Nigel and Jess were married in St Joseph's Cathedral followed by a reception in the Savoy. It was a big, beautiful, elegant wedding with lots of pretty things, lots of people, and lots of laughs. Tons of littluns to photograph too. Jess made all her table settings, favours and seating chart the week before the wedding (her and Nigel live in Singapore). They compliment eachother really well. Nigel is funny, chatty, extrovert; Jess is sweet, shy, super friendly. Oh and you may recognise Peter Chin (ex Mayor) in the photographs, he is Nigel's dad. Peter Chin and Gladys Hope sang during the signing of the register in the cathedral, which sounded amazing.
I might sneak an Elmer image up as my next blog post. He is particularly cute at the moment.
Natalie's mum made her dress (and before you think "homemade" - think again). It took a year. That was like, her job... for a year. Two weeks before the wedding she got about 5 hours sleep a night because she was finishing the dress. And she is an incredible seamstress. This wedding dress combines 3 separate patterns, an engineered bodice, a big train, hundreds of hours of hand embroidery, including their initials and wedding logo. Natalie's grandmother's dress is sewn into the detail work on the shoulder.
The dress was a complete secret. Only Natalie, her mother and the dog viewed it before the big day. The suspense was incredible because everyone knew about Liz's talent - she'd made wedding dresses in the past, for other people. This was the culmination of all her seamstress work, her piece de resistance.
The dedication and generosity and love involved in making the dress was evident in every part of this wedding. In the afternoon tea that took relatives all week to produce, every little handmade detail that has been Natalie's labour of love all year, the jams she made as favours with her bridesmaids, the rocks that were collected from West Coast beaches, the fish that was caught for dinner, the flowers her auntie arranged, and in the story of Natalie and Will's relationship.
I don't want to come over all wedding-photographer-cheesy on the blog, but what a complete honour it was to be a part of this day.
Nb: Liana is getting pretty skilled on camera number 2. Her shots on the blog will now have a little 'by Liana' watermark.
Well, I'm in the middle of WEDDING WEEK here. I've said goodbye to my husband and child, the housework and my friends, until next Sunday when normal service will resume. The house isn't going to get built for another week but needs must! I had an absolutely fabulous wedding yesterday to kick things off... if I was American I would say I'm "pumped!" I'm British though, so I'll just say I'm relatively excited.
Bob is a builder. Yes. So the table centrepieces were cute, hand drawn characters from the television show. Jonwin works in farming, so before we arrived at the venue (Grandview Gardens), we stopped off at a cattle yard for some glamourous shots of the ladies. Jonwin purchased a brand new pair of RedBands (iconic kiwi gumboot/wellie) for her wedding. I'm not sure how many other brides out there can claim that...
Oh and Sunshine Video and Design from Queenstown filmed the day. First time I've met them - very lovely people.
Some favourites for the blog then...
So there we have it. Another wedding on it's way before the new year...............
The wedding was at Woodstock in the Catlins, somewhere that is both close to where Misty grew up, and a place that Simon fell in love with when he first visited here (Simon is British). He's a surf dude. We popped to the beach after the ceremony for some photographs. The water does look tempting, but only to those who have a REALLY warm wetsuit.
Misty and Simon couldn't stop thanking people all day - me, the caterer, the catering staff, the barman, the flower girl and page boy. Such lovely, sweet people, it was an honour to spend the day with them. A few photographs then:
Do you notice how once Misty sees Simon waiting at the top of the aisle, she doesn't stop smiling. So lush. Also an image in there from Liana (baby at ceremony). I had to forcibly separate Liana from one of those very cute 2 year olds on the dance floor so we could drive home. Very embarrassing.
3 weeks till Christmas. I hope everyone is organised...