness was compatible with Troy’s, and pretty soon after they joined up and fell in a mutual weirdness called love. They had a lot in common – so much so that their degrees had the same papers (Hannah – Information Science and Troy – Computer Science)— and maybe they would have crossed paths sooner if Troy had attended class. It was like they’d known each other forever and Troy moved into Hannah’s flat only a few short months after their relationship blossomed. From the get go they knew they had something special and the rest they say, is history.
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…
Working in the wedding industry, Hannah was incredibly torn between a number of wedding styles or themes. Seeing so many had become super overwhelming, so she got Ash and Brad Bespoke involved.
Hannah: I created the arch menus as a sample and Ash thought we could pick up the colours and bring them into the decor and styling. I wanted everything to feel wild, romantic and to compliment our stunning venue, Quamby Estate. I am so happy Ash and Brad were there to create this magic. The florals were absolutely gorgeous and exceeded our wildest dreams.
I wanted the menus and table “numbers” to be extra personal to everyone attending and spark conversation. Holding our wedding in Tasmania meant that over half of our guests travelled from New Zealand, Europe and throughout Australia. Each menu had the guest’s name on it, with the back of the menu having a special thank you letter. I also wrote one for Troy – which he had no idea about until the day. It’s made for a really cool keepsake. There were only a couple left on the tables at the end of the night as nearly everyone had taken the menu with them. The table “numbers” were actually named after special places to us as a couple. Dunedin – where we met, Kerikeri – where I met Troy’s family, Taupo – where we had spent time with our family and friends and Aramoana – where Troy proposed.
Hannah: I wore a Rosa Clara three-piece dress. I originally thought I would go for something tight fitting – but nothing felt right or like me when I tried it on. My mum pulled a Rosa Clara gown off the rack. It was the last dress of the day and the one I liked the most. So a couple of months later I went back to Little White Boutique and tried on three more Rosa Clara dresses. The third felt like me and I instantly knew it was the one. For shoes, I wanted something light-weight and comfortable that I could also wear after the wedding – I came across Forever Soles on Instagram and knew they were the ones. I also found my earrings through Instagram at Ruby and Sage. I wanted something quite classic and simple and so chose the Abigail earrings. I thought it would likely be sunny for the time of year so also purchased a hat I could wear after the wedding from Lack of Colour. It wasn’t sunny, but I couldn’t help but still wear it. Lastly, my jacket was purchased on holiday when in Melbourne from Rue De Seine. I thought it was the coolest thing ever – and again something I could wear after the wedding. Our wedding day became really cold, spitting and windy at one point – boy am I glad I had it!
Troy: I had a made to measure suit made by Bel and Barnett. John took my vision and helped get the suit made. I went for a linen jacket to change things up from full navy. To surprise Hannah I had our wedding date embroidered on the inside pocket. My shoes were a happy accident for me. I was meant to wear other shoes, but they got scuffed before the wedding, so I decided to invest in some R M Williams. My watch was gifted to me before the wedding by Bill, my now father-in-law.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
For both of us it was being surrounded by our family and friends. We couldn’t believe how many people came from all over the world for our wedding day. Our friends and family were hugely involved in our day too. It was super special to us to have Troy’s Grandad Peter be our celebrant. As New Zealand prohibits celebrants practicing outside the country we had a second celebrant, Jan step in and help with the legalities. Peter and Jan were both marvellous in working together and made our ceremony so special. Our friend, Nat read a poem at the ceremony that made us feel all warm and fuzzy.
Troy’s groomsman, Kawiti (also brother-in-law!) was also the MC, and sang at our wedding ceremony with Sophie Sparrow, and again for our first dance with Sophie Sparrow and Joshua La Pine. Hannah’s dad, Bill did a rap for his speech based on our relationship! We did not see it coming – but man was it done well. It was so hilarious and had everyone in hysterics! We also loved bringing our cat, Dusty to the wedding. It was such an unforgettable experience to have him as a part of our day.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
It’s easy to get caught up in small details – but don’t sweat the small stuff! Hannah forgot to put her earrings on for the ceremony, it started raining and things are bound to happen behind the scenes. What is meant to be will be.
Make sure you also have some time just with your other half. Things go by so fast that it’s hard to soak it all up. Having the sunset photos were really special as it was a time where we could chill out and reflect on the day thus far.
Ceremony and Reception Location: Quamby Estate | Videographer: Jarod Lucas | Photographer: Nick H Weddings | Celebrant: Troy’s Grandad, Peter Berry and Legalities by Jan Newall | Entertainment: Kawiti Waetford, Sophie Sparrow & Joshua La Pine | Hire, Styling and Flora: Ash and Brad Bespoke | Cake: Veg Out | Stationery & Signage: Created by the Bride – Blossie | Photo Booth: Stack Booth | Brides dress: Rosa Clara from Little White Boutique | Bride’s jacket: Rue De Seine | Bride’s Hat: Lack of Color | Bride’s and Bridesmaid shoes: Forever Soles | Brides Earrings: Ruby and Sage | Bridesmaid dress: Portmans | Groom’s Suit: Bell and Barnett | Grooms shoes: R.M Williams | Groomsmen and Man of Honour Attire: Bell and Barnett | Bride and Groom’s rings: SJ’s City Cash | Makeup: Makeup By Tahnii | Hair: Aspen Hair