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