Robert and I first met at the Ace in New York City in 2015 on a stormy night. We immediately bonded over our love for travel, dogs, and a desire to move to California. Little did we know, 6 months later, we would be packing our bags for a cross country trip to start our new lives on the west coast and taking on jobs in the tech industry. We quickly bought our first home together and started settling in. It wasn't long before we started planning our next trip, heading west once more but this time across the Pacific Ocean to the beautiful country of New Zealand, where Robert grew up. This was my first time meeting Robert's extended family and exploring the north and south islands. It was during this trip, on the shores of Lake Whakatipu in Glenorchy that Robert popped the question surprising myself and everyone we were with.
Waiheke has always been a special place for Robert growing up as his family were keen sailors. They would often go on overnight trips all around the island and it was these early memories of the island with family that made it the perfect place to get married.
Since it was partially a destination wedding, we wanted to make sure our traveling guests had a lot of information about activities to do during their stay. XOX Waiheke was an excellent resource in providing great recommendations and helping us tie everything together. We learned very quickly that planning a wedding from another country can be difficult and XOX Waiheke made the process so much smoother. On the day itself, Robert and I were not involved with any of the logistics and were able to truly enjoy the moment!
Since we were getting married in Autumn, we really wanted the day to feel warm and romantic. We stuck to richer colour tones like burgundy, navy, and gold with lots of candles everywhere. It was a formal wedding, including a black-tie optional dress code. We loved seeing our friends and family dressed to the nines! Since it ended up raining (which is an ongoing occurrence for all of our milestones together), we ended up having the ceremony in the covered courtyard at the lodge which brought greenery from the crawling ivy into view.
The ceremony itself was beautiful and it was so special to have been able to incorporate some Jewish traditions and have all of our immediate family involved in different ways.
Given the sun goes down earlier in May, we decided to take advantage of the daylight and have our couples photos taken prior to the ceremony - this ended up being such a lovely way to start the day and allowed us to go to multiple locations for our photos. Robert's father also organized through a friend to borrow one of the last made Land Rover Defenders which made for a fun and memorable way of getting around the island!
After the ceremony, we were excited for all of our guests to receive handmade yerba mate gourds (as my family is from Uruguay) from Factory Ceramics on the island.
We also loved hearing from friends and family during speeches and eventually having Robert get up to DJ to close out the night.
Venue: Mudbrick Restaurant & Vineyard
Planner/Stylist: XOX Waiheke http://xoxwaiheke.com/
Photographer: Bayly & Moore: http://www.baylymoore.com/
Videographer: Sink or Surface https://www.sinkorsurface.com/
Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven https://www.sarahseven.com/
Bride's shoes: Christian Louboutinhttp://us.christianlouboutin.com/us_en/
Groom's Suit: Ted Baker https://www.tedbaker.com/
Celebrant: Premaloka https://www.weddingcelebrantonwaiheke.com/
Hairdresser: Hair on Waiheke http://haironwaiheke.com/
Makeup Artist: Beauty Spot https://www.beautyspotwaiheke.co.nz/
Florist: Wildflower http://www.wildflowerwaiheke.com/
Guest Favours: Factory Ceramics http://www.factoryceramics.co.nz/
Ceremony Music: Real Entertainment http://www.realentertainment.co.nz/wp/
Transport: Robbie's http://www.robbiesfunbus.co.nz/
Bride's Accommodation: Onetangi Luxury https://www.bookabach.co.nz/baches-and-holiday-homes/view/31512
Groom's Accommodation: Ten Tawa https://www.bookabach.co.nz/baches-and-holiday-homes/view/19774
View Lauren & Rob’s stunning wedding video by Sink or Surface here: https://vimeo.com/276418625