Simunovich Olive Es­tate, Auck­land

Wedding Destinations - - TOP VENUES AUCKLAND - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Dream­life

We wanted our wed­ding to be a cel­e­bra­tion of each other, our fam­i­lies, friends and her­itage. We de­cided early on to have two wed­ding cer­e­monies - a Catholic cer­e­mony and a Sikh one.

The Sikh cer­e­mony was just for close fam­ily and friends and held in a tem­ple in South Auck­land.

The Catholic cer­e­mony was held the next day at St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral in Auck­land city and was of­fi­ci­ated by my two par­ish priests one of whom had known me since I was a lit­tle girl. We chose St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral, as it’s an ex­quis­ite church and a great cen­tral lo­ca­tion, which was ideal for our many out of town guests.

Our re­cep­tion was held at the “Bracu Pavil­ion” at Simunovich Olive Es­tate in the Bom­bay Hills. As this is a 40-minute drive out of the city we or­gan­ised coaches to trans­port guests to and from the venue. We served Cham­pagne on the way there, which was a great way to get the party started and guests min­gling.

We wanted a venue that was unique, had a ro­man­tic yet mod­ern feel but above all in­cred­i­ble food and ser­vice. Simunovich Olive Es­tate with its stun­ning rolling green car­pet of olive trees, a brand new, con­tem­po­rary, Pavil­ion, a well-es­tab­lished “des­ti­na­tion” din­ing rep­u­ta­tion and in­cred­i­bly at­ten­tive staff, fit the bill per­fectly. We in­cluded many per­sonal touches into our day:

A mono­gram con­sist­ing of our ini­tials fea­tured on ev­ery­thing from our wed­ding in­vites, or­ders of ser­vice, seat­ing chart to favour boxes and was even em­broi­dered onto cus­tom made servi­ettes. The wine and beer served con­sisted of our favourite New Zealand and Aus­tralian drops. Pho­tos from our own par­ent’s wed­dings were placed around the venue. Our favours in­cluded colour­ful ban­gles and a “Candy Ta­ble” con­sist­ing of child­hood favourites and home-made cup cakes and choco­late truf­fles.

Our ta­bles were named af­ter the cities in the world that our guests had trav­elled from (we used pic­tures of well-known icons from those cities with us su­per-im­posed into the pic­tures to la­bel the ta­bles. Th­ese be­came a great talk­ing point through­out the night).

We cre­ated “out­door mood light­ing” to en­cour­age guests to walk around the beau­ti­ful es­tate (we ar­ranged for the trees sur­round­ing the Pavil­ion to be filled with fairy lights, the pond to be lit up with float­ing lights and lanterns to be strate­gi­cally placed around the area).

wed­ding in­ven­tory

bride’s dress: At the tem­ple I wore a cream se­quined “lehenga” - a tra­di­tional In­dian skirt and top en­sem­ble. At St Pa­trick’s I wore a silk dress with hand-sewn pearl bead­ing made overseas by the same dress­maker who made my mum’s wed­ding dress. groom’s at­tire: Mar­cus wore a tra­di­tional In­dian gar­ment at the tem­ple and full dress tails for the church. cake: A four-tier choco­late, lemon, cof­fee and fruit cake made by the de­light­ful Emma at Straw­berry Sky to re­sem­ble the in­tri­cate de­tails of a wed­ding dress with a top­per show­cas­ing Mar­cus’ love as a Mel­bour­nian, for Aussie Rules foot­ball. flow­ers: We chose ar­range­ments of white roses for the cathe­dral and a mix­ture of pink and white roses, lisianthus, amaran­thus, ger­beras and Bells of Ire­land for the pavil­ion. Suri Florist at El­liot Sta­bles cre­ated the bou­quets and bou­ton­nieres for the bri­dal party and our par­ents. mu­sic: A Scot­tish bag­piper piped us into the re­cep­tion fol­lowed by a wel­come by a tra­di­tional In­dian Bhangra group. Our “cock­tail hour” was ac­com­pa­nied by a string trio. venue: Bracu Pavil­ion at Simunovich Olive Es­tate in the Bom­bay Hills.

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