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I loved shooting this wedding for two reasons. One was that Travis was (hand on heart) the happiest groom I have EVER seen marrying his bride Deborah. The ceremony was heartfelt but also illicited lots of happy laughter from the guests because of his sheer, unabashed contentment. He and Deb have the most beautiful, solid relationship, and their love for eachother is inspiring.
Also... the weather was typically New Zealandish, and after it pelted down with rain just before we shot the family groups, followed by some cloud cover, the sun suddenly appeared, and we had the most beautiful sunny evening (best time of year for the light of course). Inbetween, as we travelled along the peninsula, there was a rain storm out at sea, so we skipped over a bit of rough grass to make the most of the colours and light.
Ceremony at Pukehiki Church, and a reception at Larnach Castle....
What better place to start though than the wedding of Amy and Chris, who married at Islington in Mosgiel followed by a reception at the Rowing Club. Looking back on the images I realise how autumnal they are, with the oranges and yellows in the trees and all the beautiful falling leaves. It felt like the end of summer on the day though, it was warm, with just the right amount of afternoon sunlight coming through the haze. Amy had hung lanterns in the big tree at Islington, and during the ceremony leaves gently fell to the ground. It was lovely. The day before we discussed getting some sunset shots on the balcony at the Rowing club, and the timing turned out perfectly for us. I took some shots as I drove home too, with the light disappearing from the sky.
Amy had a very definite and confident style for this wedding. I loved the stationary, details, the messages on her shoes, the lawn games, and Amy's beautiful custom made dress. The timings were great, and it felt like people had plenty of opportunity to chat, mingle and enjoy the sun.
Amy and Chris compliment eachother beautifully.. I enjoyed photographing these two.
A few images!
More to come!
The place Jo and Paul chose for their wedding suited them to a T. It was a warm, overcast day, and Dansey's Pass Inn is situated on a long dirt road that leads through a mountain pass, so it feels snug and closed in by the surrounding hills. The wedding was simple and earthy, with lovely elegant and stylish touches. Jo and Paul were ultra relaxed with me, and gave me full license to do my thing, which felt great.
A small ceremony was followed by drinks and canapes in the Inn, a few photos up on the mountain road, and then an intimate candlelit dinner. Lots of lovely little things to photograph along the way, including children, details, rabbits and a crafty goat.
I totally fell in love with this wedding...
Lovely :) Milo is asleep so I will get on with some editing....
Yum. Feels like the end of summer to me. Autumn is pretty cool though, so I'm mostly okay with it.
Oh, and just so I can show off, here is the tasty banana loaf that Deirdre MADE for me!!!
It's all gone. About 1/3 was gone before I got home actually, running around on the beach with heavy cameras is hungry work.
It rained softly, and people stood under umbrellas to watch them say say their vows to eachother. It was a beautiful, personal day for a couple who are obviously deeply in love. Partly encouraged by my advice that the late afternoon sun is beautiful at this time of year (ahem...) Sarah and Josh planned their ceremony for 4pm. The day before when we met up for a chat, I was excited about how lovely the sun would look coming through the trees, despite the fact that is was really hot. However... sometimes nature throws us a challenge, and because it rained, we captured some more soft, intimate shots that I love. Somehow I think they suit Sarah and Josh's relationship so much more. Besides, it was sunny for the engagement shoot and you can't have it all!
Not much time to write tonight, have to put the boys to bed and want to get this online..
A few of my favourites, enjoy :)
Lush. More soon!
I feel like I could tell you quite a lot about Janna and Grant, and about their families. Grant is from the UK, and has travelled over to Dunedin to follow his love, Janna. Family and friends made the big trip over to New Zealand for the wedding, flying home again today (the day I always dread with my family), so this will be a very emotional time for them.
Like a lot of families, Janna and Grant are very close to theirs, but unlike a lot of people they wear their hearts on their sleeves, so it is easy to see how much love they have for everyone. That's partly why I enjoyed photographing them so much, and partly why I don't need to write so much today. I'll just let the images talk.
Lush. That blog post took a while to get up - inbetween answering questions about cranes, diggers and trains, baby feeding, changing nappies and requests for strawberry milk - I got there in the end!
Adam joked that since there was very much a scottish vein running through the wedding, that he was hoping for a nice foggy day for the wedding so that it all looked mysterious and castley (he didn't use those words, they are mine). Unfortunately for him (but probably not anyone else), it was beautifully sunny and warm, but then when we headed up to the turret for some big wide creative shots... it was cloudy and still. And then sunny again! I love it when the weather behaves.
