Bride and groom set a new record at their Wanaka Wedding

Helicopters, a peacock feather, the colour purple were just some of the features of Lyndsey & Dave’s February Wedding but that’s not what got them into the record books!
The groom, who used to be a DJ incorporated his interest in records into his wedding in a most unique and delightful way. The former vinyl record shop owner created a seating plan using the covers from old records. As if that wasn’t quirky enough, the finishing touch was, well, you have to read the rest of the article to find out! It’s just so cute, we love it. 
Let’s talk about the bride for a moment now, whose passion for whisky had her reaching for the bottle…..(sorry Lyndsey we couldn’t resist that!) But as the couple themselves are fans of Whisky they brought this aspect of their shared passion into the wedding in a special and light filled way. 
Before we let you read all about it from Lyndsey and Dave themselves we will make one comment about Wanaka their choice of location to celebrate their wedding…. 
*SWOON*  That’s all we will say about that…..over to you Lyndsey and Dave……



Your names: Lyndsey & Dave Whelan
Wedding Venue: Edgewater, Wanaka
Wedding Date: 3rd Feb 2017

Vendor Love

Florist: Crimson Wedding Flowers by Tracey Morrow (
Wedding dress: Robyn Cliffe Couturiere (
Bridesmaids dresses: Weddington Way (
Cake: Cakes of Wanaka (
Photography: Simon Darby Photography (
Celebrant: Jools MacKnight (
Hair & Makeup: Road to Beauty (
Chair hire: Wanaka Marquee & Party Hire (
Helicopter: Alpine Helicopters (
Music and lighting: inlight event lighting, Matt Gunn
Photo Booth: Cheeky fox Photo Booth (
Lyndsey and Dave chose our Handdrawn Heart Fingerprint Guestbook - order yours here



What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme? Describe the feel you wanted to achieve on the day?

We had a very ‘loose’ colour theme of purple and teal. Purple because I’ve been obsessed by the colour from my early teens (ALL my family and friends know this!) and teal because it’s just a beautiful colour, reminded us of the water across the lake and also matched my opal engagement ring. Right from the start, we decided that we didn’t want everything to exactly match - not just because it would have added a heap more stress but mainly because we didn’t want the ‘theme’ to hinder us in having all the elements we wanted to include on the day. So the bridesmaid’s dresses were purple, the groomsman wore teal ties, the flowers were a mixture of purple, teal and blues, the cake was teal and ivory (with purple rocks around the bottom) and the lanterns in the Pavilion were purple and teal. Everything else was a mismatched but worked! Other than the colours, we wanted elements of us throughout the day. So we had fairy light filled whisky bottles on the tables as table numbers (we both love whisky!), Vinyl record covers as the table plan with the track listings serving as the guests’ names (Dave used to be a DJ and owned his own vinyl record shop), and my hair clip, bouquet and all flower arrangements featured succulents and peacock feather, just as something different!
Right from the start, we decided that we didn’t want everything to exactly match - not just because it would have added a heap more stress but mainly because we didn’t want the ‘theme’ to hinder us in having all the elements we wanted to include on the day. So the bridesmaid’s dresses were purple, the groomsman wore teal ties, the flowers were a mixture of purple, teal and blues, the cake was teal and ivory (with purple rocks around the bottom) and the lanterns in the Pavilion were purple and teal. Everything else was a mismatched but worked! Other than the colours, we wanted elements of us throughout the day. So we had fairy light filled whisky bottles on the tables as table numbers (we both love whisky!), Vinyl record covers as the table plan with the track listings serving as the guests’ names (Dave used to be a DJ and owned his own vinyl record shop), and my hair clip, bouquet and all flower arrangements featured succulents and peacock feather, just as something different!

What did you love about your venue?

It’s proximity to Wanaka Lake and also the staff were amazing! From our first meeting, they put us at complete ease and they were just so experienced we knew we’d be in great hands. And you just can’t beat that stunning view!

How did you display your wedding guestbook on the day?

We displayed it on a cloth covered trestle table, along with photos of Dave and I when we were kids. We had a little container of baby wipes and a discreet basket for used wipes under the table. We had the pen and inks lined up alongside the guestbook and we displayed the instruction card in a purple soapstone photo holder. We also had a couple of glass jars of sweets on the table that would lure people towards the guest book table in case they’d forgotten!

