Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant, Waiheke Island
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.
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.