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A Beautifully Rustic & Natural Wedding In New Zealand

A stunning photograph of Kate and Nikita at their natural wedding in New Zealand.

I am so excited to share with you Kate and Nikita’s beautifully rustic & natural wedding in New Zealand. Ever since I saw their wedding via Nordica Photography, I have wanted to feature it. It will soon become apparent why!

Kate and Nikita got married on Saturday 27th February this year at St Georgina’s Barn, Waiheke Island in New Zealand. They first met at university through mutual friends and dated for six years before getting engaged. ‘Nikita proposed to me in our favourite place, Waiheke Island, back home in New Zealand,’ Kate explains. ‘It was a beautifully sunny day on the island and he surprised me in the morning with homemade crepes then a massage at a luxury lodge.’ The couple then took their bikes and explored the islands’ beaches and vineyards, ending up at a remote cliff top location. Nikita proposed overlooking the incredible coastline.

When it came to her wedding dress, Kate had a look around various boutiques in London, but couldn’t find anything she loved. ‘I ended up having my dress made by Louise Selby,’ says Kate. ‘I showed her the photos of how I wanted each part of the dress to look and she put it all together into my dream dress. It turned out perfectly.’

For Kate and Nikita, the obvious place for their wedding was Waiheke Island in New Zealand. ‘We found a rustic, somewhat abandoned barn in the middle of an olive grove,’ explains Kate. ‘The only catch was that it was literally a blank canvas and everything needed to be brought in. We went for a rustic and natural theme with bohemian and festival vibes.’

The couple were helped when it came to the organisation of their wedding by Michelle Gras from Waiheke Island Weddings and Events. For the styling of their wedding reception, Kate and Nikita were after a rustic and casual feel. ‘We used hessian table runners, old vintage props, festoon lights, bunting, and jam jars with tea lights to help theme the barn, ‘ says Kate.

As Nikita is of Russian heritage, they also decided to incorporate some Russian wedding traditions into their day, including a well stocked vodka bar and a photo booth with Russian props. ‘Other traditions included feeding each other bread dipped in salt when we walked into the reception, ‘says Kate. This is traditionally offered to the newlyweds by the parents as a symbol of health, prosperity and long life.’

Anyway, I am sure you can’t wait to see Kate and Nikita’s stunning rustic & natural wedding.

A natural wedding with beautiful rustic touches

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A stunning photograph of Kate and Nikita at their natural wedding in New Zealand.

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The setting of their celebration couldn’t have been more perfect for their rustic, natural wedding.


As Kate had five bridesmaids, she didn’t like the idea of them all wearing the same thing. Her two sisters wore pink, white, green floral dresses from Reformation. Her best friends wore light pink dresses from & Other Stories.

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The couple exchanging wedding vows.

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A tender moment between Kate and Nikita. Her hair and make-up was by Olga Gill. Nikita wore a Paul Smith suit.

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The couple’s florist was Vicky Roycroft from Wildflower on Waiheke Island. ‘I love the wild, unstructured look for flowers,’ says Kate. Her bouquet was a rustic ‘gathered from the garden’ bouquet.

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How incredible is this photograph of the couple and their bridal party?

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The couple’s wedding reception was exactly as they had envisaged it to be.

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Every detail of their reception had been planned to perfection.

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Their favours were small bottles of home distilled vodka.

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The couple and their guests enjoying their reception.

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Kate convinced Nikita to do a shoot in the torrential rain in the paddock. ‘Our photographer Cole Roberts from Nordica was up for it with the motto, ‘we are not made of sugar, let’s do it,’ Kate says. ‘We were entirely soaked after that, but it was dancing time and we didn’t care!’


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  1. Wow, so gorgeous and beautiful dresses , love love love

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