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!
We headed out around Lavender Hill to take a few photos together before the ceremony.
Neil and Vinnie had Candice Youhanna from Make up by Design come and prepare them for the big day.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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