Adam and Brigid came to me a long time ago with the idea of shooting their weddiing, so it was great to finally be there seeing it all unfold perfectly. Adam did the lions share of the organisation (or so I believe) which is very refreshing in these modern times. During his speech he said that he hoped he had done Brigid proud, and I think you can see the evidence of that in the images below. A stunning day for a sweet couple where everything came together beautifully...
Rebecca and Nick were exactly how I imagined them to be - two very genuine, happy souls. Rebecca's love for Nick is written all over her face; she spent the entire day smiling, laughing or crying. Nick's love for Rebecca is equally strong but is given away in subtle looks and glances. I loved capturing these two beaming at eachother in such adoring yet different ways.
Because Rebecca and Nick wanted their wedding day to be spent enjoying family and friends, they opted for a first look and portrait photographs before the ceremony. Such a great idea. We chose a shady patch under a huge tree at Hintons (fab venue by the way), and I was able to capture them seeing eachother for the first time that day.
The ceremony was funny and heartfelt, with the minister, Mike, involving the congregation and creating a celebratory atmosphere. Afterwards there was mingling (that Rebecca and Nick could fully enjoy) outside in the sun at Russley Golf Club, good food, speeches, and a band that got everyone on the dance floor later on.
Oh and I just LOVED Rebecca's bold vintage style, it was really fabulous :)
The next wedding I have to blog was organised entirely by the groom! A rarity in the wedding world..
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!
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!
Turns out Sam and Simon almost didn't make it because the winds were so extreme it made for difficult flying.
It rained for about 90% of the shoot, but we ran with it, and Sam and Simon are just so freaking happy and in love that the cold and the wet didn't seem to intrude on them at all. I'm looking forward to the wedding, I'm hearing lots of very cool ideas already :)
And tomorrow, I WILL go out and photograph the state of the house, and blog it..............
Jonathan MADE the wedding rings and Isabella's engagement ring. Originally, she had a fancy diamond ring that was custom made by a jeweller in town, but it was stolen in an airport, so Jonathan decided to make her a new one! Since he is a dentist, he was able to utilise his skills and the skills of a colleague to handcraft a ring for Isabella. And then, you know, because that was so straightforward, he decided to make the wedding rings too!
After a lovely, personal ceremony and morning tea, we headed out into some beautiful winter light for portraits (the very beginnings of spring had just appeared on the trees that week), and then into the warmth of Etrusco for the reception. As this was an early ceremony, for the first time ever I got to see the bride and groom drive off into the sunset!
Ahhh. More babies on the blog soon, and an update on the house..............
Rachel is pregnant, with a baby due in September, so she had a gorgeous dress made to show off her (tiny!) bump. I think most pregnant brides go for a simple empire line gown, but I really admired Rachel collaborating on such a fun and totally unique design. Amongst all the little details at the reception marquee, there was also a black and white photograph of baby's 20 week scan.
Rachel and Greig are dairy farmers, and the wedding was set in rural Waimate, with a ceremony at the little stone church in town, followed by a reception at Centrewood Estate, with its beautiful big autumnal trees. To top off the day.. our run of beautiful sunny weather continued, with a bright warm day and a starry night. LOTS of children at this wedding, including 4 flower girls and 4 page boys. Very cute...
Well, me and Elmer are back in the UK getting pampered, but I will be blogging about that soon...
Marilyn and Ryan contacted me a while back to ask about photographing their simple, quirky wedding at Grandview Gardens in Outram. Marilyn described the day to me and I instantly wanted to say "yes, however it works, I want to photograph your wedding."
The day would start early in the morning (10am people, is VERY early for me), with a garden ceremony surrounded by close friends and family. Most of whom would travel from places like Singapore, Canada and Australia to spend time in NZ with Marilyn and Ryan. Afterwards, they would drink teas from vintage china cups, and set up an outdoor photobooth and an indoor scrapbooking area. Guests would be photographed with props, and then be able to create a personalised scrapbook page for M&R with a huge range of papers and bitty things to be found neatly arranged on the tables inside.
Marilyn and Ryan live in Singapore, which is, obviously, quite hot. Dunedin isn't necessarily that warm... so guests were advised to be weather aware! The wedding morning was beautiful though, sunny, with that autumn crispness and magical light. Two of the loveliest people I've had the pleasure of photographing had their simple ceremony, and then we all had some fun with silly photographs, scrapbooking and icecream cake. Marilyn and Ryan insisted I do a scrapbook page myself, and I have to admit, it was probably one of the best ones there...
