Wedding Stories

We're a sucker for a great story.

Read the stories of couples who shared their perfect day with us.

Tera & Craig

"The environment was perfect and people felt quite enchanted by the location, food, decor, and overall experience."

Lili & James

A stunning venue and a place we hold very close to our hearts. We have been coming as a family for many years and there is literally no better place so of course we had to get married here!

Samantha & Levi

Russell holds a special place for us and the Duke is a beautiful landmark. It is picturesque on the Russell town road. When you think of Russell you think of the waterfront and the Duke.

Lily & Pablo

"The team at The Duke were so great to work with. Everything was slick and polished, the little details were covered. We did not need to have a stressful set up or pack down and the communication and support was outstanding"

Molly & Marco

"All the lights were lit and guests were pouring from the balcony out onto the beach. From then, we knew the Duke was the place we would get married"

Olivia & Jack

We went to the Duke for an afternoon beverage, and sat outside on the water on a beautiful summers day, we absolutely fell in love with the Duke and both decided during that first drink that this would be the place that we would get married

Trelise & Kelly

It’s a day to have all of your favourite people altogether. There is so much fun in the planning, but don’t let it overwhelm what at the end of the day is all about a beautiful celebration.

Annika & Mike

I don’t think there are enough words in this world to describe our special day. But if I had to start somewhere I’d definitely use the words: incredible, emotional, exciting, loving and that I would do it all over again.

Nicole & Mathew

From the months of planning and preparation our day went off without a hitch. It’s a day we will remember forever and I’m sure many of our family and friends will too.

Siran & Paul

"The incredible staff at the Duke had prepared the venue as planned - it was perfect and exactly as I had envisioned! We had such an amazing day with our family and friends and we’re still buzzing about it!"

Lucy & Andrew

"Russell was just perfect as you have everything you need for a memorable weekend: a picture-perfect wharf, golden sand and swimming at Long Beach, great dining and accommodation options..."

Alison & Dave

"The Bay of Islands has always been a special place for David being from Northland. He took me on one of our first summer drives up there and we spent the day driving around Russell and visiting Paihia..."