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DIY with a Touch of Vintage and a Homemade Floral Dress

Held at Avebury House in Christchurch, New Zealand, Emily and Tim’s wedding was as as fully a DIY as a wedding can probably get. As well as doing all the catering, flowers and music themselves, Emily made her own dress and headpiece (featuring silk ribbon embroidery and lace from her mum’s wedding dress from 1982), her mum’s dress, the bridesmaids corsages and all the decorations! Tim wore his family tartan which only arrived from his cousin in Edinburgh a few days before!

“Someone told me that our wedding looked like something out of a fairytale and that made my day!” Emily told us. “It was very pretty, colourful and had a lot of vintage touches. Sewing is a big part of my life and I wanted to embrace that. I also wanted it to have a soul, and not be a cookie cutter replica of what others did. We didn’t have a first dance or any readings. Our ceremony was a handfasting and my husband received a traditional Sgian Dubh knife instead of a wedding ring.”

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Mountaintop Wedding with a Helicopter Ride & Matching ‘Budgie Smugglers’

A sunny summer beach wedding was the initial plan for Ashleigh and Wian, however after hitting a few bumps in the road, the couple decided to do things completely differently. Ashleigh told us, “The stress of having to organise every minor detail myself just wasn’t very fun, it wasn’t coming together smoothly. This is where the plans did a complete 180 and we contacted Shaken and Stirred wedding planners to help organise a winter wedding… in nine weeks! We didn’t have to worry about a thing. We just had to show up!”

The mountains held a special place in Ashleigh’s heart, so a mountaintop ceremony seemed the perfect fit. She explained, “After living in Queenstown for many years, finding my peace and serenity on the mountain tops after many a hike, and meeting my future husband there, I couldn’t think of anything more perfect than saying ‘I do’ on top of those same mountains whilst overlooking that sentimental little town. The wind was our music, and the champagne was our body warmers! But none the less, the scenery was just unforgettable for us. The sunset just starting to kick in, blue bird day, full moon, and a lake like glass. It was such a dreamy evening to be up there.”

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New Zealand Waterfall Elopement

Inspired by their love of hiking and nature, Adam and Alice flew from the States to New Zealand to get their dream waterfall location for their September 2019 elopement. 

They married at Milford Sounds in New Zealand, and spent the day searching for their perfect spot. “We had the best photographer! Kate set up our day perfectly, which had to be hard since she was all the way across the world,” said Alice.

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Heavenly Mountain Wedding in Queenstown

Holy forking shirtballs. Yep, I think the only explanation to these stunning, STUNNING images is that Erin and Steve got married in actual heaven… Because WOW. In reality, the wedding was held in Queenstown, New Zealand but same, same right?

They planned to have a laid back ceremony in the AirBnB that they rented to stay in, but when they got there is didn’t have the mountain views they desperately wanted. So, they spent the whole day before scouring local spots to find a new place! Luckily they found the perfect spot at the very last minute.

“Our passion for snowboarding and music has always been our glue”, Erin explained. “When we got engaged we knew we didn’t want to spend all our savings on a big elaborate wedding but wanted something memorable with our nearest and dearest. I love dark colours, skulls, coffins and anything gothic so I decided that’s the theme I wanted to roll with. With this in mind and our love for the mountains I suggested a winter wedding with a snowboarding honeymoon.”

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Snowy Rock n Roll Meets Game of Thrones Mountaintop Elopement in New Zealand!

If this elopement had a soundtrack, it’d be a very emotional rendition of You Take My Breath Away mixed with the Game of Thrones theme tune. Jess and Sam’s beautiful wedding is a genuine breath-taker, as they got married at Glendhu Bay Lookout, which looks over the Mount Aspiring National Park. Fittingly, I am now aspiring to get to this national park, stat. Then, they took a helicopter ride to Fog Peak and, well, the photos speak for themselves.

“We’ve never been fans of large, traditional style weddings so we’ve always wanted to do something a little different from the norm,” Jess says. “We also fell in love with New Zealand and the beautiful landscapes when we did a road trip around the country in 2017. After considering different types of weddings to have at home in Australia with friends and family, we decided that it wasn’t ‘us’, and that we had to do what made us happy. We both wholeheartedly agreed that we wanted to have an intimate wedding and get married amongst the stunning scenery in NZ!”

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Vintage & Thrifty 1960s Wedding in New Zealand

Esther and Todd’s wedding was a 1960s inspired celebration held in New Zealand. Being in nature was also important to both of them so they held their wedding at Port Waikato School Camp, an outdoor education camp established in 1928. The site had everything they needed including a big grassy square flanked by long dormitories (ample accommodation!) a dining hall, selection of cabins, and a stunning outdoor chapel where they held their ceremony.

“The whole wedding had a 1960s mid-century vibe”, began the bride, “with a colour palette of dark green, white and bamboo. We sourced our decor primarily from op-shops , did a lot of DIY and made use of things already at the camp ourselves.”

Deciding to have their wedding at a campsite meant their guests could stay with them for the whole weekend, and help them set up and pack down of course! “Having the wedding at a campsite created this amazing community vibe,” she continued, “and it had all the facilities we needed. We had the site for the whole weekend so some guests came down on the Friday to help set up and stayed right through to Sunday morning. It’s super fun having all your best mates away together for a whole weekend and we really appreciated all the help with set up and pack down from everyone.”

