17 May Virginia & Tony’s Settlers Manor Wedding. Kumeu, Auckland
We love a good story about our couples, and this one is no exception. We first met Tony & Virginia via Skype and we’ve blown away by their vibes and charisma. It is so very true, that you have to be on the same wave with your couple, we felt this special connection strait away and were completely attached to this wedding, when they shared their story with us.
New Zealand has been a loving home for Virginia and Tony for more than 20 years, before they left to Asia pursuing their careers. It was no brainier that they would return to this special place to celebrate the most important day in their lives together with their family and friends, united by all those memories from childhood and crazy Uni times. Being both passionate for science they found each other at Faculty of Science. Gorgeous and bubbly Virginia stole Tony’s heart and mind; and these two became best friends and found connection for many years ahead. When we first met them in person for their engagement session in Wenderholm we just couldn’t get enough of them. In addition to being naturally photogenic Tony and Virginia were very open and bubbly. Lucky us!
On their wedding day, we started at their family home in Mission Bay for the getting ready shots and first look. It was raining heavily all morning and grey grumpy clouds covered all the sky. Our plan was to pop in to Westhaven Marina for some shots with the bridal party before ceremony. We literally had just 20 minutes for the photoshoot and voila! rain stopped just a minute before we arrived and started again straight after we left the marina. Whoever or whatever on earth was responsible for the weather, thank you! Ceremony and reception took place in Settlers Manor, rustic and elegant venue in Kumeu, West of Auckland.
Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony opened the afternoon. Steeped in tradition, the tea ceremony is the most sacred ritual of Chinese nuptials. It serves as the bride’s symbolic introduction to the groom’s family and it was an honor to capture those special moments. During the ceremony, the couple serves tea to the parents and elders in order of seniority. After each elder takes a sip, they hand the couple a lai see (a lucky red envelope), which usually contains money or jewelry.
The ceremony was set to be outside in a beautiful lakeside setting along the rainforest. However ominous black clouds covered the sky and released a sudden shower just when Virginia was about to walk down the aisle, so everybody had to move inside. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to photograph the newlyweds on the beautiful venue ground due to the weather, so the wedding moved strait to the reception.
Virginia had three bridal looks during the day, swapping one stunning dress with another. The bride was absolutely gorgeous in each of them sharing her beautiful energy with everyone around. Thank you Virginia and Tony for sharing your Big and very special day with us! It was a pleasure to be a part of your beautiful and unforgettable wedding.
Virginia & Tony would like say thank you to:
Beatiful Venue – Settlers Country Manor
Make up artist – Julia O’Neil Hair and Makeup Artist