Erhard & Desiree
Bride: Desiree Schmucker (Graesslin) Groom: Erhard Schmucker Date of Wedding: 29 March 2012
The proposal: The bride was given the amazing opportunity to transfer jobs and move to Abu Dhabi. “I didn’t know if Erhard would want to come with me – did it mean the end of our relationship? Thankfully, he decided he would come with me but we’d hold off on getting married or rushing to get engaged. Erhard worked for Air New Zealand and was away frequently on long haul flights. One morning, he arrived just before I was due out of bed, but wouldn’t let me get up! I was having a bad week at work and my stress was starting to shine through as I complained about the three days. But who flies to Canada, buys a beautiful New Zealand Michael Hill ring there and proposes – my one and only! Needless to say, my next day, week and month were all smiles after that. To top it off, he popped the question in the same home I grew up in - the house was and is the only thing I have left from my childhood. Ceremony & Wedding Venue: Our dream is simple – to one day own and retire on a beautiful winery. We knew that the theme of the wedding would be cheese and wine! On our first date, Erhard ran late and only made it in time for dessert. We opted to share a cheeseboard and bottle of wine. From then on, cheese and wine was always special to us. Having visited many of the Waiheke wineries in the past, Mudbrick was the first and only venue we were interested in. The cosy rustic atmosphere is a reflection of our personalities. We wanted our wedding to feel special and luxurious while still portraying a homely and intimate environment. With guests travelling from Auckland by ferry, it gave the feeling of a destination wedding.
The ceremony was on the cellar roof and the reception in their main restaurant. We couldn’t have picked a better location and God couldn’t have given us better weather! Spectacular views of Auckland city created a special memory and served as the ideal Celebrant/Minister: Andrew Sangster was born 16 days after Erhard and lived a few streets down. Once they became friends, there was no looking back. While Erhard headed off for a career in hospitality, Andrew grew up to be a Pastor for a church in West Auckland. There was no question over who would marry us. How many people can say they were married by their best and oldest friend? Andrew will forever remain close to our hearts. Photographer: I’ve always seen photographs not just as Kodak moments but as art. We both wanted photos we would cherish for life, share with friends, blow up onto canvas and hang in our home. We needed a photographer who didn’t just capture the day but emotions as well. We couldn’t have been more pleased than what Blair and Chloe did for us. From the smallest detailed shots to capturing friends and family, our pictures are all masterpieces. The influx of comments from friends and family stating these are by far the best wedding photos they have ever seen is of course an honour and humbling all at the same time – and I know they aren’t just saying that; they are truly spectacular. Theme: Food and wine - namely cheese and wine! We wanted a strong theme to run throughout the day. The invitations were printed on tea towels and grapes and glasses of wine were drawn on. The wedding info was printed on what looked like an old recipe card from traditional wooden recipe boxes.
Erhard’s favourite dessert is red velvet cheesecake. What would make a better favour? The night before the wedding, I baked 70 cupcakes-in-a-jar! DIY “Be Calm Have A Cupcake” tags were attached. In lieu of traditional table numbers, table names were ingredients used to make the cupcakes, printed and tied around an empty bottle of wine. backdrop for our wedding photos. Erhard and I are both very open people, sentimental and loving in everything we do. Every detail of our wedding was careful thought out to reflect who we are, even if many of our guests didn’t realise it!