Lucille & Andrew

  • Photography by Jess Burges

We met over 10 years ago in our first year at Otago University. Andrew proposed one sunny afternoon in March 2016 at Long Beach, Russell during a weekend getaway.

Lucille & Andrew
Lucille & Andrew

We got married on Saturday 16th December 2017, with the ceremony held at Christ Church in Russell, and reception at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell, Bay of Islands.

Lucille & Andrew
Lucille & Andrew

We chose to get married in Russell as it's where we got engaged and a favourite spot for day trips, as it's only an hour's drive from where we live. Christ Church is New Zealand's oldest church, which still has bullet holes in the side of it from the New Zealand Wars.

Lucille & Andrew

From the church it was just a short stroll through the township and along the stunning waterfront to the reception at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel. The Duke is New Zealand's oldest licenced hotel and its current owners have been doing a fantastic job renovating it in keeping with its original character.

Lucille & Andrew

We both have a sweet tooth and wanted to do something fun, impressive and a bit different. We had fun going to a cake tasting at Bluebells Cakery in Auckland. In the end, we decided to have 5 cakes, all iced differently and in varying sizes, including a two-tier cake. We liked the rustic, slightly messy look (and taste!) of cream cheese icing, as opposed to perfect fondant icing. 

Lucille & Andrew

The very lovely and talented Sarah Vincent in Whangarei made my gown and veil for me.  Sarah is a perfectionist and took a real interest in all aspects of the wedding. She also made the bridesmaids' dresses and a jacket for my mum to wear.

Lucille & Andrew

My sister and my soon to be sister-in-law were my bridesmaids. My two nieces aged three and six were my flowergirls. The flowergirls carried miniature versions of my bouquet and wore flower crowns made with gypsophila and roses. Andrew and his two groomsmen wore navy suits and white shirts from Farrys Wellington. Andrew wore a navy bow tie as a point of difference, while the groomsmen wore navy neck ties.  

Lucille & Andrew

We arranged for all our guests to take the ferry across to Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka, an island in the Bay of Islands, the day after the wedding.  We went swimming, played games, walked around the island, and had a big BBQ lunch under a big, flowering pohutukawa tree.  This really extended the celebrations out and meant we got to spend more time with our guests. Having so many of your friends and family all together can be a once in a lifetime occurrence and so it was great to really make the most of it.  We also announced that we were 15 weeks pregnant at the BBQ so this made the day extra special too.

THE DETAILS: Bride's gown SARAH VINCENT; Hair STACEY LORNIE HAIRDRESSING; Make up SAMANTHA NICHOLLS MAKE UP; Bride’s shoes: MI PIACI; Bride’s accessories VEIL from SARAH VINCENT; Groom's attire JOE BLACK from FARRY'S WELLINGTON; Groomsmen’s attire JOE BLACK from FARRY'S WELLINGTON; Bridesmaids DESIGNER and SARAH VINCENT; Flowers PARADISE FLORIST; Cake BLUEBELLS CAKERY; Venue THE DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH HOTEL; Music THE DOBROS; Photography JESS BURGES 


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