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Rustic, Upcycled New Zealand Wedding with Touches of Harry Potter

Danielle and Glen ended up throwing any notions of a budget out of the window when it came to planning their wedding. After changing their wedding plans what seemed like 101 times, they finally decided on what they wanted with just four months to go.

They were married at The Waterlily Gardens near Waihi, New Zealand in April. Danielle has always wanted to do things a bit differently to the norm, and her plans for their wedding day followed suit. She didn’t want a colour scheme, instead wanting a variety of elements that represented the two of them to naturally form a theme. She wanted her tattoos on display, to rock dusky pink hair and her bridesmaids to be in floral dresses instead of matchy-matchy coloured ones. Ultimately, they wanted a day that reflected and felt like a representation of the two of them.

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1950s New Zealand Wedding with a Gothic Twist

Nick and Kylee are very non-traditional, and wanted their wedding to reflect them. They both love the colour purple, the the colour-scheme was an easy choice! Kylee loves to wear 1950s clothing when she gets the chance and Nick is a retro car guy. Throw in Kylee’s obsession with skulls and you have yourself a 1950s meets gothic extravaganza!

With a $45,000 budget, the couple set about getting in as many personal touches to their big day as possible. They had Til Death Do Us Part signs custom made for their top table with their nicknames inscribed. They included a memory lantern for Nick’s father, who sadly passed away just three months before the wedding. The couple dabbled in a little DIY too – all the day-of stationery was designed by the bride, and Kylee hand-jewelled skull ornaments that Nick then made cages for as reception decor. They collected vinyls from charity shops and recycled candle holders, a lot of the other decor was purchased from past brides on Facebook.

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