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Neil and Vincent’s Civil Union at Mudbrick Vineyard | Waiheke Island

When Neil and Vinnie first walked into my gallery in Oneroa I could tell they were going to have a very stylish civil union.  They had just come from visiting Mudbrick Vineyard which they had seen for the first time and loved immediately.  We had a bit of a chat about their plans and they booked me in for their day on the spot… and I have been looking forward to it ever since!

When I arrived at Lavender Hill where they were getting ready I could tell they were a bit nervous about being photographed.  Actually, more than a bit.  Quite nervous.  Quite a lot nervous!  They had warned me ahead of time that they would probably feel like this, so I quietly went about photographing their suits and cufflinks, flowers, etc to give them a bit of a chance to get used to me.

Lance chatted away with Neil and I watched them slowly start to relax but they were still pretty self aware around the cameras and I must confess I was beginning to think I might have to pull some serious tricks out of my bag to get them to relax!!  BUT…  then their fabulous attendants arrived, Neil’s sister who was the picture of quiet calm and one of Vinnie’s close friends who was bubbling over with infectious laughter, and I knew my worries were all gone!

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (45)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (46)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (47)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (48)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (49)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (50)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (51)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (52)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (53)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (54)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (55)

We headed out around Lavender Hill to take a few photos together before the ceremony.

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (59)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (56)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (57)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (58)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (60)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (61)

Neil and Vinnie had Candice Youhanna from Make up by Design come and prepare them for the big day.

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (62)

When they arrived at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, they joined their guests who were having champagne in front of the potager gardens, and led them up to their ceremony location up on top of the cellar overlooking Auckland city.

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (63)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (64)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (65)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (66)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (67)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (68)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (69)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (71)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (72)

Neil and Vinnie wanted for everyone to light red lanterns to send off into the sky at the conclusion of their ceremony but the wind was being decidedly uncooperative and despite several attempts from everyone, only a couple of lanterns actually took flight.  Most ended up gracing Mudbrick’s vines!

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (73)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (74)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (75)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (77)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (78)

Mudbrick looked gorgeous as always and we had some time before their reception to take a walk around the grounds and grab some shots among the vines.

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (88)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (79)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (80)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (81)

Neil and Vinnie’s reception was held in the Mudbrick cellar room which looked great and was perfect for the size of their gathered friends and family – I loved the beautiful flowers atop their cake.

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (82)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (83)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (85)

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (5)

As the light was falling, I asked Neil and Vinnie to join me outside for a few last photos before we left for the night.  There was a hint of pink flashing through the sky and I love this last image that we grabbed before the light faded away.

Civil Union on Waiheke Island, photographs by Emma Hughes (87)

Thanks so much for inviting us to be part of your gorgeous Waiheke Island civil union, Neil and Vincent.  It was a wonderful celebration of your love and we really enjoyed being part of it.  xx

  • jane - Fabulous photos..you both look so handsome and wonderfully happy…Congratulations
    to both of you, gorgeous wedding! much love, Jane x xReplyCancel

  • cu te craig - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • AMANDA - What a lovely time we had in the island ! beautiful food and wine. Ah..not to mention the fun to fly those hot red lanterns !ReplyCancel

  • Chen Wang - Amazing photo, almost post card alike. The quality of their work looks impeccable. Regrettably we can’t make it to your wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Thank you for the photos Neil and Vincent- you both looked gorgeous !

    Hope you had alovely dayReplyCancel

  • Jessie - Dear Vincent and Neil,

    Although I did not attend the Wedding , from the photos, I can tell it was a warm and gorgeous wedding. Congraduation!

    I hope that Mon and I can visit you in early Feburary. Will let you know the schedule soon.ReplyCancel

  • Candice - The photos are gorgeous!!!!! Thank you so much!

    Hope you had a fantastic day:)ReplyCancel

  • Justine - Your photographs are absolutely lovely, Emma has created such wonderful memories of your special day!

    We wish you all the best for your future together – and look forward to seeing you for an anniversary! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Frank - Arnold and I certainly had fun and enjoyed the evening at the Mudbrick.ReplyCancel

  • Robin & Atom - Wow, that is soooo sweet… congratulations to you both…

    Catch up and tell us all about it.ReplyCancel

  • Sharine - Love Emma and Lance’s work.. (but not sure why every single photo of mine was “mouth open big big” neh.. heheheh if you know what I mean…)
    Really happy for both of you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Donald - Wow thats good photo album …ReplyCancel

  • Jo & Siva - Wow guys, the pictures are awesome, it does look like a great venue from the pictures, and I am sure you all had a great wedding day! All the very best, hope to catch up with you guys in Sydney next time 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mak - Looked at your Photos they are nice!ReplyCancel

  • Victor - Everything was perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Chen Hui - Congratulation! Your wedding was such a success!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - Great photos! Thanks for sending the link to me. I look forward to seeing the album.

    See you next time you are in Auckland.ReplyCancel

  • Frank & Arnold - If the marvellous pictures here are just a small taster then I can’t wait to see the rest! The complete album must be awesome! The pictures really do capture the atmosphere so well. Although the air was chilly we were kept warm inside by the warm fuzzy feeling of seeing a pair so much in love! Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of such a memorable occasion.ReplyCancel

  • Hui Ling - What a beautiful wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Igor - Looks nice and charming!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - your hairdresser - WOW your photo’s a fantastic – what a wonderful day! Congratulations again to you both!ReplyCancel

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