Cheryln & Jareds Wedding

The Proposal

Jared had told me for years that he was going to take me to the Auckland Zoo because technically, having moved from Australia eight years ago, I'm still a bit of a tourist and love to do all the touristy things in a new town. When he finally announced that he was taking me to the Zoo one long weekend, I thought nothing of it and was excited for what it was. Little did I know that he was going to drop to one knee and ask me to marry him with a breath-taking princess cut solitaire that he designed himself, right in front of the lion's den - my favourite animal!


Location Location Location

We knew early on that we would have a large number of people attending our wedding as Jared comes from a large family who are mostly New Zealand based.  I don't have any family based here at all but many of my loved ones were honouring us with their presence so it was really important for us to ensure that our guests were comfortable and that we showcased Auckland city for all the beauty it is. It was also very important for us to get married in a church because both of our families carry a strong tradition of getting married in churches. I have been brought up as a Catholic and after living in Auckland city for a number of years and attending mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral several times, I had felt a strong connection with this particular church. It definitely helped that Patrick is also my father's name. Logistically, St. Patrick's was also located right in the heart of Auckland city and literally a stone's throw away from the two hotels that we were going to be having our Receptions at so it was convenient for everyone to get to, while still offering a change of scenery, including the spectacular Waitemata Harbour as a backdrop during our Dinner Reception at the Hilton Auckland. Since Jared and I met and fell in love while working in Auckland city (and still work in Auckland city every day), it was only fitting that we capture our most romantic wedding images using the canvas that our love story was written in.. Til this day, I always smile to myself when I walk up High Street running errands for work and fondly remember the magic that we experienced on our wedding day.


Our Wedding Style

Can be described in three words: contemporary, elegant and fun. We loved the idea of a traditional wedding but wanted every aspect of it to reflect us as a young, vibrant couple. We picked a traditional red rose to base our theme on as we felt that it is the ultimate symbol of love, passion and commitment. Everything centered around our red rose theme - all of our stationery, our centerpieces, our bouquets, and our bridesmaids and flowergirl even had rose details on their gowns. For our music, we mixed the traditional with the contemporary by using Pachelbel's Canon in D for our ceremony procession and The Wedding March for our recessional song but keeping it young and fresh in our Reception by playing Beyonce's Love On Top for our entrance as man and wife and Mariah , Joe & 98 Degree's Thank God I Found You as our first dance. The other unique detail that we were both very proud of were our wedding favours. We found little bride and groom favour boxes online shaped in a tuxedo and ballgown, just like my wedding gown! Jared came up with the idea to fill them with lollies that represented both Australia and New Zealand so that a bit of ourselves could be given to our guests. We decided to fill them with pineapple lumps and Mintie's and our guests loved them!


My Advice For Brides To Be

You can never start your planning too early and don't be afraid to ask for help. Choose your bridal party carefully and surround yourself with friends and family who will keep you feeling positive even when you run into obstacles - and there will definitely be obstacles but they will be overcome with support. Expect the best, plan for the worst and realize that you can't do anything to change the weather on the day so be happy and go with it. Above all, remember to stop in the middle of your day, take a moment, soak in the atmosphere and tell your partner how truly happy you are.


The Details

Brides Gown: Alfred Angelo Disney Princess Collection, Cinderella (full tulle skirt with cathedral train and sweetheart bodice with beading around the bust) - from Ballgowns, Bridal and Beyond in Henderson, Auckland. Jane Yeh fingertip length veil with satin trim.

Hair Stylist: Huong - Rodney Wayne

Make Up Artist: Brooke - MAC

Bridesmaid Dresses: Scarlet red full-length chiffon layered gown with court train and sweetheart neckline, wide straps and rose detail at waist from

Grooms and Groomsmen Attire: Boston two button light grey pin-striped slim-fit suit from Dorset Suit Hire.

Flowers & Decorations: Flowerpak Ltd/Flower Factory

Cake: Sweet Bites Cakes

DJ: Source Entertainment

Bridal Party Transport: Corporate Cabs

Photographer: Jeremy Hill Photography

Videographer: Indigo Moon Productions

Celebrant: Monsignor Bernard Kiely

High Tea Reception: Stamford Plaza Auckland

Dinner Reception: Hilton Auckland

Rings: Partridge Jewellers

Photobooth: Hot Shot Kiosks