Shannon and Mitchell
Kumeu Valley Estate
Photography by Perspectives Photo + Cinema
“Our first real date was at a bar in Mission Bay. The truth is, both of us were intending to cancel. Mitchell can't remember why he intended to cancel, but that's probably because he was never going to, haha. For me, it was just because I didn't want to get ready after a "hard" day at uni. Eventually, we both came to an agreement to wear track pants and a hoodie, so there were no expectations. That night, we cut the small talk, and it was the best date either of us had ever had. Three months later, we went shopping for an engagement ring; six months later, we were engaged. The proposal itself happened during New Year's when we were glamping together in Martinborough. The night was stunning and, overlooking a river, he popped the question during New Year's Eve. What I love most about Mitchell is his kind heart, his drive to achieve and that he's one of few people that can be genuinely optimistic without coming across as naive. Our personalities align so well: we like to think of ourselves as a chill couple. We value our relationship with each other, our relationships with family and friends, our careers and animals. The thing that we were both looking forward to most after being married is spending every day with one another. Being married means waking up next to one another forever, and it's something we can't wait to experience."