Beautiful. Oh and I got to go home with not only presents (plural) for me, but also a present for Elmer!
Kelly and Mark married at Tautuku, with a sweet, windy ceremony on the lawn, followed by a reception in the house/conservatory. The best part of the ceremony was when Doug (beloved dog of K&M) was released from one of the wedding cars so that he could dash up the aisle and perform ring-bearer duties. Which he did admirably. Doug is lovely!
Afterwards, the plan was for a helicopter to land on the lawn and whisk Kelly and Mark away to the end of the peninsula for photographs. Mark and his family had arranged this as a complete surprise for Kelly, and I was really excited before it was due to land. There was a delay because of the weather, so we had to keep Kelly from asking why we were hanging around. Unfortunately it couldn't land, so we tripped off in the car instead. Darn weather. It's the thought that counts though isn't it?? What a cool surprise!
This wedding was a complete labour of love. Kelly has been collecting ideas and preparing items for this day for a long time, and everything turned out beautifully. I loved the florals, the cute table tops, and the bunting on the lawn. During the afternoon downpour we hid in a shed, and then continued to the peninsula for some dramatic landscapey shots in the rain.
Loved this wedding!
Elmer is quietly ploughing through an easter egg behind me. I managed to get a whole blog post done with him in the room!
Not only that, but I knew that Gemma (in particular) had put so much hard work into designing and creating every last detail for the wedding, that it would be a visual feast. Her grandmother's bridal gowns were both on display in the foyer at Stonebridge, along with a host of family related details. The tablecloth on the signing table is a family heirloom (I believe).
Both grandmothers did a reading at the ceremony, and Gemma and Jordan's parents were involved lighting candles for deceased family members.
After an emotional ceremony under the clouds, the sun came out, and guests mingled on the lawn. As part of our location shoot we visited the local supermarket (that Jordan's parents run) for some quirky shots! Later on there were hilarious and moving speeches, impromptu group dancing, singing, more dancing, music, and floating candles on the lake.
Lush. Well, that took a while! I did promise G&J their blog post this afternoon. But in some cultures, 8.30pm is actually considered the afternoon...
Jennifer and Jason married last month in Arrowtown at St Patrick's Church followed by a reception at the Winehouse and Kitchen. Both very beautiful and fabulous venues. Jennifer has been planning this wedding for a year, with the help of Sarah at Simply Perfect Weddings. Sarah made sure the wedding was a pleasure to photograph. She took care of every little vintagey detail, and worked tirelessly behind the scenes all day.
Jennifer is from the US, and Jason is a Kiwi - they make a really gorgeous opposites-attract couple (a bit like me and Steven, except better looking). Really genuine, hospitable people. It was lovely seeing two families come together from so far away, and made for some very emotional speeches.
The weather was stunning, everyone was lovely, and stylish, and good looking. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful wedding. Here are the images!
I have three more weeks in NZ before my break in the UK. I'm trying not to take any more work on, but I will schedule shoots for when I return. I cannot WAIT for less hectic times!
Anyway, I have around 4 or 5 blogs in the works waiting to go up. Here is blog number one, from Rebecca and Shane's wedding, which was AGES ago in Ohau. It was when my parents were still here, so we all took the opportunity for a nice weekend away by Ohau lake. I'd forgotten (I've been to Ohau before) that there is no shop there at all. So we had to bludge some bread and wine from Ohau Lodge in the evening. Just the essentials!
The day before was quite blustery and cold, but Rebecca and Shane's weddng day turned out to be absolutely beautiful. Calm, sunny and mild. Since Rebecca was planning to arrive at the lakeside ceremony by BOAT (I know!!) then that was a good thing. Rebecca and Shane's twin toddler girls were flowergirls, and Rebecca's three other children played an important role in the wedding - her sons escorted her down the aisle with her dad, and daughter Rosa was a bridesmaid. Family and friends are very important to these two, and that was so evident all day.
All the elements for a perfect day: Stunning location, simple, uncluttered wedding, surrounded by the people you love.
Yey! A whole blog post! I should have more coming up, on the state of the house, Elmer (of course) and more weddings. See you soon!
Nicky and Nick had a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Clearwater in Christchurch, and from my very first dealings with them were super relaxed and trusting of me. Christchurch was hot and sunny, and a large part of the wedding day was spent just hanging out, enjoying the fine weather. Nick played some mini golf with the boys. Nicky and the girls enjoyed their luxury hotel room complete with balcony overlooking the lake. The sun discreetly hid behind a cloud for the ceremony and then popped out again. After dinner, the kids ran about on the big lawns, infront of a pretty pink sunset.
