All American Summer Wedding in New Zealand

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Twyla and Kris had an New Zealand summer wedding inspired by Americana. They made everyone do whiskey shots and had a late night pool party. The whole day seems like it was an utter blast!

“We share a love of food and hospitality and we really wanted to throw a great party with all the food and music we love”, said the bride. “Our theme was Americana meets New Zealand summer.”

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“We had a bottle of Rye whisky and a jar of pickles at every table. At our wedding toast we made everyone (including the grandmothers) do a pickleback. We also had an epic pool party at the end of the night! One thing I found funny was people commenting on ‘how traditional’ the wedding was, but we really just did what we wanted. We cooked all the food ourselves, did our own music and just created what we would do for people coming over to our house… Except for 120 instead of 4!”

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The ceremony was short and sweet and held outside. “We had no religious stuff and we wrote our own vows”, she continued. “Our celebrant was absolutely amazing. Ahe took time to listen to us and what was important and wrote a really succinct ceremony. There was a little bit of Disney in there and I walked down the aisle to Florence + the Machine, it was all a little surreal.”

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“The best bit of the wedding was the round of impromptu speeches at the end of the night”, she concluded. “They ranged from quoting Leonard Cohen to interpretive dance! My highlights of wedding planning were buying extravagant shoes, making a ridiculous Pinterest board, and having our overseas friends come visit us!”

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2 comments

  1. Best bride ever! I remember helping Twyla choose her wedding dress when I worked for Sophie Voon, she’s such a gem and seriously one of the best brides I ever worked with. Great photos! So cool to see them on the perfect blog to cover their wedding

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