Today’s real wedding comes to us from the gorgeous Sarah McEvoy from windy Wellington. Enjoy this story and Enjoy the Love. “Dylan and Louise had a modern artistic wedding. They got ready and had a few photos at the Museum Art Hotel, followed by their ceremony which was in the New Zealand portrait art gallery. I loved how they incorporated more masculine materials like metal, wood and paint into their style for the day and tied it all together with subdued, cool greys and blues. And that they had a brides man and grooms woman as well as bridesmaids and groomsmen in their bridal party!”

Dylan and Louise met on the dance floor at 4am after a live gig, and a just a few months later Dylan proposed on Christmas day by presenting Louise with a wrapped scrabble box. He had glued the tiles onto the board to create a played out game, all the words described Louise and their relationship! On the two racks using the remaining tiles he had spelled out the proposal. On the wedding, from Dylan: “Colour wise greys were always going to play a big part as we both have quite a desaturated palette. The Teal/Aqua shades were to tie in with the bridesmaid dresses. It seemed far easier to find dresses we liked and match the colour theme to them, rather than the other way around. I’ve always been quite arts and design focused, although my work life has been anything but. So it was a good opportunity to get crafting. The signage was all hand cut masking and stencil work; utilising a few stencil graffiti art skills that have been collecting dust.

The timber decorations are all from recycled shipping crates, pallets, cable drums; anything I could salvage from work. I didn’t like the idea of using a lot of new materials in a one time use scenario. Other bits like the lanterns now adorn the ceiling in our spare room. Not much went in the bin at the end of the day. The wedding arch was steel tube fencing salvaged from a scrap metal bin at a storage yard. I made all the geometric nets to hang from the arch. Being fairly controlling in our vision we did a lot of the work ourselves; we wanted friends and family to just be able to turn up and enjoy the day, since they’d all gone to such effort to just be there. The bridal party were a huge help in setting up the reception venue the day before though. With the majority of guests being from out of town and Wellingtons’ weather being anything but predictable, we didn’t want people having to go far between ceremony and reception. Louise had always wanted to get married in a gallery, so Shed 11 and The Queens Wharf Ballroom worked out perfectly. Neither of us are hugely traditional people but we did have a cake knife from one family and cake slice from the other, and Louise’s Grandmother’s cameo was incorporated into her braided hair.

Highlights of the day?

Dylan; Staring at my beautiful wife to be as Gerry did her celebrant business; it was the first moment I truly relaxed and stopped thinking about what needed to be done and enjoyed the moment. Louise; It’s hard to pick a highlight because it was all amazing, other than seeing Dylan looking all suave in his suit for the first time, a highlight was after the first dance when Dylan and I got to relax and all the expectations had gone. We stayed on the dance floor till 3am and were the last to leave! We both love dancing, and when I switched my high heels for my sparkly slip on vans I was in my element!

Any wedding tips for future couples?

Dylan; Don’t have your stag night two days before the wedding, I was not at the top of my game. Don’t compromise your day in order to cater to what you perceive will make others happy; people who love and care about you will be happy just to see and share the day with you. I could not have predicted some of the people who were still on the dance floor in the small hours. Louise; Paper is better than technology for speech notes. If you think you might make a speech, it’s worth organising your ideas well and on paper – as my phone locked and not being able to see my notes ruined the flow.

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