NEVER in her wildest dreams did Kristy Irwin believe a blind date would lead her on the path to marriage.
But a happy ending was on the cards from the outset for Kristy and Daniel Pickels, marrying on August 9 in front of 73 of their closest family and friends.
"Everyone warned me before the wedding that something out of my control would go wrong," she said.
"But it never happened. Everything just went perfectly. I wouldn't change a thing."
The loved up husband and wife decided the Old Station at Raglan was the perfect backdrop for the biggest day of their lives.
"We wanted something a little different," she said.
"The first time we went to the station, we just fell in love. It was totally perfect."
One piece of advice Mrs Pickels wishes to impart to future brides is to savour the moment, as she took the time to on her own special day.
"We were standing on top of a hill having just finished taking photos," she said.
"Instead of rushing off, we took the time to have a drink and soak it all in as the sun set.
"It was probably the highlight of my day, taking the time to enjoy the moment. I think we even ran late to our reception."
The modern and elegant celebration was decorated navy and orange, combining elements of both the city and country.
Following their romantic wedding, Mr and Mrs Pickels escaped for a winter honeymoon to New Zealand.
"It was freezing, but we had so much fun," she said.