After a chance meeting in an Auckland bar, Kirsty (31) and Wes (34) became inseparable.
Wes chartered a helicopter to Waiheke Island for the proposal and Kirsty "couldn't say yes fast enough."
They celebrated their love in a romantic rustic-themed wedding with their nearest and dearest. But we'll let Kirsty fill you in on the details.
How did you meet? I was living in Hamilton and had come up to Auckland to work at Pukekohe Raceway with the Suzuki Swift team. The team ended up having a night out in Auckland CBD where Wes was out with a few mates having a night out.
The bridal party.
Wes and I struck up conversation at a bar in the Viaduct. Neither of us is sure exactly who spoke to who first as it was pretty late in the night. After swapping numbers, Wes offered to drive down to Hamilton later in the week to take me out for dinner and the rest is history.
Tell us about the proposal: I had been away in Europe for three weeks on a work course, which gave Wes time to plan for the ring and the proposal. I am super-observant so not having me around to sniff out his plans made it much easier for him.
Wes found the exact ring that I wanted from Angela Daniels in Newmarket and was told that the engagement was 50 per cent ring and 50 per cent the actual proposal.
Wes chartered a helicopter to Waiheke Island and proposed to me on the rooftop of Mudbrick Winery, followed by a delicious three-course lunch. It was a stunning, sunny winter's day and I couldn't say yes fast enough.
Location of wedding: We spent a day visiting quite a few venues in the Kumeu area and we fell in love with Kumeu Valley Estate. The feel and beauty of the venue was just what we were after, plus the fabulous options for dinner and the possibilities if the spring weather decided to not fall in our favour.
On meeting Annette from KVE in September last year and seeing how organised and passionate she was about weddings, it was an easy decision.
Describe your wedding day: After two weeks of pretty much constant rain in Auckland and both myself and all my friends and family checking every possible weather website for the day of the wedding, we woke to a lovely sunny day. Our wedding day was just amazing. It was incredible to have all of our close friends and family joining us for the day to share such a special day with us.
The dress: I bought my dress from Jessica Bridal in Newmarket. After trying on a few dresses at other bridal stores, I feel in love with a dress at Jessica Bridal with the added bonus that I could have it altered to fit me perfectly – which it did. Jeanette, Iryna and her team made the process so easy and always made me feel so welcome throughout all of my fittings.
The flowers: My friend Melissa Urban from Lilia Boutique in Hamilton was the first person I emailed once we got engaged. I couldn't have thought of any one better to do the flowers for my wedding day and she did an absolutely wonderful job. I wanted sunflowers and the theme to be yellow and orange and let her have creative license on the rest. The bouquets that she delivered on the wedding day and the gorgeous flowers around the venue were all I could have asked for and more.
Highlight of the wedding: Kirsty – The day itself was all I could have imagined, but for me there were two real highlights. The first was our first look. I will never forget walking down a little forest road to tap Wes on the shoulder. The other highlight for me was saying my vows to Wes in front our friends and family. Wes always jokes that I don't tend to cry at emotional things very often, but I got quite sentimental when saying those special words to him.
Wes – My highlight was walking back into the venue with Kirsty by my side and all our friends and family clapping and cheering. Such an awesome feeling.
The honeymoon: We went on honeymoon right after the wedding, spending 10 days away in the Nelson region. Our highlight was being able to spend two nights at an exquisite hotel in the Queen Charlotte sounds having lovely food, local wines and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Joanna Walker. Joanna has been great throughout the whole process, especially when I was really concerned about the forecast leading up to the wedding. There are so many gorgeous photos to choose from but my favourite is a shot of our bridal party in front of an old shed. Something about the lighting and the feel of the photo makes it my favourite.Read more at:cheap blue prom dresses | mermaid prom dresses uk