Sarah + Shane | Bay of Plenty Wedding

Tell us about your dress journey experience:

I had been to 3 different designers and stores and thought I knew exactly what I wanted. After not finding anything that I was “wowed” by, I decided to get it made. After trying on a bunch, I knew what style suited me and I had a firm idea of what I wanted, so I went to see Meg.

From my first appointment we worked together to tweak it and refine it. The design in my head was super simple, but Meg and Shirin added all these beautiful, subtle details that made the dress sit so perfectly. My main priority was to be comfortable, and so I wanted my dress short and to not touch the ground so I didn’t have to be dragging a dress around all day. It was SO comfortable and classic and I know I will look back in 30 years time and still love it.

How  did you meet?

Shane and I actually met at Rhythm and Vines of all places! I was heading down with a bunch of friends and my sister, who was also going, text me to say that her husband had a single friend staying with them that I might think is ok, and that was it! I was living in Auckland and he was in South Taranaki, so we did long distance for a year before I made the move down to be with him.

Source of inspiration:

I loved Victoria Beckhams wedding dress and the shape of her neckline. And was also inspired by Olive Cooke’s dress that I came across on Instagram.

Engagement story:

My sister and her husband had come down to the farm for “Opening Weekend” of Duck shooting season. The boys disappeared for a look around the farm in the morning and I had just got out of the shower when my sister said “put this blind fold on Shane has a surprise for you”. The thought crossed my mind that he was going to propose. We walked outside and all I could hear was the squealing of a pig. I felt a little disheartened that I wasn’t getting proposed to, but quickly began excited when I took the blind fold off to see Shane holding a little Kune Kune piglet and a card. (I had been wanting a pet pig for ages!)

I held the pig, and read the card and looked up and Shane was down on one knee. The card said “will you marry me? P.S. We have to give the pig back”.

Favourite part of the day?

There were so many parts of the day that I loved. But I think my favourite were our vows and speeches. We aren’t overly verbal when it comes to expressing our feelings, so it was so nice to acknowledge what we loved most about each other. And also to share what we appreciate about each other, and our friends and family in font of all our favourite people.

Do you have any advice for our future brides?

If you can, I would definitely recommend having a day two event. Its such a large day and you don’t get round to see everyone properly, so it’s so nice to be able to catch up with guests properly the next day – especially if they have travelled for your wedding.

Our Vendors


Photography / Stephan & Nakita

Flowers / Loretta Flowers

Food  /  No Biggie Food

Grooms Suit / Crane Brothers

Groomsmen suits / Barkers

Bridesmaids dresses / Lulu Jackson Bridal

Rings / Culét Jewellery