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Doctor Who & Harry Potter Geeky Fandom Wedding

Choosing their favourite fantasy worlds for their wedding was the obvious theme choice for Jenn and Adam, who were married in Auckland, New Zealand in November. The bride loves Harry Potter, and the groom, Doctor Who!

“Our wedding was inspired by our interests”, said Jenn. “We wanted something unique to us and that’s how we decided on a geeky themed wedding. He’s a Whovian and I’m a Potterhead. We fully immersed our personalities into it rather than going for the usual wedding decorations.”

The bride and her bridesmaids carried paper flower bouquets made from Harry Potter and Doctor Who books, their seating chart was the wizarding world map and there was Doctor Who and Harry Potter bunting everywhere. The centrepieces were made from POP characters, paper confetti, candles and tiles. There where hand made golden snitches hanging from the ceiling. As you can see, they really went all-out with the theme!

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1950s Rockabilly Wedding on the Bride’s Family Farm

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Rach and Tim’s DIY wedding took place on the bride’s family farm in New Zealand. It had a 1950s rockabilly theme. “It was important to us that we had a fun and relaxed atmosphere”, said Rach. “We learnt how to do a rockabilly dance as our first dance!”

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“Our ceremony was funny and sweet. The celebrant asked us what we loved about each other and then put that in to her speech at the wedding. My nephew read He’s Not Perfect by Bob Marley.”

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Intimate Lakeside Wedding in New Zealand

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Heather and Iggy’s wedding took place in St Omer Park, Queenstown. Their lakeside ceremony was intimate and perfect for them. “We chose to have a short ceremony in a Queenstown park on the edge of Lake Wakatipu ($35 hire fee to the council – yeah!) We narrowed down the precise location the day before, and then updated everyone via our prepared contact lists. The set-up was easy – a few chairs for those that needed it, strings of cranes placed in the willow trees by the best man and Iggy, and a few well-coordinated meet-ups with the celebrant and my brother that played our music from a portable speaker.”

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“We had prepared the ceremony format weeks before, and it ran for 10-15 minutes. The weather was great on the day, which was lucky as our wet weather alternative wasn’t really feasible. As the ceremony location was in public, the wedding party consisting of me, my bridesmaid and my father found a way to subtly sneak up behind a huge oak tree (me with a sheet around my dress!) and emerge without being seen.”

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Colourful Back Garden Hello Kitty Wedding

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Vikki and Jason had two weddings – one in the UK, where they both now live, and one in Auckland, New Zealand at the groom’s family home.

“We had two full weddings – so two ceremonies, two walks down the aisle, two top tables and rounds of speeches and two cakes!” explained the bride. “With New Zealand being so far away we just felt that we couldn’t only have one wedding because some family members wouldn’t be able to travel that far and we didn’t want them to miss out.”

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The total budget for both weddings was around £5500 with £2000 being spent on the New Zealand part. “It was difficult trying to plan a wedding in a country that I had never been to, and with a family I had never met, but luckily Pinterest and Rock n Roll Bride really helped me get the message across of what I wanted to achieve. My mother and sisters-in-law were amazing in getting our brightly coloured vision and our laid back family garden BBQ wedding theme.”

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Wild as Wind: An Ballet Bridal Editorial

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Are you ever just tempted to run away to a beautiful, secret location and say your vows? I bet a lot of you have actually! If so, you’re going to be totally inspired by this ‘Wild as Wind’ editorial which was sent in from New Zealand.

“We were inspired by movement, texture, nature and a graceful pink haired tattooed ballerina as wild as wind”, said photographer Dawn Thomson. “This is the tale a ballerina bride who finds solace in movement and music and runs to the mountains in the flow of the wind anticipating a reunion with her lover.”

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“Our ballerina awaits her lover in an abandoned house… She writes him love letters…. Plays music and yearns to be by his side. She runs to the mountains to dance up a frenzy of excited anticipation to see her lover again…”

“We used an old worn out house that had heaps of history and character”, she continued. “The magnificent property has the most incredible views and initially this was the inspiration for the shoot. As the photographer I have always wanted to photograph a ballerina and this seemed like the perfect excuse to do so. It just so happened that our ballerina had pink hair and the most amazing tattoos! We visualised our ballerina dancing in the mountains with the wind in her hair and skirts as she dreamed of marrying her lover.”

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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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Rock n Sparkles: A New Zealand Wedding Full of Surprises

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Whitney and Craig were engaged on their nine year anniversary and married on their tenth. The wedding was held at one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, The Cardrona, situated between Queenstown and Wanaka.

“Our theme was ‘Rock n Sparkles’,” began the bride. “Those two things pretty much sums us up. We have a deep love of rock music and I have a deep deep love of all things glitter. We also absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE skulls and had white skull confetti up the aisle and scattered on the tables. I randomly stumbled across it five days before our wedding in a Halloween sale and I had to have it! I bought them all up for $1.50 a bag.”

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“One of the more unique things about out wedding was that we had a surprise wedding party of fourteen. Seven surprise bridesmaids and seven surprise groomsmen. None of them knew they were going to be in the bridal party until about half an hour before the wedding! They all wore their own clothes and they looked great even though no-one matched.”

“Another surprise was our ceremony music. As I said we’re both really into rock music so my entrance song was Astronomy by Metallica, the signing of the register song was I am a River by Foo Fighters and our recessional song we left to was The Game by Motorhead.”

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