TJ Iconic Wedding: Micheal + Kirstie by Danelle Bohane

We are bringing back an edit of our top-performing real weddings from the TJ archives. These are our very best weddings that our audience has loved the most, and the ones we think are still very relevant and aspirational…

We’re both doctors from the South Island of New Zealand. Mike is an orthopedic registrar and I’m a GP. We met when were at med school. Mike asked me out on a date on a typical boozy student night out at an Irish pub. We’ve now been together for 10 years.

Our careers have a big impact on our relationship. Over the last eight years we have moved our lives all around New Zealand for Mike’s work. Each time we move, we start our lives over, which means we have to be each other’s biggest support. It has been tough having to repeatedly leave our good friends and family, but it has strengthened our relationship.

Mike’s proposal was a complete surprise. He chose a regular Monday evening dog walk around the block to pop the question. We were living in Christchurch and often walked through a local garden called Mona Vale. When we reached a bench beneath a willow tree down by the stream, Mike pulled a ring out of his pocket. The dogs were almost as excited as me!

I’d always wanted to get married at Thurlby Domain, just outside of Arrowtown. It is the most dreamy spot. Down a romantic country lane, nestled amongst the largest oaks, cypress and poplar trees, is an old stone ruin, which was once a farm homestead. Tucked behind, the property’s former orchard is now a sun-dappled spot surrounded by old apple and pear trees, and the sounds of a nearby stream. Mike’s father spent time here as a child, as his grandfather farmed in the area. We had our modern summer garden wedding there, amongst the mountains, with blooms sprouting up from the grass down the aisle and wrapped around tree trunks at the venue.

We set up comfy couches beneath the trees where our guests relaxed in the Central Otago heat. When the sun went down, everyone spilled out onto the grass and we all danced beneath the stars. It’s true what they say about the day going by quickly.

Walking down the aisle is a blur, but I do remember holding Mike’s hand and all of my nerves falling away. We’re now planning a road trip around the South Island for our honeymoon, which we’re very much looking forward to.

Photographer: Danelle Bohane, @danellebohane / Bride’s dress: ‘Byron’, Chosen by One Day, @chosenbyoneday / Groom’s suit: Sartoria Rossi, @sartoriarossi.official / Location: Thurlby Domain, Arrowtown / Bride’s hairpiece: Stephanie Browne, @stephaniebrowneau / Bride’s shoes: Mansur Gavriel, @mansurgavriel / Groom’s shoes: Florsheim, @florsheimshoes / Fragrance: Do Son Diptyque, @diptyque / Celebrant: Pam Read (Groom’s aunt) / Flora, Styling, & Planning: One Fine Day, @onefinedayweddings / Stationery: Paper Paper Co., / Bride’s ring: Naveya & Sloane, @naveyaandsloanejewellery / Groom’s ring: Good Gold, / Earrings: Natasha Schweitzer, @natashaschweitzer / Makeup: Eve Makeup, / Hair: Pure Hair, / Groomsmen’s attire: Country Road, @countryroad / Bridesmaids’ attire: A Dong Silk, @adongsilk; Celine Rita, @celinerita / Signage: Pop Creative / Entertainment: Robert Glen, @robertglenmusic / Hireware: Major & Minor Hire, @majorandminorhire / Marquee: Truly Yours, @trulyyours_events / Catering: In 2 Food, @in2foodcateringnz / Beverages: Bernie Caravan Bar, @bernie_caravan_bar / Cake: White Rabbit Cakes, @whiterabbitcakesnz / Table hire: Crookedfield Furniture, @crookedfieldfurniture