Considering at one point there was a possibility the hotel couldn't be used for the reception due to earthquake damage, I think the day turned out pretty well. Which was fabulous, considering Nicky and Nick are such lovely, genuine people.
Oh and we felt an earthquake! Well, Liana did, I was too busy studying the selection of wines in the wine shop to notice.
Right, I'm off to bed. I need to get some sleep before my parents fly into Dunedin in the morning!!
Everything was beautiful and stylish, but at the core of the day was a very simple, meaningful ceremony at the gorgeous little wooden church on the peninsula. Then there were drinks and canapes at Tautuku, cricket on the lawn, great food, speeches, a photobooth, cigars, music, dancing... and a very sweet couple, totally in love.
A LOT of images below, because Michelle and Jonny had to wait a bit longer for blogging than usual....
Phew, that was a biggy! I know Michelle has been eagerly anticipating her wedding on the blog. I'm kind of nervous now!
The wedding was emotional. Nick's mum sewed hundreds of sequins onto Helene's dress and it was lovely to see her reaction when she saw Helene wearing it that morning. Oh and Nick's reaction when he saw his wife to be. Actually, everyone's reaction when they saw Helene!
There were lots of tears, lots of jokes, lots of beautiful accents, lots of dancing. If you want some crazy skilled dancing at your wedding, why not invite some Latin Americans?
Helene trained as a makeup artist in a previous life, so she did everyone's makeup! One day, I am also going to look that good in my dressing gown...
Lushness. By the way, another incredible floral display from Estelle Flowers, I'll have to get some images up on facebook. And did you notice the lack of portrait/posed images? That's because there weren't any!!! I got to do my documentary thing ALL day and I loved it. Thanks guys.
We did what we could with a couple of spots that were more sheltered. One of which was Carey's Bay at Port Chalmers, where a fire broke out just as we were shooting some portraits. We got in the paper! If you read it, ignore the quotes from me, I sound a bit dim.
Rob and May are such lovely people, and have a really sweet way with eachother. Even in all that fierce weather, you can still tell they are totally in love.
Lush. Still 3 more weddings to blog from last week. For now, I'm off to bed though, it's almost 1am.........
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...
The wedding was held under one of my favourite giant trees at Chingford, and the reception was literally across the road from Janie and Andy's house in St Clair! There is a little hidden away hall down an alley there that seems straight out of the 1940s. Janie's decorations, with hundreds of cute doilies, simple little flower vases and tealight holders fitted perfectly. It was like being transported to a village wedding from the past. Loved it.
Janie and Andy met before the wedding at their home so we did some location photographs after that. Then the wedding itself was really sweet, with lovely readings and an intimate air, all bathed in dappled afternoon light....
Lush. These guys were so happy and relaxed all day, it was lovely to be a part of.
I feel ultra busy this week. Steven has taken Elmer out for the day so I can catch up. I have about 400 different things to do.........................
Sarah and James are both medics (a dentist and a doctor respectively), James is an accomplished magician, Sarah has an artful eye, and they both like the quirkier elements in life. Along with Jolene from Estelle Flowers, Sarah came up with the idea of "1920s Apothecary" for their flowers and details. Strange and wonderful medicines, flowers in old jars, preserved and dried herbs, elixirs, old books, nests, medicine vials... relics from an era when medicine was a more mysterious, magical world - perfect!
Jolene discussed ideas with Sarah, and then sourced ALL of the items you see - florals, books, glassware, flower press (!) and everything is impressively colour co-ordinated.
James and Sarah's reception was at Gaslight restaurant, where the old piano, vintage cameras, stripped brick walls and 1920s music all gave an added air of nostalgia and glamour...
TOTALLY beautiful, and very cool, don't you think?
Wendy and Brendon wanted their wedding to be fun. They have a very close relationship that allows for silliness, and laughing, and whispering jokes to eachother, and they wanted the wedding they planned to reflect all of that, and also be quite different, and dramatic.
The date wasn't a surprise, luckily, just the venue. The guests were to convene at the railway station at 2.30pm and wait for instructions. Brendon arrived to meet them there in his suit, and like a well groomed version of the pied piper, he led them in a random fashion through town to the Rialto Cinema. Each guest then received a box of popcorn, before being seated in one of the old fashioned cinema theatres to watch a funny slideshow of Wendy and Brendon growing up (and then meeting - by speed dating!! Isn't that cool? I don't know anyone who has actually met doing that, and they were BOTH there as wingmen to support a friend too!)
