Ashley and Dan planned their destination wedding from Australia, at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard Restaurant here on Waiheke Island. Being early spring, the day was overcast with moody grey skies and a sprinkling of rain, yet the colour, laughter and joy of the day far outshone the weather! As you will see from these amazing photos, it doesn't really matter what the weather is doing, a wedding day is always filled with magical moments! With the awesome photographers Chasewild on board for the day, a beautiful selection of images were captured including some great pre-wedding shots from nearby location Casale di Terra.
Catching a brief moment in between the showers, we were able to set the ceremony up on the top patio at Mudbrick. Equipped with blankets and umbrellas, the team made sure everyone was warm and ready for the Bridal entrance. Ashley looked absolutely stunning walking down through the lavender gardens to her ceremony. The floral arrangements were wild, whimsical and in abundance, incorporating one of our favourites - spring anemones with deep black centres, these are so striking for bouquets and on for the tables. Inside for the reception we opted for a more informal table plan with two long tables running down the central room. We also brought in a lovely textured linen tablecloth, which really added to the warmth of the space. Many candles in golds and brass are always a great match at this venue, and we customised the place settings with a lovely silk ribbon tied sprig of Olive. Other details which really made this such an enjoyable occasion was the Grooms Whiskey Bar set up on the mezzanine, which is a really great use of this space. A small lounge and bar was created, which was well used later on in the evening! Both Ashley and Dan were such a delight to work with, incredibly relaxed with a clear idea of how they wanted the day to feel. We adore couples like this, and it was such a pleasure to have met and worked with these two. The end result was an incredible wedding!
Photographer: CHASEWILD | Venue: Mudbrick, Waiheke Island | Florist: Wildflower | Co-ordinator & Stylist: My Waiheke | Hair: Dry + Tea | Make-up: Amber Carroll | Celebrant: Irene Armstrong | Brides Gown: Amanda Garrett from The Babushka Ballerina | Bridesmaids dresses: Needle & Thread and For Love & Lemons | DJ: MixIt DJs
You couldn't find a more relaxed couple than Tamara and Rob. Tamara grew up on Waiheke, (yeah, we're all a pretty relaxed bunch over here) and found her love over in the UK. They travel the world working on Super yachts, based in some of the most desirable locations on the globe. So when it came to choosing their venue for a destination wedding, Honeymoon Bay on Waiheke Island ticked all the boxes, offering a super relaxed atmosphere, absolute beachfront location with a quintessential kiwi vibe. Relaxed and informal was what these guys were after, and a place to showcase the best of New Zealand to their international friends and family. We fell in love with Tamara's style plan for her wedding, it was a mix of some of our favourite things, a Teepee, lots of lounges by the sea, a macrame ceremony arch all wrapped up with a relaxed coastal feel. Yay! It was also perfect timing, as we had just been up in Bali and India on a buying trip for the hire business, so our studio was filled with gorgeous pieces to fit the brief! It was such fun planning this wedding with these two, and we were delighted to have TopKata over on the Island to help create this magical day.
The wedding was a stunning balmy day in March, one of the driest and warmest months on Waiheke. Guests were quick to kick off their shoes, wade into the sea drinking champagne and lounge around on the lawn soaking in the afternoon sun together. Tamara looked amazing as she walked across the lawn in her incredible boho Rue De Seine gown, barefoot and hair blowing in the wind. They were married in front of a macrame arch backdrop with wild flowers and a persian rug. The afternoon continued with live music and canapés, followed by platter style dining inside the famous TopKata TeePee. Florals and greenery installations were created by our good friends at Wildflower, catering with Gill Stotter Catering, gorgeous tableware from Lockhart & Smith, decor and furniture was through our My Waiheke Hire range. I always love the personalised and custom made details, so we were delighted when Tamara suggested dip dyed napkins in her favourite colour yellow. This was definitely a highlight of the Summer, with such unique elements and an incredible couple to work with.
Read more about Tamara and Rob's wedding day over at Viva Magazine.
Photographer: Lenka Tengblad Photography | Venue: Honeymoon Bay, Waiheke Island (enquiries through My Waiheke) | TeePee: TopKata | Planner & Styling: My Waiheke | Flowers: Wildflower | Cake: Shantala Tengbald | Celebrant: Irene Armstrong | Furniture & Decor Hire: My Waiheke Hire | Tableware Hire: Lockhart & Smith and The Pretty Prop Shop | Caterer: Gill Stotter Catering | Brides Gown: Rue De Seine | Hair: Amanda Sands Hairdressing | Make-up: Island Beauty
As the seasons turned, we found ourselves on a windswept beach down the far end of Waiheke Island, with a few fellow wedding specialists, knee deep in the sea! Man O' War Bay was our chosen beachside location for this styled shoot, with it's moody landscape and sheltered bay. It was also rather handy having Man O' War Bay Vineyard Tasting Room across the road! A fun afternoon, and so great meeting our guest florist Brooke from Seventh Stem, (all the way from Portland) who joined Stacie from Lux Floral Studio in creating some beautiful florals. These stunning film images are thanks to our good friend Steph from BubbleRock, we are so grateful you made it over Steph! How pretty and romantic are these seascape tones of blues and greys, this was definitely well worth getting wet for! Thank you to all those who helped out on the day.
And here are some more beautiful photos from the ever amazing Forged in the North. The hilltop ceremony, followed by some photos by the bay and then onto the banquet dinner complete with long tables, lots of festoon lighting and candles and some Pavlova wedding cake to finish the night off!