Not long after I had moved to New Zealand when I was 15, Adam took me to the cinema to see a film. He was going to ask me to be his girlfriend, but 10 minutes into the film we realised his mum and brother had come to see it too – they kept turning around and waving!
HOW DID THE PROPOSAL HAPPEN?
Adam and I were long distance for nearly four years. He went to college in the USA to play football and I studied in New Zealand and the UK. He wasn’t due to come home until July 2014. His grandparents invited me for dinner at Hazlewood Castle in May 2014 and when I arrived I was told they were in the garden waiting. When I turned the corner, Adam was there on one knee, wearing a suit and surrounded by roses spelling out “will you marry me?”. It was amazing! He used my grandmother’s ring, which is very special to me, and took me to Barcelona the week after with the money he would have spent on a ring!
I found my Hayley Paige gown in a boutique in Phuket, Thailand. Wedding Ideas helped me to pick Hayley Paige as my dress designer. It was quite big and not what I thought I’d choose, but when I put it on I felt like a real bride! I loved the cream colour – being pale a white dress would have been harsh on my skin. The material was light, perfect for our beach wedding, and had sparkly embellishments surrounding the sweetheart neckline.
I searched high and low for shoes, only finding them in Monsoon at the last minute. I also wore Swarovski earrings, but didn’t want to add too much jewellery and take away from the dress itself.
Adam sourced his whole out t in Next and we bought the groomsmen’s there too. They had matching suits, but only Adam wore a jacket while the others wore waistcoats. When I saw him as I walked down the aisle I thought he looked incredible and so handsome! He was trying his best not to cry but I just remember his smile and how happy he looked – my nerves vanished.
My five bridesmaids had blush dresses from whiterunway.com.au, paired with earrings from Waterford Crystal, Ireland. I let them choose their own shoes to make sure they felt comfortable throughout the night.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Hair and makeup artists from Neil Donkin Makeup, Phuket looked after our beauty needs.
Our civil ceremony took place outdoors under the palm trees at Trisara Phuket, Thailand. My dad walked me down the aisle and my brother read ‘The Art of Marriage’ for us.
The speeches were all so wonderfully different. My dad’s was special and made everyone cry, as did Adam’s, but it was my maid of honour who blew everyone away – she rapped her speech to Ice Ice Baby!
We wanted the colours to be simple and pastel, echoing the sunset. It was a very modern wedding on the deck overlooking the ocean and beach, so we didn’t need to add much. The resort was wonderful, supplying the flowers and arch.
Our cake was one of the most memorable parts of the day! We spent a lot of time planning it as cake is my favourite thing in the world. We had three layers of salted caramel, chocolate and vanilla sponges, decorated with ivory sugar flowers. The small details were the best parts – we had elephants for our time in Thailand, a rose for England, Hazlewood Castle, a harp for Ireland, a fern for New Zealand and butterflies in memory of our wonderful grandparents.
THE FIRST DANCE
Two of our friends played for our first dance – it was very special. We chose ‘Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay because it describes us so well as a couple. On the day, Adam surprised me with tickets to see Coldplay in the summer, too!
TOP PLANNING TIPS
Don’t worry about the things that go wrong in the lead up to your big day and don’t let guests and other people plan it all for you – this is your day for your ideas! It was quite stressful organising such a big ceremony and lots of things did go wrong – although we wouldn’t change it for the world! It was so special to have people travelling from all over the world to join us, but if we did it again we would choose a smaller ceremony just to make the planning simpler.
We took a boat across to the floating pontoon to look out at the sunset after the wedding.
It was so special to have a romantic moment away to ourselves.
VENUE Trisara, Phuket, Thailand | DRESS Hayley Paige | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES White Runway | Groom Next | ACCESSORIES Monsoon and Swarovski | HAIR & MAKE UP Neil Donkin Makeup, Phuket, Thailand | FLOWERS For similar, try Interflora
CAKE For similar, try Anna Tyler Cakes | PHOTOGRAPHER Girl in the White Dress