When Tu and Dee first contacted me about their story I instantly knew this was going to be a special occasion, they were so open about their journey and relationship that it was very easy to get on board for such an exciting day. Tu had planned and perfectly executed a surprise proposal to Dee at sunrise on Machu Pichu, which was why the wedding had been planned for the summer solstice (the longest day). Not to forget that Tu and Dee also had dreamed of a dawn ceremony on the beach at Porangahau with the rising sun in the background. The ceremony was followed up with a formal breakfast and lunch at their Marae and party in the evening at the local Country Club. Throw in a haka, some hula dancing and a special guest appearance by the Modern Maori Quartet and you’ve got all the ingredients for an unforgettable event.
In the wedding video, Tom the MC describes Tu as the most humble and generous person he knows, which I think is a fitting description of both of them.
When Dee first saw the film, she told me that we had created taonga for their family, which is probably the highest honour that I could achieve as a wedding filmmaker and is the ultimate goal when making a record of such an important occasion.
On that note, you’re probably itching to see the film which highlights their truly memorable wedding.