Erhard & De­siree

Bride: De­siree Sch­mucker (Graesslin) Groom: Erhard Sch­mucker Date of Wed­ding: 29 March 2012

My Wedding - - REAL WEDDING -

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!

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