February 22. It’s a date that many New Zealanders will immediately recognise. Most of us will remember exactly where we were that fateful date in 2011 when the earthquake hit and Christchurch changed forever. Annah and Garth, who barely knew each other’s names, were working in the city centre when their world came crashing down around their ears, quite literally. Like so many others that day, the victims quickly became the heroes and they found themselves working side by side, saving whom they could from the crushed buses and buildings on Colombo St.
The earthquake stripped Garth of everything, his home, his job, everything he owned but the shirt on his back. But on February 22nd 2011, he gained something quite extraordinary. He gained Annah, and he wasn’t about to let her go. Love quickly blossomed, and because they both realised how fragile and precious life was, they wasted no time and got engaged. Exactly two years after that day, February 22nd 2013, Garth wore the most amazing smile ever, as he gained Annah as his bride, and it was a good day. A good day indeed.
Ella was the most gorgeous flower girl. Totally and utterly present and ready to help in any way she could, from buttoning up Annah’s dress, to singing a beautiful song during the ceremony. She was like the icing on the cake.
Annah is beautiful and friendly and a whole lot of fun!
This has got to be one of my favourite moments of the whole day. Emotional. Beautiful.
Garth’s smile is infectious, I dare anyone to be around him and not end up with sore cheeks because of smiling so much. These boys were priceless too, all suited up and totally into the day. I love having kids around on the wedding day, it certainly can add something really special.
So gorgeous Annah!
There’s nothing like an impromptu flower petal bomb!
It was only four months into their relationship when Garth decided it was time to embrace life and ask Annah to marry him. Annah didn’t see this coming AT ALL. In fact, she was terribly worried when Garth blindfolded her and took her to what sounded like a cliff top. Hearing the chattering around her, and feeling the breeze she worried that this might not be very romantic at all. Maybe he was about to push her off the cliff! Instead, he told her how much he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, and there and then, surrounded by Asian tourists, he put a ring on her finger. Still blindfolded she felt the ring and told him YES!
You guessed it! Pink Poppie does it again!
See! Just look at that gorgeous smile!
What’s a fun bridal party if you can’t take them somewhere bright and fun?
The reception at Drylands was beautifully decorated. Each guest had their very own succulent. That, my friend, is brilliant!
The speeches were amazing, filled with both laughter and tears.
Annah and Garth, I can’t even tell you how much we love your story and adored being just a little part of it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful day with us!
Ceremony Venue: Rapaura Community Church
Reception Venue: Drylands Restaurant
Celebrant: Johanna Warren
Flowers: Nina, Pink Poppie Designer Florist
Hair: Rapaura Hair Designs
Dress: Kate Dowman
DJ: Glenn Kirby
Reception Details (Bunting Flags, Jars, Table decorations): Leanne, Vanilla Hayes