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We shared a squished cupcake in celebration (as it was Sunday and we couldn't buy any bubbles) before telling our families.

Persone While Ashley, James Phillips A, Lisa, Michelle
Luoghi Wellington, Wé, Tell
Organizzazioni Newlands College, Amazon
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11/mar/2016 07.53.30 sunshine Contatta l'autore

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They began as friends before falling in love, and a sweet treasure hunt-style proposal in Rarotonga sealed the deal for this Wellington couple.

The ceremony was held in the beautiful rose gardens at Trinity Farm in Otaki, where guests were treated to plenty of sunshine as they watched Lisa and Ashley share their Dr Seuss-themed vows.

But we'll let Lisa tell you the rest...

How did you meet? Ashley and I first met each other in 2001 when we were in third form at Newlands College. I got paired with him for flute lessons - he was much better than me. We saw each other a bit over the next decade, as our groups of friends often hung out together.

In 2011, Ashley was living quite far from town, so I would offer him a place to crash when there were parties nearby. We started hanging out a bit more and he introduced me to geocaching (basically GPS based treasure hunting).

One night when we were watching a movie together at my place, and out of nowhere I realised that I liked him! We shared our first magical kiss that night, and as they say, the rest is history.

Tell us about the proposal: In December 2014, we were in Rarotonga celebrating my Dad and stepmum's 20th wedding anniversary (their renewal of vows was incredibly beautiful!).

On the morning of the 8th, I carefully replaced a geocache on the other side of the island with one of my own creation. When I got back, Ashley and I hired a scooter to go geocaching, but unfortunately Ashley was more interested in going snorkelling with my family, so wasn't very enthusiastic.

We finally got to my geocache (#3), and Ashley didn't even want to open it. I somehow convinced him it was worth doing, and he first found a riddle, then my proposal and a ring. He sat there with a goofy look on his face and wouldn't say anything until I burst into tears. We shared a squished cupcake in celebration (as it was Sunday and we couldn't buy any bubbles) before telling our families.

Only later I found out that Ashley was just beginning to plan his own proposal for when we got back!

A sweet moment and a bit of sparkler fun at the end of the night.

Source: gold prom dresses

James Phillips

A sweet moment and a bit of sparkler fun at the end of the night.

Location of wedding: While Ashley and I both live in Wellington, we decided to get married up in Otaki where my parents live and where Ashley spent a lot of time as a kid.

Ashley hired a house near the beach and got ready with the boys there (complete with treehouse), while I got ready with the girls at my parents' house, which was incredibly special.

We had our ceremony in the beautiful rose gardens at Trinity Farm surrounded by all our families and friends. Our reception at Jennings Farm was slightly smaller, and we decorated their barn for the night. We played outdoor games, posed in the photo-booth, and shared a meal, lots of laughs, dancing and a sparkler party.

The next day we met up with a lot of our guests for a brunch at Winemakers Daughter, which was a chance to share stories and relax with our guests.

Describe your wedding day: In three words: amazing, magical and hot!

The wedding party shows off its silly side.

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The wedding party shows off its silly side.

I spent months with Ashley, my family and my bridesmaids creating our wedding; from designing and making all the wedding stationary, to folding a bazillion origami flowers for the bouquets, to painting and glittering my wedding shoes and making pom poms and windmills decorations. It was truly special to see it all come together for a wedding that was so "us".

My Popop got to walk me up the aisle in spectacular sunshine, and Ashley and I shared our Dr Seuss themed wedding vows that we wrote ourselves. We were lucky to have family and friends from around the world come to share our special day, including Ashley's dad who travelled from the UK.

Our photographers took us away for a magical photo shoot in a nearby forest before we met up with the guests at the reception for the rest of the festivities.

The dress: While I did try to put off finding a dress for a very long time, I was finally convinced to tackle dress shopping. After trying on a huge range of dresses, I managed to find a dress online at JJ's House that captured everything I loved and had it custom-made and shipped here. Janette from Crème did an incredible job at making it perfect. I loved the layers, the lace and the beaded belt detailing.

The flowers: When I began "pintresting" my wedding decoration ideas, I saw a really amazing flower bouquet made of brightly coloured origami flowers. I showed my Mum and bridesmaids and they thought I was crazy.

I ordered some gorgeous paper from Amazon and spent the next few months, with the help of Mum and the bridesmaids, folding nearly 1000 pieces of paper. I spent a long time gluing the petals onto toothpicks, gluing diamantes to the centres and arranging the flowers into bouquets. I absolutely love them, and they'll never die!

Highlight of the wedding: Simple, marrying our best friend!

Was there any drama? Oh yes - would it be a wedding without it?

The dress I ordered online came and the hem of the skirt was wonky. After many emails back and forth, I sent it back and had a new one made. The hem on this one was great, but the bodice wasn't! Thankfully Janette from Crème did an incredible job at making it perfect by taking the train off and fixing the bodice.

On the day, the sound system didn't work because of a loose cable, so I ended up walking up and down the aisle to music playing on a cellphone.

The only other drama was the sunshine, and a lot of people, including me, ended up with terrible sunburn. At least my sunburn was lace-shaped!

The honeymoon: My brother got married on Maui in February, so we tried to hijacking the holiday a bit to use as a honeymoon while we were there, but turns out having 30 other people you know in your resort isn't romantic. We're going to try make a few smaller getaway weekends this year to make up for it, which will give us things to look forward to.

Your photographer and favourite photo? It wasn't hard to decide on our photographers, Michelle and James Phillips of Patina Photography, as we loved their work at first sight.

They were awesome to work with, and even took the time to do an engagement shoot for us so that we could get in front of the camera before the wedding so we knew what it would be like.

They gave us a sneak peek a couple of weeks after the wedding, and it was hard to wait for the rest of them. When they came through we got to live through the day again; they did an awesome job of documenting the people, the venues and the feeling of the day, as well as really creative and interesting shots.

My favourite shot is us sitting in the meadow, but Ashley really loves the sparkler shot in the olive grove (where James ran behind us like a madman with a sparkler on a long exposure shot!).

 

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