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Stonyridge Vineyard, Waiheke Island
Held on Waiheke Island at the stunning Stonyridge Vineyard, Trish & Mel's big day in October 2014 was a joyful celebration which combined their mutual love of travel with a unique rustic theme. In this beautiful showcase, Trish shares all the delightful details of hers and Mel's wedding story...
Mel and I (Trish) met through a mutual friend who Mel was flatting with at the time. Mel was teaching and was about to set off to the United States to work overseas. I had just finished my degree at University and was about to start my full-time job. Mel started teaching me how to cook as I really lacked skills in the kitchen department! And from there we instantly started dating. Lucky for me Mel's plans to move overseas fell through and we moved in together, travelled the world, and lived and worked in London for a year! It was on our way home from London (3 years into our relationship) that I decided to pop the question in our favourite place in the world - Las Vegas, Nevada, at a Vineyard in the desert. Mel was speechless and had no idea that whilst living in London I had been designing her ring and building up the courage to pop the question. Of course she said 'YES' and it was one of the best days of my life!
As we'd got engaged at a vineyard in Las Vegas, we decided it would be fitting to get married at a vineyard back home in NZ. After looking around Waiheke Island we fell in love with Stonyridge Vineyard. The picturesque views of the vines and breathtaking scenery surrounding the vineyard really suited our 'rustic travel' theme. This theme was inspired by our passion for travel and we wanted to share some of our experiences with those who were there to witness our joyous occasion. Guests were directed to their table by a cork board world map that had luggage tags hanging off the countries which we have visited. The tables were decorated in the different countries we have visited using the trinkets, flags and things that we had gathered on our travels. We used the rustic tables and chairs that were already at the venue and put table runners made of burlaps sack that had worldwide stamps on them down the middle of each table. We had collected a range of travel signs, props and even a NYC taxi cab standee that we displayed in the reception area with a Polaroid camera for our friends and family to capture their time at the wedding.
I (Trish) found my dress in a shop in Henderson when I went dress shopping with my mum. It was the first dress I tried on and the first bridal store I had visited! I had an idea of what I wanted to get before heading out but once I tried on this particular dress I completely changed my mind. My whole life I have never been a fan of strapless dresses but when I tried this dress on it made my mum shed a tear and I just knew it was the dress for me. Mel found her dress online using the site her sister had previously used, she went for a more traditional dress. Both Mel and I had no idea what each other was wearing and on the day we were so amazed at how different our dresses looked. My hairstyle was co-constructed by myself and my hair stylist on my trial day. I really wanted to have a plait in my hair so she decided to put my hair up to one side and to have a plait going down one side of my hair. On the back she put a clip in the back that had the same diamantes as my dress. Mel's hair was styled by her sister; curled half up and half down. Both our make up was classic, not too bold and not too over the top, however, I decided that I wanted to have bright red lipstick as my dress was quite classic and I needed to add something bold to my look.
Our ceremony was set in the Olive Grove which was small yet intimate. The weather was touch and go before the ceremony but as we arrived in our bridal cars the weather miraculously cleared up and was beautiful! We both walked down the aisle one at a time (Mel first) as we both wanted to have our time to shine! After the ceremony we toasted with our guests and took some photos before heading off to our next location (the beach/boat yard) for our bridal photos. Our friends were served drinks and canapes whilst we went offsite to take our pictures.
The reception started with speeches from me (Trish) and other family members. The food then followed and was delicious! Our guests didn't just get the choice of three meats, they actually got to have all three meats on the one plate! The cake was then cut, this was decorated by a friend of ours (Sheridan Slattery). It was a carrot cake which was designed as a suitcase with a luggage tag with our newly married name (Noble-Savidan) on it. This really fitted into our travel theme and was quite unique. We then went on to have our first dace which was a mix of slow and fast songs using our favourite artists. Our bridal party then joined us for a combined dance and we then continued to dance the night away with our family and friends. Everyone was amazed by our first dance and couldn't believe we got our bridal party in on the act. It truly was the best day of my life and I still continue to look at the photos to relive the moment.
A friend of ours said to Mel and I before the wedding - 'enjoy your day, don't worry about anything because when it's over you're going to miss it all'. She was so right! Enjoy the moment, don't stress about the little things (favors, guests that don't RSVP, food, etc...) it will all turn out okay in the end. Its your day, make the most of it and just enjoy yourself.