Mud­brick Vine­yard & Restau­rant, Wai­heke Is­land

Wedding Destinations - - TOP VENUES WAIHEKE - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Jes­sica higueras

Wai­heke Is­land is so beau­ti­ful and we have spent a lot of time there as a cou­ple.

We liked the idea of get­ting our friends and fam­ily to­gether for a few days to re­lax, cel­e­brate and en­joy some time away. Wai­heke Is­land is so beau­ti­ful and we have spent a lot of time there as a cou­ple. It’s close to Auck­land so it was rel­a­tively easy for our guests to get to, and the laid­back feel along with the won­der­ful nat­u­ral features of the is­land really ap­pealed to us.

Our cer­e­mony was on the cel­lar roof at Mud­brick Vine­yard and Restau­rant, a beau­ti­ful, ro­man­tic set­ting that cap­tured Wai­heke’s stun­ning views. Guests min­gled while we had our pho­to­graphs taken then they were seated for the re­cep­tion in the main restau­rant where we had a three-course meal that was very well re­ceived by our guests. Our cake was a three-tiered, with two choco­late tiers and one La Dolce Vita tier.

I wanted to in­clude my favourite flow­ers and also flow­ers that had some sig­nif­i­cance. My bou­quet fea­tured a pink hy­drangea and laven­der, both from my grand­mother’s garden. Pink-tipped roses were in all of the bou­quets be­cause Chris so of­ten gave th­ese del­i­cate flow­ers to me through­out our re­la­tion­ship and over­all the flow­ers had a vin­tage look with soft hues, which I love.

Hav­ing great wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy was im­por­tant to us so we had most of our pho­to­graphs taken be­fore the cer­e­mony which gave us more time to spend with guests af­ter­wards. Chris loves cars so we hired a 1967 Chevro­let Caprice, and a 1968 Chevro­let Im­pala from the Wai­heke Hot Rod Club.

The most valu­able tip I re­ceived was that at some time dur­ing the day, stop and take a moment with your new hus­band, look around and ap­pre­ci­ate all the work that’s gone into plan­ning your day - be­cause it goes so quickly and cel­e­brat­ing to­gether with fam­ily and friends are the mo­ments to re­mem­ber.

wed­ding in­ven­tory

bride’s dress: Silk ge­or­gette and duchess silk satin with a French chan­tilly lace bodice, de­signed and made by Sarah at The Lit­tle White Dress in How­ick. We spent hours search­ing for the per­fect lace and she was so easy to work with and did an amaz­ing job bring­ing my vi­sion to life. The brides­maids also wore dresses de­signed and made by Sarah at The Lit­tle White Dress. groom’s at­tire: A Work­ing Style suit and shirt and the grooms­men also wore suits by Work­ing Style. cake: From Rocket Kitchen in Auck­land. flow­ers: Amy Kar­rasch did all of the flow­ers for the wed­ding. Hair & makeup: The bride, brides­maids and mother of the bride had their hair and makeup done by Si­mone Brook. mu­sic: Adam Steven­son played an acous­tic set while guests min­gled be­fore and af­ter the cer­e­mony which cre­ated a happy and re­laxed at­mos­phere. venue: Our cer­e­mony was on the cel­lar roof at Mud­brick, over­look­ing the Hau­raki Gulf and Mud­brick vines. plan­ner: Chris and I or­gan­ised the wed­ding our­selves.

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