It's the website for Steve and Rebecca's wedding. Hopefully it's got some information you are looking for.
We are getting married on Saturday the 22nd of December 2012, strutting down the aisle at 2:22pm.
At Mike's Brewery / White Cliffs Estate. The address is 487 Mokau Rd, Urenui, Taranaki. It's about half an hour east of New Plymouth. You can get directions to it by clicking here.
We may be organising a bus (if numbers require it) from the wedding back to New Plymouth stopping at various places along the way.
Ha ha ha no, we are organising a wedding in a brewery.
We don't really need a cupboard full of platters, an eight slice toaster or a wine glass collection. We are saving for a deposit on a house and plan on heading to the USA for a honeymoon a week after the wedding so what we really need is some money to fund that :)
We've set up a bank account (ANZ, account number 1839 0243096 30) and will have a card box at the wedding, so a donation in this account would be the most helpful thing you could give. Or no wedding present is good too.
Update: if you're having any issues with this bank account number, it's probably because your bank wants thee numbers at the end instead of two. Try account number 1839 0243096 030 instead :)
Contrary to very popular assumption, it is not going to be a pirate themed wedding. The theme is sunshine and laughter, dress is dressy / casual. That's not to say that we wouldn't love you to wear a pirate / lobster costume if you would like to.
Rebecca's version: A good friend of mine invited me to a party to meet her "Hot Maori friend Steve". I asked where he lived, "New Plymouth" she said...(My last relationship had been long distance and I had vowed to not do that again!!!!) "Not interested!!!" was my reply! But I went to the party curious to see who this "Steve" was.
When I arrived at the party, Steve was there sitting in the sun, leaning causually back in his chair wearing his 'Bro' singlet, shorts and bare feet. He seemed nice enough, and we politely chatted, at some stage we ended up sitting next to each other, although I was talking more to Kristy than him. At the end of the party I thought he was a bit of alright so I made sure that as I left I made a comment to Anna about how nice Steve seemed. And with that I left it in the hands of the Universe, what would be, would be.
Luckily the Universe had been busy with this thing called 'Facebook" and the next evening I recieved an email from a Steve Ngapo.
Steve's version: I went to a friend's BBQ in Auckland, and while I was eating a very cute girl named Rebecca walked in. We didn't talk a whole lot during the day (because I am not good at talking to girls that I don't know), but I remember having a cool conversation about Dr Horrible's sing-a-long blog.
On the long drive home, I thought that I'd very much like to talk to her again so I found her on Facebook and sent her a message. Luckily it seemed like she would like to talk to me again too. The rest they say is history...
Rebecca's version: On a speedy around the North Island trip after Christmas, Steve wanted to visit the furthest eastern point in the North Island. The East Cape light house. We had stayed the night in Te Araroa and were planning to go see the largest Pohutakawa tree in New Zealand, and the light house the following day.
The lighthouse was a 21km drive up a dirt road, I kept jokingly asking Steve "Do we really need to see this lighthouse?" due to my love of dirt roads... I knew full well we would still go, and I wanted to go, but I still had to ask :) We parked Dug and hiked up the hill to the top. Up there you can see the lighthouse and the East Island (yes there is an East Island!!!)
We got some photos, had a snack and were just about to go when Steve said he wanted to get one more photo. A man had just reached the lighthouse, so Steve walked up to him to ask if he could take the photo. I thought it was weird that he wanted to get 'one more photo' when we had already taken some. Steve leaned in towards the man and said something, then came back to stand next to me.
He got down on one knee to get something out of the bag, he fished around a bit then pulled out a small burgandy box. My heart just started to race, and he looked up at me and smiled. He then fumbled nervously to open the box and flicked my hat off. He looked up at me from bended knee, smiled and said "Baby, I love you lots, will you marry me?" I was internally freaking out but very cooly said "Yes baby, I will marry you!" Meanwhile the German dude was taking photos, then I leant forward and gave him a big hug and called him a big dork!!! Walking back down to the car I felt like I was floating! And then we went and saw the largest Pohutakawa tree! What a day!!!!
Steve's version: I had decided that I was going to ask for Rebecca's hand in marriage a couple of months before I did, and bought the ring about a week before I did it. There's an Achewood comic where a cat named Roast Beef has decided to propose to his cat girlfriend, and says that the words are like dynamite in his mouth - it felt a bit like that.
I wanted to find somewhere as scenic as possible to pop the question, and a lighthouse sounded like it might be perfect. So even though we had over five hours of driving planned that day, we drove the 30+ minute detour to furthest point of the east cape. We climbed a hill to the light house, and after a whole lot of stalling and psyching myself up I asked a random tourist to take our photo (whispering to him that I was about to propose).
I walked back to Rebecca, got down on one knee, found the ring that I had been carrying around for a week or so and asked her to marry me. She said yes which is good because it would have been a really awkward drive back :)