Real Wedding: Angella & Kevin – Photography by Paul Tatterson

We’re both 26 and were both born in South Korea. I came to New Zealand when I was three years old and Kevin came when he was 12. We met ten years ago when we were 17 and in high school, where we started off as friends.

We wanted an outdoor wedding, so didn’t have a Plan B for the rain. Our whole wedding (especially the ceremony) was prepared with our fingers crossed the weather would be good on the day. It was perfect up until dinner and speeches and then it started raining - but to our surprise this made the evening even more special!

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Real Wedding: Georgia & James – Photography by Danelle Bohane

We met online. Back when it was very uncool and less swipy. James’ proposal was perfect. It was Christmas day and we were skiing in Chamonix, France (that sounds pompous, but it wasn’t like that at all). Considerately, all the Europeans were hungover from celebrating the night before, so we had the slopes practically to ourselves. Unknown to me, James had packed a backpack of goodies – panettone and champagne, you know, just basic survival food. Since it was Christmas day I wasn’t too surprised when the champagne came out of his backpack but then as he got down on one knee to hand me what I thought was some chocolate, it all came together. It was pretty spectacular to have had that event witnessed by no one but mountains.

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Real Wedding: Emma & James – Photography by Nisha Ravji

James proposed in Rome, where we’d gone for a few days for my birthday (we live in the UK). I sort of knew it was coming but wasn’t sure. We spent a day in Vatican City and I had no idea James was wanting to propose that day, I was too hot and sweaty so it wasn’t the right moment... Later that day when unpacking his bag the ring box fell out and rolled across the floor! I threw a top over it and ran into the shower, he had no idea I saw it. Then I knew it was real! He waited until my birthday day, and asked me when out at dinner, in the most amazing restaurant, outside, with pretty fairy lights. It was very romantic.

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Real Wedding: Hannah & Bruno – Photography by Anna Kidman

Bruno and I met at age 16 at my beach house in the Coromandel. We didn’t see much of each other until five years later when we were 21. We’ve been together ever since. We spent a lot of years apart travelling separately and stayed together throughout - it was a testament to our relationship we were always going to be each others. Things haven’t changed too much in our relationship since getting married, but we thought after eight years it was time to make it official and become Mr & Mrs. We’ve recently moved home to New Zealand after living in Sydney and abroad for the past six years. We bought a wee place in Auckland and are finally settled, surrounded by all our family and friends.

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Real Wedding: Julie & Thom – Photography by Bayly and Moore

I joke-wooed Julie while co-hosting a show on the TV channel U Live. My progress became a regular segment on the show, which stretched out for months because I have no game.

We decided to get married over a Justin Bieber calendar (I’d asked for a Justin Timberlake calendar for Christmas, and she ordered the wrong one. Not bitter about it or anything). We needed a new visa for the US, and looked to the calendar to see when we needed it by.


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Real Wedding: Carly & Tim – Photography by Paul Tatterson

We are both born and bred in Christchurch but for last three years have lived in Melbourne with our Pugalier dog, Diggs. We’re high school sweethearts, with our relationship now a decade long, although we both spent a good amount of time overseas independently when we were younger. This allowed us to experience new things as individuals, all the while still growing up together. It was this that cemented our relationship, knowing that when it comes down to it, we just want to be together.

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Real Wedding: Anna & Byron – Photography by Tim Williams

We were married at Palm Beach hours before a great week-long storm hit Sydney. You could feel the static in the air. Byron was raised in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, and we spent our early years of courtship in those waters and on those dunes. We had originally hoped for a ceremony at Barrenjoey Lighthouse, but council restrictions disallowed access. The location reflected the rugged Australian coastline and early colonial history.

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