Lydia & Will

  • Photography by Ryan Watts

Will and I met, as so many modern couples do, on Tinder in 2014. We arranged to meet for our first date in Grey Lynn Park. We each brought wine and snacks and the hours flew by. Will even missed an international cricket match he was supposed to be watching at Eden Park with his friends that afternoon. In April 2016 Will and I took a trip to New York to celebrate my birthday. On one of our last nights we spent the evening in Brooklyn visiting some cool bars. We walked back across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan and half way across Will stopped, brought out a ring and said "Do you think you might like to marry me?".

Lydia & Will

We were engaged for around 18 months. We were conscious of the fact a large number of our guests were coming from overseas so we wanted to give everyone as much time as possible to plan and save. We were married in October 2017 at La Cigale in Parnell surrounded by 65 friends and family.

I always wanted a long sleeve wedding gown and was pleased to find that this style was 'in', so I had plenty of beautiful options to choose from. We were based in London during our wedding planning and I didn't fancy going to bridal boutiques by myself to try on dresses, I also didn't want anything too 'bridal'. I turned to the internet for inspiration and quickly fell in love with UK label Needle & Thread's bridal collection. I clicked 'buy' on one which I really liked the look of and it arrived in a box on my desk a few days later. I only needed to take up the hem slightly and it was ready to go.

Lydia & Will

Will wore a marine blue suit with dark brown shoes, a white shirt, a turquoise tie and an orange pocket square – all purchased from the Hugo Boss flagship store in London. 

Lydia & Will

We didn't really have a theme. The venue is French themed which we loved. Will's parents are hardcore francophiles and spend a portion of every year in France. Will's sister got married in their village in France a few months prior so in a way it was a special connection. We tried to make the venue as cosy, romantic and elegant as possible. Will's sister collected vases from charity shops and she and a couple of our friends purchased $400 worth of flowers from the flower markets on the morning of our wedding and filled the venue with beautiful flowers. They did such an amazing job and we really can't thank them enough.

My bouquet and Will's buttonhole were from Flowers on Franklin. We chose them as we often used to buy flowers from them when we lived in Auckland. They did a fantastic job using New Zealand and Australian natives with some burgundy thrown in.

Lydia & Will

When we chose to get married at La Cigale the menu was typical French and very meat and dairy heavy. This wasn't a problem until at the beginning of 2017 we became vegan. We were able to work with the amazing team at La Cigale to create a 100% vegan menu that stayed true to the French style. We had a gorgeous cake made by The Caker. There were a number of delicious vegan options and we chose a beautiful coconut and raspberry cake.

Lydia & Will

We got really lucky with our photographer Ryan Watts. A number of people commented that they thought our wedding photos were the best they've ever seen. We were so happy with the end result and really appreciate all the effort he put in, scoping out all the perfect spots. Ryan even drove us to our ceremony after our first look. He kept us calm, took beautiful photos and was also a really nice bloke!

Lydia & Will
Lydia & Will

If I had one piece of advice it would be not to buy into the hype and get caught up in what others say your wedding needs to look like. You know what your personal style is and what is important to you. Work out what YOUR perfect day would ideally include and then work on ticking off those things.

Lydia & Will

THE DETAILS: Bride's gown NEEDLE & THREAD; Bride's hair HARE & HUNTER; Makeup BRIDE'S FRIEND MEGAN; Groom's attire HUGO BOSS; Rings ANYE DESIGNS; Flowers FLOWERS OF FRANKLIN; cake THE CAKER; Catering and venue LA CIGALE; Lighting LA LUMIERE; Photography RYAN WATTS


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