Katrina and Ant
Oh New Zealand, you by no means fail to make me fall a little bit more in really like with you with each wedding I see! These days’s is beautifully relaxed – some thing New Zealander’s know how to do so gorgeously. Take a trip with me by way of the story of Katrina and Ant.
Katrina tells their story. “We are both accountants. We met at work and a year later at a function function, Ant opened his mouth and I realised he could talk. The rest is history…(it’s short, most folks generally switch off at the mention of ‘accountants’, so I’ve learnt to move on swiftly).
Ant proposed to me in Kensington, London. Immediately after a scrumptious surprise picnic from my absolute favourite food spot, the Wholefoods Industry, he whisked me to a nearby hotel and got down on one knee – with a ring box. My heart did stop for second and my immediate thoughts were swiftly flicking by way of when he could have possibly asked Cush (my very best friend) what my exact preferences had been (while maintaining my smile of joy – v naughty!) – hopefully I didn’t look as well relieved when inside was Burger Ring and a wee note saying “As if I’d pick it with no you!” I was in fact pretty excited about the Burger Ring, in fact, sad to say that it might’ve hit the exact same excitement level had it been the ring I had wanted.
Then, he cracked open some homemade (!!) coconut ice (which I’d been getting huge cravings for all year), champers, choc dipped strawbs (I can’t dispute he def knows the way to my heart!), and our fave choccies – which he’d currently opened cos he’d bought them a week ago and couldn’t hold out!! Cute (even though he has been told he will need to make up for these missing ones).
I was then treated to a gourmet dinner at the hotel, topped off with a few remedies at the spa. On leading of that, when we came out of the spa, the lovely day had turned into a enormous thunder and fork lightening storm which we watched out of the gargantuan windows, very cool!”
Photography right now is by WE DO Photography. I enjoy the way they capture pictures – they call it “capturing pictures with a tiny bit of rock and roll” and it’s true, there’s a bit of grit to them, a bit of “I’d enjoy to get on the dance floor with them!” a bit of “or probably have a martini with them also” (except they appear so cool I bet they’d drink some thing considerably cooler than a martini!)
Katrina wore jewels as her some thing borrowed. She says “I wore pearl earrings borrowed from my new mother in law and pearl drop necklace borrowed from my new sis in law (Bride). The bridesmaids wore necklaces developed by bridesmaid Cushla from some earrings, and pearl earrings which were given to them as a gift from me”.
The rose bouquets were styled by Katrina’s bridesmaid’s mother. They had been, Katrina recalls “A mixture of Sweet Avalanche and Bianca roses, lisianthus, carnations and chrysanthemums. Karen utilised to be a florist, and she place together our gorgeous bouquets.”
Katrina wore “A beautiful lace Watters dress. Spied on a trip to Melbourne – it was fairly considerably the only dress I liked, so was really fortunate it suited me! Strapless isn’t my thing – so that narrowed the choice down by about 95%. It wasn’t accessible anywhere in NZ, so regrettably I had the chore of taking one more trip over the ditch to pick it up! The alterations had been carried out by my new sister in law’s generous mum Barb. She painstakingly unstitched and restitched the lace by hand! I also wore a fascinator made by Ardern Farm. I have always loved them and wanted to wear 1 – and it went ideal with the theme.”
The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Frank Casey.
Katrina and Ant saw every other ahead of the ceremony, Katriona remembers “We didn’t want to miss out on any of the fun mingling with everyone following the ceremony, so had our photos completed beforehand. Because it wasn’t going to be our initial time seeing each other when I walked down the aisle, we had a unique ‘first glance’ ceremony at the photo shoot. Ant was waiting with his back turned at the bottom of the garden actions at Erskine, and I pulled up at the best of the steps, wandered down, and tapped him on the shoulder. It was pretty emotional when he turned about. I had just been telling the girls in the car that I would have to inform Ant to cease crying like a child because I never cry – and I was the one particular who welled up first. ”
The couple chose Erskine College for their ceremony and reception. Katrina says “It is a historic building that was when a Catholic girls’ school from the late 1800s. The exterior could be described as a derelict ruin (which nevertheless, I loved about it) but the interior has a grand hall furnished with ornate chandeliers, polished matai (native NZ wood) floors, and high stud ceilings. We had the ceremony in the outdoor garden courtyard, and the reception in the grand hall.”
