Before we get to the stunning reception, I wanted to share these images that Lauri shot that I fell head over heels in love with for their simplicity, their beauty, their perfection really!
A few more little tidbits and details from the bride…
The wedding took place at a winery on Waiheke Island (a 30-min ferry ride from downtown Auckland in NZ). The property has the most spectaculars views and extensive gardens, a beautiful cellar and restaurant.
Our guests all rented houses for the entire week around the gorgeous Oneroa Bay and Beach. Many friends stayed in an eight bedroom home with wrap around decks that we rented for several friends which quickly became “party central” (it actually resembled a ravaged bar most mornings!)
We had events each night at different homes, and served lots of fabulous local NZ food and wine such as NZ “Fish ‘n Chips” (local Red Snapper), Waiheke grass fed beef (provided by the Waiheke Butcher), and so on. Fortunately, there were a lot of cooks, luckily as we were cooking for 50+ guests most nights. We had the most wonderful rehearsal luncheon at Cable Bay vineyards a contrast design wise to Mudbrick, Cable Bay is uber-modern and feature spectacular modern art and sculpture by some very well know NZ artists. The lunch was a wonderful way for everyone to get to know each other and took pressure off us to see everyone on the wedding day.
Anna and James wanted a ceremony that was not only a celebration of their love but also a celebration of the friends and family that have grown to mean so much to them. I love the casual, but completely intimate feel of the ceremony and the pure love that is radiating out of this gorgeous bride and groom…
From the gorgeous bride…At our ceremony, a reading was performed by 13-year-old Eliza Wheeler, the daughter of our dear friends Halstead and Faith Wheeler of San Francisco, who read excerpts of “Gifts From The Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. In addition, our friend and talented musician Michael Tate (a tenor for the SF Gay Men’s Choir) serenaded the guests with “My Funny Valentine” (by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart) as we signed our marriage license and raced indoors for cocktails and canapés to escape a brief Waiheke rain shower at the completion of the ceremony! As the short tropical shower passed, we moved outside to the patio to enjoy the stunning views, take photos, and continue the celebration.
Laurie Levenfeld of Zoom Photography shot this wedding and I have to say, it’s simply gorgeous. Her photographs are so vibrant, so unbelievably vivid and alive. As if you are standing right beside the beautiful bride. So, so, so much more to come!
My favorite weddings are the ones where you can actually see the joy. You can feel it when you look at the pictures, you can imagine it within every corner of the affair. This one is just that. Pure and utter joy…filled with so much style and grace I can hardly contain myself.
Here is what the bride had to say about our own Little Black Book photography, Lauri Levenfeld…
“As well as being one of our closest friends, Lauri is a fantastic photographer of people and human emotion. Her natural eye for capturing the most important moments in peoples’ lives is remarkable. Since Lauri was the ONLY photographer we wanted to shoot our wedding, we bribed her to flying more than 12 hours by taking both Lauri and her lovely husband Greg to New Zealand with us for the wedding! While it’s fair to say I was never a “Bridezilla-type” bride, we were super relaxed about every other vendor EXCEPT our photographer. We wouldn’t settle for anyone other than Lauri. We wanted Lauri’s unique eye because Lauri elevates everything she shoots! Looking back at Lauri’s incredible pictures, we get to re-live the greatest week of our lives over and over again”.
So much more to come!!