Stacey & Daniel

After 8 years together Stacey and Daniel finally married at the beautiful and rustic KVE…

Our Story

We met on a night out in a bar. Nothing special but it was the start of a beautiful relationship. We have been together now for 8 years before we got married. Daniel wanted it to be romantic so he got my family to distract me by taking me out to do some shopping. While I was away he decorated the house with rose petals and candles. He caught me by surprise. Then we went out to dinner to celebrate and all our family was waiting for us at the restaurant. It was so special to be able to celebrate straight away with our families.

Finding that perfect place

We did the traditional search online to start then went to view a number of our top choices. We had gone to about 5 venues before we arrived at KVE. The rustic setting was just what we were after but what really sold us was the wet weather back up. Most venues wet weather plans were quite horrible! At Kumeu Valley Estate we knew that if we had to use our wet weather option it would be beautiful and the space was just perfect! People wouldn’t even think it was a back up plan.

When we were looking at the menu options most venues just offered the plated or buffet style. We really loved the table banquet option that KVE had. It was just that bit different to make our day stand out from others.

We also found that KVE was so close to all the best photo opportunities. We wanted some forest shots and did most of our photos at little homestead with an orchard.

Hair Make up and Dress

I found it quite easy to choose a dress actually! I spent a few weeks looking at dresses and boutiques online and then found the perfect one on the Jessica Bridal website. Before I’d even tried it on I knew it was the right one!

My hair and make up was done by a friend. I knew I didn’t want a veil and wanted something to the side that would show off the lace on the dress and the keyhole back. She did a perfect job.


We were so lucky on the day. There was forecast for showers but they did not come and we were able to go with our first plan at the garden pergola. We decorated it simply with some heart-shaped flower arrangements on either side post.

It was so lovely to have our closest friends as bridal party members and the best was to have my grandfather play the bag pipes is we walked in and out. They really did add that intense emotional feeling to the day. Our celebrant was Adrienne Dallimore. She was so relaxed and easy to deal with. She just knew what we wanted and were were so pleased with how it came together. We made sure the day was personalised with our own vows and they are something I will always remember.

Stacey & Daniel

The Reception

After heading off site for some photos where we enjoyed the canapés served in a hamper for us, we returned to the venue where our guests were seated. We have made our own table centre pieces and they looked just perfect on the tables and allowed enough room for all the food platters.

The table banquet was all that we had hoped for. The seafood platters were our favourite and guests were commenting for weeks afterwards on how much food there was and how great the service was.

Our cake was 3 tiered with three different flavours. We had this with the dessert and the butter cream icing was just perfect. We do not really like fondant although it seemed to be the most traditional decorating option.

We had put together our own music for the mingle and dinner time but splashed out on a band for the dance time. It really made a difference and all the guests were on the dance floor. Our first song was still played on the iPod so that we knew the timing for our first dance.


Our photographer was Belinda Bradley. She was just so amazing. We are a very organised couple and Belinda took the time to do a very thorough recce of the area before our wedding day. She knew exactly where we would go and the best lighting for the day. She arranged for us to us a local homestead for most of the photos. In the orchard there was a photo of Daniel and I embracing and that was my favourite shot. It brings back all the feelings of excitement and happiness that the day held for us both.

Advice from the couple

From Stacey – “You can never be prepared too early! I had a lot of people telling me that the wedding was so far away and I was so organised, but you really do have to be. The best venues, photographers, celebrants book out far in advance. Also don’t try to cut your budget for the meal or photographer. These are things that are the most memorable and make the day. You can make savings with DIY centrepieces, invitations and favours.”

From Daniel – “Be part of the planning process and have input on things you like and want on the day. Keep on top of the planning list to reduce the amount of running around needed in the weeks leading up to the wedding to minimize the stress. Enjoy the day and take it all in.”