Real Weddings

Amelia and Tom
Tarureka Estate

Photography by Jaymee Photography

“We met at a Wellington Phoenix football match at Westpac Stadium. Tom and his friends were sitting behind us, and I thought he was super cute, so my girls encouraged me to ask him to take a photo of us as an excuse to talk to him. He did, like the sweetheart he is, but he also snuck in a selfie of himself. We didn’t get a chance to talk for the rest of the game; I decided to track him down as soon as I could. After posting his selfie on Facebook and asking if anyone knew who he was, it just so happened we had a mutual friend in common - just one, mind you. Tom added me back, and things bloomed from there. A year after our long-distance relationship began, he moved from Palmerston North to Wellington, and we’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since. One evening, Tom texted me to ask if I’d like to go for a stroll along Titahi Bay beach, which wasn’t unusual for us. During the walk, we stopped at the very top of the hill to admire the views of the South Island. When I turned around, I found him on one knee. The rest of the night was spent down on the beach with fish and chips, as well as a bottle of champagne that Tom had smuggled into the car before we left. We knew from the beginning that we would end up having a big wedding, as family and friends are most important to both of us. With our hearts set on Wairarapa, we eventually settled on Tarureka Estate, with its rustic but elegant charm that clicked so well with what we envisioned. The cherry on top was that we could book the venue for the whole weekend, meaning all our loved ones could hang out with us for days. Both Tom and I are pretty busy, so quality time means a lot to us. We didn’t have a lot of free time to spend decorating, so it was extra fortunate that the venue was already so gorgeous and we instead got to spend our days laughing with the people we love most. I’m a bit of an organisational freak, so Tom and I sat down and created a timeline for our wedding. Everything was broken down into 15-minute intervals, which was super helpful for all our vendors. He and I, however, didn’t consult this schedule once. We pretty much just skated through in our bubble of happiness. Thank goodness we had that friend in common.”

Thanks to all the contributing vendors:

Photography: Jaymee Photography
Second Photographer: Amy Schulz
Hair & Makeup: The Makeup Artist
Venue: Tarureka Estate
Cake: Stiletto Studio Cakes
Florals: Juliette Florist
Dress: Hera Couture by Katie Yeung