Then a few months ago she asked to meet up. There was a new plan. This time there would be no guests, no fuss, no stress: just Bella and Aidan on the beach, saying their wedding vows and concentrating on eachother. I liked the sound of it.
So on Wednesday (12/12/12, which apparently was a coincidence as they weren't fussed on a fancy date!) I travelled to Kakanui, just south of Oamaru with Elmer and Milo (they were allowed to come since there would be babysitting by the lovely Lauren Wells makeup artist and other children to play with) and we headed down to the beach. Just Bella, Aidan, their two witnesses (Aidan's brother Felix and Bella's friend Charlotte), the celebrant, and me.
The rocky headland they chose was perfect, with a little raised point to stand, and the waves crashing on either side. You couldn't have a wedding with 100 guests there because 2 metres from where Bella and Aidan stood the noise of the sea swallowed up all their words. It was one of the most heartfelt and emotive ceremonies I've been to, and I only heard about half of it!
I will let the images tell the rest of the story....
So if you fancy eloping, the advice is to DO it! And hire me to photograph the event of course..
By the way, the big news around here is that we are MOVING INTO THE HOUSE tomorrow!!! Seems almost too good to believe!
Going through these images now makes me miss them even more. I'm glad we managed to capture these simple moments in time, little Amandine and Edward are utterly adorable..
A whole blog post without one of my children in it! I'd better address that.....
I am slowly returning to the real world after the fog of the first 4 weeks of having a new baby at home. Milo is amazing but has had a bad cold, so life hasn't been as glamourous as I expected it to be. I am officially on maternity leave until the end of December but I have a really gorgeous wedding to photograph in two weeks (for those who look at my blog for pretty wedding fodder!), and in the meantime I intend to post lots of images of my boys at home. Not least for their adoring Grandma and Grandad who left New Zealand two weeks ago.
The big news this week is that Elmer has finally accepted that Milo is here to stay, and isn't just a slightly terrifying inconvenience. The first week of having Milo at home Elmer would walk past him with his hands over his eyes. We have progressed to kissing (!!) via poking and hand holding.
Images of Elmer below are a combination of Elmer being himself (covered in pasta sauce reading a bath book in his camping chair) and some more set up ones in our long grass where I had to bribe him with sugary snacks. Elmer no longer likes being photographed - I know, terrible!!
Lush. I realise I haven't posted any house news or progress, but I will at some point. Things are happening, very... slowly. I do have a bathroom!!
Elmer received a 'big brother present' in the post from my friends back home, and he's been out in the sun throwing his new helicopter around. He also decided that he now wants to go on the swings in the park (after a break of about 2 years), and he loves it!
I'm convinced Milo is going to be a real character, he has the best facial expressions...
Hope that keeps his fans at bay for now!