I was so happy and really honoured when a Facebook message popped up from Jethro and Nicole asking if I would like to be their photographer on their wedding day.
I have been friends with Jethro for 20 years, (a damn long time). Since way back when we were primary school chums, right through intermediate and high school, through our raging teens and into this life we call adulthood. So this was a little sentimental for me. Of course, I said yes!
I could tell you all about how they met and give you the low-down on their proposal, yet I think a little back story from the dapper duo themselves will be much more of a treat.
Take it away..
We have been together since we were little baby 19-year-olds. Nine lovely years later and with a two-year-old in tow, we were ready to get married.
The proposal wasn't exactly romantic. We were on a family holiday with Nicole's extended family and this was the time. We headed on a scooter trip around the Island for the day. Jethro had tied the ring tightly onto the drawstring of his swimmers and away we went.
It's totally dark, we're blasting away on the scooter, hair flying everywhere, while Jethro yells over the engine noise & wind "I have something in my pants for you". I reached in and tightly tied to the drawstring was my bling.
Hair still flapping everywhere, still unable to hear a word Jethro was saying, I could only assume he was asking me to marry him. I yelled YES and clung on for dear life. The scooters behind caught a glimpse of the shiny bling and before long the whole scooter gang were excitedly celebrating with beeps, cha hoo's & high fives all round. Thankfully, our wedding was a lot more romantic than the proposal.
Our lives have been very busy over the last year. I am self-employed, Jethro had launched his business, we were building our new house, we have a farm to run and a toddler to entertain.
We'd been tossing up so many ideas, but we just really wanted to get married! So, on the 24th of April, we decided we were going to get married on the 16th of July and we were going to do it our way. We had just under 3 months to plan everything and that was exciting.
We wanted to have our favourite people, gathered at our favourite cafe for good food and chilled vibes and it worked out a dream. We planned everything from how we wanted to start the day to our favourite wind down music completely in our own style. We didn't have any boxes that we felt we needed to tick, just for the sake of ticking them. We had a vision of our dream day and no one else's and we made it happen.
We kept our wedding simple, full of love, relaxed, fun & completely on vibe with us. It was the dream of all dreams, total euphoria.
NICOLE & JETHRO'S DETAILS /
Nicole wore a dress custom made for her by Ingrid Starnes with lingerie to suit by Lonely. Shoes were sourced from The Iconic. Hair and makeup were by a dear friend Abigail McEwan. Nicole also wore a gold headpiece purchased from Etsy. The earring and necklace set was from Red Current.
Jethro wore a suit from Hallensteins, shoes and bow tie sourced from The Iconic, shirt by Working Style and cuff links by Hugo Boss. Jethro also took a wedding day visit to the Groom Room. The wedding band was found in an antique store down the line which was resized to fit and hammered. Nicole wore her engagement ring as she is yet to find her perfect band.
Leanne Singleton helped with venue styling and Nicole's beautiful bouquet and the buttonholes were by Twig & Twine.
The venue for the ceremony and reception was Provenance in Waimauku and photos were taken at their home on the farm. Invitations and menus were designed by themselves.
Their fresh, Winters wedding, vanilla and pistachio cake, was made by Just Jess, whilst canapés and food were provided by Provenance. Jude Bethell was their rock star celebrant, a family friend of Jethro's. To top off a cracker of a venue, La Lumiere supplied some beautiful lighting.