The bridesmaids’s gowns were “Bridesmaid Cushla’s design – she spent days in London scouring the high street shops for dresses and finally found these ones to match the vintage theme. She then completed the look utilizing lace located in her mum’s sewing area to make belts.
My bridesmaids had been my very best friend Cushla (who I’ve known for 21 years) and my great friend and old flatmate Anita. Groomsmen were Liam (who Ant has recognized given that he visited him at age 1 month in hospital when Liam was born) and Adrian, an old school good friend.”
Katrina walked down the aisle to “November Rain (instrumental version). We are massive Guns ‘n Roses fans (we’ve even fancy dressed as them just before).”
For their reception at Erskine College, Katrina says “We employed the garden courtyard location for our ceremony – which was beaming with sun and a romantic atmosphere total with chirping cicadas and a man in 1 of the surrounding homes above who decided it was a good time to beat the dust out of his rug. When studying our vows we both quickly got the waterworks again (I absolutely had no notion I was such a softie!) and Ant set the crowd giggling (I also heard a snort) when he offered up his hankie which I promptly refused (he is effectively known as an obsessive hankie user) ”
It was the ideal day weather wise. “We had ideal weather – sunshine, heat and no wind – Wellington barely ever has days like this (even in summer time) – but right after some crazy unseasonal low fog covering the city all morning, she pulled out a winner. As the saying goes – you cannot beat Wellington on a very good day!”
Their guests’ enjoyment was paramount for Katrina and Ant. “We wanted to generate an informal, ‘party’ style atmosphere so we tried to generate a recipe for results. Primary components – a brilliant sunny day, a significant choice of canapes as an alternative of a sit down dinner, an over stocked bar, an amazingly talented piano man, dim lighting and a enormous dance floor. They mixed perfectly!”
Katrina decorated the reception herself. She explains “The venue was a stand alone hire, so I was in charge of all the decorations. I spent months trawling the 2nd hand shops, the back cupboards of several relative’s houses, and Trash Palace (a shop subsequent to the dump which rescues junk from ultimate death) for vintage style glass bottles and jars. I ended up with more than 200 in the end – filled them with clusters of flower stems and candles, tied them with a fairly ribbon, and scattered them in random clusters about the numerous tables in the grand hall. There were also numerous wee rustic ‘bird cage’ candle holders about the room. It was so pretty!”
The reception was filled with sweet treats explains Katrina. “I also had a dessert bar, which had a choice of huge glass jars filled with various lollies, fortune cookies and chocolates many vintage tiered cake stands laden with homemade rocky road, Russian fudge and meringues and a giant cake stand in the middle – definitely packed with 150 distinct flavoured cupcakes. On the side there had been wee noodle takeaway boxes, and a sprinkling of the flower and candle jars. By the end of the evening the entire table had been demolished!” The cupcake wedding cake was produced by Cheeky Mouthful Cupcakes.
The speeches had been a highlight for the newlyweds. Katrina explains “The very best man brought the home down throughout his speech when he pulled out a life sized cardboard reduce-out of a character from Ant’s secret shame Television applications – Beverly Hills 90210. Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering) stole the show…and the dance floor, and most likely got snapped far more times than us. ”
The first dance? “It was to Dakota by the Stereophonics – certainly a large fave of ours.”
Piano man Shaun Preston kept guests entertained all night lengthy.
Congratulations Katrina & Ant! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to WE DO Photography for right now’s pictures!
Photos by WE DO Photography.
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