What was feedback from your guests on your guestbook?

They absolutely loved it! They thought it was a great idea and also thought it tied in well with the ink colours chosen. It was so simple to use so everyone participated!

Did your wedding have any DIY elements? 

Yes! We made the whisky bottles (supplied by Whisky Galore Christchurch) containing fairy lights to go on the tables, the record sleeves that acted at our table plan were designed by Dave and assembled by both of us, we displayed our baby photos by constructing 2 wooden frames and attaching twine running across to peg them onto. and I made all the name cards to tie in with the purple and teal theme ...... took me days but was well worth it!

Favourite memory from the day?

There are just too many - so hard to pick only one! But the top fave moments have to be walking down the aisle and saying our own personal vows, the ride in the helicopter after the ceremony to the peninsula, and during the speeches the video messages from friends back in the UK that our maid of honour and best man had conspired to create without our knowledge - so touching and meant the world to us seeing and hearing them on the day.

Where have you displayed your guestbook at home?

As soon as it’s framed it will take pride of place our living room. We’re just deciding on a frame that will do it justice!
Lyndsey and Dave are real people, real couples like you who have enjoyed their special wedding day. We are so grateful to them for sharing their story with us. 
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May 04, 2017 by My Guestbook Collaborator

How Joanne and Matthew made time stand still on their wedding day.



We love hearing wedding stories, and as many as we’ve heard, we’re always blown away by the unique additions couples manage to incorporate into their wedding plans. 

Take Joanne and Matthew for example who decided to leave some precious items and memories in a time capsule. What a fabulous way to make time stand still for this gorgeous couple. The experience was made extra special by the fact the capsule was created for them by a family member. Joanne tells you all about this fantastic idea in her own words below.

We were really impressed with Joanne and Matthews decision to use a lot of Auckland-based businesses for their wedding, ourselves included. They chose a fantastic West Auckland wedding venue making their photographs (taken by Chris Turner) an adventure not to be forgotten! As we are also based in West Auckland we can’t help but be a little bit proud when our locals get to showcase their fabulous products and services.



What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme? And if no theme, the feel you wanted to achieve on the day?

I went with a rustic, vintage theme. The final look ended up looking very romantic and awesome. I went with purples/pinks/cream for my colours which complimented each other really well

What did you love about your venue?

Our venue - Cassels on Scenic Drive North was absolutely amazing! Leigh and her amazing staff for made our day truly amazing! 

From the setting of the date, our consult 6 weeks prior, the rehearsal and the day of the wedding, it was all stress-free and a breeze. Leigh's organisation is exceptional and our wedding day flowed smoothly and without a hitch.  The food was amazing (so many compliments on this) and the set up was beautiful - Leigh was really accommodating of our needs and wants for our special day which we loved. The staff and service were also exceptional.

How did you display your wedding guestbook on the day?

We popped our guest book on a table in the marquee area while the bridal party were out for photos. We framed a note saying "leaf a print and sign your name". Once we were back, we moved it inside for guests to look at and sign during the night. 

What was feedback from your guests on your guestbook?

Our guests loved the guestbook - we got so many compliments on it and they loved the touch of it - it definitely added to our day. 


Did your wedding have any DIY elements? 

I made all of the menu cards, name labels and guest favours myself. 

Favourite moment from the day?

My favourite moment of the day was the sense of serene calm as I reached the altar and my husband-to-be and I held hands after I nearly cried my eyes out walking down the aisle. Another favourite memory is heading off to our photos - the location was definitely off the beaten track and it was very funny getting there! 

Ooh, I forgot to add that we had a time capsule box which was made by my husband’s grandfather. We popped some good red wine in it along with letters from our parents, each other and our bridal party for us to read in 20 years. I popped in my sash from my hens do and Matt popped in some newspapers from the day we were married. Our celebrant put in a copy of our ceremony and our vows. It is padlocked and will be opened on the 8/1/2037

Thanks so much to Joanne and to Matthew for taking the time to tell us all about their wedding day. We love hearing real life stories so don’t be shy! Your stories help brides & grooms-to-be with ideas, gives you a chance to re-live your wedding day and helps to showcase a range of businesses.