Once the slideshow finished, Wendy was escorted down the aisle by her brother to meet a very smiley Brendon infront of the big screen. They had a very sweet ceremony, with personally written vows, and then a huge onscreen fireworks display to coincide with the kiss.
Pretty cool ey? It was also all lovely and dark and romantic (ISO 5000 people!) and so cool to be part of something a little different.
NOTE: Titanic steamed up car-hands - not my idea. Brendon's idea!!!
Another wedding blog on it's way, as well as photographs of Elmer, asleep.
How cool is this car?? Nick and his dad restored it themselves:
First look. Nick arrived to pick up Yoel and take her to the wedding. Lush!
Waiting for the bride and groom to arrive:
Ahhhh. Lovely. I took some shots of the house build this week that I need to blog. Again we had some amazing afternoon light and it looks great - such a difference from the last images I posted!
I met up with Chenoa, her sister and her mother the week before the wedding. We chatted about the details and style of her day. I was so pleased when Chenoa's sister said that for Chenoa, the romantic element of the day was key - when she was young, she had an obsession with Anne of Green Gables, and then Pride and Prejudice. I remember watching Anne of Green Gables when I was home sick from primary school, and of course Pride and Prejudice has a huge influence on our ideas of romance today. It was so cool to have this kind of inspiration behind the photoshoot that we did.
Oh and considering this, I absolutely love Chenoa's dress. It's so floaty and feminine, and well.. very modern day-Elizabeth Bennett.
See the flowers? Chenoa's florist used to work in Paris, and this bouquet was incredible.
David came to meet her so that they could walk up the aisle together.
LOVE this building, and the warm glow it captures in the afternoon.
(I know, don't you just want to plunge your face into those strawberries??)
I'll have a bit more time for catching up on blogging now, since I just did my last wedding of this season on Saturday, and mum and dad went home this morning :( I'm looking forward to a couple of months of gardening (I'm OLD and BORING), planning the interior of our new house (!!!!), and spending quality time with Elmer. Actually I'm going to have to spend more quality time with Elmer since his chief babysitters just left!! I have a beautiful winter wedding in July and then I'm jetting off to the UK again for the European summer. Quite exciting really.
The way they managed this so successfully was that they had no bridal party! No bridesmaids, no best man, no groomsmen. The wedding was all about them, and then a big group of family and friends. Simple! It also means you don't need to agonise for ages over which people to choose for these jobs. These guys still had close friends helping them get ready, assisting with all the important stuff, but when it came to portrait photograph time.. we just slipped away with Anna and Phil, headed to the old quarter of Oamaru, and worked it!! Haha. I know it sounds like overkill saying this all the time, but these two are just lovely. Really genuine people. I'm a very lucky photographer.
Oh and wow, I LOVE Oamaru! I'm going to head up with my parents to hang out in all those cute little shops and galleries. In my head it will be warm and balmy, but in reality it will probably be like today. Raining.
On to some photographs!
Before the wedding when Anna asked if I would take photographs of her with this beautiful horse, in a big green, beautiful field (DREAM assignment), I was like, "YES. YES I CAN DO THAT!" And the light was so lovely, and the horse was so well behaved, it was a shame we had to leave for the ceremony. So much fun to do something different.
There's a cute story here. See the strange purple thing attached to the horse shoe? It's a very old chocolate. On the left is Anna's roommate from school (she boarded at St. Hilda's). One time they had a box of chocolates to share between them, and they shared out every single chocolate equally until there was just one left. The purple one. Since then, on every special occasion, the chocolate gets sent between the two of them. I love the expression on Anna's face here, and the fact that it was the roommate's turn to gift the chocolate! Lush.
This is me and Liana cracking some kind of 'ladies only' joke. I think!
Love this game!
Lush. Looking forward to a Queenstown wedding this weekend. Hopefully it's sunny in Central!
I photographed Yoel and Nick last weekend. It was cold and drizzly, but made for very romantic lighting. We started out at their place, a house they are currently renovating. It was Yoel's suggestion and I love it! I think it's great to not only capture portraits of the people you are today, but also your surroundings and your story.
Speaking of stories, we also visited the site of Y and N's first date. Nick didn't pick up Yoel in his car because he thought that might seem too keen. Funny! And then the second date he forgot his wallet so Yoel had to pay. He must have made quite an impression otherwise though because these two are getting married at the start of April. They're great fun, I really like them, so I'm looking forward to the wedding.
