Richard & Leighton

  • Photography by Sophie Hills

Leighton and I met in 2006. We were  both volunteering for a youth organisation at the time and met at the graduation event for the students – we’ve been together ever since. I proposed to Leighton in a row boat on the lake in Central Park, New York City in November 2015.

Richard & Leighton

We got married on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The location was on our family farm in Whangaroa. The farm is owned by my uncle and aunty, Ian and Frances Hills, and has been in the family for generations. We got married on the front lawn overlooking a mountain range and we held the reception on the back lawn under a large marquee.

Richard & Leighton

The day was amazing. We woke up before sunrise and had photos at the summit of the Rangikapti Pa, which looks over Coopers Beach and Mill Bay – the sunrise was breathtaking. Our parents walked down the aisle ahead of us, so they could be at the end when it was our turn to walk. We had a great band, a huge feast catered by the local marae including fresh seafood, emotional and entertaining speeches from our family, an amazing wedding party and of course each other. 

We chose to get married in the summer. Northland is always beautiful and provided a relaxed atmosphere for us and our guests.

Richard & Leighton
Richard & Leighton

The food on the day was buffet-style and supplied by the local marae. Crayfish and oysters were crowd favourites. My cousin Melanie Wilson made our two-tier “naked cake” – it was one tier white chocolate and one tier rainbow.

Richard & Leighton

Our wedding party was made up of some of our closest friends – two couples and two other friends we have known since school. The three girls wore dresses from Evolution, all apaloose grey, but in different styles. Our suits were from Barkers – we had the suit pants tailored into shorts. We also chose custom-made floral bow ties and pocket squares through them. The hat Leighton wore was from Bronze Snake Shop.  

Richard & Leighton

We planned the day, so that we could spend as much time with the guests as possible. We only left the reception with our wedding party for 45 minutes to take some pictures as we did our other photos in the morning. It felt like we got to spend more time with our friends and family who had made the four hour trip from Auckland and many from overseas.

Richard & Leighton

Our advice to anyone getting married would be: savour every moment! Take some time for each other on your own to look back on all your guests having an amazing time and don’t sweat the small stuff, as long as you have the people that are important to you, food, music and booze – you will have a great day!

Richard & Leighton

THE DETAILS: Groom's attire BARKERS & BRONZE SNAKE SHOP; Groomsmen's attire HALLENSTEINS & AS COLOUR; Girls dresses EVOLUTION; Rings WALKER AND HALL; Flowers DYI; Photography S. HILLS PHOTOGRAPHY; Venue FAMILY FARM IN WHANGAROA; Cake MEL WILSON (FAMILY MEMBER); Catering LOCAL MARAE IN WHANGAROA; Celebrant GLENYS GRACE; Music AUNTY'S GARAGE; Stationery CHEYNEY MCDONNELL from DESIGN BY CHEYNEY 


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