Won a Free Wedding

Louise & Francis’ $12,000 Dream Come True


Could there be a more appropriate couple to win a free wedding at Tui Hills than Louise Freeman and Francis Bondad?

Their connection to Tui Hills began when they saw the venue name on the Auckland Weddings website, and to get married there seemed pre-ordained when they went for their viewing, as Francis explains:

“The Tui is a very special bird for Francis as it was his late Grandad’s favourite bird that always appears at special times and guides him when needed.
On the day we came across the venue two Tui birds had appeared on our walk, and we even saw one on the day of the draw!

“As soon as we set eyes on the venue we knew this was the one, from the beautiful outdoor setting to the outstanding service we received from [Tui Hills’ owner and staff] Ruth, Shelby and Marieke.”

On the day the draw was made this month, to say the North Shore couple were excited would be something of an understatement.

“It was a roller-coaster of emotions. There was screaming, shouting, and crying!

“We had received a text message from Marieke on the morning of the draw to tell us when to look online and watched the video on Facebook 100 times just to ensure it was really us.”

Louise and Francis won up to $12,000 to spend on their wedding as part of the competition open to any couple that booked in July or August.

Tui Hills owner, Ruth Carpenter, said the competition had generated a huge amount of interest. “Couples knew they could be getting a premium wedding for free, and I’m so happy that such a deserving couple won the prize.”

Now Louise and Francis are working with the Tui Hills team to finalise preparations for their March 2023 wedding.

“We’re looking forward to everything, but most importantly being able to share our special day, having fun and creating memories with our nearest and dearest at this special place.”

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