Toen we deze bruiloft van Anne Paar fotografie toegestuurd kregen, waren we direct in de wolken. Wat een fantastische sfeer. Dit lieve stel trouwde vlakbij hun ouderlijk huis in Nieuw Zeeland op één van de meest betoverende plekjes die wij ooit gezien hebben. In de ochtend was er zelfs voldoende tijd om nog even lekker te surfen en in de middag vond de ceremonie plaats. Puur genieten!
Can you tell us how you met each other?
Rowan and I meet in high school in 2001. I was 16 and Rowan 17. It was the end of 6th form (Year 12) and I was sitting with my group of friends in our usual lunch spot, when Rowan decided to join us. Although he had been at my school since the beginning of the year and all my friends knew who he was, I had not met him before. When I saw him, though, I knew there was something special about him, there was a definite spark. Rowan felt it too, but we didn’t talk to each other then – just a smile and a brief ‘hi’. A few days later I was walking home from school as I usually did, when Rowan caught up to me. It turned out that we lived nearby, except Rowan usually got the bus, so I never saw him going to or from school. Rowan had been doing a little detective work and found out that I walked home, so he followed me for a few days before he got the guts to say hi. We started chatting and it all felt so comfortable and perfect. We got on so amazingly well. We walked the rest of the way home together that day, and every day after that.
What is your engagement story?
Rowan proposed on April 12, 2012 in Raglan NZ. We were home in NZ for a friend’s wedding and thought we would make a quick trip to Rowan’s favourite surf spot for a few days. It was a beautiful sunset so we decided to have a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down over the ocean. Rowan then announced he wanted to take me for a drive. Thinking it wasn’t a good idea, I said No! We went and had dinner instead. Later that evening Rowan asked again if we could go for a drive. Not being convinced that he was safe to drive, I again said no. He pestered me for the next hour or two, until I finally caved in and we went for a drive. He drove 5 minutes up the road! To a place called inspiration point on the side of Mt Karioi. During the day this spot has the most beautiful panoramic views over the ocean. On this night, it was a clear night and the sky was full of stars (shooting stars too). We sat there chatting about life, and the world trip we were planning, when Rowan knelt in front of me and asked me to marry him. Despite us having had been together for more than 10 years, he was really nervous. It was very sweet. He hadn’t bought a ring, but instead he had made me a ring from flax that day at the beach.
What means marriage to you?
Marriage to us means having our best friend at our side for the rest of our lives.
We chose to have our wedding on the beach in Piha, New Zealand. Rowan and I are both from Auckland, New Zealand, but have been living in Sydney, Australia for the last 5 years, so it was important for us to get married at home. Piha is about 40km west of Auckland, on what we call the rugged west coast, and is one of New Zealand’s most famous surf beaches. Before moving to Australia, Rowan (a surfer) and I spent many carefree weekends at Piha, so it is a very special place for us. Our ceremony was held on the black sand beach under massive cliffs and looking out towards the powerful surf and Lion Rock. We had a simple setting with an isle of toitoi plants and a driftwood arch (made by my Father). For our reception we hired a beach house (bach) in Piha and had a gorgeous marquee on the front lawn with views of the sea and sunset. Given the beautiful surroundings we were in, this was all the decoration we needed.
We had a very organic and minimalist style wedding that celebrated the gorgeous location that we were in. We drew our inspiration from the laid-back kiwi spirit with simple but meaningful decorative touches. All the decorations were handmade by myself and friends and family. The flowers for the tables were a mixture of handmade tissue paper flowers (made by a close friend) and flowers picked from the nearby sand dunes the very morning of our wedding. We had a picnic style afternoon tea, followed by a gourmet BBQ dinner. Drinks were served from a little caravan bar.
Our photographer was the amazing Anne Paar (from Anne Paar Photography). We found Anne in Raglan, NZ – another incredible surf beach location and where we were initially planning to get married. As soon as I saw Anne’s work I knew instantly that she would be the perfect photographer. All her work is so subtle, yet stunning. We are so happy with how Anne captured our day. She understood how important the location was to us and incorporated it so effortlessly into all our shots. She even went above and beyond and hiked up a cliff side for us to capture the perfect photo.
My brother, Martin Webb – a professional editor – filmed our wedding day for us and put together the most incredible stop-motion video for us. It was the best wedding present ever.
I walked down the isle to Jack Johnson’s ‘Angel’ and after the ceremony we played ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros.
A memorable moment
The whole day is now just one amazing and blissful blur! haha.
We went to Japan for our honeymoon and spent 3 weeks in the snow.
One thing I whish I knew before I started my weddingplans
I wish I had known just how much work planning a wedding is, even a simplistic and laid back one. I had the dream of planning and styling the wedding myself and even making all the decorations – I’m creative and crazy like that. I did this, and I was happy with the outcome, but it was a lot of work.
What is your advice for a couple with wedding plans?
Delegate. Don’t try to do too much yourselves, friends and family are always happy to lend a hand. And most importantly don’t sweat the small stuff, your marriage is more than just your wedding day, just enjoy the time you are spending with the people who are most important to you.
Photography: Anne Paar Photography | Bride’s Dress: I made my dress myself | Bride’s Shoes: No shoes, just bare feet on the sand | Grooms Suit: Gibson Clothing | Hair: Ruby Dickinson http://www.rubiedickinson.co.nz/ | Makeup: Kate Clark – friend | Cake: I made it myself | Catering: One Little Wagon | Wedding Venue: Piha, New Zealand | Honeymoon Destination: Japan | Videographer: Martin Webb