Paelina Pauka and Joshua Passfield, who were married from midnight in Auckland on Sunday morning (NZ time), cutting their wedding cake. 21022802.
These are extraordinary times, when planned events are disrupted due to Covid-19 restrictions and weddings are no exception.
Pauka and Joshua Passfield were celebrating at their respective bachelorette
and a stag parties on Saturday when breaking news of an impending level 3
lockdown in Auckland was announced.
plans were rushed forward and the couple were married unexpectedly at midnight
at their home in Mangere.
news broke about 9pm that Auckland would enter a lockdown level 3 from 6am on
Sunday, Joshua and his friends joined Paelina and hers for a carry-on combined
At 10pm on
Friday (Cook Islands time), the couple decided to go ahead with their wedding
ceremony with the blessing of both sets of parents.
Invited guests were called, the wedding celebrant Rev 'Alipate 'Uhila and Cook Islands drummers were notified. The couple’s home was frantically transformed into a wedding themed venue by Paelina’s close friends.
wearing a Korowai (cloak), his groomsmen and family waited patiently for the
bride, accompanied with the drum beats of the islands.
Paelina was led by her father Paepaerei Pauka Junior towards the groom, their
wedding commenced at 12.10am.
Tears of joy
were shared by the families and friends who were present at the emotional
Joshua experienced mixed feelings of happiness.
had originally planned to wed on May 14 last year, because of Covid-19 they
were devastated to have to postpone their wedding date to March 4, 2021.
around they were both adamant there would be no more delays.
grandmother Emere Emily Pauka who flew from Rarotonga for the wedding felt
happy with joy and excitement for the couple.
mother Tiare Mata (mother of the bride) who had travelled from Wellington for
the event said, “my heart was full of happiness, tears of joy filled my eyes as
my baby girl was officially tying the knot to her love Joshua Passfield and I
was there to witness this very special occasion.”
from Rarotonga, Australia and Wellington who could not attend, were able to
participate on live stream via Facebook.
Joshua Passfield were officially wedded on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at their
home in Mangere.