Celebrations: Waiheke: Timeless delights

Thirty guests, two dresses, one happy couple. Suani Nasoordeen and Luke Clancy married at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, Waiheke Island, on Thursday March 15, 2012.


    Thirty guests, two dresses, one happy couple. Suani Nasoordeen and Luke Clancy married at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, Waiheke Island, on Thursday March 15, 2012.

    Will you marry me? 

    Luke and I were introduced as colleagues in Auckland. He asked me out one day while we were having a cup of tea together: he's British and I'm Sri Lankan, so it was a match made in tea heaven. Luke proposed while we were holidaying in Sri Lanka, on the beach at the Mount Lavinia Hotel - the same place my parents were married thirty years earlier.

    Location, location, location

    Waiheke's Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant set a rustic scene, and the gardens inspired our colour theme of lavender, ivory, sage green and blush pink. Two adjoining tables in the Potager Room hosted our intimate dinner, while the surrounding outdoor area and sweeping views of the Hauraki Gulf showcased Auckland's beauty to Luke's family visiting from the UK.

    My dream dresses

    While living in London, I fell in love with two vintage dresses and, unable to choose, opted to wear them both. For the ceremony I wore an ivory, long-sleeved silk number with button detailing and a simple train, and I slipped into a 1930s lilac lace dress for the reception. I finished my look with rhinestone earrings from Victorian Gilt and a Johanna Johnson headpiece.

    Our wedding style

    Magazines and Pinterest provided me with a lot of DIY inspiration, so I added a personal feel to the day by making a lot of our decorations myself. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, I worked away at everything from the fabric seating chart to the bunting that brightened the venue's timber interior.

    Floral fantasia

    Vicki at Wildflower Waiheke brought Mudbrick to life with nostalgic bunches of dahlias, lisianthus, tweedia and roses. She tied them to the chair at the ceremony and placed them in vintage vases alongside tea lights on our dinning tables. 

    Sibling support

    Because we had just 30 guests, we opted out of having a formal bridal party. My sister was our MC - she looked gorgeous in a blush pink Kingan Jones dress and white lace gloves.

    Sweet treats

    For dessert, we had a two-tiered mango curd and vanilla wedding cake, macarons and chocolate cupcakes, all made by The Caker and served on vintage crockery from The Vintage Table. Our favours were French sugared almonds that we placed in glass jars with hand-typed labels that doubled as place names.

    My advice for brides to be

    Don't be tempted to compromise on the details you really want to incorporate - stick to your guns and have faith in your ability to pull the day together perfectly.

    The details

    Brides's gowns Vintage Emporium, London
    Bride's shoes Jimmy Choo
    Hair and makeup Claudia Rodruigues
    Groom's attire Working Style
    Rings Woolgar Jewellers
    Stationery Hello Tenfold
    Catering Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant
    Band Chocolate Fish
    Photography Joanna Wickham Photography


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