Stuff's wedding of the week: Niki & Bradley

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    After a four-year engagement, Niki and Bradley knew they wanted an intimate wedding to celebrate with friends and family.

    They opted for a romantic, rustic-style barn wedding with 40 of their closest, and hired a food truck to cater the event.

    But we’ll let Niki fill you in on the details…

    Niki and Bradley hired the Little Yellow Food truck cater the whole wedding.
    Niki and Bradley hired the Little Yellow Food truck cater the whole wedding.

    How did you meet? We met when we both started working at Whitcoulls in New Lynn – we started on the same day. However, we didn’t get together until about four years later after we had both moved to other jobs and had been meeting for lunch most days. Bradley asked me to see Batman Begins with him, though I didn’t realise it was a date until he kissed me in the driveway!

    Tell us about the proposal: We had been together for seven years and were living in the UK at the time. Bradley proposed on a trip to New York in September 2012 – so we were engaged for four years before we finally tied the knot.

    He had planned to propose on the trip but the proposal ring he ordered got lost in the post so he was going to put it off until our next holiday. However, we were walking along the waterfront at sunset and stopped under the Brooklyn Bridge in front of a beautiful old carousel. He knew there wasn’t going to be many places more perfect than that so he proposed without the ring! I thought he was joking at first and told him to get off the ground before any tourists saw us. Afterward we were both so overwhelmed we got a takeaway pizza for dinner and ate it in the park before returning to our hotel to Skype our families.

    Location of wedding: The Boutique Barn in Puhoi. A beautiful rustic venue full of wildflowers in the middle of the country. We had visited it the year prior and knew immediately it was the venue for us.

    The owners, Morrae and Trevor, are so lovely and accommodating. It also meant we could self-cater and bring our own alcohol which saved a lot of money. We also had Trevor Hubbard from The Little Yellow Food truck cater the whole wedding. Everyone raved about the food and of course the bright pop of yellow against the red barns looked amazing.

    Describe your wedding day: We both knew we wanted a small and intimate wedding, with just our closest friends and family. On the day we had only 40 guests which meant we were able to relax and spend time with everyone without feeling like we were rushing.

    We also wanted to be able to spend time with our guests and not disappear for an hour for photos after the ceremony, so we had a first look and photos prior to the ceremony. This took away so much of our pre-wedding jitters and meant we could spend time alone before everyone else saw us.

    The Boutique Barn is full of beautiful photo locations, with wildflower gardens and small vintage touches everywhere so we had all our photos onsite.

    The day was full of great food and laughter which were our number one priorities so it was perfect.

    Tell us about your short prom dresses: A blush pink lace and tulle Stella York dress from Felicity Bridal. Completely different to what I was originally looking for, but as soon as I tried it on I just knew it was perfect. I paired it with a full length veil which was my ‘something borrowed’ from a friend who wore it to her wedding.

    Tell us about the flowers: Julia from Twig and Twine created a stunning huge bouquet full of wildflowers and succulents – it was just beautiful. We got the flowers for the rest of the wedding from Bhana Bros in Ponsonby – we stopped the day before and picked up a few bunched of wildflowers. My aunties also procured some beautiful flowers from various gardens and spent the day before putting them into mason jars and milk bottles.

    Highlight of the wedding: The ceremony. Laura Giddey, our celebrant, did an amazing job. She just ‘got’ us from the very first meeting and the ceremony was full of love and laughter – there are so may photos of us laughing during the ceremony.

    Our favourite moment was when she surprised us with our guests standing up and reading lines of a poem we had asked her to read. It was beautiful and emotional.

    Was there any drama? There were a few small dramas that overall didn’t at all affect our enjoyment of the day. Bradley was in the middle of getting and realised he had forgotten to pick up his suit trousers from the tailor – so his brother went on a rescue mission and brought them back just in time for our first look photos.

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