I love all the gritty little spots Dunedin has to offer. Isn't that a great red brick/mustard combo?
I love being around during the speeches, because although I get to know people beforehand, it's great to hear the stories and moments that make each relationship unique. Simon and Louise met as students in Dunedin. Louise's best friend and bridesmaid Tomae was in charge of scheduling classes, and Louise instructed her to arrange things so that she NEVER came across that Simon guy since he was so dislikeable and arrogant. Isn't that funny? Now they are married! I really believe opposites attract, and sometimes you need to be forced together (or maybe forced to be students at the same institution) to see that actually, you're the perfect match.
Simon is quiet and reserved, but romantic and a real gentleman. Louise is bright and chatty and lovely. I loved Simon's reaction when he saw her at the top of the aisle. It's the kind of reaction that, if you were in any doubt about these two being completely in love, you'd be reassured in an instant. Lush.
Simon getting some double windsor tie instruction:
Oh yes, these are the most fabulous (Kurt Geiger) wedding shoes I've ever seen!
Some cocktails in the Butterfly House at the museum before dinner...
Hope you're having a lovely honeymoon in Thailand you two, and slowly defrosting after your stay here!
These two are such lovely people, I felt instantly at ease talking with them. Their wedding up in Oamaru is next week (!!) and it sounds beautiful. They're not having a bridal party at all, so we can concentrate on all the images I love - just the two of them together.
This was a good practice session - and an unusual time of day for me to be photographing. Actually an unusual time of day for me to be up and dressed! But the light is beautiful in the morning, and well worth it.
Look at the cool mushrooms we found!
Phil met Anna when he was a student at Otago Boys (she was at St. Hilda's). They've been together 11 years! Doorway below is the main entrance at Otago Boys...
Dunedin looks quite pretty on a nice day!
Melissa and Mat are both really creative types, but also relaxed and down to earth enough not to want to spend every waking minute preparing wedding details. This was a simple, pared-down ceremony, followed by drinks in the courtyard and a reception in the classical wooden-panelled ballroom at the Savoy.
I love the guys suits, Melissa's hair (she's a hairdresser so it had to be good really), the uber-cool car (with a porthole!!!!) and the easy way M&M interact with eachother. Talking of M&M, how cool is that for a couple-initial?? Hopefully now married they will get huge monogrammed matching dressing gowns.
I really should blog the house progress, I'll have to go and photograph the build!
We had a bit of a mission (Liana and I) travelling up to Geraldine, and the journey took longer than we had planned. Therefore our 'scouting location time' was eaten into, and on arrival I asked Liana to drive around and pick out a couple of spots. I trust her. Ideally we wanted a rusticky old barn (in red?), and something a bit vintagey and cute. Oh and take into account the direction of the sun too, I said, we want everything backlit. No pressure! Liana spent 30 minutes driving around and found better spots than I could have in a whole day. A beautiful old red barn in a field of green grass, a super cute barber's shop and an alleyway behind a rusty gate. She was on fire!!
Carrie's wedding style is very much my thing. I think it's incredible how you can buy things on ebay, get crafty and make things, order stuff online, and co-ordinate florists and suits and dresses all from thousands of miles away and have it come together this well. I'm in awe! The venue - Stoneridge in Geraldine is stunning but simple, and provided a backdrop for a very intimate, loving, stylish wedding full of nice touches, laughter and good music.
Ruby - isn't she LUSH??!
Carrie's dad with his granddaughter:
The lovely Toby:
Carrie's dad installed the lanterns in the morning:
If there is a useable hammock within reach of a wedding - use it!
Toby is a tee-shirt-after-an-event junkie, so his bestman had these made (Tim from Timaru):
Lush. I am going to try and answer some emails this afternoon but it's a busy day and Elmer doesn't entertain himself for long! We might have to do toy tractor races. On the subject of Elmer... my son has taken to pointing and laughing at complete strangers in public. I'm not sure what's so funny about these people, but it is a slightly embarrassing trait. At least he can't talk yet.
More than that though, Rebecca kept in contact with me about wedding plans and ideas, and I knew we were a good match.
It started raining shortly before the ceremony, and when Rebecca arrived (in a VW combi van!) she looked up at the sky and said "You know what? I don't even care that it's raining!" Her are Ryan are both this down to earth, which I love.
The last two weddings I've shot (including this one) have had me in tears. I wonder where Elmer gets his emotional side from?
Loved this flower girl:
Barbie 'n' Ken. Notice the personalised details!
