Top 10 Most Photogenic Auckland Venues
Locking down the perfect venue is high on the priority list as you start (quite satisfyingly) ticking off your wedding planning boxes! Let’s countdown Auckland's most photogenic and on trend venues of 2018!
Wet weather approved
Ceremony & Reception in one
Settled amongst lush New Zealand olives, Bracu offers a stunning scene for walks with your loved one and an epic high ceiling hall to host your reception as you cheers the night away (perfect for hanging plants FYI)! The built in Marquee will keep you covered in the event of wet weather and the grounds make for easy and accessible pics not far from your guests. P.S my fav is the large iron gate! Perfect for bridal party and portraits with your new hubby/wife. Also worth mentioning is the hill 1 min up the road that is-the-best for sunsets!!! Located in the Bombay Hills.
200 Cocktail | 160 Seated
I’m slightly cheating by cramming two venues into one here but both venues are beautiful depending on your vibe! Mantells on the water hosts a sleek and modern look that takes a nod to its stunning location on Auckland's waterfront. Amazing food, wet weather approved and a gorge veiw out onto the Auckland harbour. Mt Eden has more of a rustic garden feel with fire pits, creeping ivy and columns for days ooosh!
On The Water - 150 Seated
Mt Eden - 60 Seated
Cute as a button, Abbeville has that farm class down, effortless and so beautifully simple with a few fields to boot (for frolicking)! This venue is for the easy going farm & fields bride longing for that natural and timeless look. Located by the Auckland Airport for those quick honeymoon get away's! Lots of photo spots within the grounds for those quick and easy bridal party portraits.
380 Cocktail | 50 Seated
For the more traditional bride & groom lets not forget our beautiful churches! Stained glass windows and wooden pews will have you saying I do for all the right reasons. The Holy Trinity in Parnell and Kings College Chapel in Otahuhu have this in spades! This venue would be ideal for those getting married in the winter months and want a safe a beautiful ceremony spot to say I Do.
St Mary's - 550 Seated
Hedges describes their venue as laid back and elegant and I would say they've flippin nailed it! Whether your vibe is a wooded glade or classic french pavilion Hedges has you covered! There's a room on site for bridal prep and their spacious reception hall can be transformed into your ceremony space should the heavens decide to open. Oh and did I mention there's ponies!!! Stunning rolling hills right on the door step you needn't travel far for those portraits. The location is slightly further a field out in Waiuku but worth the travel cause its so incredibly gorg.
5. True food & yoga - UPDATE THIS VENUE IS NOW UNDER MANTELLS, OPENING SOON 2019
This venue has burst onto the scene in mod style and it is gorg! This space was once the old Hammerhead restaurant but has since undergone a total makeover and is now the beautiful and sleek studio! A stunning blank canvas ready for your dream styling team -yussssss-
250 Cocktail | 110 Seated
Urban chic the Quay Project is screaming for your wedding vision! The host of many a styled shoot, this venue has that upmarket warehouse city vibe down (swoon). The big smoke is making a welcome come back in 2018, move over rustic barn and make way for concrete floors, high ceilings, rugs and enough florals to sink a small ship. Have your ceremony and reception all in one spot and go for bridal party and portraits around the city which make for those effortless chic shots.
150 Cocktail | 70 Seated
Such a classic and for good reason! This is one for the modern boho wine loving bride. I’ll let the images speak for themselves on this one. The hill out the back is magic and the service and food is second to none. Mudbrick can be styled a little or a lot and look incredible either way! The lodge at the top of the hill has an outdoor and indoor ceremony spot so you are sweet whatever the weather and the restaurant down the hill never ceases to impress.
200+ Cocktail | 40 - 125 Seated
There is a special place in my heart for Kauri Bay, the wedding arches, the views, the farm, the foooood! Kauri Bay pour so much love and dedication into each wedding it’s not hard to see why they are so highly rated and loved by all their couples. Their modern farm look is gorg, you can get hitched in the evergreen valley or atop the cliff overlooking the east coast ocean. Give your guests a little thrill and hit some balls off the hill, be wined and dined by their impeccable staff (who love us photographers too but this hasn’t swayed my opinion, sort of) and melt into each other on their highest point as the sun goes down. High ceilings and beams are a stylists heaven! in case of rain there is a covered area on the front porch by the firepit.
250 Cocktail | 200 Seated
1. Jonkers Farm
My personal number 1! Jonkers is a functioning farm and wedding venue all in one. The Jonkers family take so much pride in hosting beautiful weddings these hills are alive with the sound of awesome. Their farm is your backyard, not many places are off limits making for endless photo opportunities and the sunsets OH MY GOD!!! I live, then die, then live again. Their huge barn is well equipped for receptions, bands and caterers as well as being your legit wet weather plan. Access around the farm is by chauffeured buggy, not to mention the bridal party truck which is super cute and will fit all your friends! Fancy a tent or marquee? There’s room to spare.
All images provided by New Zealand Wedding Photographers