West Auckland Wedding Venues

Since moving to New Zealand from the UK in 2018, I have been blown away by the natural beauty of this country and its people. After settling in Kumeu and then Hobsonville, I discovered that I was in the heart of wedding venue central. Just a short distance from my home, I have access to some of the most stunning locations for wedding photography, including Markovina Vineyard Estate, Allely Estate, Settlers Country Manor and The Hunting Lodge. I am so grateful to be able to capture the beauty of these places and the love of the couples who choose to celebrate their special day there. I can't wait to work with you and help make your wedding day even more amazing!

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Markovina Trees at Night

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The Famous Markovina Barrels

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Markovina Boat & Lake

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Markovina Gardens at Night

Nestled in Kumeu, Markovina Estate has been a cherished family-run wedding venue for over five decades.

Spanning 10 acres, the estate boasts stunning gardens, vast landscapes, tree-lined paths, tranquil water features, and intimate walkways.

Offering nine distinct locations for ceremonies, including an all-weather indoor space, Markovina Estate caters to weddings in any season, from the warmth of summer to the cool of winter.

The specially designed reception hall accommodates 50 to 300 guests and features wall-to-wall windows that bathe the room in natural light, while a stone fireplace provides warmth and ambiance during cooler months.

The culinary team at Markovina Estate is dedicated to creating unforgettable dining experiences, offering a variety of catering options that include everything from drinks and appetisers to full-course meals and desserts. Visitors are immediately enchanted by Markovina Estate, a venue that consistently surpasses expectations with its beauty and service.

Markovina Vineyard Estate

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Allely Estate Manicured Gardens

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Allely Estate Villa

Allely Estate Wedding Couple umbrella shot with flash and fairy lights night shot of bride and groom

Allely Estate Courtyard

Allely Estate, bridal room, bride prep, hair spray flash photography with Tiara

Allely Estate Bridal Room

Located just a 20-minute drive from central Auckland in the scenic Kumeu region, Allely Estate is a hidden gem renowned for its exquisite weddings and prestigious events. This venue combines the elegance of a heritage villa, the grandeur of a spacious outdoor marquee, and the tranquility of meticulously tended gardens, making it a versatile location for any occasion.

Allely Estate boasts a variety of stunning settings, from its expansive gardens and intimate courtyards to the historical charm of its early 20th-century villa and the impressive marquee, complete with soaring six-meter ceilings and elegant chandeliers. This allows the estate to gracefully accommodate gatherings of any size, from cozy groups of 70 to grand celebrations of up to 400 guests.

Whether you're dreaming of a quaint garden wedding, planning a dynamic team-building event, or envisioning a sophisticated cocktail soirée, Allely Estate offers a picturesque backdrop for every event. The estate is particularly adept at hosting weddings of all scales, ensuring that each couple's special day is as unique and memorable as their love story.

Beyond weddings, Allely Estate is an exclusive destination for celebrating significant milestones or hosting corporate events with flair. Accessible solely by appointment, the estate prides itself on delivering tailored experiences with the assistance of a dedicated Client Manager. This personalized approach guarantees that every celebration, from themed parties to milestone birthdays, is an unforgettable affair for both the hosts and their guests.

Allely Estate

Bridgewater Country Estate

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Bridgewater estate, wedding ceremony in the gardens with sun umbrellas
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Bridgewater Country Estate stands out as a top wedding destination in Auckland, set within 16 lush acres filled with well-kept lawns, towering shade trees, native greenery, and artistically designed gardens. The estate features charming walkways, a serene lily pond, a tennis court, a swimming pool, exclusive bridal accommodations, and cozy chalet lodging, making it an idyllic setting for weddings, private gatherings, or corporate events.

Owners Justin & Tracey have poured their hearts into Bridgewater. Inspired by their own nuptials, they've long harbored a vision of creating a venue that specializes in weddings and various celebrations. This vision came to fruition in 2017 when they took ownership of the enchanting Bridgewater Country Estate.

Their passion lies in personalizing experiences and crafting lasting memories alongside their clients. With a commitment to a warm, welcoming environment and top-tier service, Justin & Tracey are involved in every aspect, from the initial planning and preparation to the seamless execution of the event. Quick to respond to inquiries and driven by client satisfaction, their ultimate aim is to ensure a joyous and memorable experience for everyone involved. Above all, they believe in infusing fun into every occasion.

Bridgewater Estate

West Auckland Photo Locations

Muriwai Beach 🌅

West Auckland is home to some truly breathtaking locations for couples' engagement shoots and wedding photo shoots. One of the most popular and iconic spots is Muriwai Beach, where the golden light of sunset creates a truly magical atmosphere. In my opinion, this is the perfect time of day to capture the beauty and romance of the moment. Whether you are looking for sweeping landscapes or intimate, candid shots, Muriwai Beach is the perfect setting for your special photos

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Maternity Shoot at Muriwai

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Engagement Shoot at Muriwai

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Family Shoot at Muriwai

Riverhead Forest 🌲

Another one of my favorite spots in West Auckland is Riverhead Forest. This 5-hectare oasis of kauri trees is located on the border of the west Auckland vineyards, making it a great location for couples who want to escape the hustle and bustle for some truly unique and beautiful photos. Riverhead Forest offers a serene and peaceful setting for your engagement shoot or wedding photos, and is the perfect place to indulge in a little 'shinrin-yoku' (forest bathing) and reconnect with nature. Whether you are looking for intimate, candid shots or sweeping landscapes, Riverhead Forest has something for everyone. I can't wait to help you capture the magic of this special place and the love you share.