Real Wedding: Lydia & Karl – Photography by Andi Crown

We met in 2008 through a mutual friend. I’d already booked tickets to move to London, so we assumed the romance would be shortlived, however after I left we realised it was the real thing – Karl came over to see me and a year later I was back home to be with him. Karl surprised me with a trip to Queenstown, and proposed with a Meadowlark Hex ring on the second morning we were there, while we were going for a walk around the lake. Above all, we wanted to have a wedding that was fun for our guests.

We chose Everybody’s because it was easily accessible, it’s beautiful and we really wanted to get married in the city. We got ready at an apartment in the city and met at the Auckland Art Gallery to take our photos before the ceremony. Karl loves beer so we brought in and served Batch Brewing beer specially, as well as wine and champagne. The dance floor started early and we ate the wedding cakes for dessert. The whole evening was relaxed, informal and an awesome, fun party. There wasn’t a theme – we picked a loose colour scheme of black and white and knew we wanted a lot of greenery in the flowers and around the venue. All my bridesmaids have very different personalities and aesthetics – I wanted them to be able to wear what they wanted so we chose white dresses because we knew the other guests wouldn’t be wearing that colour. It set them apart without having to put them in the same dress! I had a pop of deep red in my flowers, red lipstick and a beautiful dark red manicure by Hello Tanya Nails. My favourite details were in the day itself – my mother packed us champagne and a picnic basket to take with us while we were taking photos. When we did our ‘first look’, our bridal party snuck into the art gallery so they could watch us from behind the glass. Our niece and nephew delivered us the rings. And we finished the night dancing with our friends. Those were the details that will stay with me. Married life so far has been fantastic. We were buying our first house at the same time as organising our wedding so we had a hectic six months. We’ve been enjoying being in our own home, settling in and enjoying the quiet life – though we’re heading away to Shanghai, London, Amsterdam and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for our honeymoon so we’re looking forward to that too!






Photography, Andi Crown | Location, Everybody’s | Grooms Attire, Barkers | Flora, The Botanist | Makeup, Laura Williamson