Tell us.. how did you meet and what was the proposal like?

I met Sam in 2016 when I became his housemate. He was playing Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels and I had moved to Melbourne for athletics and my masters. He didn’t even know I was moving in and it wasn’t long until we were moving out together before purchasing our first house in 2018.

I had no idea it was coming, it was a very busy time for us we had just moved into our new house, had a new puppy Bella and Sam was leaving to japan for six months the following day. He proposed in the new house, I walked in and he was holding Bella outside he let her go and she came running over to me. She had a pink bow around her neck with the ring on it, he said “I was the best thing that ever happened to him” and “would I marry him” I cried before I said yes and was in shock for about two weeks.


What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

Enjoy the process, this is a once in a life-time opportunity and don’t stress the small stuff. Something always goes wrong so be ready for it and don’t let it ruin the day.


What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for?

The florals, this was our statement piece. We wanted to create an ethereal, dreamy setting with a soft colour palette and romantic feel we used blush and white roses to create this. Our reception was classic and chic with sharp architectural accents for contrast and peonies en masse. Finally our party area, rich and romantic, black roses and greenery complimenting the old barn that housed it.

How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

Select a few areas to allocate a chunk of your budget too, this will give a big impact in particular areas rather then spreading yourself thin trying to have ‘everything’ if its not on your standouts list don’t spend the extra money on it, get these big budget items done first so you know what you have left to distribute. Always allow for a 15% increase in the budget.

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

Start by thinking about what is important to you as a couple, do this without outside influence of family and friends. Set some feature items to create a point of difference to other weddings. You don’t need a big budget for this to be realised this could be a homemade archway, framing views, a custom backdrop or dramatic lighting. 

We created a sentence as a springboard for our ideas: “Our day embodied all that Central Otago has to offer highlighting our beautiful New Zealand scenery and surprising our guests at every corner with intricate details and unique moments.” Florals, scenery, details and distinctive areas.

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?

All my products are from Mecca. I also went to Liberty Belle Skin Centre for dermasweep and microdermabrasion. Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment is a great at home treatment to replace facials. Fitness wise I am an elite track and field athlete so did no prep or change to my normal routine, it honestly didn’t cross my mind to change my routine.

Tatcha water cream
Drunk elephant Shaba complex eye serum
Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment
James Reid tan drops/express tan
Mecca brand eye/lip mask

Photography: Jim Pollard & Setup by Jonny Scott | Ceremony and Reception location: Peregrine Wines | Celebrant: Sarah Cowley | Bride’s gown: Berta Purchased at Raffaele Ciuca | Bride’s Party Dress: | pallas couture Groom’s outfit: MJ Bale | Rings: All Diamonds | Shoes: Dior and RM Williams | Makeup: Beauty By Alexandra | Hair: Sarah from Pure Hair Studio | Bridesmaid’s outfits: Hexie | Groomsmen’s outfits: MJ Bale | Entertainment: Kayne Taylor Trio | Styling, Planning, Hire and Flora:PS I LOVE YOU EVENTS | Catering and Beverages: Artisan Catering | Cake: Cakes of Wanaka | Wedding Signage: Sketch and Etch | Stationery: My own drawings collaborated with Custom Crafted