Kyle + Kathryn by Coralee Stone

What’s unique about our relationship is making things work when we’re on different schedules. Our mutual attraction is built on us both being highly ambitious people who want more than the average 9-5. It’s not about climbing the corporate ladder, but doing something every single day that you’re passionate about.

Kyle is a chef-turned-restaurateur and co-owns Culprit, Little Culprit, Nook and Lowbrow. Kathryn works for People Partner and is also studying for a postgraduate degree in organisational psychology. Kathryn: I always said I’d marry a chef. I love eating but I’m a terrible cook so thought it would be the best of both worlds, forgetting that chefs work around 60 to 70 hours a week!

Dating a chef was a huge adjustment. Kyle has worked Tuesday to Saturday nights since he opened Culprit four years ago, so we can only spend time together on Sunday and Monday evenings. But whenever I need Kyle, he’s always there for me.

When people ask us about our love story, I always say our eyes met across Al Brown’s test kitchen table but I think Kyle remembers it a little differently… I was recruiting for the soon-to-be-opened Fed Deli, where Kyle was the executive chef.

Kyle: We had a few false starts when it came to planning our big day. Our venue ended up being sold before our wedding date so we had just a few months to scramble around for a new spot. In the end, we chose St Kevin’s Arcade, as its urban vibe and incredible view over Myers Park really suited who we are as a couple. We originally booked in for April 2020 but the world went a little wacky (thanks, Covid-19!) so we had to cancel and put everything on hold. As things improved, we managed to reschedule for late October, a week out from the anniversary of our engagement two years prior. Securing St Kevin’s Arcade was a brilliant stroke of luck and informed all our decisions to shoot locally on Karangahape Road.

Our favourite photographs were taken in all of the hidden and often overlooked places, like the doorway to the Las Vegas burlesque club. Kitty affectionately calls me her lobster so I drew inspiration from this when it came to having my suit designed by Murray Crane and his team. I even wore matching crayfish cufflinks on the big day. Kathryn: I wanted to keep things modern so I chose a gown from Jessica Bridal Couture and statement earrings by Zoe & Morgan, and kept the rest of my look pared back.

The funniest moment from the day has to be when our flower girls walked down the aisle. Something must have gotten lost in translation somewhere, as they bent down and laid each individual petal down onto the ground behind them! Our neighbours very kindly brought our dog Peter to the ceremony for photographs. He is such a huge part of our lives, so it was really special to include him in the ceremony

photographer Coralee Stone / ceremony location St Kevin’s Arcade / reception & catering Culprit / groom’s outfit Crane Brothers / bride’s outfit Jessica Bridal / bride’s ring Naveya & Sloane / groom’s ring Jeweller’s Workshop / makeup Josie Wignall / hair Sean Mahoney / floral Sue Cameron, Floral Stylist / celebrant Sophie Ahern / planner & styling Kyle Street / bride’s bracelet Dyrberg Kern / bride’s earrings Zoe & Morgan / bridesmaids attire Carlson / groom’s shoes Crane Brothers / bride’s shoes Kathryn Wilson / groomsmen attire Rembrandt suit hire / cake Icing On The Cake / entertainment Jennie Khan / hire Auckland Event Hire