We are both born and bred in Christchurch but for last three years have lived in Melbourne with our Pugalier dog, Diggs. We’re high school sweethearts, with our relationship now a decade long, although we both spent a good amount of time overseas independently when we were younger. This allowed us to experience new things as individuals, all the while still growing up together. It was this that cemented our relationship, knowing that when it comes down to it, we just want to be together.
It was 1am on a Monday and Tim arrived home from being in Christchurch for a bucks weekend. All I can remember is being really angry at him for turning on the light and not even attempting to be quiet. I think I was still half asleep for most of his spiel, and when my eyes did adjust to the light Tim was on one knee by the bed with a ring in his hand. He’d got permission from my dad while he was back in New Zealand and as soon as he had ticked that off went into the mindset of ‘no time like the present’.
The style of the wedding was boho/rustic modern fusion with a mix of Instagram filter Mayfair (Tim’s description!).
The most special moment for me was being able to wear my nana’s wedding dress, which my mum also wore for her wedding, and for my nana to be there to see me in it. It’s such a beautiful, classic dress and I’ve always known it was what I wanted to get married in. I then changed into a Rachel Gilbert dress for the reception – it was a great excuse to get another dress, plus we have to keep nana’s dress for the next generation.
We also had our faithful red family station wagon as our wedding car. This has been in the family for 20 years and has seen me through nearly all stages of my life. It was on its last legs but managed to hang in there for the big day.
Our advice for others getting married would be not to sweat the small stuff – no one is going to remember what colour your place cards were. Make sure you take time for just you as a couple during the night, to reflect on how amazing everything is at that moment.