Steve is a designer and created the amazing invitations and order of service. Katie is a school teacher and her ENTIRE class of 5 year olds attended the wedding! They sat opposite the choristers, and after the ceremony assembled outside to form a guard of honour for the exiting couple. Very cute. Katie was like a local celeb, every 5 year old wanted a piece of her, or a photograph taken, or a snotty hug.
During our coupley photo session, we stumbled across two drag queens, Ozzie Osbourne, and a giant Hummer Limo. It felt a little chaotic a times for me (without Liana..) but SO much fun. Katie insisted I take home an entire leg of ham for Steven (I did take a ham roll or two), and Steve kept checking to make sure I had enough to eat, enough to drink, was I okay?? Such lovely people, I hope these images show just a little how in love with eachother they are. A few favourites before I edit the rest....
(I've just realised I chose loads of flower girl images for the blog, but I couldn't resist, there were so many cute photograph opportunities..)
Katie's best friend Shar did her hair and it looked gorgeous, shame about the gale force winds!
Lush. Elmer didn't sleep in the car by the way. As long as I kept up a slow supply of snacks he was happy though, so my car is now covered in sultanas and bits of ricecake.
Very excited about this Saturday's wedding - a Hindu ceremony here in Dunedin. Can't wait!
But at heart, this was a simple, intimate day that focussed on people; close family and friends. It was warm, and loving, and beautiful. This is my second wedding in a row with a small number of people, and I really love the atmosphere that creates. It makes me feel very honoured to record such close relationships. Ian, Richelle and guests made me and Liana feel so welcome. We felt sad to leave! But what fun to drive home for 3 hours in hideous thick fog! A great chance for us to bond.
Oh... and did I mention the STRAWBALE HOUSE???!!!! I did??!!!! Because next to beautiful, happy weddings, (and Elmer!) there isn't much else that gets so many exclamation marks on my blog. This is Richelle's parent's place and I love it. Isn't it just lush?? Look how lovely and thick the walls are. And all the details like those gorgeous green chairs in the kitchen, and the flowers...Ahh...
Richelle, infront of the view from the front of the house:
Ian: First glimpse of Richelle arriving at Northburn Station (lovely venue by the way).
Thanks Richelle and Ian for being so lovely, and so amusing!
My wedding this Saturday is in Christchurch so we are having a little family weekend up there. I hope Elmer sleeps in the car...
Oh and Jennifer and David pretty much made EVERYTHING you see here. the table settings, floral arrangements, the cakes... which by the way I love!! The flowers are picked from David's parent's garden in Sawyers Bay.
Sometimes I get a feeling at a wedding and I'm on a roll creatively - this was one of those weddings, I loved it! But a big part of that is having a couple who put complete trust in me to do whatever I think will look best. Thank you to Jennifer and David for that...
This singer was amazing. He is part of the Dunedin Musician's Club (I think I got that right). I wanted to rewind back to my wedding and have him sing Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah during the signing of the register too... ahhhhhhh.....
Watching the bride arrive...
Look at the cakes on the left - lush!
This was a perfect wedding for me - beautiful details, lovely location, easygoing, happy couple, and.... a bit of drizzle. Lovely. I've just got back from Richelle and Ian's wedding in Central Otago this weekend - it was SO hot I almost died. But (contain yourselves), I was shooting in a STRAWBALE HOUSE! And it was gorgeous! I can't wait to blog the images!
In other good news, Elmer seems to be over the worst of the teething and is an absolute delight. He's currently on the floor behind me flicking through The New Zealand Woman's Weekly Complete Guide to Modern Asian Cuisine.
I'll be in the UK next year for the European summer (in Wales, ha!), and I'd love to shoot a couple of weddings whilst I'm home. Let me know if you, or anyone else fancies having me as their photographer. I'll bring along my newly acquired New Zealand accent, ey.
Image above from Aislinn and Tom's wedding in Winchester this year...
The wedding was originally scheduled to be outside on the lawn, but we had one of those really changeable spring-like days and at the last minute we were moved up to the pavillion outside the lodge. Good job too, because just after the register was signed it started hailing! It soon cleared up, but man alive... it was cold and windy! We headed down to the pier afterwards for a couple of sexy sunset photographs and I very nearly got blown into the sea. The good thing about Glenfalloch though is that you can have a sunny outdoorsy day, but equally a cosy, fireside day too. So we had a bit of both!
CUTE!! Notice the tiny baby buttonhole! Helen made the entire outfit for Baxter. Her reaction below:
Helen's dad is from the Cook Islands, hence the headgear. I love it!
Lush. Thanks guys.
I am simultaneously blogging and entertaining Elmer who is watching Jungle Book songs on my laptop. Working mother!