Caroline Fairhall and Steve Roberts
When she was presented with a teapot with no water, she checked to see what was wrong. The answer: a beautiful engagement ring. Photo: Rachel Russell Photography
CAROLINE FAIRHALL AND STEVE ROBERTS
FAMILY PROPERTY, 'RIVERBANK', BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND
Caroline and Steve met online through RSVP. “I contacted Caroline and we arranged to meet for coffee at Boheme cafe in Richmond,” says Steve. “We hit it off straight away,” he says.
“I had been trying to think of a way to surprise Caroline (who may have been dropping marriage hints),” says Steve. They had previously been to Braeside Cafe Bed and Breakfast in Mt Macedon for afternoon tea and loved it there. “So I contacted Braeside and set it up with them so that a special tea pot would be delivered to our table,” he says. The teapot didn’t have any water, so when Caroline lifted the lid to see what was wrong she found a ring. “I got down on one knee and popped the question - she said ‘yes!’ - and all the people at the surrounding tables cheered (they had been tipped off by the staff at Braeside)”.
The wedding day
“Our wedding day was very special. Although it was at times extremely challenging organising a wedding in New Zealand from Melbourne, every element we planned came together perfectly on the day,” he says. The ceremony was held at ‘Riverbank’ in Blenheim, Caroline’s aunt and uncle’s property as her family have strong ties to the wine growing region of Marlborough. They had 80 guests attend their garden themed, blue and white wedding. “The highlights for us on the day included meeting each other's eyes for the first time at the end of the garden path aisle; Caroline's first dance with her father - to the song 'Sweet Caroline' by Neil Diamond; [and] seeing all of our friends and family, several of whom we have not seen in many, many years”.
Caroline wore a V-necked, slim line, ivory gown with a short train and lace overlay. It was the Dakota gown by Karen Willis Holmes and had ruffles on the sleeves.
They had a three tiered cake – two layers of chocolate mud cake and the top layer a traditional fruit cake. It was made by Mary Parker in Blenheim, New Zealand.
The photos were taken by Rachel Russell Photography and Chris Garden Photography, both based in New Zealand.
They went to Palm Cove in Queensland.
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