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Stuff's wedding of the week

Stuff's wedding of the week

They first met on the football field at age 5 . Fast forward a few years and Cam and Tess were walking down the aisle. We'll let Tess tell you the rest.

How did you meet? We first met as 5 year olds, playing on the same football team (Cam ran around, I picked the daisys). I went overseas for a few years, and returned at 17 to meet Cam again at a music festival, and we have been together ever since.

Tell us about the proposal: It was in September 2013 when Cam first spun the yarn of a photographer wanting to take photos of us as part of a promotion for a hotel in Martinborough. This was the start of a very detailed and well thought through proposal. This was in late February after the ring and the man travelled to Thailand to ask for her parents' approval..

As a delayed Valentine's date Cam suggested we head off to Martinborough early for a picnic. Although it was a bit of a dreary and drizzly day, Cam insisted that the picnic would go ahead, and together we searched for a picnic spot (Cam had popped over the hill the day before to search for the perfect spot).

Cam and Tess van Baarle.

After a dangerous veer off the main road to go down a gravel path, and with me complaining that perhaps it was private property and they should turn back, we came across a lovely riverside spot for the picnic. Cam sped ahead and set it up - however when I arrived the GoPro he had hidden to record the event was quickly spotted. Luckily I decided that this was probably set up by the land owner to record animal activity.

After lunch, I popped back to the car and returned to find Cam standing at the riverbed inviting me over to feel how warm the water was. At this point I surely should have gotten suspicious as it was freezing, but agreed anyway. After walking down the river a little way, Cam had to basically push me into a wine bottle that was poised on the edge of the riverbank. Inside it was a note that said "There is another surprise waiting for you in the picnic basket". "Dessert!" I thought.

As we headed back, I peeked into the picnic basket to find a chalk board with the words written "Will you marry me Tess?". I turned to see Cam on one knee with the most gorgeous ring, and the only thing to say, of course, was "yes".

Location of wedding: The ceremony was at a lovely country church in Gladstone, and it's relaxed charm perfectly set the scene for the day. The reception at Brackenridge, both venues are in the Wairarapa.

Describe your wedding day: The sun came rearing out and that perfectly suited the vibe of our wedding - bright, happy, full of good food, friends, and laughs.

The dress: After going to a few bridal stores in Wellington and not quite finding 'the one', I found a picture of the perfect dress on Pinterest. After doing a bit of research I was lucky that a bridal shop in Auckland stocked it. Cue a quick trip up to Auckland, and the moment I saw it I knew it was perfect.

The flowers: David Austin 'Patience' and 'Alaska' roses with lisianthus.

Highlight of the wedding: Getting married! Throughout the ceremony I couldn't stop beaming, it was the perfect setting, fantastic family and friends around, and, most importantly of course, the perfect man. It was also special to go back to the engagement spot for photos.

Was there any drama? If there were, people hid it from us well. Apparently the ice cream melted too quickly in the sun.

The honeymoon: Two days after the wedding we headed off for a week and a half at a very relaxing resort in Fiji. It was just what we needed - a lot of sleeping, swimming, tanning and eating.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Larissa Warren from Fineline Design and Photography - and she gave us so many photos that we will treasure forever. We also had a gorgeous video created by our videographers, Sinead and Luke at LeFilms Videography which we love.

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