Lennie + Harrison by Muse Photography

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…

We’re both writers. I’m a copywriter and Harrison’s a journalist. We love to eat – one of our happiest memories is eating our way across Spain, trying out different dishes. What’s unique about our relationship is our synergy. We’re very in tune with each other. We have the same thoughts, and spend a lot of time reciting lines or singing songs that the other person was just thinking about. It’s creepy. 

We’re also both super ambitious people, constantly helping each other level up as individuals. If one of us gets a promotion or our work featured, we know it’s a shared success. We helped each other get there. Besides “I was just thinking that”, “We need to celebrate!” is the most common phrase in our house.

Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…

‘Local’ was a big theme. We wanted to support as many Raglan businesses as possible and give back to the town Lennie grew up in. So we made sure the majority of vendors – the stylist, the florist, caterer and hire company were all local. Kiwi-made was another big focus – Lennie’s jewellery was from Nelson, her dress from Rue De Seine, and her wedding band was from a boutique Auckland jeweller. 

We broke our local theme with an Australian photographer though as Teresa was just too talented to pass up. The colour theme was my favourite feature as Harrison chose it. Day 1 of wedding planning, I turned to him and said, “So, what colours would you like?”(thinking he’d shrug) Without batting an eye lid he said ‘Burnt orange, olive green and white.’ So, that was the theme! 

Tell us about your main outfits:

Lennie wore The Wyatt from Rue De Seine/Secret Lace Bridal, paired with a pearl earring and necklace set that her mum bought her as a wedding gift. She borrowed the Jeffrey Campbells from a friend after taking them for a test ride out on the town and realising how damn comfy they were. Harrison wore head-to-toe Working Style.  

What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?

Harrison organised for a surprise bagpiper to play as my very Scottish dad walked me down the aisle. That was really special. Hearing both of our dad’s speeches was really moving. Typically men of few words, they both poured their hearts out so eloquently which had the room (mostly Lennie) in tears. Standing on the hill as husband and wife looking out over the beach I basically grew up on was really incredible too. A real moment of ‘Wow, life can change so much.’ 

Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?

Don’t get too hungry. Arguments always start when someone hasn’t had lunch.

Ceremony Location: Parents House | Reception Location: Raglan Golf | Videographer: Mike Braid | Photographer: Muse Photography | Entertainment: DJ Pauly | Bagpiper: Bryan Mitchell | Styling and Decor: The White Wedding Club | Furniture Hire: Flatrock Events | Cutlery: Love Club Hire | Tableware: Carlton Party Hire | Linen: Tble Linen | Plants: Loft House Garden | Flora: Raglan Floral Co | Catering: Colins Kitchen | Beverages: Hastings Distillers | Cake: The Caker | Bride’s Dress: Rue De Seine | Groom’s Attire: Working Style | Bride’s Wedding Band: Grae Jewellery | Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Groom’s Shoes: Working Style | Bride’s Jewellery: Louise Douglas | Hair & Makeup: Made Up By Ruth | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Shona Joy | Bridal Robes: Clarence & Co