Wil first saw Andre working out at the gym, he took a chance and introduced himself. After playing hard to get for a few weeks, Andre caved and said yes to a first date.
The pair had a Covid engagement, Andre suggested they go for nice walk to the botanical gardens which is one of Wil’s favourite places, but they ended up in front of the Sydney Opera House, Andre got down on one knee and proposed right then and there. “I was not expecting it all, as all the stores were closed. He had organised a private pick up from Tiffany and Co and had been hiding it in our guest room.” A few weeks later it was Andre’s birthday. Wil organised a beautiful night in; he arranged for Andre’s favourite restaurant to do takeaway- cocktails and all. “I lit candles around the house and after dinner I had the ring hiding under the couch and proposed back to him so he could have a proposal moment to look back on too.” The couple got married in the stunning Italian Renascence space within the Hamilton Gardens, followed by a reception at the Bill Gallagher room at Wintec. “We wanted a summer wedding so all the flora would be lush and vibrant.” “My parents had serious health issues meaning we couldn’t have the wedding in Australia, or America where Andre is from- so we took the entire wedding home to New Zealand so my family could attend.” “A highlight was having my parents walk me down the aisle, we weren’t sure they were both going to be at the wedding with their health so it was very emotional.” Wil and Andre chose an Italian Renascence theme mixed with hints of Australiana. They had travelled to Italy a few months earlier and fell in love with the architecture, food and the beautiful colour palette of olive greens, neutral tones and pops of orange. The couple decorated their day with white roses and eucalyptus to compliment. “We had eucalyptus throughout the entire reception venue as a hint to our home in Australia.” On their reception tables they had bespoke names cards at each place setting to make their guests feel extra special.
We wanted a summer wedding, December is hectic for most people so we waited until people were back from their Christmas holidays. When we had confirmation that our dream wedding venue was available at the end of January, we knew it was the date for us and we locked it in. We got married at NZ High Country in Queenstown on the 30th of January 2021, as we live in Queenstown there is no other place we would rather get hitched and the views from our venue were incredible.
I had my heart set on having white florals so our cream/white theme came together from there. White florals, candles, décor, cake, wedding dress, sign writing + details, cream groomsmen suits and champagne bridesmaids dresses.
As we had such a small wedding, we did canapes and cocktails in the afternoon. When we left to take photos, we realised we forgot to cut the cake! When we returned, we decided to cut the cake spontaneously, sitting around the table drinking champagne and eating cake.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Nobody really notices the table arrangements and decor. Get organised early, have a timeline of the day as well as all the key vendors & wedding party contact details and send this to everyone involved in putting the day together, that way if there are any issues your team can sort it out for you. Have a good MC, they are vital in keeping timings on track. Allow more time than you think you’ll need to get ready on the day. Enjoy yourself! This is the most expensive party you are ever going to have, make sure the drinks are cold and the music is good, make it a wedding to remember!