Dean and I have been together since we were 19, he proposed a few months shy of our 10 year anniversary. The term ’10 year test run’ had been thrown around quite a bit! He proposed while we were at Cable Bay on Waiheke Island, sitting on bean bags, drinking rose, eating cheese, and with our fur baby Flo on his knee. It was perfect!
THE INITIAL STAGES
Let’s be honest, after 10 years there was already a lot that had been thought about for our wedding day! Dean proposed in June, and we were married the following March, so we got into planning straight away. I was very organized with the planning in the lead up, so that the days leading up to the wedding we were able to go with the flow, as we did the set up ourselves, and didn’t know exactly how it would turn out until we had it all there at the time.
We did have a pretty clear idea on the style. I’d describe our style as relaxed elegance. We didn’t want anything to be over-styled, but rather make the most of all of the natural beauty surrounding us. Even though it was at a beach location, it definitely wasn’t a beach wedding, our dress code was ‘a day at the polo’. It was full of DIY and personal. Our friends and family mean the world to us, and we were more interested in them (and us!) having the best day, rather than how perfect everything looked, so we kept our styling minimalistic and natural.