Bad weather threated to cast a shadow over this Waikato couple’s big day. But thanks to a very flexible venue, they needn’t have worried at all.
When Neil and Ashley started looking for wedding venue a few years back, they were very clear about what they wanted. “
Poronui Lodge, nestled in the secluded Taharua valley 40 minutes east of Taupo, was
But it is also a boon for brides. “The best thing about the Poronui team was how helpful they all were,” explains Ashley. “When we first met Claire [Hall, assistant lodge manager], we were blown away with how proactive she was, providing us with ideas and suggestions, vendor information and constantly keeping in touch with us leading up to the wedding day.
“The thing we loved about Poronui is that there were no rules – we were free to do whatever we needed, whenever we needed to. We could come and go from the venue whenever we pleased. We didn’t have to vacate by a certain time and Claire did whatever she could to accommodate our requests. On the day before the wedding, Claire and Chris were on call to help us with whatever we needed – they really were lifesavers!”
And while the ever-capable Poronui team can’t claim to control the weather, they can certainly manage
“Weather is always a concern for all brides,” adds Claire, “and it is certainly
“We also have stunning indoor photo areas in wet weather – like the Cellar, the Stables, the Red Hut, and the surrounding dense forest areas.”
Neil and Ashley, who met through work and got together when Neil was transferred from Taranaki to the Waikato office, agree. “Our guests loved the venue – the landscapes, the beautiful lodge and most of all, the isolation. It gave people a chance to reflect on the reason they were all here – to celebrate our love,” says Ashley.
Their most precious memories of the day?
Neil: “Watching Ash stand outside Blake House, her veil blowing in the wind, before walking down the aisle. A close second, our helicopter ride to the Red Hut.”
Ashley: “Finally being able to hold Neil’s hands after a long walk down the aisle.”