Oruawharo Homestead, Takapau / wedding photography by Tim Whittaker

Elegance, tradition, nostalgia… the 150-year-old Oruawharo homestead, its surrounding gardens and parkland combine all the essentials of an idyllic, romantic wedding. Oruawharo’s variety of wedding sites, services and catering can be tailored to very individual needs.

Hold the ceremony in the house itself, in the dignified wood-panelled ballroom, on the stairway, or in the gracious surrounds of the drawing room. In spring the daffodil lawn sheltered beneath fine old trees offers a natural setting and in summer the wide veranda and lawn below provide the perfect atmosphere for a garden wedding.

A registered marriage celebrant, Oruawharo owner Peter Harris can help you plan a personal ceremony and conduct the formal proceedings. Alternatively you may engage a celebrant of your own choosing.

Afterwards celebrate with a glass of bubbly on the veranda or lawn and spoil your guests with a taste of some wonderful Hawke’s Bay food and wine. The grounds offer ample space for an outdoor wedding breakfast, or you can entertain your guests in Vincent’s which has a capacity of 150 people.

The photographic opportunities at Oruawharo are limitless. Wherever you turn some spectacular backdrop will create unique, lifelong memories of your day. The balustraded steps to the double front doors, and inside, dignified rooms and a fine collection of art, antiques and furniture provide elegant settings for formal photographs. Or you can capture Oruawharo’s rural tradition and choose the beautifully restored 150-year-old coach house and stables, the woodland, or gardens as your surrounds.

Your wedding is among the most important occasions of your life. Oruawharo welcomes you to celebrate it with a share in the heritage of one of Hawke’s Bay’s finest old homesteads.

www.oruawharo.com

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