Real Wedding: Christine & David

Real Wedding: Christine & DavidReal Wedding: Christine & David

Photography Donna Walsh Bride Christine Cornege Groom David Dawkins Date 30 March 2012


~ By Robert Louis Stevenson ~ 

Lord, behold our family here assembled. 

We thank you for this place in which we dwell, 

for the love that unites us, 

for the peace accorded us this day, 

for the hope with which we expect the morrow, 

for the health, the work, the food, 

and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; 

for our friends in all parts of the earth. 


The proposal: “It was our 3-year anniversary and we went out for dinner. When we got home there was a little box waiting for me on my pillow! In it was a beautiful rose gold band with the diamonds in a little bag next to it – the ring wasn’t quite finished in time but it didn’t matter, it was perfect.”

Ceremony and Wedding Venue: The Red Barn, in Piaere, chosen because of its rural outlook; it suited our farming upbringing.

Married by: Deacon Leon Finn

Real Wedding: Christine & DavidPhotographer: Donna Walsh, chosen by the bride because she is a friend. “I knew I would feel more comfortable with her taking my photos than a stranger. Also I knew she would do a fabulous job! Which she did!”

Theme: Black and white polka dots with red

Bride’s Dress: ‘Greer’ in off-white soft organza, purchased from Brides Corner in Manukau for $2,150.

Groom and Groomsmens’ attire: Hired from Frank Casey in Hamilton, ties bought from Etsy online

Bridemaids’ dress: Black dresses with a lace top and pleated skirts, made by Robyn Brooks from Ooby Ryn in Cambridge.

Flowers: Eros red Gerberas bought in bulk from the Frankton Flower Markets in Hamilton and arranged by Wiki Ihaka.

Hair and Make up: The Sample Room in Cambridge

Cake: The bride made all cupcakes. “I baked 100 of them to fill a 7-tier stand I’d bought. They were chocolate with a whipped chocolate ganache, and white chocolate mud with cream cheese icing, decorated with red and white fondant hearts. The top tier was a fruitcake made by my mother Lindsay, and we covered it with white fondant and added polka dot ribbon and pearls, topped with a mini red gerbera and the horse shoes from my mum’s wedding cake.”

Décor: A mixture of DIY and hire. “One of my favourite things about the decor of the wedding was the bunting that my bridesmaid Emma Blair sewed for me. We hung it in the trees and tied it along the bridle table. The things we hired were from Blakes in Hamilton. I used tall cylinder vases, filled the bottom with clear rocks and added a single red gerbera with polka dot ribbon around the tops and bottoms. These were surrounded with vintage inspired tealights. There were black tablecloths and white napkins with pearl napkin holders.

Stationary: A graphic designer friend Rachel Trevelyan designed the invitations which were simple and modern. “She also designed stickers with our initials to seal the envelopes with. The thank you cards I did online through VistaPrint using a photo from the wedding where we held up a portion of the bunting with thank you written on it.”

Entertainment: “I left my brother in charge of this. He and a bridesmaid’s fiancé made a play list and we played it through the venue’s speaker system – it was perfect and saved us a lot of money.”

Transportation: “My Dad sourced a Jaguar from a friend of his for us girls, and we borrowed a Mazda CX5 for the boys.”

Catering: The buffet was by Kerr and Ladbrook. “They come with the package and are amazing!”

The Service: quite traditional. “We had a candle ceremony where our mothers lit a candle each; at the end of the ceremony we lit a single large candle using the smaller ones to represent our families joining. My grandmother was the only grandparent at the wedding so we thought it would be special for her to do a reading to represent them all, she chose Wedding Prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson. Our friends Rachel Young and Jo Gilbert also did a reading. My friend Tara Hughes signed the register for me and Dave had his brother Tim sign for him.”

Most memorable moment of the day: Walking down the aisle as husband and wife!

Family Friends who helped make our day special: A lot of people were so helpful and supportive of the wedding even though they all thought we were crazy planning a wedding in FIVE months! My bridesmaids were great and helped a lot along the way. On the morning of the wedding, friends Lisa Coupe and Emma Geor got my two horses ready by plaiting them and making them look nice so I could have some photos with them. Chele Clarkin, a friend and jeweller made my engagement ring, our wedding bands and lent me, my mum and the bridal party beautiful jewellery to wear on the day.

Anything else memorable: When Dave got all muddled and tried to put the wedding band on the wrong hand! I had swapped my engagement ring to my right hand for the day so he went for that hand! ♥

who we used: 


Groom’s Suit

Groom’s Tie


Bridesmaids’ dresses


Hair & Makeup

Hireage Blakes,