October 12, 2019

Surprise Haka at Stillwater Crittenden Estate


Alfy and Michaela had their dream wedding at the Stillwater at Crittenden Estate. The Estate had so much to offer with gorgeous views of the lake and the vineyard looking ever so lavish in the rain. When it’s a wet day the sky often does miraculous things for us and it definitely did that day. The venue prides itself in a contemporary interior with light ambiance and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking elegant views. The groom was born in New Caledonia but grew up in New Zealand so there was bound to be some Caledonian and Haka dancing. Alfy and Michaela opened the dance floor with their first dance followed by a powerful Haka dance from Alfys best man. Michaela had her time to shine when she was welcomed to Alfys family with a traditional Caledonian dance. Michaela absolutely nailed every move. 

Alfy and Michaela wanted to preserve their happy moments forever, so they went with the Jolie project for their flowers and bouquets. These rustic looking flowers are dried and preserved so to keep the best memories alive forever. Nigelram officiated the ceremony and gave all of his blessings. The couple laughed to each other in sheer happiness as they cut their gorgeous white and gold cake by sweets in bloom cakes. 

Whilst preparing for the wedding, a very important detail for a bride is the wedding dress. Michaela wore a stunning gown from JJ’s house that had an illusion back and neckline with intricate lace detail. Her bridesmaid’s gorgeous red dresses were also from JJ’s house. Michaela’s hair and make-up was by JH make-up artist and hair colour was done by Rachel luxe cutters. Aurora lash by Viv‘s eye lashes flawlessly complimented her sophisticated hair and make-up. Alfy, on the other hand chose to get his hair done from Medusa Hair Salon, but as he is the star of his own show his stylist was none other than Alfys empire! After all, Who else could be better at this job than Alfy himself? His ring was a timeless piece by the signet ring company. It was both elegant and exquisite. 

The ceremony itself was unquestionably beautiful. Unexpectedly, the rain made it ever so magnificent. It bought the lavish green of the rows of vines. Raindrops on the lake looked like tinkling stars on earth and even the trees were dancing to Alfy and Michaela’s wedding song. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the venue allowed for the perfect view of the Crittenden Estate. Nevertheless, the rain could not stop us from going outside for some gorgeous photos and enjoying the beautiful scenery in all of its glory! The stunning rows and vines and the shimmering lake provide the ultimate backdrop.

One thing is for certain, Stillwater at Crittenden Estate is a perfect venue for natural and effortless photos, rain or shine.