My passion is food and Stephen’s is music, which makes for a good party! Our families are an incredibly important aspect of our lives and we love spending time with them – my family loves to wine and dine and Stephen’s are extremely active, so there have been some adjustments for all of us!
Stephen and I met in a bar after a Will.i.am concert. I was trying to chat up Will.i.am (though in hindsight it was more like pester). When that was unsuccessful, I moved on to Stephen!
We decided in September that we wanted to get married in December, so it felt like it all happened pretty quickly. The wedding was very calm and chilled. We wanted it to be personal to us, so we had it in two locations we were very comfortable with, and everyone who helped us we’ve worked with a lot. Everything went to plan! I have a background in events so was quite calm about organising it. It’s such a personal moment in time and it’s got to be fun. You can organise as much as you want, but you need to let go the day before and just go with it.
In terms of key details, fresh flowers were really important to me. Curio Noir Tuberose candles are one of my favourite things and I wanted a scent that was really familiar, so they were on each table. We had delicious wine including my uncle’s Te Mata wine and beautiful pink R.H Coutier Brut Rosé French champagne, and a little cake (carrot-flavoured, on Stephen’s insistence) just to cut, and then our favourite desserts from Ponsonby Road Bistro (crème brulee and chocolate fondant) for all our guests. Our wedding cars were three beautiful Jaguars, with [removed two of] Stephen’s best friends driving them. I’ll always cherish that first moment with my Husband in the Jag.
My dress and skirt were Zambesi – I worked there in my teens and early twenties and have always loved the label – so classic and timeless. I absolutely loved both pieces, which Liz [Findlay] and I evolved from my original ideas. I wore the skirt during the ceremony, as I wanted something a bit more modest, and then took it off for the party.
To me, being married is about having the freedom to determine your own little family’s future. It’s an adventure with a sidekick that isn’t going anywhere!
Brides Dress, Zambesi | Rings (both), Zoe & Morgan | Brides Shoes, Prada | Bridesmaids & Flower girl, Miss Crabb | Grooms Attire, Crane Brothers | Groomsmen Suits, Working Style | Venue, Public Library Showroom