Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…

Jayson and I met 16 years ago. Two kids meeting for the first time at a party – Jayson- wearing baggy jeans; down passed his arse, and myself- a long haired blondie, clutching a bottle of Bernardino.

Jayson and I instantly hit it off and became friends and “briefly!” more than friends, however good friends at the most, for years to come. As the years went by, the jeans came up, the wine got better, and our friendship grew stronger. For a while though, it was clear to everyone but myself there was more to this than just friendship. In the end, Jayson’s persistence and patience eventually paid off and my heart was finally stolen. This year marks 9 years together for Jayson and me. And on our wedding day (4 May 2018) it marked the beginning of a new chapter.

Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…

Jayson and I waited almost 3 years to get married, we wanted to enjoy being engaged and make the most of having a ‘fiancé’! We had a small wedding with close friends and family 4 May 2018 at Kauri Bay Boomrock, Clevedon. It was an intimate setting, we focused on neutral colours, and greenery. The venue is spectacular itself so I wanted to emphasize this on minimal decorations with neutral drapery, with a hint of colour and greenery. The table settings were so much fun to work on myself, I DIYed the drapery, menu cards, numbers and table/ welcome signs. I loved how it all turned out it worked so well with the venue! 

Tell us about your main outfits:

Jayson is wearing a Working Style suit and I am wearing a Trish Peng gown.

Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?

I chose this little saying in our vowels – by the way, it was so lovely to go back and read the ceremony script! :

True love in marriage reaches beyond the warmth and glow, the excitement and romance of being deeply in love.  It is caring as much about your partner’s welfare and happiness as your own. A successful marriage is not something that just happens. It must be nurtured. It takes work, it takes understanding, and it takes time. More importantly, it takes a commitment from both of you —a commitment to do whatever it takes to make your relationship thrive and not just simply survive. And finally, it is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

Photography: Danelle Bohane | Ceremony and Reception location: Kauri Bay Boomrock | Celebrant: Justine Russell Cowan | Bride’s gown: Trish Peng | Groom’s outfit: Working Style | Rings: Culet Jewellery | Shoes: Rodd and Gunn, Mi Piaci | Makeup: Bride- Grayson Coutts, bridesmaids- Lexi Dyer | Hair: Bride- Robyn Munro at Inspired Hair, bridesmaids- Lexi Dyer | Fragrance: Lancome- Tresor | Groomsmen: Barkers | Bridesmaids: Shona Joy | Entertainment: Mix Tape Brothers | Flora: Wildly Madly Deeply- Julia Clarke | Food/beverages/catering: Kauri Bay Boomrock | Cake: Donna Walters (close friend)