Simunovich Olive Estate, Auckland
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).
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.