Her fiance Stuart had spent 2.5 years in Christchurch following the earthquake and was involved in many of the residential rebuilding projects that followed.
He had to return to Scotland in 2015 when his Dad became ill. Move on a few years and Aileen and Stuart were coming to New Zealand, the place they say "feels like their second home".
So Aileen had this plan that they would get married here and there would just be the two of them and together we planned their elopement. Of course I had to check Frank Visser Photography was available and we sorted our plan.
The Wedding Day would be 17 February at 1.00 pm at The Sign of The Bellbird - my go to place for speculator wedding photos.
What I didn't realise until we had done the ceremony was that - Stuart had only been told about the wedding the day before. They had been engaged for a long time. So they hired a kilt and appropriate attire; Aileen on the other hand had package her exquisite dress for the occasion.
To add to the surprise for Stuart, Aileen had tracked down and emailed Grant and Melinda, very good friends to be the witnesses and they were chauffeured by Mike from ChauffeurNZ.com to collect the bride and groom. This forced Stuart to do a double take as it was also a surprise for him.
As you can see from the photos the perfect wedding in New Zealand and Stuart was no worse for the late notice that he was getting married.
Congratulations Stuart and Aileen - have a long and happy life together.
Credit: Frank Visser Photography www.facebook.com/frankvisserphotos/
Transport: Mike Halliday, Chauffeurnz.com