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This was our last wedding we shot, during Covid-19. Our team (photo + video) had to drop everything, change flights and fly the next morning to NZ, 2 days early to avoid the instant 2 week mandatory isloation laws, the wedding had big issues on the day, even the wedding car company cancelled on the morning of the wedding, and the bus was pulled over.. But.. even after all of that nothing phased Alexandra & Brennan, and the wedding was celebrated beautifully and everyone had fun. See the images & a Q&A with the bride below... We love this wedding inside & out!

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Names / Alexandra & Brennan Latimer

Wedding Date / 19 March 2020

Guest Numbers / 35 (reduced from 83)

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How did you both meet

Brennan and I met through a mutual friend. They grew up together and I was sharing an apartment with his friend at the time. After some persistent DM'ing by Brennan, we went out on a date and have never looked back.

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What’s your Engagement Story

The proposal is quite a funny story. I actually saw the ring before Brennan proposed! The night before, Brennan was on the phone to his parents excitedly telling them he had just picked up the engagement ring. Of course, Brennan’s parents asked to see a photo of the ring and he send the photo to me instead! Brennan tried to delete the message, turn the wifi off, turn his phone off, but the message went through. Brennan got a text back from me saying, “Um, was this meant for me?” “Yes, it’s off Instagram, I was just sending it to see if that’s the one you liked”. Please note the image was a very obvious photo of Brennan’s hand in our bedroom.

The next day he proposed in front of all my close friends and family at my 30th birthday lunch at North Bondi Fish. Everyone in the restaurant paused to watch the proposal, with one lady actually being so moved she cried.

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Preparation

I started planning my wedding the day after our engagement. I contacted all the important wedding suppliers that I knew I really wanted and locked them in. What that meant is that I could get all the big-ticket items out of the way and then work on all the other things as I had time leading up to the wedding.

There will be weeks where you don’t want to think about the wedding, so it’s best to get the time-sensitive things out of the way while you still have all that excited “just engaged” energy.

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Marriage To you means…

Being in a committed relationship with the person I know I am going to spend the rest of life with. I am so lucky to be married to my soul mate and my best friend. It's so great to find that one special person you get to annoy for the rest of your life 🙂

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One Thing you wish you Knew Before you started your Wedding Plans

Before locking in a supplier, look around and get a few quotes to compare. Knowing the different prices and quality of product will help you be better equipped to make the right decision and know that you are getting a good deal. It is also important to look at the finer details to make sure there are no hidden expenses before you commit to locking in a supplier. You do not want to book a supplier and later find you haven’t factored in costs that have not been covered in the initial quote.

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If you could give other Brides-To-Be one piece of Advice

Just be prepared for at least one thing to go wrong. In our case, we had about 20 things go wrong – who could have ever envisaged COVID-19!! Prepare yourself in advance for this and approach your big day with the attitude that anything that goes wrong won’t phase you. If something does go wrong (and it will), don’t sweat it. There is only so much that you can control and most of the time only you will know it is wrong. Do what you can leading up to your wedding and then place all your trust in the day being wonderful, with all the work you, your planner and your loved ones have done to make it an amazing celebration. Focus on being present and having fun on your big day.

Also, if you don’t have a wedding planner, get a day-of wedding coordinator. Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life, but it can also be stressful. You want everyone to have a great time and you want things to run smoothly. Sam from Tregold was our saviour! When things started to go wrong, she was there to come up with a solution, shielding us from the drama. You don’t want to be dealing with problems on your big day as it will definitely spoil the magic..

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Our Contacts

Photography / ImageHaus

Videography / ImageHaus

Watch video here

Bride’s Dress / Pallas Couture

Bride’s Shoes / Badgley Mischka

Reception dress / Custom

Groom’s Formal Wear / Brent Wilson

Wedding Stylist / NA

Florist / The Green Room Flower Company

Wedding Venue / Rippon Winery, Wanaka, NZ