Roxy and Shaun met online. He was in America and she was in New Zealand. After three months of chatting he packed his bags and moved to Wellington so they could be together! Ten years later they finally married.
Their wedding had a circus freakshow theme! ” Shaun and I both love vintage circus, freakshows and curios”, wrote Roxy. “The whole aesthetic we find really appealing. I’m also involved in the body suspension and performance communities and frequently joke that my life is just one big freakshow circus so it completely made sense for us to theme our wedding around that.”
“We had free, live tattooing on the day for our guests, as well as a fortune teller, carnie games with a spinning wheel, pole dancing performances, angle grinder burlesque and a fire show as well as a surprise performance of Roxanne by my new husband, his brother and his band.”
“Our sons were the ring bearers and they dressed as Ringmasters, as did our celebrant. Our guests dressed up to theme as well – we had bearded ladies, conjoined twins, strong men, marionettes, painted ladies, dapper gents and the usual menagerie of fantastic freaks and misfits. There really wasn’t much tradition about our wedding at all, which is just the way we wanted it.”
Hayley and Hoots were married in Auckland, New Zealand. After a church ceremony their had their quirky and fun reception at The Sapphire Room in Ponsonby.
“I was totally inspired by anything vintage”, wrote Hayley, “which started when Hoots proposed to me with his gran’s engagement ring. I loved looking at family photos of their weddings and I loved the idea of a mismatched wedding with not one particular style, colour or theme.”
Courtney and Nick wanted a day that didn’t break the bank. They managed to keep the costs down by shopping in charity shops, accepting help from family and friends and DIYing a lot! They put the flowers together themselves, had a playlist instead of a band or DJ and made their own stationery. Both of their outfits were “lucky finds on the internet”. The designers didn’t matter to them, only that they liked what they wore. The bridesmaids had dresses from eBay.
“Our wedding was loosely themed around ‘all you need is love’, but we didn’t really stick to a genre”, explained the bride. “We drew inspiration from vintage, cottagey garden vibe which you can see in the table settings and all the bunting, as well as the lawn games that included a super fun giant Jenga set. The ceremony was set in a beautiful pine forest, with hay bales as seating giving a forest fairy feel.”
“There were loads of different places we got inspiration from, but most importantly we wanted to make sure that it reflected us as a couple. We wanted a day filled with fun that celebrate our LOVE. The Beatles played a major part, as this is one of our favourite bands, and love of music is one of the first things that brought us together.”
Like so many awesome couples these days, Vivien and Nick wanted a wedding to reflect them – and that meant going against what a lot of their friends and family thought! When people expressed disapproving words that the bride would be wearing black, she ignored them! She knew it was the right choice for her, and thank goodness she stuck with it because doesn’t she look SPECTACULAR?!
“The wedding theme was our take on Victorian elegance… meets metal!” began Vivien. “Our colour scheme was black and cream. I initially dreamt of a ‘black-out’ wedding, where EVERYONE present would be dressed entirely in black. I still think that would have looked amazing, but as word spread around family, friends and colleagues that I would be wearing black it became apparent that many don’t share my enthusiasm for the shade! I faced a lot of pressure to change my mind, and wear ANYTHING other than black. It was actually ridiculous. I’m so, so happy now that I didn’t compromise on what I wanted just so that others would feel more comfortable.”
Nicola and Nick were married on 29th December at Larnach’s Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is the only castle in the country and is owned by Nick’s family. Angela Haig-McAuliffe of AHM Photography was there to capture this special day. The wedding had a mad hatter’s tea party theme!
“Our story is pretty unique”, began Nicola. “My husband had an accident 14 years ago and was given 6 months to live. He had a series of strokes and has locked in syndrome, he cannot walk or talk and needs 24 hour care (he was featured on a TVNewZealand show which you can watch here). We met online. I was in the UK and he in New Zealand. We fell in love and I gave up everything to be with him in New Zealand. Four years later we got married! AND he walked, assisted by his physio and a good friend, down the aisle!!!!!”
Emma and Rikki had a lunchtime wedding. They were married at 10am and their reception kicked off right after. The ceremony was held at Eskdale War Memorial Church and their reception at The Old Church Restaurant and Bar in Napier, New Zealand. They day had a subtle vintage theme with the bride wearing a headpiece that had been her mother’s and little vintage touches throughout the reception décor.
“I was really in love with the vintage and rustic wedding themes, but I didn’t want my wedding to be an exact replica of other bride’s day”, wrote Emma. “I wanted our wedding to still be beautiful but still have the charm and personality of our individual tastes. I think by making it a day event helped our wedding to be more relaxed. We never wanted an overly ‘styled’ celebration or looked like we had tried too hard to fit into a theme that was never really ‘us’. I tried to keep this ideal in mind when I had my consultations with my vendors.”