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A touch of Tuscany- Poderi Crisci Wedding

Can I just say it was VERY hard for me to select the images for this post. If Ryan & Heidi weren't such insanely good photographers- my job might have been made a little easier. It also didn't help that this gorgeous couple, Bridgette and Ryan (yes, I know, another Ryan) were super sweet and that all their locations were nothing short of amazing! Come on guys, do you know how hard it is creating blog posts!

So here are the details. This wedding was set at Poderi Crisci Vineyard, you may have heard of it, a rather fine Italian inspired vineyard set in the rolling countryside of Waiheke. They happen to also have a wine cellar, with the story book doors and floor to ceiling stacked barrels. Overall it's authentically the closest thing you get to Italy over here, and believe me I'd know having lived in Tuscany myself. Styling this wedding was all too easy with a venue like this, and some of the personal elements provided by Bridgette were the perfect addition. The hand-crafted guest name tags she made were so good I was contemplating hiring her to create stationery for one of our other weddings! The gorgeous ceremony arch turned out better than our design plans, thanks to the florist extraordinaire Wildflower. So that's about it from me, I'll let you get on and enjoy the photos!

P.S Heidi & Ryan are very cool and uber talented, as you may notice. We'd love to work with them again, so can someone please book us all in again?!
Oh and yes, as you can probably tell, I quite liked this architecturally designed Waiheke house where Bridgette got ready.


Photographers: Ryan & Heidi Studio | Venue: Poderi Crisci Vineyard, Waiheke Island | Stylist: Sophia @ My Waiheke | Cake: The Cake Parlour | Florist: Vicki from Wildflower


Levon & Nikolai // Trailer from bubblerock on Vimeo.

Quite often my clients become like dear old friends. Levon was one of these. I loved working on her wedding, and bringing to life her creative vision. I am really looking forward to sharing the photos from this special day, but in the meantime I am super delighted to be sharing this sweet short film trailer by the ever talented Bubblerock. It was early January, we enjoyed a good shower or two of rain on the day, along with a stunning sunset and a starry night to follow- it all made for an absolutely amazing wedding!


My Waiheke on show

Here are some of the styled looks created by the My Waiheke team at the recent Waiheke Wedding Fair.

Creating this 'Farm to Table', Tuscan inspired tablescape at the fair was such a highlight! Always fun to play around with styles and bring in some new ideas. This was inspired by Rustic Tuscany, and I looked to incorporate the local produce of the season, such as artichokes and strawberry's. Also used were natural burlap fabrics, Kraft paper placemats, brass and a selection of vintage bottles for the table. No table is complete without amazing flowers- here Vicki (Wildflower) sourced as much local and wild flowers as possible. Amongst the mix of her centrepieces were borage, fennel, kale and olive. A Persian rug and some beautifully crafted stationary by the talented Amanda Wright topped off this look beautifully.

I am such a huge fan of the look 'Beach Chic', especially for a destination like Waiheke Island. However I do believe you have to mix it well, things can go all wrong with a bunch of shells and turquoise! Here we've used raw natural linen's on the tables, driftwood from the east coast (no we don't offer a beach combing service, but stock a reasonable range from my last holiday down that way!), a nautical inspired Crown Lynn centrepiece and some stunning local crockery. Flatware, glasses and cutlery from Figment Event Outfitters, and coloured tumblers and pasta bowls from Factory Ceramic. Flowers were understated, delicate and beautifully matched the whole feel of the table. These were provided by The Waiheke Flower Co. in Oneroa.  Ok, so the question is, who's going to choose this look for their wedding? I'm so hanging out to bring these elements into a real wedding soon.




Our Waiheke Wedding Fair

What a fantastic day! The Waiheke Wedding Fair came to life on Sunday up at Batch Winery, Waiheke Island. We've just received all the amazing photos from our wonderful Waiheke Photographer Emma Hughes, so I was super eager to share them with you as soon as possible. With over 40 exhibitors it was a lot to cover, so I'm splitting this into two blog entries, otherwise it may be a little too much to get through! Every exhibitor did an amazing job of their stand, which really made the overall look and feel of the fair completely beautiful and unique.  In terms of Wedding shows and expos, this was a real stand out for me- it showcased what is essentially Waiheke- the relaxed and laid back nature of the Island, the boutique style and the quality array of amazing venues and suppliers. The feedback from those who attended has been wonderful to receive, with couples commenting on how valuable the inspiration and ideas were, plus the opportunity to meet their key suppliers face to face. The Batch Winery, who generously hosted the whole day, is one of the latest Waiheke venues available for couples tying the knot.  If you wish to know more about their packages, then drop me an email and I'll forward you some more details. 

