They met at school before separating for university - but thanks to a mutual friend they reunited years later, resulting in a riverside Adelaide proposal, and a wedding on a cliff overlooking the Cook Strait.
But we'll let Laura-Alice fill you in on all the romantic details . . .
How did you meet? James and I met at a co-ed drama class between Nelson College for Girls and Nelson College for Boys. We dated for a while before breaking up to go to university, but we were reunited when a mutual friend told us that we had ended up living around the corner from each other.
Tell us about the proposal: After the Christchurch earthquake, James received a job transfer to Adelaide, South Australia. We moved into an apartment close to a river where we liked going for evening walks. The same friend who had bought us together years earlier was visiting and secretly he and James had scoped out a place along the riverfront. Our friend asked if we could go for a walk after dinner one night, while James excused himself to clean the house.
We went out for what I thought would be a quick jog, but there waiting for me on the riverbank was James, wearing a suit and standing on a red carpet with candles and a ring.
Location of wedding: Boomrock Lodge, Ohariu Valley, Wellington. We picked this location as it was close to my grandfather, who is unable to travel long distances.
Describe your wedding day: It was perfect. After stressing slightly over the 10-day forecast that predicted a windy and rainy 10C Wellington day, the sun shone and there was only a light sea breeze - which was so lucky as we were married on a cliff overlooking the Cook Strait!
We had family fly in from all over the world, and it was wonderful to see James' father from Canada, and my two sisters from England and Germany. Both the bridal and the groom parties got ready at the Boulcott Suites in Wellington CBD, with the boys leaving in a luxury van while my bridesmaids and I were transported to the airport where we travelled to the lodge via helicopter.
Our celebrant, Karen Simpson, had tailored the ceremony, so it was beautifully personalised and reflective of our personalities. Both our mothers read poems they had found with the theme of "love". The reception was held in the same place, with guests having an option of claybird shooting or extreme golf while the bridal party did photos. The food was exquisite, and the views were amazing, particularly when the sun set.
The dress: My dress was from Ultimate Bride in Adelaide. It was the first dress I put on in which I immediately felt like a bride. I adored the back of the dress as it was something a little different.
The flowers: Our flowers came from Woodstock Florists in Wellington. They did an amazing job with the colours and flower choices. We received so many compliments on them and they smelled amazing.
Highlight of the wedding: There are so many to chose from! Becoming husband and wife, being surrounded by our friends and family, many of whom had travelled vast distances to be there, flying in a helicopter for the first time, meeting up with college friends that we hadn't seen for many years ... it was such a perfect day.
Was there any drama? The helicopter was sent to the wrong location to pick us up, but we had arrived early and our driver knew the owner of the helicopter company, so thankfully everything was corrected very quickly.
The honeymoon: Two days after the wedding we went to Seabreeze Resort in Samoa - it was amazing! We spent a week there relaxing by the pool and meeting other lovely couples.
Your photographer and favourite photo? Our photographer, Mandy from Mandy Caldwell Photography, was a college friend whom I have admired since she began taking photos professionally. I told her five years ago that I wanted her to photograph my wedding, and I am so happy that she did! We have so many favourite photos, as she captured so many magical moments.
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