Classic Vineyard Wedding for Big Circle of Family and Friends


I always enjoy planning weddings and working with each couple and family to create a truly special day with all of the ingredients they wish for. This was a very special wedding for us as Camilla, the bride, is fortunate enough to have two generations of women on her side to help organise her wedding.

Camilla and Andrew live overseas and wanted to have a New Zealand wedding where all their family and friends could come together. With a guest list of nearly 200, and a vineyard in mind, a marquee at Ata Rangi in Martinborough was the perfect choice.

January is a wonderful time for a Martinborough wedding with long days and warm evenings. Harvest takes place in late February to early March so the fruit is bountiful and ripening in the summer sun - the perfect setting for a vineyard wedding. We feel we are part of the Ata Rangi family with the long connection at the annual Toast Martinborough Wine, Food and Music Festival. 

When working with Camilla and Andrew in designing their menu we considered the wine and food matches and kept to our mantra that the food should go hand in hand with the wine rather than competing. The menu included little West Coast whitebait fritters, a Mediterranean tasting plate, snapper with barley, eggplant and olives or beef fillet with roasted red pepper and Ata Rangi pinot noir jus. To finish off, in a true classic-style a traditional croquembouche of crispy choux pastries filled with Grand Marnier creme patissiere and drizzled with sticky toffee was served as dessert with summer raspberries, long-stemmed strawberries and vanilla bean ice cream. You can view Camilla and Andrew's full menu and winelist here.

"Everything was perfect thanks so much to you, Ruth and the team for everything including your lovely wedding gift. We had an excellent day and everyone commented on the delicious food and excellent service” said Camilla.

Guests included Sir James and Lady Valerie Belich, Camilla’s grandparents, who this year celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. Following the wedding Camilla’s mother, Angela, commented, "The food was universally admired even by some very, very picky people. Both sides of the political spectrum agreed that the logistics were such that should New Zealand go to war you should be in charge. This event was very important to us and it will be the last big family event before many of us disperse overseas. It was important to us that the event was very ‘Wellington’, and that meant food by Ruth and the event managed by Paul. This will be part of our family’s happiest memories for many decades to come.”

Photos courtesty of Mike Heydon at Jet Productions.