There are a few (not very many but a few) weddings that I could shoot every week. Where I think, wow, this is my actual job. I’m surrounded by genuine, lovely people, there is emotion and humour and everywhere I turn there are things to photograph. Laughter, tears, funny expressions, bits and pieces that make a wedding day like this one so memorable.
When I first visited Cara and Warren about a year ago I was struck by how amazing their unique house is out on the coast in Seacliff. A bright yellow villa called Sunshine Station. If you can match people’s personalities to where they live, you need look no further than this place and what it stands for. “The biggest deck in the southern hemisphere” has recently been constructed by Warren and friends so that (from what I can calculate) literally hundreds of friends can come and party. The interior is full of quirky little things – it is a welcoming and lovely place. Cara and Warren reside there with Gus the dog, a black lab who is the kind of dog I’m sure even non dog people would love. He was going to be ring bearer on the big day but resigned at the last minute (to my disappointment) leaving the job to a slightly more qualified human. However it didn’t matter because Gus was right up there at the top of the aisle, as companion, guard dog, and dignified witness. I hope he got some cake later on.
I loved how personal this wedding was, from the music (Flight of the Conchords during the ceremony by the way – inspired), the vows, the messages and notes, the location, the train bringing all the guests out to Seacliff, the dog in a suit, the balloons, the way everyone was treated… I could go on.
These two aren’t just in love, they are happy happy in love. And the people around them seem that little bit happier because of it.