Louisa & Damien December 2017

A gorgeous summer day and the unique setting of beautiful Stonyridge Vineyard made an amazing backdrop to Louisa and Damien’s small intimate wedding ceremony on December 15th. Louisa looking radiant in her lovely wedding gown walked beside her friend Megan towards Damien waiting under the olive trees with his close friend Andrew, Megan’s husband.

It was thanks to Megan and Andrew they first met 7 years ago and quickly formed a strong friendship. All 4 friends are enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Navy, a life everyone enjoys as an interesting adventurous occupation travelling the world. Despite often being deployed on different continents for long periods with Naval duties, Louisa and Damien have found during their life together, that a mutual understanding of each other’s thoughts and feelings has only served to strengthen their relationship even further because of those long absences apart.

The remainder of their “honeymoon” weekend visit to Waiheke, a place Louisa and Damien enjoy as often as possible, was spent “sampling & experiencing” as many of the islands incredible vineyards as time allowed A few days after the wedding a small party had been secretly organised by Louisa’s step mother who had been in contact with Damien’s mother – as  mum’s never like to let life’s special occasions pass without recognition this wonderful event was even more meaningful as none of the parents had met before. Thinking they were going to Louisa’s Aunts for lunch and meeting Louisa’s mum and step mum there – when Damian’s parents who were hiding / listening in a back room, the moment the code word “Congratulations” was spoken they came out to join their son and his new wife -  a very surprised Louisa and her happy albeit stunned husband met them with tears. A missing element on the wedding day – A 2 tiered wedding cake from Bluebells Cakery Takapuna was brought to the table, beautifully presented with turquoise drizzle overlying the bottom layer of chocolate and raspberry, the top layer was flavoured lemon, strewn with real white flowers, dried raspberries and an iced message on a chocolate disc helped to make the entire afternoon extra special.

Louisa and Damien planned & booked the Waiheke part of their wedding within 2 weeks, an elopement made everything so simple. They certainly act on any positive decision in their life with alacrity! J  Quite a few of their friends had been ‘kept in the dark’ until a post on face book the day after the wedding showed photos of their new status as husband and wife.

Their thanks go to: Stonyridge venue planner, Rachel Kraft – she was amazing, ensured everything was perfect and very special and went above and beyond their expectations. http://www.stonyridge.com Make-Up: Amy Crawford @ The Beauty Spot. www.beautyspotwaiheke.co.nz Hair by Amanda from Waiheke Hair & Nails, Ph: +64 9-372 6797  www.waihekehairandnails.com Dress: Hired from Bridal and Ball Albany Village, 227 Dairy Flat Highway, Albany, www.bridalandball.co.nz

Appreciated comments made via a magazine article application by Louisa and Damien. ©Irene Armstrong, she was local and very well known on the island, she was highly recommended by the venue, hair and makeup artists and other vineyards in the area. She presented so much information to us and delivered a great service, she also gave us a special price for her services because our wedding was very small. Our celebrant chose to wear navy blue and white to represent our occupation as RNZ naval employees, which was a lovely touch. Irene picked up the bride and her witness in her personal car from the accommodation – to the venue.

Personal note: Irene – the vineyards we did visit on Waiheke were stunning. It is so lovely here. Thank you for making our day such a success and thank you for the lovely gift. Louisa & Damien 20171215_104657_resized_1 20171215_104712_resized_1 20171215_105152_resized_1 20171215_105244_resized_1 8 7 6

Congratulations and happiness always Louisa and Damien, thank you for including me in your wedding, I was honoured to play a small part in your very special and secret day – elopements are fun and you certainly enjoyed yours J  - May the oceans you travel stay as calm and safe as the harbour crossing between your North Shore home and Waiheke. xx