Elena and Rick had their hearts set on Waiheke, and found the perfect location at Honeymoon Bay - an absolute beachfront venue, to host their marquee wedding. With slightly moody skies, this December wedding offered some of the most beautiful elements along with an incredible backdrop; a lovely soft palette of colours and textures, beautifully styled blooms by the incredible Leaf & Honey, a mouth watering menu by Little Wolf and overall just one of the most elegant and romantic settings to host such a special occasion.
Honeymoon Bay, also known as Oakura Bay Villa, is rich with history and filled with love. Honeymoon Bay will take you back in time to sea side holidays of years past and create memories to last a lifetime. The bay, locally known as Honeymoon Bay, is privately owned and secluded and the perfect location for your special celebration.
The property is five hectares in area, including three private islands, almost two kilometres of coastline, cottage gardens, heritage fruit trees, a boutique vineyard and olive grove, and plenty of flat lawn at the beach front to exchange your vows and provide truly unique photographic opportunities.
The Villa was built in 1896 as a private family residence and was lovingly restored for boutique accommodation and weddings in 2013. The pioneer homestead with its large wrap around verandas and shady eaves reminds us of romantic times gone by. The Villa is available for you to hire for the wedding party, and is managed exclusively by us! So if this looks like the place for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Drop us an email and we can send you through further information.
You couldn't find a more relaxed couple than Tamara and Rob. Tamara grew up on Waiheke, (yeah, we're all a pretty relaxed bunch over here) and found her love over in the UK. They travel the world working on Super yachts, based in some of the most desirable locations on the globe. So when it came to choosing their venue for a destination wedding, Honeymoon Bay on Waiheke Island ticked all the boxes, offering a super relaxed atmosphere, absolute beachfront location with a quintessential kiwi vibe. Relaxed and informal was what these guys were after, and a place to showcase the best of New Zealand to their international friends and family. We fell in love with Tamara's style plan for her wedding, it was a mix of some of our favourite things, a Teepee, lots of lounges by the sea, a macrame ceremony arch all wrapped up with a relaxed coastal feel. Yay! It was also perfect timing, as we had just been up in Bali and India on a buying trip for the hire business, so our studio was filled with gorgeous pieces to fit the brief! It was such fun planning this wedding with these two, and we were delighted to have TopKata over on the Island to help create this magical day.
The wedding was a stunning balmy day in March, one of the driest and warmest months on Waiheke. Guests were quick to kick off their shoes, wade into the sea drinking champagne and lounge around on the lawn soaking in the afternoon sun together. Tamara looked amazing as she walked across the lawn in her incredible boho Rue De Seine gown, barefoot and hair blowing in the wind. They were married in front of a macrame arch backdrop with wild flowers and a persian rug. The afternoon continued with live music and canapés, followed by platter style dining inside the famous TopKata TeePee. Florals and greenery installations were created by our good friends at Wildflower, catering with Gill Stotter Catering, gorgeous tableware from Lockhart & Smith, decor and furniture was through our My Waiheke Hire range. I always love the personalised and custom made details, so we were delighted when Tamara suggested dip dyed napkins in her favourite colour yellow. This was definitely a highlight of the Summer, with such unique elements and an incredible couple to work with.
Read more about Tamara and Rob's wedding day over at Viva Magazine.
Photographer: Lenka Tengblad Photography | Venue: Honeymoon Bay, Waiheke Island (enquiries through My Waiheke) | TeePee: TopKata | Planner & Styling: My Waiheke | Flowers: Wildflower | Cake: Shantala Tengbald | Celebrant: Irene Armstrong | Furniture & Decor Hire: My Waiheke Hire | Tableware Hire: Lockhart & Smith and The Pretty Prop Shop | Caterer: Gill Stotter Catering | Brides Gown: Rue De Seine | Hair: Amanda Sands Hairdressing | Make-up: Island Beauty