TONI & JIMMY
14/01/2019 / Ahu Ahu Villas / Taranaki
Ahu Ahu Villas are one of New Plymouth's best venues for a summery outdoor wedding. We started out with first look photos, (in a driveway lined with flowers matching the bride's bouquet - how perfect is that!). I love the rustic romantic villas here, they are just gorgeous, and I can never resist taking photos inside them. And on a blue sky day like we had Ahu Ahu is a wonderful place to be with views all the way down the coast. Jimmy & Toni are officially the nicest of couples - so needless to say, that makes my job so much more fun! Toni looked smoking in her lace dress and just seemed to suit her gorgeous willowy frame so well. Here are a selection of pics from the day...
Celebrant: Kylee-Maree Dobson
Venue: Ahu Ahu Villas
Videographer: Ben D'Ath
Hair: Michelle & Amie from Lola
Makeup: Stacey Holdt
Flowers: Pineapple Sage
Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Cake & Catering: Pancake Theory
DJ: Seismic Events
Equipment Hire: Dobsons Marquee & Party Hire
TARANAKI WEDDING VENUES
12 December 2018 / New Plymouth / Taranaki
Taranaki is filled with so many gorgeous nooks and crannies, with epic views of mountain and ocean and rolling farmland - and there are some equally epic wedding venues, so I thought I'd do a post listing the main wedding venues. Of course there are so many options for where to get married/party - restaurants, community halls, backyards, churches, public buildings and gardens (Tupare has to be a stand out option and how iconic is the Bowl of Brooklands) and so on, so this the list is in no way exhaustive! I've also highlighted a few a standouts...
Within co-ee of New Plymouth:
Ahu Ahu Villas
Oak Valley Gardens and St Marks Church
Te Maru Farm
Wai-iti beach retreat
New Plymouth Hotel Options:
Quality Hotel / The Plymouth
The Rocks, Urenui
The Devon Hotel
Further around the mountain:
Pihama Lavender Farm
Lake Farm Garden, Inglewood
Goodin Country Garden
Stratford Mountain House
Tairoa Lodge, Hawera
#1 - New Plymouth's coolest little Wedding Venue: The Milkshed
If you want to get married somewhere that isn't quite like anywhere else, that has a super cool grungy vibe, and you can party all night with no curfew - check out this new addition to Taranaki's wedding venue line up. It comes with its own alpacas, a pig and has a spacious, manicured front lawn to boot.
#2 The most gorgeous garden venue: Waiongna Gardens
This gorgeously manicured garden has so many charming nooks and crannies, your biggest problem will be deciding which ones to utilise for your ceremony. If you haven't been out here as part of the garden festival, it's worth spending a sunny sunday afternoon exploring.
#3 - New Plymouth's latest & greatest addition: Te Maru Farm
With more than enough room to swing a cat (and a horse, a pig and a dog - which conveniently you'll all find at the Farm) this new venue has space for 180 guests, divine indoor/outdoor floor, gorgeous grounds and this just massive, beautiful wooden barn.