We met on the first day of our HIST 404 class - US History during our Honours year at University. There were about six people in the class, and I sat next to him for the first tutorial. I was running late and in a panic, the first words I said to him were “oh my god I’m so sweaty” (from running down Kelburn Hill).
We decided that we wanted to get engaged at Nicolinis - a favourite Italian restaurant in Wellington. We just talked about it and decided it was something we’d like to do together. Over the next couple of weeks we went out and got rings together and then told our friends and family that we had decided to get married.
Our wedding is going to be really simple, it’s more about the people and the place than the aesthetics. The Catlins, where we’re getting married, is a special place for us so being by the sea and in the beaut landscape is a big part of it. We’ve also tried to make our wedding our own in terms of style - and casual! One of the most important things for us is making sure everyone (including us) feels comfortable.
Getting to dress up in some fancy clothes and having a bit of a party with the people we love.
Sometimes it can be tricky when you decide not to go along with the traditional parts of weddings. There were a lot of parts we weren’t on board with, or didn’t feel very us - so we would just encourage others to be brave! Carve out your day to be something you feel comfortable with (but be prepared for having to think about what you replace things with/how you might switch things up if you take the more traditional parts away).
Don’t let the planning or the logistics take away from what it’s all about- there will be parts that feel like a massive faff (especially during a pandemic) but try to keep it as fun, and as much about the two of you, as possible.