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Celebrate your love with a wedding at
Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Stunning lake and mountain views and your very own lake view wedding chapel – A perfect place to tie the knot.
DISTINCTION TE ANAU
HOTEL & VILLAS LAKE TE ANAU
Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is nestled
on the edge of New Zealand’s second largest
lake, in the charming Te Anau Township in
the heart of the Fiordland. Set in extensive,
colourful gardens and beautifully maintained
grounds complementing the natural
surroundings, with lake and mountain views.
Modern, chic and elegantly understated,
Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers
you a luxurious wedding experience for your
special day. Celebrate the ceremony, wedding
breakfast and accommodation at Distinction
Hotel and Villas Te Anau.
Enjoy the experience of a lifetime by having
your ceremony on the picturesque lakefront
of Lake Te Anau with the Fiordland Ranges as
your backdrop and your partner in front of
you in our very own Artisan inspired Lakefront
Wedding Chapel, or on our Lakeview Lawn.
Both locations are exclusive to wedding
receptions held at Distinction Te Anau Hotel
and Villas. In the midst of this natural beauty,
Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers
you the chance to celebrate your big day in
exactly the way you dreamt of.
We welcome weddings from 2 up to 140
guests, both formal receptions and smaller
Please call reception on 032499700 to speak to one of our wedding specialists
Book your wedding before 31st July 2013 and receive a complimentary night stay in a deluxe Lake View suite, free
breakfast in the morning and a bottle of bubbles for your special day, valued at retail $400.00
Come into Fab and Finesse for a great range of gift ideas,
perfect for engagement parties, hens nights and weddings.
Contact Wanda at 03 249 7309,
66 Town Centre Te Anau.
Open Seven Days
Two Te Anau couples recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries together,
having both ed the knot on February 23, 1963. Ken and Noeline Adam and John and
Isobel Donaldson reflect on their 50 years of marriage...
o say things were
different back then
is a somewhat
predictable way to
start a story about 50
years of marriage yet some mes it
pays to remember just how much
has changed in that me. Both
Noeline and Isobel lived at home
with their parents and their unions
with Ken and John, respec vely,
began very humbly – wedding gi s
providing the basic needs to set up
their first home.
“I lived with Mum and Dad right
up un l the day I got married and
that was fairly common,” Mrs Adam
The Adams married in Dunedin,
a “town” affair but a conven onal
wedding. The Donaldsons had a
“country” wedding in Balclutha,
with a recep on in the Warepa
Hall. Both couples were married
in a church and the ceremony and
vows were organised by the pastor
with input from the couple neither
invited nor expected.
The wedding itself was organised
In her own case she and Mr
Adam moved to Te Anau to begin
their life together. At the me it
seemed like he was taking her “to
the end of the world”.
“We didn’t have a prac ce run,”
she said. “We were pre y green.”
Mr Adam: “And we learnt
Mrs Donaldson agreed: “You
have to work together to survive.”
The Adams and the Donaldsons
did not know each other before
moving to Te Anau but, since
learning many years ago that
they shared the same wedding
anniversary, have celebrated most
of them together. When it came
to marking the 50th there was no
ques on a combined celebra on
was in order.
“It’s quite a feat these days so it
should be recognised in some way,”
Mr Adam said.
The couples were joined by about
80 family and friends, including
some members of their original
bridal par es, for a luncheon at the
Kingsgate Hotel in Te Anau.
principally by their parents. If you
lived in the country it was expected
that most of the district would be in
a endance and the guest list more
commonly represented friends of
the couple’s parents rather than of
the couple themselves.
“We went along with our parents’
wishes. We had very li le input,”
Mrs Adam said.
“ These days the parents have very
li le say,” Mr Donaldson laughed.
“Very sincere” was the way both
couples described their weddings,
while quick not to decry the more
“casual” approach taken by many
couples these days. The Donaldsons
have four children, three of whom
are married and the Adams have
three sons also all married.
While their own children have
entered stable rela onships, they’re
conscious that many marriages
today will not make 50 years. Trust
and commitment were key to a long
and happy marriage they said.
“Communica on’s a big thing
and I’m not meaning on a mobile
phone,” Mrs Adam said.
Above: John and
on their wedding
day, February 23,
1963. Right: Ken and
Noeline Adam on
their wedding day,
Te Anau couples (from left) Ken and
Noeline Adam and John and Isobel
Donaldson who celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on February 23.
ADVOCATE WEDDING SPECIAL 2013
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