Two is better than one, in all circumstances. Rebecca and Ben's young love flourished as they grew together, through one another they became more themselves. With a dreamy surprise proposal they were set to encourage and support each other for life, through thick and thin they will remain firm beside each other.
How did you meet?
We met when one of my friends invited me to his church. He was good friends with Ben and we got introduced as soon as I arrived.
What is your engagement story?
Ben told me he was going to take me out on a surprise date day! We walked up Rangitoto Island, had lunch at the top and then went to Matakana for dinner. I thought the day was perfect! On our way home, Ben pulled into Omeru Reserve, which had been ‘our spot’ for years. He blindfolded me and lead me round the back of his car. When I opened my eyes, he was on one knee and had set up the boot of his car with candles, photos of us, roses, sparkling grape juice, chocolate and big ‘will you marry me sign!’ It was perfect.
What does love mean to you?
When you are willing to put the other persons needs before your own, and making what is important to them important to you.
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage is choosing to do life with someone, in the good times and the bad. It is making a life long commitment to love, support and encourage the other person.
What advice do you give to future brides planning on a budget?
Don’t feel pressured to spend a lot of money! Spend money on things that are important to you, for us it was our venue and photographer. Also, make use of your family and friend’s amazing talents! It was so special having our friends and family contribute to our day with their talents.
Where was your wedding location?
Gracehill Vineyard Estate in Kumeu
Who did your photography?
Jonathan Suckling Photography - he is incredible! Not only was he insanely talented but also he made us all laugh like crazy! He added so much to our day and we could not be more thankful that we chose him to do our photography.
What was the theme/style you aimed for?
Our colour theme was lilac and we went with a simple but classy style.
Where was the bride’s dress/shoes/accessories from?
My dress was from Alma J Bridal and so were my earrings. My bracelet was actually made from the necklace my mum wore on her wedding day, which was pretty special.
Where was the grooms suit from?
Where was the bridesmaids and groomsmen attire from?
The bridesmaid dresses were custom made by a lady I found on Trade Me. The groomsmen’s suits were also from Hallenstines and their shoes were Windsorsmith.
Where were your invitations from?
Ben designed the invites and my mum is a graphic designer so we were lucky enough to have her print and cut them for us! My sister in-law, who does amazing calligraphy, then wrote all the names on the invites and envelopes.
What preparation did you do before the big day?
We both cut out all junk food about a month after we got engaged (with the occasional exception for our hens night/stag do). I stopped drinking caffeine two months before the wedding and we both started exercising about three-four times a week. I also did all the beauty treatments necessary so I felt my best!
What is a memorable moment from your special day?
Probably our first dance! We put a lot of time into learning it and it was such an amazing feeling performing it together.
Tell me about your honeymoon destination and why you chose it?
We went to Rarotonga. We chose Rarotonga because a lot have people have spoken highly of the island, saying it was a small, romantic island which is just what we were looking for!
What were your wedding songs?
Two is Better than one (Boy’s Like Girls) – Processional.
You Make My Dreams Come True (Hall & Oates) – Recessional.
I Was Made For Loving You (Ed Sheeran & Tori Kelly) – Our first dance.
Did you give favours to your guests?
We filled little jars with white jellybeans.
Did you share any readings during your ceremony?
Ben’s groomsman, Shayne, read a bible verse – Ecclesiates 4:9-12.