Platinum Hire provided a range of stunning marquees for the Fair, including their popular VIP glass wall hexagonal marquee- which makes an amazing space for a ceremony or reception no matter the weather. Along with their marquees, Platinum also brought their Rattan lounge furniture- perfect for a more informal style wedding or cocktail event.

Not only providing great wines (their Blanc de Blancs is not to be missed!) the views at the Batch Winery are panoramic and breathtaking- we were lucky with a perfect day to enjoy them too!

Our friends at the Oyster Inn brought along Pearl (Combi) for the outing- she is also available for your wedding day transfers should you be booked in at their lovely Inn. The Oyster team always offer wonderful Island hospitality, and it was where we were often found enjoying a wine and planning out details before the Fair!

Nicki created some gorgeous displays with her beautiful array of decor objects at the Figment stand- one of our regular suppliers for weddings on Waiheke. We love her style and the amazing range

Really great to have some of our favourite City based suppliers over for the day, the girls from La Lumiere are almost locals!

My Waiheke put together a number of tablescapes as part of the styling for the Fair, this was our Vintage Glamour table, with a hint of Gatsby. Thanks to Pacific Linen, Waiheke Flower Gallery, Figment Event Outfitters and Studio Amanda Wright for their contributions. The Chiavari chairs are always popular, looking all dressed up here with lace sashes. If you are looking for these particular chairs on Waiheke drop me an email.

Vicki & Roz from Wildfllower were responsible for this beautiful stand, plus the amazing floral garland on our own stand.

Lauretta & Imogen from the Mudbrick, with a beautiful looking stand complete with chocolate truffles that were AMAZING!

The Waiheke Flower Company brought Vintage to the Fair, and we all fell in love with those lilac roses!

So there was fine wine, great music, loads to see, spectacular views and blue skies. We couldn't have asked for much more, it was a perfect Waiheke day.  Well done to all involved, to Coco Lily Events for putting it together, Platinum Hire for their amazing marquees on the day and all the wonderful wedding vendors, who have become like an extended family for me. 

Stay tuned to see what we at My Waiheke got up to at the Fair, posted in the next blog. Bye for now!

Photos courtesy of Emma Hughes Photography.


Real Weddings~Kelly & Bernie


Photographer: Sutherland Kovach Studio | Wedding Planner/Stylist: Sophia @ My Waiheke Wedding & Events | Venue: Lavender Hill, Waiheke Island, NZ | Brides Gown: Custom made by Anna Schimmel | Bridesmaids: Zimmermann  | Grooms Attire: Working Style | Flowers: Leaf & Honey | Marquee & Furniture: Platinum Hire | Hair: Chloe Zara Stylist (Freelancer) | Make up: Smashbox Makeup Helen (Freelancer) 

Kelly & Bernie's Love Story

The Venue

We love travelling and had just returned from our 6 week European adventure. We fell in love with the Mediterranean and in particular Italy. When we stumbled across beautiful Lavender Hill on Waiheke Island, it was instant love for the both of us. It was just so perfect. We felt like we were back in Italy all over again & like it was meant to be. Lavender Hill has beautiful city and sea views, beautiful lush gardens filled with gorgeous scented lavender, garden roses & the property is surrounded by Olive Groves and Vineyards. 

Wedding style theme

It was important to us to create an atmosphere where all our guests could relax and have fun. We wanted a soft, dreamy, romantic feel yet keeping it organic and natural to reflect the beautiful surroundings and that of the gorgeous Tuscan styled venue of Lavender Hill.

The first thing we booked was the venue then our photographer Sutherland Kovach. We were so excited to have them do our photos, their style is gorgeous and just what we were looking for.

