We’re both active people with far too many hobbies — boating, golf, fishing and beekeeping. If Tom heads off hunting, I’ll spend the weekend doing yoga. Tom is currently training for his private pilot’s licence, so that will open up some new adventures for us.
During the week, we work in a corporate environment, so we enjoy activities together that take us away. Downtime is important too, and there’s nothing like sitting by the fire together with a good red wine, cats on our lap, whilst eating a platter for Sunday dinner. We wanted a small wedding, followed by a hell of a party with amazing food and wine. That’s our style. I suppose the theme came together organically because we let nature, our location, and the seasons guide us. The morning of the wedding, the groomsmen and bridesmaids joined Tom and I for breakfast at Wanaka Haven, where we had been stayed the night before, as we wanted to be together in the morning. The day was better than I could have ever imagined. After the ceremony, we had champagne, a roaring fire, vintage furs, pink and green feather boas, conga lines and a very dirty dress afterwards from all the dancing! It was pretty surreal when our MCs came out in full costume and announced La Hora Loca (a Venezuelan tradition where, at a designated point in the evening, the party goes into Carnival mode), and handed out masks, novelty hats and boas. Everyone got so involved, we even started a conga line. It was magnificent. Being married gives a level of dependability that is really important to me, but I always laugh when I am asked what married life is like, because so far, in all honesty, the good thing is that married life is no different. I love that! We got married because we wanted to commit to one another, in front of our family and friends, vowing that we would look after each other if we were under the weather, and to remind ourselves that our achievements would be even sweeter together.
Photography, Mickey Ross at MICImage | First look location, Wanaka Haven | Bride’s dress, Pronovias | Groom’s tuxedo, Crane Brothers | Ceremony & reception venue, Criffel Station Wanaka | Helicopter, Wanaka Helicopters | Styling, One Fine Day | Celebrant, Kathryn Omond | Bridesmaids’ attire, Max | Groomsmen attire, Working Style | Shoes, Asos | Catering, Aspire Catering | Hair, Absolutely Fabulous Hair | Makeup—EVE Makeup | Gift registry—Seed Gallery | Flora, Studio 24 | Entertainment—Jay Moore