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Stuff's wedding of the week: Caitlin and Darren


When this Kiwi and American met as part of the same tour group in Beijing, sparks flew. Both from farming families, the stars most certainly aligned.

Darren and Caitlin tied the knot in a timelessly beautiful ceremony at Huka Falls Resort in Taupo. But we'll let Caitlin tell you all about it...

How did you meet? Darren and I meet in Beijing, China. I was working in Canada at the time and Darren, his brother and Dad were on the same work trip as me in China. We actually struck up conversation on the Great Wall of China and dairy farms tours.

Both being from farming families we found this rather ironic. The stars certainly aligned.

Caitlin and Darren after saying their vows.

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Tell us about the proposal: We had been dating about 5 months since first meeting in China. We were in New Zealand for Easter visiting my family and friends. After the introductions went well and he asked my dad for my hand within 30 minutes of meeting him, we went to our family bach at Riversdale beach for a few days.

Long story short, it's my favourite place in the world and he proposed on the deck asking me quietly if I would marry him.

Location of wedding: Huka Falls Resort Taupo.

Describe your wedding day: As cheesy as it sounds, it was actually everything (and more!) we hoped for. It was a beautiful sunny Taupo day, the ceremony was hot, the pictures were awesome and we walked into the reception to Crazy in Love by Beyonce. Fun is probably the best word to describe the whole day! I wouldn't have changed a thing.

My sister-in-law Greer Berry was our celebrant. Having somebody we love and know so well marry us was very special to us.

The dress: I bought my dress whilst still living in Canada when my mum came to visit me. It was an Allure Bridal dress. Nothing like I thought I would wear on my wedding day, but I loved it. The strapless bustier, the bling and the train were my favourite parts.

The flowers: Flowers were by Florist XO based out in Taupo. My wedding colours were sterling grey, navy blue and orange. I wanted a classic look with a pop of colour. I loved the orange. My flowers were one of my favourite parts of the day.

Highlight of the wedding: I honestly couldn't pinpoint one favourite part. From getting ready with my bridal party, to walking down the aisle and holding back tears with my Dad, to saying I do to my American, I loved it all.

Was there any drama? Although I had prepared my self for some minor drama, organising a wedding from America wasn't the easiest thing. With the help of my little sister and my mum (along with many others), everything went off with out a hitch.

The honeymoon: After taking 2 weeks vacation over the wedding in New Zealand we are currently planning a honeymoon for later in the year. A Dominican Republic all-inclusive trip is looking like the winner. Beach, sun and lots of drinks!

Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer was Darren's cousin, Nienke Izurieta, who flew all the way from Saint John in New Brunswick Canada.

My favourite photo is the one where he standing behind me and I'm laughing (or trying not to). It's so us. Posed photos aren't really our thing and we did our best to give Nienke a chance to get some good ones.

Another fun fact: Darren and I both come from farming families and now live in Sunny California where we both work in the agricultural business and one day hope to reside from back the most beautiful country in the world (namely New Zealand).

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11 Juicy Secrets From a Wedding Planner


You'd think that it's the couple who's most stressed out on their big day, but we often forget about the wedding planner behind the scenes. They don't have it easy; he or she has to deal with the event logistics, brides and grooms, their families, the vendors, and of course, the drunk guests. We really don't give them enough credit. A professional wedding planner of seven years (events for 10) answered all your burning questions on an IAmA, and damn, were her responses juicy. She's been to more weddings than anyone has ever needed to, which means she's really seen it all. Weddingdisasters, drunk guest stories, how many brides really handle stress the day of, and so much more are ahead. Plus, she also provided some really helpful tips for future married couples to consider for their own planning. See 11 of her standout secrets and tips.

1. How often are people left at the altar?

"Only in movies . . . If you shell out $50,000-$100,000 you're gonna call it off way before the final payments go out."

2. What is the most overpriced thing that isn't REALLY necessary that people buy/buy into for weddings?

"A wedding cake, explained below in another comment. Also, often, a videographer is not always necessary, as well as providing transportation for guests (unless the venue and hotels are far apart, then it's for safety). Take away gifts are not necessary. People come to your wedding — you gave them a good time, that's a gift enough. I've also mentioned before: utilizing a string quartet or a single instrument player from a music school will save you a lot of cash, plus students often have vintage instruments and they rarely have an ego. They're so stoked to play. Chair covers are a waste as well . . . basically anything you see on David Tutera or any of the wedding shows! These shows create unrealistic expectations. It's also increasingly easier to print your own invites, programs, etc. Go on Etsy and get something truly custom or a mom-and-pop print shop. I've heard about 'wedding insurance' and think that's garbage, too."

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3. What are some drunk wedding stories?

"I wear a diamond ring on my left hand so that everyone thinks/assumes I am married. Towards the end of any event the guys start to realize I'm the only girl there without a date and hit on me. It's easier to say I'm married and have a fake walkie-talkie conversation."

"I had one wedding where everyone was so wasted they called a drug dealer. I had security stop him at the door and not let him in. I'm no fool."

"I had a drunk bride fall down the stairs. She was such a diva I didn't care."

"I had a drunk groom scream at me because I wouldn't allow him to put kegs in a venue's bathtubs. (The tubs were from the 1920s, come on!)"

"I caught two women having sex on a rooftop and the security guard would not stop them. I flashed the lights on and off and closed the roof. They had met at the wedding and apparently really hit it off."

4. How often are brides actually horrendous?

"Almost always it's someone else . . . a mom of the bride, an aunt, some sort of drunk step parent; the brides are almost always OK. Fun fact: a lot of brides take Xanax."