Just in case you didn’t know, any stories we feature receive a free 8 x 10 fine art photo print. What are you waiting for??! Email us now to get the ball rolling…. 

To find out more about Joanne and Matthew’s lovely wedding day vendors, read on….

Your names: Joanne Wallis & Matthew Wallis
Wedding Venue: Cassels
Wedding Date: 08th January 2017
List of vendors:





March 17, 2017 by My Guestbook

How Adam and Jenn Reversed the polarity of the neutron flow

OK, ok, so you have to be a Dr Who fan to understand the heading, for you Harry Potter Fans, how about this instead:

Jenn Catches Her Golden Snitch

You can’t blame us for trying….


All the beautiful images in this blog post were captured by Connect Photography


We first met Adam and Jenn at the Bride and Groom Show in 2016. This is when they excitedly told us about their interests:

Him: A Whovian (Dr Who fan)

Her: A Potterhead (A Harry Potter Fan)

They explained how they wished to combine both passions to create a totally unique and personalised wedding.

Do we like a challenge? YES! Therefore, we were super excited to create a wedding guestbook based on these fantastic themes. And create it we did.

We think you will enjoy reading all about Adam and Jenn’s unique wedding we certainly did, especially the part where Jenn’s father offered some advice. We couldn’t help but think of this classic Harry Potter catchphrase:

Not to be rude or anything, but this isn’t really a great time for me to have a House Elf in my bedroom

You’ll understand when you get to it…..!!!!


Your Names:
Adam and Jenn

Wedding Date:
19th November 2016

Ceremony Venue: 
St Leonards Chapel and Gardens , Auckland.

Reception Venue:
McHughs Of Cheltenham, Devonport

What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme? 

“The Geeks in Us” traditional meet geek

Our interests! We wanted something unique to us and that’s how we decided on a geeky themed wedding. He’s a Whovian and I’m a Potterhead. We fully immersed our personalities into it rather than going for the usual wedding decorations. We both combined our interests and had a wedding with not just one theme but two. Instead of concentrating on what the bride wanted the groom also had as much input which is pretty  unheard of these days. We had a beautifully rehearsed dance, with a base of ballet and contemporary.



What did you love about your venue?

On my side, I had a lot of family coming from overseas, Hong Kong, Taiwan, London, America .. so we wanted something that showed Auckland’s scenery and natural beauty. We first fell in love with St Leonards so we looked at different reception venues in that area. When we saw the view from McHughs of Cheltenham, we couldn’t say no. The restaurant manager was friendly and the food was great. We just loved the feel of the place and the stunning view of Rangitoto outside.


How did you display your wedding guestbook on the day?

Near the entrance! Our emcee and helpers would welcome guests and direct them to the Whomping Willow!


What was feedback from your guests on your guestbook?

Guests who were familiar with Doctor Who and Harry Potter knew the design concept straightaway. Guests who aren’t familiar with the fandoms thought it was a unique tree design. Overall, the guests loved our personalised the design was and how it really fitted in with Adam and myself. It tied the wedding together, just like our wedding cake.

Did your wedding have any DIY elements?

Quite a lot … 

  • We hand painted our own aisle runner (never again!)
  • Golden snitches - having dozens of golden snitches hanging in your house for months was not fun, especially when you have a cat and the snitches’ wings were made out of feathers.
  • Burgundy coloured mason jars: I dyed the inside of the jars myself (something I do at my kindy all the time) - PVA glue and colour dye. Again, wasn’t fun when they are drying in the house and your cat is just so damn curious. When the jars were dry, I stuck vinyl stickers of tardies and golden snitches on them.
  • Our ceremony program and reception program: That took forever … 
  • Reserved seat tags
  • Seating plan: my friend and I designed it together


Favourite moment / memory from the day? 

Definitely our ceremony .. that moment when I saw him standing at the altar .. I felt so at peace and so blessed to be marrying my best friend. And seeing MONTHS of hard work put together just so beautifully.

Adam said his favourite was seeing me walking down the aisle in a WHITE dress “the girls and I have been saying its flamingo colours and bright pink” and eating our wedding cake. 


Funny Moments!

