Pretty idyllic. Watching Elmer run around picking plums and chasing chickens, he seemed utterly happy and I thought that it looked like the most perfect childhood.
Awww! Don't worry, we're normally really nice to them. Notice I am merely the photographer, and Steven is the 'dipper'.
Anyway, we spent a nice evening on the beach, and on the way home Elmer had a green lollipop because he let me take photographs of him. I'm gonna have to stock up on those things.....
Worth it though, he is super cute at the moment.
Claire and Chris are very deserving recipients of such a lovely day. They are kind hearted, thoughtful and easy-going. Their wedding was a beautiful yet simple affair that focussed on family - there were roles for lots of different people throughout the day. Claire is the organisational genius who had everything planned so well that nothing went awry, and everyone was able to relax and enjoy the day.
Our portrait shoot after the ceremony involved just us, Claire and Chris. No bridesmaids or groomsmen - it was just like back in the UK and I loved it! Claire's uncle provided the coolest wedding car (there is a glut of uncles in Dunedin with cool cars I've discovered), and we drove to some quiet spots and the light was amazing and it was just sooo romantic!
Ahhh. Also, another cool item in the day was that Claire's brother and auntie MC'd, and they did a comedy compere deal at the reception where wedding guests were interviewed as they ordered their dinners. It was good fun.
Claire and Chris have been together for years, and have such a lovely way with eachother. They fit together perfectly...
Lush! We are off to Arrowtown for a couple of days, and then I have a wedding in Christchurch, but I will try and squeeze in another blog inbetween..
Sarah and Mark married at the Church of the Holy Name in Dunedin, and their reception was at Knox College, Dunedin. I've only shot at Knox once before, at Natalie and Will's wedding in 2011, you have to be a secret-insider type / ex student to have a wedding reception there. I tell you what, both of these venues provided us with spots of really beautiful and dramatic light. I had a great time capturing it all.
There was a slight panic before Sarah and Mark's wedding, as unbeknowst to them when they made their wedding plans, Knox college was to undergo some serious renovation work (still in progress). The Great Hall and adjacent rooms were finished only a few days before the wedding! It looks fab, but I did miss the stag heads on the wall.
Another item of note at this wedding were the flowers. Everything floral was produced by Sarah's auntie in Sarah's parent's garage. A true labour of love from someone who isn't even a professional.
Oh oh, and groomsman/bestman Paul Tito used to be captain of the Cardiff Blues!!! What a small world it is.
Such a beautiful day.
I'll be back with more soon..
The reception at Arana College (where Sam and Simon met in Dunedin), looked incredible. By day, a lowly canteen, the place was transformed into a vintage central otago themed wedding spectacular. One of Simon's landscape photographs was printed onto an enormous canvas and this provided the backdrop for tables adorned with Central Otago Schist rock, antique glasses, flowers and details. Pretty much everything was handmade and must have taken hours and hours.
All of this is testament to how much this wedding meant not just for Sam and Simon, but for their families too. A beautiful ceremony in Port Chalmers town hall was followed by high tea in the grand room next door (prepared by hand of course). Sam's previous job at Arana College and her friendly, outgoing personality meant she had connections at the university, and we were able to use a university residence lodge in St Leonards for photographs afterwards. Sam and Simon also scouted out another very cool spot with an old stone wall and apple trees that was perfect for the look and feel of their wedding. I was so impressed with their dedication to the cause.
All of this was topped off with one of the best first dance routines I have ever witnessed! Sam is an ex dancer (that helps!) so she and Simon managed to wow their guests with an incredible flawless dance. Add to that a photobooth, funny and tearful speeches, great music, beautiful, loving people, and a warm sunny day that was actually meant to be cloudy and rainy... and you have a pretty perfect wedding. Which is why... this will be a LONG blog post!!
Lush. I came home on a high from Sam and Simon's wedding.. to find a pathetic looking Elmer on the sofa - he'd trapped his fingers in the hinge of the door when it closed! Poor boy. He still has the bruises but thankfully is very wary of holding onto doors with his little fingers now. After a trip to the urgent doctors the next day, he was all set for me to leave for another wedding the day after. Luckily being in the house makes things a lot easier in wedding season. More weddings to come!