Sunday, 07 June 2020


New York trend already in Kuaotunu

Kuaotunu local resident, Isabel Gilbert Palmer, was recently looking through the online New York Times and came across something that peaked her interest. It was an article was about couples having a “viewing party” months after their wedding.

Weddings are not exactly five-minute events, but with all the emotion and planning involved, the celebration can, in hindsight, slip by in what might feel like a second. Hence, couples are getting videos made of their special day and showing them later at a “party” to both guests who attended and friends and family who were unable to make it to the actual day.

Isabel thought this was a lovely idea, so she passed the article on to local filmmaker, Amy Taylor, just for interest’s sake, only to find that Amy had already made a wedding video that was later shown at a wedding party. Amy made the video for a Hamilton couple who eloped in Kuaotunu.

“The bride didn't want to miss out on having the wedding dress of her dreams, so she bought a $5,000 dress which she wore for her and her husband’s very intimate wedding ceremony and afterwards it was on to Luke’s Kitchen for pizza and wine,” says Amy. “The couple also wanted a party, however. So, a few weeks later they hired the Kuaotunu Hall and invited all their friends and family to watch the wedding video I had made.”

Amy said the couple were thankful to be able to revisit their special day with all many of their family and friends people. “According to the bride there weren’t many dry eyes in the Kuaotunu Hall all on the night they showed their wedding video,” says Amy.

Image credit to Felicity Jean Photography.


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