  1. While getting our professional photos done (after the ceremony), our best man crashed one of the bridal cars … My husband and I were getting our individual photos taken and we heard a crash and we were like, “ohhh was that a crash? Na.” Then when we got back to our bridal cars … we found out it was one of our cars. 
  2. When it was cake cutting time .. our sonic screwdriver knife broke and snapped into two!
  3. The weather was cloudy and damp, slight drizzle, so sand flies were everywhere and they particularly loved the tulle of my dress. I felt like a personal mosquito net.  
  4. My father’s speech .. he is a faithful catholic .. so he started explaining about the importance of sexual relations (exact words) after marriage. Needless to say, everyone was trying not to laugh and my poor husband, Adam, was sinking lower and lower into his seat.
  5. I was starving … I was too nervous to eat - we had to wake up at 5am to begin my make-up and hair. I only had coffee and felt like I was going to puke the whole morning. I did not get to eat until the reception, which was dinner. I couldn’t eat much because the dress was fitted and I was over hungry .. So when the reception finished at midnight .. My best woman drove one of the bridal cars with me and my husband (still in a wedding dress and suit) to McDonalds. 


Where have you displayed your guestbook at home?

We are waiting till after honeymoon so we can save enough money to get professional framing. We are looking at getting UV protection glass etc. because we want to keep it in pristine quality forever!


Thanks to Adam and Jenn for taking the time to tell us about their stunning wedding day which they clearly worked hard to achieve and enjoy.

We would love to hear more stories from our gorgeous couples about their wedding adventures so please do get in touch with us:

Just a reminder, that each real wedding that we feature we will send you a free 8x10 fine art photo print of one of your wedding photos.

We would like to wish Adam and Jenn much joy in their marriage and finish off with an Albus Dumbledore Quote:

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

If you want to see more here is the video of this stunning wedding from Top Studio

Jennifer & Adam's Wedding Highlight MV from Top Studio on Vimeo.

We asked Adam and Jenn to tell us which suppliers they used ………. so just for you here are all the details ......

Connect Photography NZ 

Top Studio here is a link to Adam and Jenn's Wedding 

Father Rory Morrissey - a priest of the Diocese of Auckland in New Zealand

Devine Rentals 2 Mercedes

Bride Outfit:

: Converse custom made through their online store to fit our wedding colours with the words Bride, Groom, Best Man, Best Woman embroidered onto them.
: Etsy
: Karen Walker, Etsy, Lovisa, Pandora
Wedding bands
: Michael Hill
: Wendy Makin
Hair: Best Man’s sister
Make Up: Amie Rolleston

Groom Outfit
Suit -YD Australia,
Shoes:  Converse
Cufflinks:  Custom Gallifreyan cufflinks from Etsy

Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS

Sweet Bites Cakes

Paper flowers from Harry Potter and Doctor Who books – Etsy

Gryffindor quill - Etsy


Reception dinner, food provided by McHughs.

Mix It DJ 

 Reception Decor/Props:

  • My Guest Book for our custom made Whomping Willow fingerprint tree 
  • Doctor Who and Harry Potter EVERYTHING.
  • Our seating chart was the wizarding world map.
  • Doctor Who and Harry Potter bunting behind the bridal table
  • Table centre pieces were set up with POP characters, paper confetti, candles and tiles.
  • Handmade golden snitches hanging from the ceiling



February 07, 2017 by My Guestbook

Glenn & Anna ~ Penny Drop inspired guestbook at French Bay Wedding


When we were approached by Glenn, an event planner to produce a wedding guestbook, the brief was; create a book that reminded people of the penny drop games. Here at My Guestbook we like a challenge and thankfully, so does our wonderful carpenter and frame maker!

We began with gathering up some cool wooden hearts in different sizes. Glenn & Anna had designed a gorgeous logo for their wedding, so this was to go on the back of the hearts. Incidentally, this same logo was used on the bubbles given out to the guests on the rooftop of the fabulous refurbished Lopdell House in Titirangi. The bride and groom had their ceremony there with the Waitakere ranges providing a stunning backdrop.

The reception for the wedding took place at the iconic French Bay Yacht Club bringing with it a sense of nostalgia for the groom whose family grew up in this beautiful part of West Auckland. What a truly unique wedding venue which brings with it rustic charm and a sense of classic Kiwiana.

