Summer & Sam – our 2017 Wedding Party of the Year winners

Summer and Sam planned a spectacular wedding that was quintessentially them. Supported by their amazing wedding party, their day was everything they had envisioned and more. Summer shares their story…

‘We got married at Markovina Vineyard Estate in Kumeu, Auckland. Sam and I decided the chestnut tree was exactly where we wanted to say “I do”. We had such a long time to plan our wedding, which meant we could make sure everything was exactly what we wanted, right down to the smallest details. You could describe our wedding as a chic country, woodland fairy tale.

Our wedding party was made up of my maid of honour Brittany, and bridesmaids Rebecca and Victoria, and Sam’s bestman Ashton, and groomsmen Thomas and Isaac. They all looked amazing and everyone was so much fun and got along really well. Everyone in our wedding party made our day that much more special and made sure everything ran smoothly.

After our ceremony, we all headed to Riverhead Forest in Kumeu with a picnic basket of treats, for some photos. Our amazing wedding party had travelled some distance to get to our wedding, and it was so much fun getting our photos taken together because everyone was happy and nothing was forced. My favourite photo of us is where we are each in a different silly pose. Our wedding day was perfect.’

Photos: Wild & Grace
Gown: Martina Liana
Venue & catering: Markovina Vineyard Estate
Groom’s attire: Rodd & Gunn
Flowers: Frond Florist
Cake: Sweet Addiction


Summer and Sam have won two nights’ accommodation for the winning couple in a cosy cottage at Magic Cottages Takou River, a beautiful cheese cake from The Kapiti Store to enjoy with friends, and his and hers fragrances from Elizabeth Arden and John Varatos.