I’m a content creator and Myles is a freelance creative, party promoter and DJ. Our jobs give us the freedom to work from wherever we want, so we travel around New Zealand as much as possible – staying in our campervan and setting up an office somewhere beautiful. It’s what makes us happy.
Myles loves surfing and we both love exploring and living life with a sense of adventure. We met almost eight years ago in a bar. Myles asked for my number and I gave it to him. Sounds simple, but I accidentally gave him the wrong number so I never heard from him. Three months later, after he thought I was ignoring his texts, and I thought he wasn’t interested, we bumped into each other again. We figured out what had happened and decided to go for dinner the following night.
I was only 21 and he was 25, so naturally we weren’t in the same place, but we were so in love, and so we figured it out together. We’re genuinely such good friends underneath everything. I love his drive and ambition. It inspired me to leave my full-time job a few years ago, he made me believe I could do it.
The proposal was completely unexpected. He wanted to walk up Lion Rock at Piha beach one Saturday, so we did it. It was hot, I was exhausted but it was beautiful. He got down on one knee and proposed – it was such a surprise! We had bubbles then walked back down. I was shaking and could hardly walk! We had all our friends and family waiting for us at the bottom, a moment I’ll never forget.
Myles planned 80 percent of the wedding. He’s an event manager so it came naturally to him. I guess the theme was festival chic. We wanted it to feel relaxed but also have formalities of a traditional wedding. My mother Anita dried all the flowers, sourced vintage vases and candle holders, Myles’ mum Sharon made an amazing hydrangea chandelier and his dad Greg painted all the signs. My maid of honour Hannah tied shells onto each wine glass, it was all so personal.
We had a food truck for the bar, no seating plan, picnic blankets and candles for seating. A pillow lounge with shisha, trays of tequila shots… so many amazing details.
I made my garter with a piece of vintage lace, but on the day of the wedding Mum loaned me a bluestone brooch (originally my Oma’s) so I attached it to my garter. It ended up being something blue, something old and something borrowed. Walking down the aisle and seeing my beautiful husband in happy tears – that’s the most memorable part of the day. But also, I remember being under the main marquee, and just looking around and seeing everyone I love in one place. We have friends who love to party, so the dance floor truly was something else. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever felt that happy and content.
Photographer: Sapphire Studios | Videographer: Lauren Kate Films | Bride’s Attire: The Zappa gown by Hera Couture | Suits: Stolen Girlfriends Club | Ceremony Location: Nikau clearing, Piha reception venue Family bach | Florist: Piha flora Ruth Fiona | Bride’s ring: Naveya & Sloane | Groom’s Ring: Campbell Taylor | Hair + Makeup: Beauty by Alexandra | Bride’s Earrings:Diamond Sleepers by Naveya & Sloane | Groom’s Necklace: Stolen Girlfriends Club | Bride’s Fragrance: Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel | Bride’s Shoes: Alias Mae | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Designer Wardrobe | Celebrant: Emma, a close friend | Hire Furniture: Arkade | Marquee: Raj Tent Club | Catering + Cake: Cote Catering | Beverages: Moet | Djs Friends of the couple.