A ring warming ceremony:
The church has been de-consecrated, and as such you can have a civil ceremony inside. I think this is a fantastic idea if you like the look of a church building but aren't religious. Jill (local celebrant) is also lovely.
Saw something similar on someone's blog recently and I liked the idea!
This is a tiny little bar in town called MOU. I love it:
Lush. I'm really into photographing dancing at the moment, it's almost my favourite time of the wedding day. Apart from the meal (haha - joke!)
I'm chilling today after getting home from a Geraldine wedding last night after midnight. It was a goody though, can't wait to blog some images.
In contrast to the great outdoors, the homes where Rebecca and Jonathan were getting ready were full of friendly, warm faces, with what seemed like tens of family members all getting ready together! I love houses that are full of books and photographs and ornaments, special things that people have collected over the years. Liana and I felt instantly at home! Plus, I just love the way the light works in older houses, bouncing off high ceilings and wooden floors.
So despite the weather, we started on a good note and the rest of the day flowed beautifully. There were a couple of minor mis-haps, including some missing wedding rings, and a broken down car. The kinds of things you could really do without on your wedding day, but we just used the down-time these episodes provided to capture some family portraits that we otherwise wouldn't have had time for. Plus these two carried off any hiccups with smiles and grace. I was really impressed.
Rebecca is pregnant with baby number two. Baby number one is Amalia, a total cutie with a big exciteable fun streak, and a penchant for digging her teeth into bare flesh. Elmer does the same thing, so that's reassuring.
On to the photographs! (Lots of kid photographs, but they're my favourite type from this wedding....)
I'm off into town to run some errands and unwind. I'm in a murderous mood - something to do with no sleep (Elmer!), a software issue that took 2.5 hours to resolve this morning, and a bad hair day. Bah!
My run of incredible wedding-weather-luck continues! (I hope I haven't jinxed that by stating it on the blog...) I left Waitati on Sunday morning under cold, heavy clouds. By the time S & H's wedding began at Islington in Mosgiel... it was hot, sunny and beautiful. What can I say? I should charge extra.
This wedding was beautiful in a very classic way with Sienna's stunning floaty dress and hair (I love her veil), her seven bridesmaids in dusky pink, groomsmen (and woman) in simple white and black and gorgeous summery garden details. The huge established trees at Islington added a bit of gravitas to the scene, and the ceremony was intimate with lovely personal vows.
When I asked Sienna and Hayden what they fancied for our post-wedding photoshoot Sienna waved her hand and said "whatever you think!" These two are so relaxed, but especially with eachother,. They have such a lovely way together, and are obviously (to me) madly in love...
Wedding guest making full use of the tennis court.
I have another double wedding weekend coming up, including a trip to Wanaka!
Anne and Tim married at Lanarch Castle, and despite this being one of the most recognised wedding venues in Dunedin, it's the first time I've shot a ceremony here! (Although I did shoot a reception last year). It really reminds me of places back home (obviously, it was brought over from Scotland brick by brick), and again, we had a day of perfect cloud (just what I wanted here) with the sun making an appearance just after dinner to show off the sunset.
Anne and Tim have a son, Caleb, who is adorable. He was ring bearer and behaved admirably. He also had the officious task of signing a specially made certificate (presumably to bestow his approval on the marriage), so it was nice to see him so involved. He even helped cut the cake, and couldn't resist eating a chunk that 'fell off'. Fair enough.
The lovely Anne and Tim seated us for dinner, which we weren't expecting (I had Violet with me), and Man Alive.... the food at Lanarch is GOOD. Mmm. Now I'm thinking of food I'd better hurry up and blog some favourites before I dive into the fridge.....
Ahhh, the romance of it all!
The exciting thing about this week is that my sister arrives for a holiday here in less than 2 days time!!!! I can't wait.
Shuffling past the cupboards and the table, often with a toy car for company:
Attempting to open the freezer, but failing because I've sellotaped it shut:
Staring at the chickens whilst I hang the washing out:
Rearranging the cups on the bottom shelf:
And staring outside, waiting for the dogs to come and entertain him:
That's an image from the start of the month - I have taken my Christmas tree down!
I'd say that's probably karma for being ill during a double wedding weekend!
I only met Michael a couple of days before the wedding, so hadn't seen him and Rachael together before that. Violet was assisting me this weekend (Liana's off on a camping trip), and she put it perfectly. Seeing them at the top of the aisle together - they complete eachother. Which I know sounds corny, but I didn't say it! These guys couldn't be more suited, and ahhhh, that makes me feel good. I just love weddings like this.
