Amanda & James

Our story

James and I met at work and have been together for six years. He proposed on our ‘trip of a lifetime’ while we were travelling for four months through the US and South America. We were exploring New Your City one day and James carefully steered the sight seeing towards Belvedere Castle, in the middle of Central Park. In this castle, overlooking the beautiful park, he dropped to one knee and popped the question! The tears flowed and the gathered tourists clapped. Unbeknown to me this moment was the culmination of may weeks of planning. He’d had the ring made in Auckland and spend several weeks smuggling it around the States, including various airports, where he was getting curious looks and grins from staff at the security scanners.

On our return the planning started. We are both very organised people so for the most part the planning was enjoyable. There were times where it felt like that’s all we were doing. When it did get like that we would take a weekend off and forget about the wedding and just enjoy being engaged. We spent a lot of time doing research online and then visited our top 6 venues. We wanted a venue that had great indoor/ outdoor flow and somewhere our guests would feel relaxed and that was just that bit different. After taking a tour with Annette it was evident that we’d be in very capable hands. We are both real foodies and we had heard that the food was outstanding. Annette even arrange for us to sample the food choices we were considering at our planning meeting so on the day we knew exactly what we were going to have!

After we selected KVE it was easy to see that a rustic theme would suit it perfectly so we kept to natural colour tones of creams, green and peach. The amazing outdoor space was where we pictured ourselves getting married and it was the prefect for adding some lawn games to so that became part of our entertainment.

Dress and Make up

I had done a lot of scouting online for dresses but decided upon Rue De Seine as a starting point. I took along my Mum and three Bridesmaids to my fitting. It was a special time trying on all those beautiful dresses in front of my nearest and dearest girls. I remember being overwhelmed with emotion trying on that first white dress… that was my first “I’m getting married!” moment. We then went to celebrate with champagne and dress debriefs. I was so spoilt for choice at Rue De Seine that I didn’t end of looking anywhere else.

Natalie Dent did our make up and Charlie McLean did our hair. Both were super talented, lovely people who did an amazing job on us all.

The ceremony

It was torrential rain at our rehearsal a couple days prior to the wedding, but by some miracle we had the most glorious sunny day for our wedding and we were able to host our ceremony just were we had dreamed in the garden at the pergola. We had hung white bunting on the pergola and by the bar in the garden that my Aunty made. We also had a white curtain at the back that my Mum made and a flower arch in the front of the pergola with Sheppard hooks up the isle and mason jars filled with flowers my Mum and I had arranged.

We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us as a couple and also of our heritage. We personalised the ceremony by writing our own vows and we had a piper who piped in James and his Groomsmen and then who pipped us out once we were married. We also had our Mums as witnesses which was a special role for them.

I have loads of favourite photos but there is one that always brings a smile to my face. It was taken just after James and I were pronounced Husband and Wife – we’re practically jumping for joy, with massive gins on our faces, looking out to all our family and friends, ready to celebrate!

Amanda & James

The reception

The venue was already so lovely and the fairy lights on the beams. We added the fairy light curtain for behind our table which made a feature of the head table. We had the beautiful Chevari chairs and brought more wood to the tables with log centre pieces with more mason jars of flowers. The staff took the flowers from the ceremony area and scattered them around the venue and our cake table. Everything looked so amazing and really were just what we had hoped to create.

The food at KVE was an absolute highlight! Our favourite dish was the Duck Confit! So many of the guests said it was the best food they had had at any wedding! The staff provided impeccable service – both the bridal party and our guests were looked after throughout the whole day.

To bring in the Scottish heritage more we had a Whisky Bar, thistle in the flowers and button holes and some Scottish dancing in the evening. We also designed our own table cards, guest place cards and signage for the wedding. A special family friend could not make it but gifted us a cake knife set that we used to cut our beautiful semi-naked cake make by Blue Bells. Using the set on the night made us feel that a piece of them were there with us on the big day.

One of our friends also surprised us on the night with a gift of a photo booth- hours of fun were had by all!

Our most memorable moment

There were so many was but we had the best time taking photos at the various locations- it felt like we laughed for hours.

Advise to other couples

From the Bride – Lists, list and more lists, they’ll be key to staying on track with the planning and help to clear your head. You can never book too early, we were surprised how quickly celebrants florists etc. book up. To ensure you get who you really want book way in advance. And last when friends and family offer to help take them up on it! Not only do they feel like they’re contributing to the day, it means the Bride & Groom aren’t trying to take on too much.

From the Groom – Don’t sweat the small stuff, and by that I mean don’t let the Bride sweat the small stuff. It’ll all work out on the day. Have fun and try an enjoy the planning and the days as it all goes too quickly.