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Stuff's wedding of the week

It was a matchmaking effort that truly struck gold. Tom popped the question knelt on a carpet of rose petals and the wedding was just as picturesque, with an emotional reveal on the big day that sparked lots of tears.

But we'll let Ingrid fill you in on all the romantic details . . .

How did you meet? Tom and I were introduced in June 2010 by our wonderful friends Kellie and Brendan, who are now engaged themselves. Tom and Brendan have been friends since high school and Kellie and I became friends in our first year at university.

They had not been dating long when they decided to hook up their friends – It was a success (eventually)! Brendan was Tom's best man and Kellie was my bridesmaid. It was very special to have them both by our sides on our big day.

Tell us about the proposal: It was incredible. Tom proposed in April 2013, when we were one year into a two-year stint of long distance due to work commitments. I was on my way to Wellington to see him for the weekend.

Tom had filled our apartment with tealight candles and the floor was covered in rose petals. When I walked in the door Tom got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Through my tears of happiness I said yes!

Location of wedding: Our wedding was held in Hawke's Bay. We were married in St Martin's, the chapel of my secondary school, Iona College. We then had a marquee on the front lawn of my family home just south of Havelock North.

Describe your wedding day: Words don't do our wedding justice. It was a truly beautiful day with so many personal touches. It was described as a wedding of simplicity and elegance. We were floating on cloud nine from the beginning and we still are. I had dreamed of my wedding day from the age of 5, and it was everything I had ever wished for and more.

                                                                                                            Tom and Ingrid.


The dress: My dress was beautiful. The very talented Robyn Bastin from Hawke's Bay made it, along with the dresses of the bridesmaids and my mum. Robyn had made my ball dress at high school and it was lovely to have her make my elegant wedding dress too. I also wore my mum's veil which was very special.

The flowers: We had my favourite – sunflowers. Belinda from Flowerlands did our flowers and we just loved them. The bridal party bouquets, large reception arrangements and buttonholes were all beautiful and perfectly arranged.

Highlight of the wedding: That's a tough question! The whole day was truly a highlight. I would have to say though that being surrounded by so many friends and family members was incredible. The day oozed love and happiness and it was such a wonderful feeling.

Our wedding day was also the end of our long-distance relationship, as I had found a job in Wellington and was 'coming home'. Knowing that we didn't have to say goodbye at the end of the day meant a lot.

Was there any drama? Thankfully there was none. However there were a couple of very special friends that unfortunately couldn't make it due to terminal illness which was very sad. We were sure to mention them and toast them though, which made them feel included in our day.

The honeymoon: Tom and I were off on our OE with our good friends, followed by settling in London for two years, so we decided to go on a wee mini-moon.

We borrowed a friend's campervan and headed north. We made it right up to Cape Reinga and explored the top of the North Island. It is beautiful up there and was so nice to spend the week together and then return home to Wellington!

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Michelle Fey for Eva Bradley Photography. I had followed her work for years, so when my turn came to ask her to photograph my wedding I was very excited.

Michelle is so talented and made us all feel at ease and comfortable. We are so incredibly happy with all of our photos.

My favourite shot would be of Tom on the morning of the wedding reading the card I had written for him. It told him that I had found a job in Wellington and was coming home with him. He got a bit emotional! It's a shot I will treasure forever but have been told by my proud hubby not to share online!

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