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Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant, Waiheke Island
Lisa and I met in Adelaide back in 2011 on the sage advice of a mutual friend. Adelaide was neutral territory as Lisa was down there for work and I used to live there, and we quickly connected. We were both travelling extensively at the time, but had fun with each others company and worked hard to coordinate our schedules to catch up whenever we could. I was inspired by Lisa's intellect. She's strongly opinionated but flexible and challenged my outlook. Shortly after it started looking like it might "go somewhere", Lisa began the battery of psychological testing in order to objectively verify that we were in fact compatible (she's a psychologist after all). Three years later, I proposed while at dinner at Chateau Tongariro. The sky was as bright and vibrant as my bride to be and we haven't looked back.
We had our wedding at Mudbrick winery on Waiheke Island. The venue has a magical, almost fairytale feel to it with manicured hedges and a beautiful lavender garden throughout while the reception - as the name would suggest - has exposed brick with a large, gorgeous fireplace with expansive views over the Hauraki Gulf. In keeping with the style of the venue, our wedding adopted a rustic chic theme, with our table setting plan arranged in an antique suitcase with candles in jars and seasonal flower arrangements. It was important to us that everyone had a great time and we made arrangements for a photo-booth which was a great hit - especially with the kids who made the trip - and is an addition that we would highly recommend.
1/ Our wedding was at Mudbrick in the evening, and to maximise time we arranged to have our photos taken in the afternoon ahead of the ceremony. Waiheke has some amazing vantage points but we were challenged by some light rain that wouldn't let up. I have fond memories of my dear friend; a true stalwart standing near the edge of a cliff and again on the beachhead in his suit with an umbrella over the bride to keep her dress nice and dry. As the photos will attest, it was not sacrifice in vain. 2/ The sun came out for our ceremony. There was a ray of light across Rangitoto that beamed through the clouds as we said our vows. It felt like a blessing. 3/ Enjoying a libation towards the end of the night at the bar with my father in law. The sense of relief and joy is hard to describe.
"We didn't realise we were making memories - we just knew we were having fun." It's important to try and remember that the day is about you and your partner to be - and celebrating the love that you share. It's easy to get consumed with the detail and feel stressed about everything falling into place. Invariably something unexpected will occur. You're much better off trying to relax, staying in the moment and enjoying what will be the happiest day of your life.