Real Weddings: Leith MacFarlane and Andrew McCulley

By Rebecca Barry Hill
Leith and Andrew with the posters of their invitations. Picture / Bayly & Moore.

When Leith and Andrew got married, they wanted it to be personal, casual and fun. With just 50 family and friends invited and no bridal party to worry about, the most stressful part of organising the event was getting married close to Christmas — and a storm on the horizon. Leith and Andrew, both 32, decided to keep things simple yet meaningful — and, thankfully, the weather co-operated.

Leading up to the wedding, posters of their invitations (above) were hung at the top of Douglas St, Ponsonby. They got ready at their home in Birkenhead, then met in their backyard for photos with photographers Bayly & Moore.

“We said our vows in a little park on Douglas St, just across the road from our old apartment, then celebrated down the road at our old local coffee joint, Good One Cafe,” says Leith. Afterwards, they led the jazz band down the street to the after-party.

The bride wore a mid-century-influenced dress and vintage headpiece, both from Rue De Seine; Andrew wore a Crane Brothers suit and Cheaney shoes Leith’s brother brought over from the UK. Their sunglasses were from Warby Parker in the US.

Lots of details made the day memorable, says Leith. “Having an intimate ceremony and after-party in urban and industrial spaces that we knew well, crafting a ceremony based on our own personal stories and vows, and eating our way through a menu of nine different courses of our favourite food from our travels.”

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