Ooooh I love that today the groom answered the questions! A very sweet love story and the answer to ‘when did you pop the question’ made my heart melt. Such a stunning day captured by the also stunning Nisha Ravji Photography, today’s images are so perfectly natural and the changeable weather simply added to the magic!
Congratulations to newlyweds Eve & Brad, wishing you good health and happiness in your journey ahead. And a huge thank you to the talented Nisha for sharing this very special day with P&L. Enjoy
How did your love story begin?
It was a really cliché office romance. We worked in the same building in Wellington and started seeing each other maybe a month before I was going to be transferred to Auckland. We decided to keep it going long distance and see what happened. Eve then moved to New Plymouth while doing her teaching diploma, so every weekend I would drive to New Plymouth from Auckland. Eve moved in with me after a year of persistent commuting.
When did you pop the question?
9/10/11..I planned it all out and asked her in Waitomo, where we were going caving (she’s a geology nut). I was actually in the middle of chemo and radiation therapy for Hogkins Lymphoma. It was a really tough time for everybody and it made me realise how much I loved her.
How did you stick to your budget?
I didn’t really track it as much as I should have. We had a long engagement and so we bought things bit by bit over that period as we could afford it. We definitely had a lot of family and friends help wherever they could. My grandmother was a fashion designer (Babs Radon) and she modified Eve’s Anna Schimmel dress which she had bought second-hand. Our friend Bex used to be a wedding florist so she helped us with flowers.
What were your Save & Splurge items?
We really wanted to invest in a quality photographer (Nisha Ravji Photography), Eves make-up and hair and also the venue. We saved on flowers by buying them from the flower market. My brother-in-law designed our wedding invitations. I used two of our company cars on the day for transport (don’t tell the boss). We also made all the little details ourselves (party favours, table decorations, our gift card letterbox etc.) I think if you can save a little bit here and there it all adds up. We did put a lot of time into it but we just did it bit by bit.
What music did you play for those special moments?
Eve asked four of her students, who are very talented harmony singers to perform at the church ceremony. They sang A Thousand Years by Christina Perri for the aisle march and Oceans by Hillsong during the candle ceremony. Our reception was very family oriented and had a higher than usual median age. We hired a 50s-70s rock and roll band called the Kavalliers. They got the oldies up on the d-floor.
In hindsight, is there anything that you would have done differently?
Pick a wedding song – and maybe learn how to dance before you have to humiliate yourself in public.
What advice would you give to future couples?
The best part is having all your friends and family together. Enjoy the whole thing. Don’t let stress get in the way of a good time.
What do you love most about being a HUSBAND?
I get to introduce this most beautiful woman as my wife…(she told me to write that). But it’s true.
Photographer // Nisha Ravji Photography
Second Shooter // Catherine Te Reo
Flowers // Rebecca Martinez
Hair & Makeup // Sharon Kenny Hair & Makeup
Cake // Paula Jane Cakes
Venue/Catering // McHughs of Cheltenham, Devonport
Invitations // Adrian Wills
Veil // Babs Radon
Shoes // Justine from Mi Piaci
Headpiece // Gift from Eve’s mum
Earrings // From a random store in Sao Paulo, Brazil.