REAL WEDDING: Ashleigh and David
“Being married means getting to spend every day with your favourite person in the world.”
01 : LOVE STORY
Dave and I met in 2009 during our first year of University in Dunedin. We were living in Cumberland College, just one floor apart. With David growing up in Wellington and myself in Oamaru, it was quite fortuitous. We have been together ever since.
02 : PROPOSAL
I’d been nagging him to go camping for a few weeks and he finally agreed. Little did I know he had something planned! We headed up to Mimiwhangata Beach where we set up camp in the dark, late on a Friday night. We had a late dinner that night and talked about what we were going to do the next day. He loves fishing so asked if I wanted to come for an early morning fish the next day. I wasn’t stoked about getting up at 5.30am but I agreed to it and went to sleep. The alarm woke us the next day to a beautiful morning and Dave said he wanted to explore a few spots. We scrambled over some rocks and along the beach as the sun came up – it didn’t look like much of a fishing spot but it was beautiful so I didn’t mind. As we were walking along the beach he suddenly grabbed me and got down on one knee – of course I said yes!
03 : PLANNING AND INSPIRATION
We decided to get married in Matarangi, our favourite beach in the Coromandel. Neither of us are from there or have any family from the area but we’ve spent nearly every summer there so it felt like the right place. As it was a destination wedding we wanted to keep things simple, relaxed and showcase the beauty of the Coromandel. We achieved this by having our ceremony on a reserve overlooking the beach and our reception beside the estuary on a private property where guests could play lawn games and relax in the sun. We decided on a stretch tent to take advantage of the views and trestle tables styled minimally with greenery and glassware. We wanted our wedding to feel relaxed and paired back.
04 : THE DAY
The week of the wedding the weather was terrible so nerves were high the night before, however the morning of the wedding the sun came out and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. The ceremony was amazing. My niece was our flower girl and my Dad walked me down the aisle. He was also our celebrant which was so special. He spoke in both English and Maori which gave everyone a deeper insight into our Maori culture.
After photos we returned to the reception and was confronted by a surprise and truly amazing haka, performed by many of our closest friends and family (including my sister). Those couple of minutes were incredibly touching and a moment that will stay with us for a long time. We couldn’t have been happier with the day surrounded by the most important people in our lives. Our family friends still talk about their trip to the Coromandel and how much they loved our wedding in Matarangi.
05 : BEING MARRIED MEANS…
Getting to spend every day with your favourite person in the world.
06 : ADVICE…
Keep lists! “To do” lists are everything. And then, just enjoy it. It really will be one of your best days.
Photographer – Brijana Cato
Bride’s shoes - Country Road
Bridesmaids dresses - Liam dresses from Ruby
Makeup – Sophie Grieves-Dunn (Bride’s friend)
Hair – Mint Whitianga
Groom’s suit – Hallensteins
Groom’s shoes: RM Williams
Rings – Naveya & Sloane
Celebrant - Tony Dudley (Bride’s Father)
Cake – Bluebells Cakery
Venue – Private property in Matarangi
Florist – Arrow & Co
Marquee hire - Peninsula Party Hire
Ash and Dave’s wedding was also featured in Together Journal