Following a completely romantic proposal on a surprise day trip to Sloanes Island in Wellington, in which Tim hid the engagement ring among the crackers in the picnic basket, Catherine and Tim were married on 18 March at Sudbury, Te Horo.
The happy couple, who both grew up in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast, first met in 1998 as third formers in high school, and after travelling the world on separate adventures, they ended up tying the knot 19 years later virtually in their own backyard!
In fact, the venue for their day, Sudbury – set on a 20-hectare horse farm – was so close to their childhood homes that both bride and groom prepared for their big day with nearby family.
The day itself dawned bright and sunny and the wedding (which included photos taken at Peka Peka Beach) went without a hitch, with celebrations continuing for two days, bride Catherine revealed.
"There was only one slight mishap - I accidentally set off the fire alarm in our hotel room - oops!," she laughs.
Catherine wore one of the very first wedding dresses she tried on, a vintage lace gown designed by Spanish designer Pronovias, which she purchased from Brides on Thorndon in Wellington.
But while the wedding proved a day that this couple will never forget, it's their marriage that is truly special: Says Catherine, "Tim has proven to be a loving, kind and encouraging husband. He’s a glass-half-full kind of man.”