5. Weirdest request? Biggest disaster?

"I could go on for DAYS about the weirdest requests. The most recent is a bride asking if she could have a chimp come to the wedding 'for entertainment.' I said no."

"Luckily, no disasters yet (fingers crossed). Although one bride through my timeline way out of wack. She delayed hair and make up by two and a half hours so she could do yoga and go swimming. Then we had a seated dinner where I hired an artist to hand paint the table cards. Everything was laid out so that the escort cards corresponded to the table cards and I had three assistants helping seat people. Each table card was a specific species of tree so there were no 'table numbers.' My team memorized these trees and the placement of tables so that when all 200 guests came to them to be seated they could bang it out quickly. The artist came up with his own trees on a whim and clusterf*cked the whole seating. I still cringe when I think about that stupid one."

6. How many cocktails do you down before dealing with the bride and her mother on the day of the wedding?

"I will have a glass of champagne during the ceremony after she goes down the aisle and will also have some whiskey in my coffee at cake time . . . It's how I deal with everyone."

7. Have you ever had either a groom or bride ditch out on the big day? Tell all the juicy details!

"I have had a couple call me after months of planning and tell me they eloped. They still had a huge party but that was a shocking phone call. Other juicy stuff . . . I've been jacked against a wall by the father of the groom while he screamed in my face, I have been cornered by a DJ in a similar manner, and I have been assaulted by a cater waiter. Drunk people are idiots. Always."

8. DJ or live band? Buffet or plated? Best man/woman speeches or no speeches? Open bar or cash bar? Wedding cake or alternative dessert?

Have both — have live music for the ceremony and cocktail hour and a DJ for the rest. Live music for a ceremony is helpful because a song can be stretched out or shortened depending on your needs.

I am a fan of buffet or small plates where guests get to have four to six smaller entrees. I can't stand seated dinners. I really can't. You are stuck with the same eight people and lose two hours of fun sitting down. Also, a seating chart is the most stressful part of any wedding. Hands down.

Have speeches from the best man, the maid of honor, and also a parent(s) if they pay for everything. (If they aren't paying, the parents can do a speech at the rehearsal dinner.) Also, you and your SO should give a thank-you speech (works best at the time of cake cutting).

Open bar, the whole night, otherwise it's tacky (sorry). If you want to cut costs at the bar, offer beer, wine, and two specialty cocktails only.

Wedding cakes are expensive and almost never taste good. If you have a beautiful cake, it's gonna taste gross and be a few days old. I like a small wedding cake to cut and then have other desserts. I love a dessert bar or passed sweets — something fun like vodka-infused snow cones, but I really can't stand candy bars (a bar of candy).

9. What are some cool, unique ideas for wedding invitations?

"One of my favorite invites was a telegram. The guests were coming from all over the globe, so it really made sense but was so simple and unique. Very vintage."

10. What is the craziest wedding or event you ever had to organize?

"Craziest event: Renting a tarmac and hosting an event for the unveiling of the new line of Learjets. We turned an airplane hangar into a makeshift kitchen for catering in 90-degree weather. Asphalt in an airport seemed insanely hot and our neighboring hangar was for the models for hair and makeup as we hosted a fashion show as well. It was a riot to have the chefs sweating over steak skewers and half-naked models bugging us for food, all sweating and drinking champagne together with insanely rich guests eating oysters on a tarmac with private planes. Insane."

"Craziest wedding: Seven-day Pakistani wedding. Seven venues, seven color schemes . . . essentially seven weddings. If I could specialize in Middle Eastern weddings, I would."

11. Does your job drive you insane sometimes?

"Yes. Clients seem to forget they are not some sort of special snowflake and it drives me insane. Also, it can be stressful and I have to treat each client as if they actually are some sort of special snowflake. So, if I have a wedding in the coming week, I'm also dealing with the weddings for future weekends and can have 10 "emergencies" all at once. I just have to prioritize them. I'm also on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I check my cell phone at dinner dates, I wake up in the middle of the night to read emails. It is what is it and I can't imagine it any other way. Also, it's difficult to plan vacations or do weekend trips but I try to get away as much as I possibly can. Lastly, it's annoying to go to other people's weddings, events, clubs, etc. because I end up mentally ripping them apart in my head. It's a sickness."

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Cop couple opts for a smaller wedding, donates their savings to charity


“What? How can you not have a big wedding? What will relatives say? What will society say?” These are just some of the questions that the elders in a “traditional” Indian family would generally say when their children tell them they wished to have a small and intimate wedding ceremony.

However, these cop couple defied norms and went on to shatter stereotypes by opting for a smaller wedding ceremony and giving up all the money they saved to charity. According to a report in Hindu, police officers identified as Manoj Patil and Sarita Laykar chose to ditch the big fat Indian wedding and chose to have low-key ceremony on April 28 in Kolhapur district.

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“Manoj called me two days after he visited my house with his family, and asked to meet. Curious, I agreed. I was left astonished by what he told me as I, too, have grown up seeing lavish weddings. He left it to me to decide how our wedding should be, and when I put the idea to my family, they liked it too,” the daily quoted Ms. Laykar as saying.

The report further stated that the couple donated Rs 50,000 Naam Foundation an NGO which looks out for the families of martyrs and farmers. Rs 30,000 was donated to a school in Dewle village where Manoj grew up, Rs 30,000 was given to a gram panchayat for the canal project. Rs 10,000 was donated to a Hanuman’s temple in the village while Rs 5,000 was given to a public library in a village in Kolhapur.

They also reportedly have Rs 50,000 left with them. The newly-weds are trying to figure out other ways they could help the needy.

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