We used soft shades of blush pink, watery peach & creamy whites. We used natural lines on the tables; lace, aged terracotta pots filled with lavender which lined the aisle and tables, vintage wooden crates, wine barrels, rustic twine & beautiful long lace was tied on the back of each of the ceremony chairs. It looked stunning.

Planning was really exciting and I enjoyed every moment of our vision coming together.  Lavender Hill is a venue where you need to bring everything on site.

We had a Wedding Coordinator/Stylist Sophia Hoadley from My Waiheke Wedding & Events who really took care of every little detail so we could relax and enjoy our day without having to worry about the logistics on the day.

Our flowers were my most favorite detail of the day. They were so dreamy. Oh how I loved them!  Naomi from Leaf & Honey nailed my vision and more. I wanted a full textured bouquet with soft tones, pretty garden foliages & cascading vines like Ivory and Jasmine.  She finished the look off with the most stunning creamy white long lace hanging from my bouquet. The Bridemaids wore gorgeous leafy flower crowns with soft romantic roses which looked gorgeous and they lasted the entire day. Adorable! 

Our tables were littered with blush pink, white and soft green tea lights, different sized aged terracotta pots filled with gorgeous rustic type plants, florals & petty garden foliages and vines like Jasmine which draped onto the tables where we dined. We had gorgeous hanging vases behind the bridal table as a backdrop which looked incredible against the stunning pink and blue sunset. 

We had beautiful creamy fabric and fairy lights which draped from the ceiling of our Marquee where we dined.  We wanted to create an Al Fresco type vibe.  We also draped these amazing Festoon lights over the courtyard which looked stunning at night. We danced the night away with our guests with a Full Moon beaming down on us. What more can you ask for! 

Wedding Dress

After searching on Pinterest I decided I wanted something Romantic, classic with loads of lace. I had my dress custom made by the talented Anna Schimmel. My dress was created from layers of beautiful French lace and layered with soft tule. I had a vision of a really long veil and Anna created this with some gorgeous textured lace details tied into it. 

What unique touches did you add to your day?

We loved our stationary which our friend Bridget Manners designed for us. She hand drew and created detailed maps for the guests. Bridget also created program fans which guests got great use out of during and after the ceremony as it was such a hot summer’s day. 

We wanted to continue our Italian love affair & reflect this into the menu as well by using Italian ingredients and Italian words; we named our tables after our favorite places we had visited in Italy. The table settings each had a cute olive Leaf set on top of each guests menu tied in ribbon or lace. I did a lot of DIY for our wedding which was lots of fun. I made glitter flag drink stirrers for our signature cocktails which were served in mason jars with paper straws.  I found some wooden signs “Forever Love” which I covered in glitter which Bernie and I used in our photos. We had large blush pink giant balloons for our wedding photos which were a favorite detail of ours. I hand painted wooden garden signs, we used wood which my dad had stored away and we blow torched them to get a more distressed effect. 

We created chalkboard signs for our seating chart & draped these in leafy vines and fairy lights. There were vintage lawn games which were really popular & became very competitive whilst we were off having our photos taken.

We had a photo booth which included some handmade props I created; all our guests had so much fun. We had a book where guest could leave us a copy of their photobooth strip to write us a special note or message to us

Sophia from My Waiheke Weddings included a lot of special touches to our day, a lovely surprise was the wedding photos I had collected of our parents and grandparents. These were displayed in beautiful lavender filled terracotta pots.

Advice for Brides to be

I loved the creative aspect and really enjoyed planning our wedding day. It was all very exciting. I remember I looked at wedding blog sites for hours on end, as there are so many ideas out there.  Once we had nailed our vision by creating mood boards everything started coming together. We feel very blessed to have worked with great suppliers which bought our dreams into reality. 

Lavender Hill is a venue where you need to bring everything on site, so there were a lot of logistics and organizing to do.  Having an on the day coordinator/stylist was the best decision. Sophia from My Waiheke Wedding & Events did such a beautiful job bringing our day together. We could get ready, relax and enjoy the day without worrying about the logistics & set up going on in the background.

Our only other advice is to take some time out together even for a few minutes.  The day really does go quickly.  I remember Bernie and slipped away for a few minutes to enjoy the gorgeous sunset looking out to the city in the distance, and looking back on what an incredible day and how it had all come together.