Right, I'm off to do some press ups and MAN UP!
Beautiful garden party setting outside the church - kudos to whoever sewed the bunting (double sided and all), much more impressive than my feeble stapled efforts!
(I KNOW! Candy floss - how cool is that?!)
We headed out to the peninsula for a photoshoot, and like I said, the weather made it worth our while.
Lush. I have a wedding this Saturday at Larnach Castle, and before then I hope to squeeze in an Elmer blog post. I know - I can almost hear the collective blog reading sigh of relief! Haha.
Suzanne and Alan got married at Tautuku Fishing Club in Dunedin, and only realised once they had booked the venue that it was the exact house that Alan's grandparent's lived in! The place used to be a farm before it became a fishing club and more recently, a wedding venue. How amazing to get married in the old family home?
I just LOVE the fact that there are giant stuffed fish everywhere. And a shark hanging from the ceiling above the stairs. The wedding was originally going to be outdoors, but I was secretly pleased it was rescheduled inside.
This was a gorgeous ceremony with really lovely poems and vows. If Steven and I got married again I would probably learn the vows myself too. The other really memorable thing for me was the hilarious speeches - so much fun.
A few favourites of mine...
Suzanne decorated the place beautifully. I love these blackboard name charts:
Beautiful - I love this venue. Shot almost entirely on my 50mm 1.4 and my 24mm 1.4 (I'm in love!)
I really should cook dinner for Elmer, bad mother!
1) The house build.... I know I don't blog about it very much. That's because it's such a slow moving monster! The wooden framed house design requires a lot of intricate work, and Steven has taken it all on himself. We can't afford to pay a builder or a carpenter, but this is also a labour of love and the intention was always for Steven to do this himself. We are ALMOST at the roof stage, and that is a big step.
In 2011 the house will be FINISHED! I can't imagine it, honestly. I am so so so excited, but keeping that well under wraps because who knows how long this thing will take......
2) My photography - I have a LOT of weddings booked this year. Which is fabulous. Infact I won't have time to worry about the house because I am going to be very busy editing, travelling, meeting and shooting. I also have a new website and branding in the works.
3) Visitors. My sister is arriving in 3 weeks time, and in March my parents will be here. Again, I'm keeping my excitement under wraps here because these two events are a big deal for me. And Elmer.
4) Elmer will be 2 years old. This year!! That's just crazy!
5) I suppose the biggest thing for me in 2011 is that by the end of the year, when the house is finished, I hope to get back to some semblance of a normal life. When you're building a house, all the spare time you would normally spend on leisure, gets eaten up with the build (plus I do a lot of things that Steven would normally do if he wasn't building). I hope that by 2012 I will spend more time reading books, watching films and lying around doing nothing. Will Elmer be old enough to make me cocktails by then? Let's hope so.
That's either Vegemite or chocolate. I'm not sure. Elmer's new years resolution is to be a better sleeper!
Steven and I have been lucky enough to be hosted by families in India in the past, so I'm used to the generous Indian hospitality, and this wedding was no exception. I had an absolute killer of a night with Elmer the night beforehand (teething??!) but had SUCH a good time at Mrudula and Prashant's wedding that I forgot my tiredness and really got into the spirit of the day.
A Hindu ceremony is really long. As a photographer that's great, because capturing the ceremony, and the emotions, and the rituals is what I love to do. It was fascinating!
Oh and I promised Mrudula I wouldn't put tons of photographs on the blog since they are both a little shy. Well I've tried to limit myself but I'm so pleased with the images from this wedding I am posting a few that I just love. Thanks guys :) xx
Prashant with one of his two lovely nephews:
Mrudula with good friend and BEST MC EVER Yih Harng:
That's it! At least half the amount of images I blogged from Shelley and Bailey's wedding :)
By the way, I had a great Christmas this year. I was a little worried I'd miss my family in the UK and that would spoil things, but we Skyped for present opening, and having Christmas with Elmer enjoying his new toys (briefly, before he moved back the pots and pans) was lush. Hope everyone else had a lovely day too!
I could go on BUT.. it is Christmas eve, Shelley and Bailey are waiting "with baited breath" to see these images, and they really don't need fluffing out. Oh and I really couldn't edit down any further, so there are TONS to look through!
Phew! Okay. I'm a bit nervous now because Shelley is a photographer and I know these are important to her. I will get your slideshow up asap guys. Eeeeek!
Oh and I shall be blogging very soon with my Seasonal Elmer Photograph.