A Winter Wedding 

The 10th of July 2016. Our wedding day.  Well, one of them. A crisp, cold winter's morning in New Zealand. And we woke that morning to weather that was better than expected; with the promise of winter sunshine and highs of 10 celsuis.  Perfect. Matt and I started our day with a 6km run through the beautiful countryside surrounding the Huka Lodge.  Our run was followed by an outdoor champagne breakfast next to the fire.  Not a bad way to start on a winter's day.

Then, before we knew it the lovely ladies from Creme Brûlée, the local hair salon, had arrived and it was all systems go at the Huka Lodge; readying myself for the Antipodean wedding moment that was now imminently approaching. My hair was curled and pinned then my make-up was applied. I used Huda Beauty Lashes (Samantha).  They are amazing!

For my winter wedding tips check out my recent blog: https://immac1.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/wedding-number-2/.  Also look out for my upcoming "Bride Guide" where I will share all sorts of hints and tips from my 2016 wedding experiences.

Three o'clock quickly rolled around and was time to get married. Although we were not legally married during this ceremony it was every bit a wedding. Cole had the big job of 'giving me away'. As I stood at the door to the main room I started to cry.  The emotion was welling up in me from missing my Mum and my family, but most of all in that moment, my Dad.  Cole held my hand and looked up at me saying 'don't cry mum.  Think of your favourite football team'.  Sage advice.  As we both laughed we began the walk, hand-in-hand toward my waiting husband-to-be.

It felt a little like going to battle but I had my two loves with me, one holding my hand and the other waiting there to hold my hand and kiss me. Cole playing more roles than he could ever imagine that day and did and outstanding job with them all.  Son, best friend, father-of-the bride and more. Thank you Cole.

As we entered the room in that beautiful place, 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri played softly.  We exchanged the vows that we had written and declared our love for each other in front of Matt's family and friends. The fire burned behind us and we had our precious moment that we had dreamed of and talked about for a very long time.

Following the ceremony we braved some outdoor photographs.  This was quite remarkable for us desert folk as it was only 4 degrees by this time. After the photos we returned to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks in front of the fire before retiring to the main dining room for our wedding dinner.  The food, drink and location was exceptional and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Special thanks to our NZ photographer, Abby Dance.  I think you'll all agree she's done a great job. I hope you like the photographs.

Love, Piper (aka international bridezilla) x

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