All You Need Is Love Themed New Zealand Wedding: Courtney & Nick

Anne Paar Photography

July 9, 2014


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.”


“The majority of the decorations you see were made by me and my super awesome sister Danielle”, she continued. “The lolly bar was weeks of searching op shops for funky looking crystal ware. All the signs were made and painted by hand. The giant Jenga set was even made by a friend of ours and we had a DIY photo booth. It was just a old piece of marine ply and some super cheap end of line wallpaper with old picture frames painted white.”

“All our friends helped us collect enough jars and milk bottles to put flowers in. We spent a small amount on flowers from the flower market and the rest were borrowed (forever) from friends gardens!”


“For us our day was absolutely perfect”, the bride concluded. The Laughing Peacock, which was our venue, was amazing and we would highly recommend them to any couple looking for a beautiful place to get married! The staff and food were amazing and they are just so helpful, and have everything you could possibly need on site. We went there the day after and we even had a late breakfast and served at the same tables were we had our wedding dinner with the wedding party.”