When it came to picking a wedding venue, I had no idea where to start. I felt like I knew every beautiful venue in Hawke’s Bay (and had worked in half of them) so the hunt was on to find a stunning wedding venue that hadn’t been done to death! The only problem – we live thousands of miles away from our home town where we plan to get married.

After scouring the internet, and sending friends and family to check out various locations, we stumbled across Millhills Lodge. The lodge is set in rural Hawke’s Bay with a gorgeous outlook across the hills and paddocks and only 7 minutes drive from the nearest town.

Millhills Lodge, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand - our wedding venue.
Millhills Lodge, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

The venue is the perfect blank canvas – exactly what we were after for our marquee wedding. And so we sent the Mother of the Bride and a Bridesmaid to check it out and did some research with Bex from Planit Events and they all came back with glowing reports. So we booked it! Without even visiting the venue we had paid the deposit and locked it in. And when we finally did get to visit, it was even more stunning in real life!

Tree Lined Driveway - our wedding venue.
Gorgeous tree-lined driveway at Millhills Lodge
Millhills Lodge Backdrop - our wedding venue.
Millhills Lodge stunning backdrop

Where did you get married? What made the perfect venue for you?