The Casale at Church Bay

Celebrate the Day

We are primarily an art studio, but folks have asked if they can celebrate their vows. With the ArtGift we offer free use of the venue, as well as a few full weddings a year

Intimate, sacred and joyful.

The ArtGift is our preference. You commission a $5,000+ work of art to commemorate your wedding and we provide the use of the venue for free. Use includes saying vows with guests and the champagne toast and greeting, but not the full-blown dinner and party afterwards (there are many great places on Waiheke for the parties). Time for set up, decoration and your planner's clean up is included in the commission. The commission also includes one night stay in the Casale guest house where Gabriella may get to know you to make the commissioned artwork about you and your day.

MARBLE, WHITEWASH, EARTHBRICK. 

The facility is hand-made. Literally. The bricks were made on site from local stone and clay. Everywhere you look, it is a work of art. When highly attuned visitors came, they declared it is sacred, and indeed it feels so. Views of the sea, multiple courtyards, a 12 x 9 m2 white marble patio for a marquee, it is a perfect setting.

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If the weather is good, most couples prefer saying their vows in front of the casale by the fishpond.

Then your guests walk under the bell tower to the inner courtyard for the champagne reception.

On the outer marble courtyard, your marquee. The caterers bring the food from the service area below.

 

CASALE DI TERRA OVERLOOKS CHURCH BAY, ONE OF WAIHEKE ISLAND'S MOST BEAUTIFUL BAYS WITH TWO WORLD-CLASS VINEYARD-RESTAURANTS ACROSS THE VALLEY... CABLE BAY AND MUD BRICK.

Tariff, recommendations and Council rules to know about

$5,000 for a work of art to commemorate your wedding day. Free use of the venue for vows and reception (3 hours, no marquee, no dining, etc).

Includes: Casale di Terra is principly an art studio and Gabriella is in the business of creating and selling works of art. See artstay.com for more on the commissioned work process.   You may choose to include as a wedding gift that friends and family contribute to an oil painting that will last. For the couple who selects this, and wishes to use the Casale to say vows and then have friends and family toast the newly married couple, use of the Casale for that purpose is included in the price of the artwork. In advance the two-bedroom guest house is made available to the couple for one night so they can meet with Gabriella, get a sense of the Casale where they are to be married, and Gabriella can explore with them the spirit of the artwork she will create for them. On the day, the Casale is provided for the actual ceremony and reception for about three hours. Set up is relatively easy and after the reception the couple and guests move to another facility for the dinner, dancing and party.


$9,800 (no art) includes only the venue for the day and two-nights stay, five bedrooms. The Casale is available for only three weddings per year. The guesthouse and art gallery bedrooms are available the night before and the night of the wedding.

Please have your wedding planner contact us to discuss.

Includes:

Venue

  • Marble footpath and front lawn (suitable for vows) and Entry/Bell Tower including use ringing of the church bell, and floral decoration of the fish pond & tower
  • Inner Courtyard (64 m² suitable for vows, refreshments and acoustical music; balcony suitable for entertainers & photographers) with guest toilet
  • White Courtyard (110 m² marble platform suitable for the reception with sit-down tables and chairs, catered food & drink, 9x12 marquee, acoustical music)
  • Musicians' deck above reception, covered verandas surrounding reception, stone extension to courtyard. Grassed area for larger acoustical musical groups
  • Potager Courtyard (suitable for vows, catered food & drink, music, photography romantic backdrops)
  • Limited access to main garden, medicinal herb gardens & lawns (note: bee hives on property, far from event area...  bee keepers sell honey for wedding gifts & our garden herbalists sell their goods for gifts www.plantmedicine.co.nz)
  • Lower garage for caterers, staff & porto-potties (includes water access, 3-phase power, stairs up to White Courtyard)
  • Three public parking spaces for the bridal party, others park on both sides of Motukaha Road

Accommodations

  • Art Gallery for viewing access to be discussed.
  • Guesthouse day rooms (suitable for bridal party preparation, light food & drink).
  • Bedrooms: Guesthouse two bedrooms (suitable for two couples - queen beds) with shared toilet/shower and great room (kitchen, dining, living - open plan)
  • Bedrooms: Upper Gallery: three artist-style bedrooms (1 queen, 1 double/full, 1 single/twin bed). Shared toilet & shower. Lounge (fridge, microwave, sink)
  • Wired ethernet broadband in the Guesthouse
  • The gallery can take credit cards and EftPos . 

