Chris and Natalie met the old fashioned way - whilst out dancing in a bar one night. I love the story of their meeting. I don't know why I think that's old fashioned.. maybe just that SO many people hope they'll meet the love of their life on the dancefloor and it so rarely happens in reality. Anyway, that's how my parents met, and since my parents have the best marriage ever then it must be a good omen.
I love it when people write their own vows, and I love it when people are as expressive as these two were when they said them infront of their friends and family, my camera, and several onlooking tourists and cyclists on the road up above. Beautiful.
(Chris is an architect)...
Chris is a very keen photographer, and photography featured quite a bit in the wedding, from a running slideshow of images at the reception, individual framed prints of the bridal party on table settings.... and this!! Steven probably wouldn't have been surprised if I'd pulled this trick at our wedding. So cool!
Thank you four random passing motorists!! I'm such a weakling...
The following shots are all taken from the observatory lookout point above the lake... This is why I see other photographers saying "Oh I'd love to photograph a wedding in New Zealand". How cool that this is my job!
Last summer wedding of 2010 folks! I have lots more to post in the next couple of months before my winter weddings kick off though....
However, when I arrived at the hotel in the morning to start shooting Emily and her bridesmaids getting ready, I was on a high! I thought "Yes! Here I am in a swanky Auckland hotel with uber-cool beautiful people, and Steven is at home wading through chicken poo in the rain!!"
It was one of those days where something interesting was happening all the time. A photographer's dream. Teamed with the fact that this wedding was planned to perfection by Emily and Dixon... everything turned out beautifully.
Emily: Serene and graceful all day...
I did a bit of research beforehand to find some spots for location photographs and liked the look of the pillars on the museum at the Auckland Domain. On the map I had it was marked Museum / War Memorial. Here's a funny conversation I had with the wedding car driver...
Sinead: "Hello there! We're off to the Auckland Domain War Memorial..."
Sinead: "Okay, I have a map but I presume you know where it is."
(5 minutes later...)
Driver: "Where are we going?"
Sinead: "Uh, the War Memorial?.......You know, the Museum at the Auckland Domain?"
Driver (annoyed): "Well you've confused things now by saying the Museum. Which do you mean, the Museum or the War Memorial??"
Sinead: "Oh I'm sorry! I didn't realise they were two different places."
Driver: "They're not, they're the same place."
Okay. Anyway, here it is!
Two lovely people exited their seats at the chocolate boutique for this shot:
I wanted to include lots of detailey shots since Emily did such a good design job with everything. Tiffany blue and yellow:
I may have eaten about 20 of these - mmmmm (no one wants a grumpy photographer).
The boys in the photobooth:
Lush. I had such a good time at this wedding (and was so well taken care of) that I almost forgot I had a husband and baby at home! What a treat to get back on Sunday to my two boys. Even if Elmer had a totally mismatched outfit on :)
Well, Megan and Rodney then. The wedding took place in Megan's mum's garden, and it was a beautiful, simple ceremony. I left Waitati under a thick fog of clouds and drizzle, and arrived in Mosgiel to be welcomed by a lovely warm summer's day. I think I need to move house!
Megan's mum made the dress, they had a huge BBQ for the wedding feast, and a nice big cake made entirely of pavlova. You have to get the important things right ey?!
Thank you for being so good humoured and in-love guys..
I have one more wedding to blog before a trip to Lake Tekapo this weekend!
However, it does make for some sexy photos!! Sean and Sacha got married in St Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin followed by a reception at The Dunedin Club. Which is a little tucked away gem that I only found as a result of this wedding. Sacha was a tad late for the ceremony (15 mins = tiny bit late, 40 mins = tad late, over an hour = worryingly late). This was in part due to a runaway wedding car - down a big hill!!! I don't have the full story but I think a bridesmaid leapt into said wedding car to save the day! I hope that's true.
Sean and Sacha have been together forever and are utterly comfortable with eachother - in a good way - and totally at ease infront of the camera. They are also muchos in love, mmmmmmmm.
LOTS of babies at this wedding...
Okay, (SIGH)... who gave Liana a baby??
Ahhhh. Thank you for being so lovely Sean and Sacha, speak soon.
In other, less cheery news... our Mother Duck is dead. If you aren't sure who I mean, you can see an image I posted of her when she first arrived here with her ducklings. I feel really sad about this. Steven noticed that she was looking a bit listless last night, and then this morning he found her at the back of the chicken/duck enclosure, and she'd died in the night. He thinks Hussein is responsible. Hussein and Mavis have taken over where the kray twins left off, and have apparently been bullying the ducks, even though the ducks are lovely sweet creatures and generally keep to themselves. Steven witnessed Hussein and Mavis attacking Mother Duck the other day... I don't want to point fingers but....
The rest of the ducks have now been moved to our new pond at the bottom of the land. I will pop out now and see if they are okay and post up a photograph. Poor duckies.....
Megan & Rodney's Wedding:
Sacha and Sean's wedding:
Emily & Dixon's Auckland wedding: