Dwane O'Connor and Cleo O'Connor
Clydevale, South Otago
When and where did you meet: We met eight years ago
while working on neighbouring farms in Opotiki, Bay of
Plenty. I happened to mention to my workmate that I thought
Dwane was cute and a couple of days later he asked me on a
date and we've been together ever since.
The proposal: It wasn't any big romantic gesture. We
had already been together for three years and Dwane just
asked me one day if I would like to go ring shopping and of
course I said YES.
Where was the wedding? We got married in the
beautiful gardens at the Hideaway 201 near Winton and also
had the reception there as well.
Why did you choose the venue? We had decided on
having a garden wedding, so we went to look at the Hideaway
201 and it just ticked all the boxes and I just loved
everything about the place. Joanne was so friendly and
super-helpful right from the beginning.
The dress: The dress was a bit of a challenge for me.
With both of my bridesmaids living in the North Island they
weren't able to come shopping with me so our daughter Savana
(6) went with me instead. This was actually pretty helpful in
the end. She is very honest and had no qualms telling me if I
didn't look good in a dress. I ended up choosing a Venus gown
purchased from 4 Ever After Bridal in Invercargill.
The bridesmaids' dresses: They were an online purchase
and turned out perfectly. They were one-shoulder gowns in
lavender, bought from Parkland Bridal.
The flowers: Shani Hopgood from Ambrosia Designer
Florist in Invercargill did my flowers. She did a beautiful
job and they turned out just as I asked her to do them, but
The caterers: MASH catering did our food for us. They
did an awesome job, the food was delicious.
Highlight of the day: I'd have to say the biggest
highlight of our day would have to be being able to share our
special day with our two gorgeous children and catching up
with all our family and friends.
Your photographer and favourite photo: We used Megan
Graham from Megan Graham Photography in Winton. She did a
fantastic job and honestly it's too hard to choose just one
picture as a favourite.