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Stuff's wedding of the week: Kirsty and Matt

Kirsty and Matt Lonsdale grew up together near Wellington, but didn't start dating until they reconnected in London over 10 years later.

Their wedding day was bittersweet, as Kirsty's mum had passed away six weeks before, but it was a beautiful celebration of love and family.

We'll let Kirsty fill you in on the details...

Kirsty and Matt grew up together, but got back in touch in London in 2013.

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Kirsty and Matt grew up together, but got back in touch in London in 2013.

How did you meet?

Matt and I grew up Paraparaumu and attended church together. He moved to London in 2001 and we lost touch. I moved to London in 2013 to teach and ended up meeting up with Matt and we started dating not long after. In December 2013, I decided to move back home to New Zealand and Matt returned to also. We were engaged not long after, and married in December.

Tell us about the proposal: Matt proposed in July under a snowy waterfall under Mount Ruapehu. It was the most romantic proposal. He had taken me away on a surprise trip to the mountain and we spent the first day skiing. The next day we went for a beautiful bush walk under the mountain and ended up at a snowy waterfall. Matt pulled out a gorgeous vintage diamond ring and amongst all the tears I managed a yes!

Location of wedding: We were married in the beautiful gardens of Bridgewater Estate in Auckland. The venue was amazing! We were married in front of a little white chapel in the sunshine, and there was a beautiful pond and surrounding bush for people to relax and enjoy the day in.

Describe your wedding day: The day was perfect. In the morning my bridesmaids and I went out for a relaxed breakfast with champagne to celebrate. We got ready at home, and then got whisked away to the venue. The weather was perfect for a garden wedding. So hot and sunny. There were lots of tears and laughter as my beautiful mother had passed away only six weeks before, so it was a very emotional time. She chose my dress, designed my wedding cake and helped me choose the venue. It was the most amazing feeling having everyone you love in the same room. I had lots of my close friends fly from overseas to be there which meant so much to me, and my maid of honour came all the way from South America for the wedding. I knew that mum was with me shining down from heaven on our special day.

The dress: Mum and I chose my dress from the first store we looked at in Henderson, Auckland. It was designed by Alfred Angelo and I fell in love with it immediately. My mum especially loved it, with the unique ribbon lace, low back and details. We chose a veil laced with diamantes and a silk sash to compliment the dress.

The flowers: My sister, Bianca, made my flowers and all the bouquets for my bridesmaids. She did an amazing job! She also put together a headpiece for my beautiful niece, my flower girl Amalie.

Highlight of the wedding: The highlight for me was walking down the aisle towards the love of my life knowing how much we meant to each other, and everything we had been through, during the time we had spent together . Also, my dad wrote and performed a song for me during the reception which was very moving. We danced to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran as our first dance, which was also a highlight.

Was there any drama? On the day of the wedding there were serious road accidents, meaning some of our guests were over an hour late. Apart from that, everything ran smoothly.

The honeymoon: We spent a relaxing week in the beautiful Bay of Islands. My mum had organised an amazing beach house for us to enjoy, with amazing views of the ocean and a spa pool. We spent the time going to beach walks and relaxing in the sunshine.

Your photographer and favourite photo? Susan Siu-Grobler from Glow studio was my photographer. She flew up from Christchurch to spend the day with us. She was amazing! I knew her from studying in Palmerston North at university and wouldn't want anyone else taking our photos. My favourite photo was taken in front of the pond where Matt is holding me. It really sums up how he swept me off my feet!

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