It seems like an eternity since June when our Missed Matrimony competition was aired on The Breeze radio station and Rochelle and Kahanui became the winners of a full wedding package valued at more than $20,000.
After months of planning, the two were married on the 5th October. It was apparent on the day that the two were destined to be together and below we hear from the happy couple (written by Rochelle) about their life together and their special day.
We had the best time getting to know Rochelle and Kahanui, it was our privilege to be part of their special day and their epic love story.
Our history: I used to work behind the bar that Kahanui would have a beer at after work on a Friday. We bonded over our mutual love of Bon Jovi on the dance floor of the Holy Grail one night in 2004. I was 24 and he was 23, we are now 39 and 38. In 2005 we had our son, but parted ways soon after. I moved to Australia with the children and Kahanui married someone else.
Fast forward 8 years, Kahanui and his wife separated and he came to spend some time with us in Brisbane. We had a great time, and it helped to reignite that old flame, so to speak. Here we are now 14 years later, we have been together again for 5 and a half years.
Our life together: Our life together is pretty normal. We both work full time, Kahanui is self-employed, and I'm a retail manager. We have 2 children, Imogen is 19 and Diezel is 14. Obviously Imogen isn't Kahanui's biological daughter, but we're very much a family, he has never treated her any differently. Our family is completed by our German Shepherd, Kubo.
The engagement: Our engagement wasn't actually very long. Kahanui had said that he didn't want to get married again, something I had reluctantly accepted. So when he proposed in February 2019 it was a massive surprise to me, and all of our family and friends, who have mostly always believed that we should be together.
The competition entry: A good friend of mine, Julia, was helping me with all of the wedding planning, even though we weren't intending to get married until 2021 it was stressing me out a little. She tagged me in The Breeze Canterbury's post on Facebook, so I entered the competition by text giving them a brief history of our relationship.
(There is a lovely video of Rochelle being surprised by Todd and Brayden from The Breeze very early one morning, to be told that they had won the Missed Matrimony competition. Check it out here!
The night before the wedding: I spent the night before the wedding at Ecovilla with my bridesmaids. I took advantage of their beautiful big bathtub, and it was extremely relaxing which was very much needed after a busy day of last minute set-ups and rehearsals. The fact that my hen's party was the night before meant there was also a few sore heads. Kahanui and his Groomsmen stayed on at the bar we had all had dinner at, before heading home for a mellow evening with the children and his soon-to-be sister-in-law.
The morning of the wedding: I was incredibly nervous, but also very excited. I couldn't believe I was actually about to marry my best friend! We spent most of the morning getting our hair and make-up done, and a last minute nail-fix for me. Then we had a good two hours at Ecovilla just to chill and get ready at our own pace, with a bit of reflection time for me, some anxiety about reading my vows in front of our nearest and dearest (and a lot of deep breathing).
Kahanui felt nervous, but happy, apparently. He cruised through the morning with the boys at home, listening to music and having a beer or two. Boys always have it so easy, men are so lucky!
The wedding: The whole day was a highlight, in my opinion. Everyone who was part of the competition contributed to making our wedding absolutely amazing, and the reception we organised ourselves was just as great. It was a beautiful day, start to finish, despite the rain. Below are some of our highlights.
Having most of our family and friends with us at The Little Chapel, in such a beautiful, intimate setting was a highlight. We were blessed to be able to share that with everyone. The grazing table from The Catering Belle was so GOOD! Everything looked amazing and everyone seemed to be enjoying it.
Our AMAZING cake from The Cake Eating Company tasted as good as it looked. We let Jamie design it however she liked, and she certainly didn't disappoint. I was so pleased when I saw it.
Our photographer Joseph O'Sullivan. WOW. He is the easiest person to work with, and has blessed us with some truly stunning photos, of our families, our friends and of us. We are forever grateful to him for that.
Our wedding band, Level 6 did the best job. They gave us some really special moments, including our first dance, and our final song which was something they had never performed before. Everyone loved them and they certainly knew how to keep the dance floor full.
Finally, falling into bed at the end of a very long day at Ecovilla. They had a beautiful welcome basket waiting for us, and it was so comfortable and peaceful.
Thank you again to everyone,
The Hohipuhas xx
The amazing local vendors involved in Missed Matrimony were:
- The Catering Belle
- Wilkins Bridal
- Joseph O'Sullivan Photography
- Pure Hair & Body
- Sage Nieve Make-Up Artist
- She Chocolate
- Jenny-Lea Designs
- The Little Hire Company
- The Cake Eating Company
- Flowers on Cashmere
- Hilary Muir (Celebrant)
- City Putt and Cruise
- Simply Envision Nail Design