Welcome back to the visual feast that was Anna and James’ wedding reception!
Anna and James wanted to serve only the best in food and wine and utilised produce from Mudbrick Vineyard’s vegetable garden. They served award winning Mudbrick Vineyard wine, including their Rose and Chardonnay. They also included from Anna’s family vineyard in honor of Anna’s late brother Kiet who planted the grapes as a boy.
Anna hand wrote the place cards.
The Mudbrick Vineyard dining room and restaurant has been described as “one of the most romantic places on earth”. The main dining room offers spectacular sea views and overlooks Waiheke’s rolling vineyards and Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. The room features french doors which open up to reveal the night sky. Anna and James only added a few white lilies, candlelight and white chairs as decoration.
What a beautiful heartfelt celebration! Congratulations and thank you Anna & James for sharing your wedding day with Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Lauri Levenfield of Zoom Photography for sending over the photographs and details!
Anna and James married at Mudbrick Vineyard in Waiheke Island . They vineyard overlooks Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto (an active volcano), along with the Auckland city skyline in the distance. They held their ceremony on the cellar roof lawn.
Anna walked down the aisle to “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles.
The daughter of Anna & James dear friends Eliza read excerpts from “Gifts Of The Sea” by Anna Morrow Lindbergh
While signing the register, the couple’s good friend Michael Tate sang “My Funny Valentine” for the guests.
The final celebration of Anna & James wedding is coming up shortly!
Today’s wedding takes place in New Zealand. The beautiful wedding of Anna & James. Anna was born and raised in New Zealand but met her husband to be (a born and bred Californian) in New York City in 2004. Anna moved to San Francisco with James three months after they met.
Having been raised on a vineyard, Anna knew the value behind great food and wine and soon opened South Food + Wine Bar with Liz O’Connell and Luke Mangan- the first US restaurant dedicated to the culinary culture and wines of Australia & New Zealand, in San Francisco.
James proposed to Anna on their first trip to Paris together in 2007. The intent of the trip was to spend a few days in Paris together before meeting Anna’s family to watch the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team play in the Rugby World Cup in Provence. While in Paris, the couple took a stroll in the gardens of the Louvre where James finally popped the question. They celebrated at Restaurant “Les Deux Magots” at 6 place Saint-Germain-des-Présmargot and to drank Billicart Salmon rose champagne (Anna’s favorite!) with Foie Gras and oysters.
The trip only got more perfect when on the train to Provence they were seated next to Anna’s idol, Gourmet Magazine’s Editor in Chief Ruth Reichl, who gave the couple fabulous advice on the best restaurants and cafes in Provence!
Photographs today are by Lauri Levenfield of Zoom Photography – a San Francisco photographer who Anna & James bribed into making the 12 hour flight to New Zealand to capture their wedding day!
Love the green rolling hills of New Zealand in this pre wedding shoot! Anna’s aesthetic has always been “fresh. clean and green” and wanted the wedding to be intimate and relaxed. She knew she wanted to marry on Waiheke Island where she was raised as a child.
Many of the guests stayed in an eight bedroom home the couple rented for the week to enjoy the events they’d planned. each night, they planned an event at a different home centering around New Zealand wine and food. Meals included NZ “Fish ‘n Chips” (local Red Snapper), Waiheke grass fed beef (provided by the Waiheke Butcher), and so on.
The couples friends (a lot of whom happen to work in the industry!) took turns cooking with the couple. Anna and James held their rehearsal luncheon at Cable Bay vineyards. Guests were able to mingle and get to know one another and Anna and James were able to spend quality time with each of their guests.
Anna’s wedding dress was designed by Amy Kuschel and evoked the feeling she wanted for her dress- simple, soft flowing and 60’s goddess style.
Anna’s oldest friend Vicky Morgan did her makeup.
Anna was unable to find earrings that matched her look, Lauri had bought along earrings from Bing Bang which had the bohemian glam look Anna wanted.
Anna and James had a “first look” before the ceremony.
The first look also allowed Anna and James time for their formal portraits.
I love anything to do with video at weddings; a well shot video can be a magic memento of the special times in your life.
Allen Mechen and his wife Susan founded Highlight Films after working for the BBC in the UK. They immigrated to Australia where Allen quickly picked up work for major news stations. He brings this professional style to his work and has recently branched into wedding videos, aiming for natural shots in a meaningful location of the couple’s choice.
Your shoot is taken pre-wedding, and is generally scheduled as a weekday session. You might like to let the pictures speak for themselves, using text on screen, emotive music and strong images to show your individuality, or you might choose to take the opportunity to speak to your partner about your hopes and dreams and what you love about each other.
Your ‘Love Story’ video can be used to mark your engagement and could be shown on your wedding day.
The shoot normally takes up to 4 hours and the video runs for 2 to 4 minutes.
Gold Coast Videographers Highlight Films are giving one lucky Polka Dot Bride couple a “Love Story shoot” valued at $1200. To win, please tell us in 50 words or less, why you would like win the “Love Story’ video shoot! The most creative answer will win!
Entrants must be Australian residents aged 18 or over. Entrants must be marrying between September 2nd 2009 and June 31st 2010. Entrants must be located within the Brisbane/Gold Coast area or travel fees may apply.
Competition closes Monday 21st of September 2009 at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.