Mary & Josh's Laidback Vintage Wellington Wedding

Josh and Mary have a sweet love-story, they met at Hutt Intermediate School but didn’t become a couple until running into each other quite a few years later.  Their romance was ignited at a Lower Hutt sports bar, The Exchange.  Josh proposed to Mary six years later on the shores of Lake Wanaka.  Fittingly, Josh and Mary celebrated their wedding just around the corner from where it all began, at Lower Hutt’s Dowse Museum, on 19th January 2013.

Their ceremony was held at St John’s in The City, the same church Mary’s Nan was married at in 1949.

They expressed their love for indie rock from all eras in their ceremony music choices.  Mary walked down the aisle to DeVotchKa’s indie rock instrumental ‘The Winner Is’ composed for the movie Little Miss Sunshine, they signed their register to Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’ and their recessional song was ‘This Will be Our Year’ by the 60s Brit band The Zombies.

Their wedding was eight months in the making and the couple were lucky to have a very supportive team lead by Josh’s mother, Cathie, and his little sister, Jess.  Josh, Mary, Cathie and Jess were heavily involved in designing and pulling together their vintage-inspired reception décor.

Hessian, hydrangeas, babies’ breath, bunting, jars, family heirlooms, as well as Vintage & Pretty antique furniture, distressed windows for the table plan, books, suitcases and jars, were combined to transform the clean, modern lines and white walls of the museum into a pretty and very vintage reception space.

Bringing in a sense of fun was important for the couple.  The Rockit Brothers kept everyone dancing to the couple’s favourite 60s tunes.  Even Mary’s Nan enjoyed taking the groom for a spin around the dance floor.

The Amazing Travelling Photobooth with Vintage & Pretty photobooth props were perfect as a source of entertainment and mementos for guests.

A Vintage & Pretty outdoor lounge suite and a giant Pick Up Sticks game transformed The Dowse’s sheltered courtyard, creating another space for guests to enjoy.


Their sweets table was a mixture of sweet and sour lollies with bags for guests to take home.  Their favourite lollies were presented in lovely cut-glass urns and old-fashioned sweets jars on Jess’ 1920s dressing table.

Their beautiful chocolate wedding cake was topped with a white hydrangea and was made by Josh’s cousin Bridget Mickelson.

Mary’s dad brought down the house with his father of the bride’s speech in his very dapper bowler hat, bow tie and suspenders.  Normally a quiet and reserved man, he surprised everyone with a hilarious and very heartfelt speech.

Trish from Simply Food did a great job with the food and the Rosebud cocktails, which come highly recommended by all.

Confetti Bridal Boutique of the Hutt Valley helped Mary find the perfect dress and the guys looked great in their vintage-inspired clothes from Hallenstiens. Finding the right bridesmaids’ dresses was one of the most stressful parts of the planning for Mary.  It took her a long time to find dresses she liked and finally found the perfect ones online at

Key Suppliers

  • Ceremony Venue: St John’s in the City
  • Reception: The Dowse Museum
  • Mary’s Dress: by Halo from Confetti Bridal
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Light in the Box
  • Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Hallensteins Brothers
  • Photographer: Benjamin and Elise Photography
  • Photobooth: The Amazing Travelling Photobooth
  • Band: The Rockit Brothers (
  • Flowers: The Florist
  • Catering: Simply Food
  • Hired Décor: Vintage & Pretty
  • Transport: Aristocrat Auto Hire
  • The Bride’s Hair: Bob Hairdressing
  • The Bride’s Makeup Artist: Sarah Price