About amplified music

The venue is very suitable for unamplified acoustic music, meaning musicians who play instruments or sing without electronic amplification. Disk jockeys and amplified rock bands tend to create problems, both with the neighbours, and we have noticed, with the celebration of the day. There are plenty of venues on Waiheke suitable for drunken rowdy parties, but not Casale di Terra, please.

We also have found that when acoustical music is provided, especially classical in the beginning during the vows and subsequent toasts, and later ethnic (Irish, Greek, etc), the guests love it. Most guests want to talk with each other, and find amplified music means they have to yell at each other to be heard. 

Due to complaints from a neighbour to the north, we are now restricting amplified music - especially those with loud base frequencies - to the potager courtyard with the wind wall closed. Amplified music is limited to two hours and must end within a hour after sunset. For those who want to move on to another venue for late night dancing and partying, we recommend booking a Fullers bus and one of the community halls.

About children attending

Casale di Terra is not designed for children, and children are discouraged. Despite asking parents to be vigilant, the results have not been good, as on the day we find children playing the fish pond, near the bee hives, climbing ladders and trees and doing things kids do in playgrounds.

Accordingly, if any children are to attend, we now require that a professional nanny must be employed who is on full time for the duration of the children's presence with one nanny for every six children. Children must be supervised by the nanny and in sight at all times, and if any unacceptable behaviour occurs, that the parents must remove themselves and their children from the premises immediately. Sorry to have to set this restriction, but unfortunately it has been a problem in the past.

About weather

Waiheke has its wet seasons, mixed seasons and dry seasons, but we can get dry seasons where the tail end of a cyclone blows through or every so often surprises everyone with inclement weather. Accordingly, it is best to book marquis to be set up the day before the event and removed the day after.

The wind has two prevailing directions... the southwest is cold, blows in the potager courtyard but is blocked by the main building in the inner courtyard and carrera marble patio. The northerly wind, which is warmer but can be stronger, blows in the marble patio and requires a marquis with side curtains. Best for your wedding planner to consult with a marquis rental company.

Recommendation:

  • We recommend Sophia Hoadley My Waiheke Weddings for your wedding planner.
  • If you do not use a wedding planner, we will require substantial evidence that the event is well planned and will run smoothly. The more elements you add to a wedding - not to mention the fact that it is your special day - the more likely that something will go wrong if it is not being managed by someone whose only job is coordination of weddings.
  • In addition to a planner you are required to employ a site supervisor who is on duty for the duration of the event if that service is not provided by the planner.
  • Booking portable toilets is required. We recommend Greenacres Waiheke that is familiar with the venue.

Notes on external regulations and safety:

  • The kitchens are not commercially licensed. Food must be prepared by caterers in accordance with law and served from the caterer's trucks.
  • The facility does not have a liquor license. Alcohol, if served, must be by a licensed person or company, in accordance with law. Drunkenness is inappropriate for the venue. If that is your intent, please look elsewhere.
  • Amplified music must avoid callouts from Auckland Council Noise Control. Church Bay is a quiet zone. You must contact the in-resident neighbours to negotiate acceptable hours & volume.
  • Loud music has been a problem in the past especially with a neighbour to the north. Accordingly, music must face south in the potager courtyard with the windwall closed.
  • Except for catering staff and the bridal party, car parking is on Motukaha Road, both sides - please do not block the neighbours' farm gates.
  • Helicopters are not permitted by Council to land on the property. The facility does not have a licensed landing pad.
  • Water is scarce in the glorious summer months and guests are asked to be considerate and conserve... the gardens & fish will thank you.
  • No pets, please, it just causes problems. 
  • The venue is in the country next to two working farms (sheep & olives). There may be sounds and smells of the country.

Click here for one page flier similar to home page of this web site (300 dpi pdf).

Click here for one page site plan showing courtyards and ground floor rooms (pdf)

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