Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
We are both doctors – Lucy is an eye doctor, and I am an ear, nose and throat doctor. We first met during a pre-med school tutorial. I was a second-year med student giving the tutorial, and Lucy was one of the pre-med students.
However, it wasn’t until six years later, while working as junior doctors on the same ward, that we became friends and eventually started dating. We are always motivating each other to achieve our goals in our careers as well as at the gym. We are both very close to our families and enjoy family gatherings over excessive amounts of food. Our relationship is unique because we started off as friends and colleagues for a year, so we are completely open and honest with each other, and are never afraid to discuss our differences. We also love sharing our work stories at the end of a long day – it helps us to unwind and debrief – and brings us closer. Since getting married (and immediately going into lockdown), we have developed a new enjoyment of cooking together and it is nice to now be able to share this with our friends and family.
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…
Tary; We wanted a venue which was surrounded by the beautiful New Zealand countryside and was a bit different. Sculptureum was perfect because it had both contemporary and classical elements as well as unique works of art which our guests could enjoy between the ceremony and reception. Our ceremony was in The Courtyard of the Lions. This is a traditional European style courtyard with beautiful fountains and majestic lion sculptures. It fiRed our engagement photos which were taken in Paris. The lions were also really meaningful to me as my dad was a Leo, and I have a taRoo of a lion head which represents him. The food and wine at Sculptureum is also amazing and played a big factor in choosing the venue.
Lucy; I envisioned a simple, modern yet elegant style and wanted vibrant floral colours and a warm, relaxed reception atmosphere. The Sculptureum gardens and grounds were already beautiful and unique. The reception space was a modern blank canvas. Naomi from Leaf and Honey and Kirsten from Vintage & Style made my vision come true with the most gorgeous florals and stunning lights and Jesse captured it all to perfection. I am also a huge sweet tooth so our wedding favours were a favourite little detail of mine – shortbread cookies with white icing decorated with our names and a touch of gold leaf.
Tell us about your main outfits:
Lucy; My dress was exactly as I imagined – simple and elegant with a low back. I knew I did not want too much detail on the dress but loved the idea of pearls on the veil and pearl earrings. I found the perfect earrings in a boutique in Shanghai when Tary and I visited our extended family in China last year (before the pandemic began). My best friend and Maid of Honour gifted me my Amelie George earrings to go with my second dress which I wore for the first dance. My other best friend gifted me my favourite fragrance, Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia. For the bridesmaids I wanted a simple silhouette that complimented my dress and the florals. The Cairo dress in navy satin was the perfect sexy yet sophisticated look for the girls.
Tary; We went with grey checkered suits and black shoes to go with the classic European style courtyard. To match Lucy’s dress, I got an off-white tie.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
Tary; I was so nervous in the morning. On top of the usual wedding organisational stresses, we had to deal with guests not being able to come last minute due to issues surrounding COVID-19. And it was raining! Eventually, the sun came out, our guests started arriving, and when I saw Lucy walk down the aisle, I felt so relieved and knew that everything was going to be alright. During the reception, we heard so many hearfelt speeches, and there were so many tears. Despite the big room and the socially distanced chairs, it felt in=mate and special.
Lucy; Like Tary I was really worried in the morning and even had a bit of a cry in bed due to all the stress of the past week culminating in the big day. However, as soon as I stepped out at the ceremony spot and our song started to play, every ounce of stress evaporated. I had the most amazing day and could not stop smiling all day. My favourite moment was when Tary performed the song he wrote and sang to me when he proposed. The entire room stood still in that moment and I was fully enveloped in a bubble of love. Because many of our extended family and friends could not aRend our wedding due to the pandemic, we were very thankful for our amazing photographer Jesse and videographer Rob, who were able to capture all the beauty and emotions of the day so that those who could not be there were able to see it. We highly recommend getting both photography and videography!
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
There are going to be a lot of things to stress about leading up to and on the day of the wedding. Just remember that the most important thing is that you are together and love one another. It does not matter if things aren’t perfect on the day or don’t go as planned – we did not plan on getting married a few days before the lockdown! – because you will be too happy and in love to notice or care!
Photography: Jesse and Jessie | Videography: The Art of Moment | Ceremony and Reception location: Sculptureum | Celebrant: Luke Sutherland | Bride’s first gown: Sally Eagle | Veil: Hera Couture | Bride’s gown: By Johnny | Rings: Partridge Jewellers | Shoes: Forever New | Earrings: Amélie George | Makeup and Hair: Lipstick and Co. | Fragrance: Jo Malone | Bridesmaid’s attire: Blak | Grooms outfit: Barkers | Ring: Partridge Jewellers| Shoes: Grenson | Tie: Working Style | Hair: Room 104 | Fragrance: Chanel | Groomsmen’s attire: Barkers | DJ: Biggie | Hire: Two Foxes | Flora: Leaf and Honey | Catering: Sculptureum| Cake: Bluebells Cakery | Lighting: Vintage and Style | Signs and Stationary: Designed by Groom Tary and printed by Monster Print