Congratulations to Melissa & Kyle

WEDDING DATE: 29 October 2016


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Tell us about your love story!

Kyle and I met in 2007 in New Zealand as next door neighbours. I had just returned from Japan where I was living and working and moved in with some friends while I readjusted to life in New Zealand. I met Kyle at a gathering at our house one night and soon made the connection that he was the neighbour! He was very persistent about taking me out on a date, and I, at that stage was a bit reluctant! Only because I had not long got back from overseas and had been in a long term relationship. But his persistence certainly paid off as we have now been together 9 years!

We decided to move to Melbourne in 2012 as we had both visited on separate occasions and loved it! 2 years after moving over, Kyle decided it was time to pop the question. I had just been on a 5 week overseas trip with a girlfriend when he organized a weekend away to the Grampians. It was funny as I had had the conversation with my girlfriend while away about getting engaged. She thought that Kyle would be missing me so much that he’d go and buy a ring while I was away. I brushed off the notion thinking that was not like him, he would just do it in his own time (thinking it would still be a little while away yet). Kyle captured the moment on camera while we were out walking to some beautiful waterfalls. He had set up his camera to take 10 shots, hopefully enough to capture the moment where I realized what was happening. He asked me to stand in front of the camera (waterfalls in the background) so he could get a photo of the two of us. Before I knew it I had a ring on my finger! I was so surprised that it actually took me several minutes to respond with “yes”. It’s funny to look back at the photos as the first 7 or 8 I’m smiling at the camera, oblivious to what was going on, by the 8th or 9th photo I’m looking down at my finger with a surprised look on my face! It was such as memorable moment!

What is the meaning of marriage to you?

Marriage to me solidifies a couple’s relationship. It is the foundation upon which you build the rest of your lives on. I feel like even though not much has changed since we married, it feels like we are more of a team and everything we do from now on and any decisions we make, we do together.

The wedding location.

We decided to get married in Auckland, New Zealand, as this was the place we both met and started our lives together as a couple. It was also where a lot of our family and friends were, so we thought it made sense from a practical point of view as well. We found Gracehill Vineyard Estate online and it looked like such a picture perfect venue to get married at. Neither of us are religious so we didn’t want a church wedding. We knew we were only going to have a small guest list of 60-70 people, so the venue suited our party perfectly. I loved that there were so many beautiful spots in the grounds we could have photos as well.

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The theme.

Our style was I guess romantic/country. The colour palate was made up of blush tones. We had beautiful white lanterns with flowers spilling out of them for our table centerpieces. We incorporated the fact the venue is a vineyard into the theme by using wine bottle corks as table number holders.

The dress.

I wore a beautiful mermaid style lace Mia Solano gown in soft ivory. When Kyle first saw me in at our first look photos, his expression was priceless! He said I looked amazing, which is so nice to hear coming from a guy who rarely compliments me on how I look!

Ceremony and reception.

We had our reception at the same venue. It was lovely as it meant we didn’t keep our guests waiting for too long, given we had already had our bridal party photos done before the ceremony. We served canapes and champagne to our guests while we had some more photos. We had our first look photos at Cockle Bay beach in Howick, then on to Murawai beach for bridal party photos before heading to the venue for the ceremony.

Wedding songs.

The song I walked down the aisle to was “How long will I love you” by Ellie Goulding. While signing the register we had playing “You’re my best friend” by The Once. We didn’t do a choreographed first dance, more of a shuffle/sway! This was to “Thinking out Loud” by Max and Madilyn.

Food, food, food!

We served canapes after the ceremony which were mini fish and chips, sliders and arancini balls. Unfortunately Kyle and I didn’t get to try any as we were too busy with photos! The guests all commented how delicious the food was. For the reception we had an a la carte menu with a choice of two entrées, mains and desserts. The pork belly for main and white chocolate and raspberry tart for dessert were big hits!

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Most memorable moment.

There was so much to love about our wedding day! One of the most memorable moments was the ceremony. It was a beautiful moment hearing Kyle say his vows, especially as he was so nervous about doing it! I also loved looking out at our guests’ smiling faces. It was so special having everyone who is near and dear to us share in the moment with us.

What about the extra details?

Our wedding favours were vanilla and salted caramel macarons in cute boxes with ribbons. We chose these as it reminded us of Melbourne, it was one of the first things I sampled on my first visit to Melbourne; and it was important to us to incorporate something from Melbourne into our wedding as this is where we plan to spend our married life.

What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding? 

I would say, enjoy the process as it is so much fun and you only get to do it once! Definitely delegate jobs to others as you can’t do everything yourself; that way you can relax on the day and enjoy getting ready with your bridal party.

Favourite quote.

You don’t marry the person you can live with – you marry the person you cannot live without.

What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?

Just being able to share everything together, just doing life together as a team. I’m 30 and have been waiting a while now for my true love and to start my 30’s sharing my life with someone is such a blessing. We know in our hearts that God has great plans for us both and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for our future.

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Did you have a videographer?

We had a few friends video the ceremony on their go pros and ipads and so we were able to capture the whole ceremony and reception. We can use the footage to have a professional video made of our wedding in the future.

Our photographer Jackie Schneider from JackFlash Photography did a lovely power point presentation of our best photos with the “Lava” song in the background which we love and really captures our special day.

What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?

I look forward to building our lives together, embarking on new and exciting adventures and starting a family.

Wedding credit

Wedding Venue: Gracehill Vineyard Estate, Kumeu, New Zealand

Photography: Chris Dillon 

Dress: Mia Solano from Luv Bridal

Hair/Makeup: Kaitlin Chapman 

Caterer: Gracehill Vineyard Estate, Kumeu, New Zealand

Florist: Floral Stylist 

Cake: Whitestone Cheeses 

Invitations:  The Print Fairy

Jewellery: Jeanette Maree

Transport: First Class Classics

Music: Turn it Up 

Celebrant: Melanie Kerr