Crane Brothers, in association with Together Journal recently hosted an exclusive and intimate evening of food, fine wine and good company, celebrating the bright lights of New Zealand’s wedding industry.

It’s been a tough couple of years in the wedding industry for couples and brands. Many have had to postpone weddings up to three or four times, which has been heartbreaking. But through it all, most wedding bands in our circle, the modern, nimble ones who have embraced change and bent over backwards for their couples, have managed to excel both creatively and in business.

Murray Crane from Crane Brothers has recognised this, and he wanted to bring those from his corner of the wedding world together to celebrate the resilience he has seen and raise a glass to an exciting future.

“The Wedding Community is small and intimate. We find ourselves working alongside each other on peoples special days without really interacting that much with each other, that was the catalyst for this event” Murray Crane of Crane Brothers

Murray chose PAX in Remuera as the location, a beautiful historic home which was built in the 1860s. At times, the owners open the house for intimate events and have in-house chef Guy Kidd who has spent a number of years working at prestigious Italian and French restaurants. Guy is now based back in New Zealand at PAX, and he created a decedent custom Italian-style menu with matching seasonal cocktails. Wine expert Claudia Elze curated wines for the evening and was on hand to guide guests through wine pairing.

After arrival, cocktails and champagne, the formal sit-down dinner was enjoyed in the French-style conservatory at a long table where all could converse, relax and enjoy each other’s company.

“Those with passion and talent have found creative ways to operate and grow. It’s been heartwarming over the past few years to see how far a designer, venue or photographer will go to help a couple in need. I’m so proud of how our industry has pulled together and developed. Murray, a leader and cornerstone in the New Zealand wedding industry, took the generous initiative to celebrate this”
Greta Kenyon – Together Journal Founder + Editor

Thank you to those who joined us; it was wonderful to celebrate, spend time together and look toward a bright future. See below a delightful film created by Amanda Thomas, who was also the stills photographer on the evening.