24I feel terrible, I haven’t shared a wedding in quite a while, so I’m beyond honoured to share Christine and Kevin’s beautiful French Bay Yacht Club Wedding photographed by the incredibly lovely and talented Lavara O’Hanlon Photography! I could quite easily gush on forever about Christine and Kevin’s beautiful day, from the flowers, loving attention to detail for the table settings and venue decor, the divine dessert table and menu and of course Christine’s stunning Sally Eagle dress - the whole day is beyond perfect! But, of course you can see that yourself from the beautiful photos! Be sure click read more below to read all about how Christine and Kevin fell in love and of course how they planned their wedding. x
| Photographer: Lavara O’Hanlon Photography | Venues: French Bay Yacht Club and Old Soldier’s Memorial Church (both in Titirangi) | Caterer: Hamish Stewart Catering | Brides Dress: Sally Eagle | Music: We Stole The Sun | Cake: Bluebells Cakery | Flowers: Judith’s Floral Design | Makeup: Julia O’Neil | Hair: Sarah from Live and Let Dye | Plant hire: Hireplants |

We met in July 2009, when we sat down across from each other in our first Physics lab of the semester. As a result of some sneaky seat-manipulation from both parties (which we each deny to this day) we became lab partners. From there, things happened pretty quickly. It was just a couple of weeks before we were officially dating and only a handful more before we realized we were in love. I knew for quite some time that Kevin had the ring and was waiting to propose. The problem was, he was adamant that it had to be a total surprise. For weeks, every time we went out I was made up immaculately, dressed for photos and had no jewellery on my left hand. Then one night we decided to go out for a farewell dinner with some of our best friends who were leaving the country. Kevin proposing was the last thing on my mind that evening, thanks to some brilliant acting on the part of our friends. After dinner, they announced that they had to rush off early, which left Kevin and I on our own. We went for a walk to Silo Park and when Kev got down on one knee it was so unexpected that it took me awhile to actually realise he wasn’t joking. Brunch has always been our favourite meal of the day, so of course we had to have it for our wedding! It took a while to find the perfect combination of a gorgeous self-catering venue and a brilliant caterer who could create the brunch menu we were dreaming about. Eventually we got there- the awesome Hamish Stewart Catering was able to make the brunch a reality, and the French Bay Yacht Club was the perfect sunny, relaxed venue for a morning wedding. Almost every detail was handmade- table runners, bunting, invitations, programs, chalk boards- you name it. Even the petals for the confetti toss were picked by my mum from her beloved rose garden and dried over the weeks before the wedding. I think that the extra effort just made the wedding so personal and intimate and I so appreciate the help I received from friends and family (especially the legends who managed to help sew 112 meters of bunting!!) My dress was Marigold by Sally Eagle. I flew down for a few fittings and she was so, so lovely. She ended up customising the colour of the fabric and the type of lace so it was exactly what I wanted. The flowers were by Judith’s Floral Design, and she really delivered exactly what I asked for. The flower wall was such a highlight, and every time I saw my bouquet it took my breath away. Sarah from Live and Let Dye hair salon, and makeup artist Julia O’Neil started at the crack of dawn to doll us up for the day. They were so professional and just fantastic, despite the early hour! It felt like having a couple more friends in the room while I was getting ready. And of course, Lavara! I can honestly say that picking Lavara as our photographer was right up there as one of the best decisions we made for the wedding. As a couple who tend to dislike having photos taken, she managed to calm us down and make us feel like she was a friend or family member who just happened to have a camera. I think she managed to capture so much love and happiness in her photos because of that.”