David and Anne-Marie opted for a smaller wedding and held the ceremony at the historic and very quaint St Alban's Anglican Church on the hill overlooking the Pauatahanui Village on the Haywards Hill Road.
St Alban's at the head of the Pauatahanui inlet has special historic significance in the Pauatahanui area. In 2006 we celebrated the 110th anniversary of the church, designed by the Diocesan architect Frederick de Jersey Clere. Prior to 1896 Anglicans worshipped in the chapel built for "all denominations of Protestant Christians resident in Pauatahanui and neighbourhood".
The bell-tower is sufficiently tall to be seen over the wider Pauatahanui area, despite the many mature trees surrounding the building. The bell from the ship "Inconstant" was given to St Alban’s by John Plimmer in1895.
After the completion of the ceremony, guests walked down the hill and through the village to the Duck Creek Cafe for cocktails and nibbles while I took the bridal party for a tour of the Inlet and down to Plimmerton Beach for photos. The wedding party were a fun bunch and had fun hamming it up for the camera.
Duck Creek is a smaller wedding venue holding about 70 people comfortably. The bar area opens to a large West facing deck and lawn area. The staff are friendly and professional and the food is delicious. The chef serves some taste sensations and loves to put a spin on the usual wedding fare.
The night was warm and guests moved outdoors for some fresh air before the first dance and bouquet toss
David comes from a French lineage and a number of the guests travelled a long distance to be at the wedding. It was appropraite that the wedding cake was a croquembouche. Tres Maginfique!!
Duck Creek Cafe: http://www.duckcreek.net.nz/