Our wedding guestbook fitted perfectly into the room which the couple had decorated themselves. Once an event planner, always an event planner! And, it showed, the attention to detail was magnificent. Not just content to put the frame for the hearts onto a wall, an old rustic door from Vintage & Style provided a boho backdrop for this quaint wedding guestbook.


Not only were the guests delighted to discover the wedding place settings, but were equally delighted to interact with the guestbook in a unique and playful way. It was wonderful watching the wedding guestbook fill up during the evening as people enjoyed writing out a special message then 'posting' it into the frame through a specially made slot. The result was an art piece itself!

The finished wedding guestbook was on show at the recent bride and groom show at the Ellerslie showgrounds in Auckland, where it received rave reviews and as a consequence, lots of ideas and brought with it, yes, you've guessed it......a new set of challenges!

venue :: French Bay Yacht Club
prop hire :: Vintage & Style 
guestbook :: My Guestbook
photographer :: Stories Without Words


Kylie & Dixon: A Special Family Farm Wedding in Auckland

My Guestbook - Kylie and Dixons New Zealand Wedding On The Family Farm

We are thrilled to bring you our first 'Real Wedding' feature. We love seeing our guestbooks in wedding photos and one of our favourites, The Pohutukawa Guestbook was part of Kylie and Dixon's Wedding Day. Photographer Chris Melville took some stunning shots of this romantic wedding which we get to share with you.

Kylie & Dixon held their ceremony at Kylie's family farm in Onewhero, which is about 40 minutes south of Auckland. The farm created a stunning backdrop for this relaxed wedding full of love, joy and laughter. Think tree lined driveways, vintage tractors and a country backdrop to create that wow factor on what was a glorious Summer afternoon.

kylie and dixon nacey wedding on family farm 

We love how this amazing day involved lots of DIY elements with family and friends helping to create a magical wedding with lots of personal touches. For instance, the fab vintage Holden Kingswood was supplied by a family friend and driven by Kylie's cousin Nathan Jones. Flowers were created by another Jones family member, Jeanette or JJ.

There is just something about red roses that you have to love. The Pohutukawa topped wedding cake was made by Kylie's Sister, Debbie Jones. Hair and make up were by Charlotte Aumatangi who created a stunning look for the bride and bridesmaids.

bride and bridesmaids showing red colour theme of wedding

The intimate ceremony was led by Auckland celebrant, Ngiare Ford and was made even more special as Kylie and Dixon's young sons were ring bearers. 

Musically, the whole day was amazing. Dixon is one of the most versatile guitarists in the country which has seen him perform with jazz and pop musicians all over the world. He is a Director of Bands By Design so it's no surprise the music on the day was perfectly planned.

From the jazz trio playing under the trees as guests arrived, to the live band and vocalist who rocked the stage at the reception, this event had top flight musicians keeping guests entertained all day! So if you are still planning your wedding entertainment and are looking for a band or musicians we are sure Dixon could help!

celebrant ngiare ford led the ceremony
During the wedding, guests were invited to sign the guestbook which had been set up on an antique dresser in one of the marquees complete with a vase of flowers and ink pads to match the red theme of the wedding. Kylie chose our Pohutukawa Fingerprint Tree Guestbook. Guests loved adding their fingerprint on the tree leaving their mark on this special day. Kylie asked us to frame the guestbook for her after the wedding and it is now hanging in their home.
red vintage holden kingswood wedding car complements the guestbook

Thanks to Kylie for sharing her wedding day with us. As a thank you we will be printing one of Kylie's wedding photos onto our gorgeous archival fine art paper for her to frame for her home.

If you are interested in submitting your 'Real Wedding' we would love to hear from you. If your wedding is featured we will send you an 8 x 10 inch fine art print of one of your wedding photos. We only feature weddings where our guest books have been used and form part of the story with photos. 

Please send us an email to for more information.


Wedding date: January 2015

Season: Summer
Venue: Family Farm - Onewhero. 
Hair and Make up: Charlotte AumatangiFlowers: JJ Jeanette Jones l Car: Family Friend I Celebrant: Ngiare Ford I Cake: Debbie Jones I Photographer: Chris Melville I Music: Bands By Design I Guestbook: My Guestbook