Re­becca & Ti­mothy

'While our wed­ding may not have fol­lowed the stan­dard for­mula, it was re­ally fun and very us.'

Bride & Groom - - CONTENTS -

Re­becca and Tim were mar­ried on the fifth an­niver­sary of their first date, at a wed­ding in­spired by Man­hat­tan Ci­tystyle cel­e­bra­tions. Re­becca fills us in…

We wanted a cool, ur­ban space that al­lowed us to self-cater. A new pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio in Auck­land City was the per­fect spot. It had the vibe we were go­ing for, plus amaz­ing taxi­dermy pieces, in­clud­ing a ze­bra jump­ing through the wall!

We wanted our wed­ding to have the same look and feel as if we were en­ter­tain­ing at home, so can­dles, fairy lights and fresh flow­ers dec­o­rated the room, giv­ing it a sim­ple vin­tage theme. I hand made most of the dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments, in­clud­ing pour­ing 65 soy can­dles into jars, and mak­ing the gar­lands, bou­quets, signs and mir­ror tile back­drop. We also made our own mar­quee let­ters R+T out of card­board, black paint, mini festoon lights and a heap of tape!

I strug­gled to find a wed­ding dress that felt like me, so a friend made me an el­e­gant gown in ivory vel­vet, with an old Hol­ly­wood vibe. I made my son’s bowtie from the same fab­ric. My mother sewed the lace, in­di­vid­ual se­quins and beads onto an amaz­ing full-length man­tilla veil.

We de­cided to have an evening cel­e­bra­tion, with guests ar­riv­ing at 8pm. I walked down the aisle just as the sun was set­ting. Af­ter our cer­e­mony, we shared a toast with ev­ery­one, min­gled, cut the cake, and then the dessert buf­fet opened. I had col­lected vin­tage sou­venir tea­spoons, which peo­ple used for the buf­fet and could take home for a favour if they fan­cied.

We skipped speeches and for­mal­i­ties in favour of pho­tos and danc­ing. I left cam­eras around the venue for guests to use and ev­ery­one got in­volved.

While our wed­ding may not have fol­lowed the stan­dard for­mula, it was re­ally fun and very us.

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