I was convinced he wouldn’t be able to surprise me, but “knowing” he didn’t have a ring a few weeks earlier was the perfect way to throw me off. I think the first words out of my mouth were “ARE YOU JOKING!?” … clearly followed by yes of course!

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

Scott – I’m an architect, I work for a boutique architecture practice where we focus on high-end homes. I love simplicity, all things design and a good squash match.

Georgia – I’m a pharmacist by day and a massive homebody the rest of the time. My dream day is staying in, baking something yummy and curling up on the couch with Scott;  hopefully adding a puppy to this situation soon!

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

Scott – We met at a New Years eve party of a mutual friend who I was studying architecture with at university – I would later find out Georgia thought architecture students were pretentious and didn’t really want to go! We caught each others eye straight-away and had our first kiss at the Wellington waterfront watching the New Years fireworks. 

Georgia – Turns out a pretentious architect is just my type! I thought Scott was very witty as well as good looking. I’m glad to say I was right.

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with? 

Georgia – This is going to sound cheesy, but my mum says that within the first weeks of dating I told her “I think he might be the one!”

Scott – To be honest after we met we never really spent anytime apart, so there was never a specific moment, it more became obvious over time that we were happiest together. 

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

Scott – Georgia had started bringing up getting engaged (a lot), so I think she knew it was coming on some level but I wanted it to be a surprise. I had got a ring made without Georgia knowing and for her birthday we took a trip to Waiheke Island, I warned her that I didn’t have a ring organized and to just enjoy the weekend and not expect a proposal – and then I didn’t propose. I think that really made her believe I wasn’t organized and then a few weeks later on New Years eve when we were at Ohope Beach sitting by a fire we had just made, I proposed and caught completely by surprise. 

Georgia: I was convinced he wouldn’t be able to surprise me, but “knowing” he didn’t have a ring a few weeks earlier was the perfect way to throw me off. I think the first words out of my mouth were “ARE YOU JOKING!?” … clearly followed by yes of course!

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

We wanted a small casual wedding but refined at the same time. The boatshed belongs to a friend who had the great idea to have it as a venue and graciously offered us the use of it – the simplicity of the venue really set the tone and everything else was selected to play off the je ne sais quoi of the boatshed and sea.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?

Georgia: We were so lucky not be paying for a venue, so were able to splurge on almost everything we wanted. 

Scott – Because we wanted to keep it small we were fortunate to not feel like we needed to compromise on anything in a significant way – oufits, photos  and the flower installation were big ones to us.

Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?

Georgia: I had admired Alice’s work for a while.  I wanted something minimal, yet special at the same time and I knew one of her gowns would be perfect. I was so sure, that she was the only consultation I booked! Sure enough, we were able to combine a few elements of different styles to make my dream dress. The added blouse felt so floaty and chic on the day. A true dream dress that she has since altered for me to wear in the future as a mini!

Scott – my outfit was very simple, black suit and white shirt which Chris at Crane Brothers did an amazing job of having made for me. I only wear white dress shirts as I think they are the most refined and a black suit seemed like the logical extension to that. We had in mind that we wanted more formal outfits to contrast the casual venue, so I had a black velvet bowtie rather than something less dressy.

Ceremony location: Private residence with boatshed in Herne Bay / Photographer: Sapphire Studios, @sapphirestudios___ / Celebrant: Auckland Wedding Celebrants, @yvettereidcelebran / Hire: The Pretty Prop Shop, @theprettypropshop + La Lumiere, lalumiere_nz / Flora: Ruth Fiona, @ruthfionafloral / Catering: Savor, @azabuponsonby / Cake: The Caker , @thecakernz / Bride’s Attire: Hayes Bridal, @hayesbridal / Groom’s Attire: Crane Brothers , @cranebrothers / Rings: Naveya and Sloane, @naveyaandsloanejewellery / Pear earrings: Vintage, Bride’s grandmother’s / Makeup: @beccastevensmakeup / Bride’s Hair:  Hair Halo, @joshangellhair / Groom’s Hair: Yap at Boar and Blade, @barberyap / Fragrance Bride: By Redo, @officialbyredo / Groom’s Fragrance: Maison Margiela, @maisonmargielafragrances