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Student Stories

ACG Strathallan sweethearts marry

Nicole Blackmore and Alex Cashen met while students at ACG Strathallan. In Year 12, Alex worked up the courage to ask Nicole to the ball. Seven years later, this June, they were married at the French Bay Yacht club in Titirangi. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Cashen.

Tell us about how you met

Alex and I met at school. We shared a few classes together, including Physics and Chemistry. We had never really talked to each other up until this point, but I always admired Alex for being smart and outgoing. Alex worked up the courage to ask me to the Year 12 ball, and leading up to the ball we got to know each other by sitting together during our study breaks. I’ve got a photo of us together on the night, we were pretty dorky now looking back 😉 The week after the ball he asked me out to the movies, where we officially became a ‘couple’. We’ve been together ever since!

When did you know he was the one?

It’s hard to say if there was a point, but after going through all of University together and becoming working adults, our relationship stood fast. We stuck together through tough times. We bring out the best in each other, and both knew from the bottom of our hearts that we want to share our futures together.

What was the highlight of your time at ACG Strathallan?

The school ball will always be a highlight for me, since it was a big moment in my life with Alex. I really loved class and had some teachers that really helped me love learning. (Ms Lewellyn in Physics and Ms Clark in Biology for me). For Alex, he remembers design class the most – attributing it for setting him up with a practical mindset for engineering, and showing him hobbies he continues to pursue today.

What sort of student was Alex at school?

Alex was one of those students that was both smart and outgoing. People were always jealous at how quickly he picked things up. He loved to make witty comments, sometimes drawing the ire of teachers, but I think most of them liked him deep down.

Did any ACG Strathallan alumni attend?

We had quite a few at the wedding yes! My bridesmaids included Allira Brydon and Melody Wood, my two best friends from my time at ACG Strathallan. Alex’s groomsmen included Nathan Knight and Lewis Griffin, his good friends from our year.

What have you done since leaving ACG Strathallan?

Alex and I both went to the University of Auckland. Alex did Mechatronics Engineering and I did Computer Science. Now Alex is a Key Accounts Manager for Mettler Toledo, and I am a Software Engineer for Orion Health. We are still in Auckland, but have moved to Remuera. We both love our memories from ACG Strathallan.

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