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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!
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!
Julia and Cameron live in Tairua on the Coromandel, a world away from Dunedin, but Julia's family are based here, and they planned a beautiful winter wedding in the heart of town. If you're going to get married in winter, you may as well do it properly and it was a COLD, frosty day down here - it would have been all rubbish and mild up north. The ceremony was in First Church, with the reception at the Savoy, the perfect warm winter wedding venue.
Some really gorgeous touches at this wedding. Julia and Cameron had SIX Morris Minors as wedding cars, all in different colours. I loved the black and white stripe theme that ran through the bouquets, the ties, the car ribbons, the church. Julia's amazing 1950s style dress with fur shrug. Highlight of the day though for me was the surprise pre-dinner comedy bingo..
Ahh, gone are the days of the 10 image blog!
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...
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!
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!
I have to say, having communicated with Nicky and Barry mostly by email (they live in Wellington), it was really lovely spending the day with them (I only met Barry just before the wedding), and all their guests. Everyone was so welcoming.
The service, at Grandview Gardens, was simple and moving, and the day eased from one part to another in a relaxed, seamless way. In the evening the sun came out and lovely warm light poured into the barn just before the dancing started.
Aren't they lush? Such a sweet couple.
Things I loved about this wedding: The strawbale house the girls got ready in (ey ey?!); the beautiful art gallery the ceremony was held in that used to be a dairy (and I mean dairy in the British sense rather than the NZ sense); the dress with cool winged back... but mainly, I loved how super super excited and happy Sarah and James were to be marrying eachother. Just look at the expressions during the ceremony and after. Honestly. Just lush.
1.30am, Woohoo! Sarah and James should be having lunch in London somewhere... I'm off to bed, goodnight!
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!
Amy and David are two very sweet, down to earth Aussies. Except Amy is English, but she moved out to Australia as a child. They wanted a destination wedding somewhere fabulous, and chose Stoneridge, just outside Arrowtown. Such a fabulous venue, with a cute stone chapel overlooking the mountains and vineyards. A simple wedding with their closest family and friends who all flew over for the occasion. The 3 course dinner was fabulous - I know because A&D insisted Liana and I sat with their guests to eat it. Lush.
That's all for now! Here are the goods:
Lush. I'm off to bed!
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.
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 saw this zombie idea online and came to me with it. I was like, Are You Serious???!!!??
She was. We had SO much fun making this....
Thank you SO much to Andy for zombying for us (what an amazing guy - he totally volunteered his services for this), to Liz the bridesmaid for doing the VERY effective makeup and to both Liz and Emma for showing up the day after the Hens night and being really patient with me. Also thanks to the people in the Botanic Gardens who politely avoided us.
Would love to know what you think!!
Lawrence and Natalie are Chinese-Malaysian so the start of the wedding day included the Chinese tradition of the groom fighting his way through a series of challenges before he could meet his bride. The bridesmaids are in charge of planning the challenges, and they generally include anything embarrassing, hilarious and demeaning. So much fun. It also sets up the day in a very relaxed and jovial mood. Later on at the reception the guests performed songs and speeches, and the flower girls gave a violin recital. Yucky weather but it didn't matter...
After the wedding we had to get back to Dunedin, so my parents drove whilst I dozed with Elmer in the back of the car. I was exhausted but on a high - not only did I have an amazing time with Lawrence and Natalie, but I'd finished my last wedding of the summer and I'd got through (hopefully!) my toughest season here, with Steven building the house, me working full time with a baby, and a living/playroom/barn for an office. Next year will seem easy compared to this....
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.
News in the meantime is that I have learned how to knit. My mum taught me during our stay in the cottage. I'm knitting Elmer a scarf that will go with a cute new coat we bought him. It's all going to look very Harry Potter (not deliberate), with red and blue stripes.
Elmer is walking along using the furniture loads, but still not branching out to take his first steps. Oh and I cut his hair! First time. Today whilst he played with his toy garage. It's a pretty good hair cut since he didn't exactly sit still. He looks YEARS older, which is cute but also a little heartbreaking. I must post a photograph.
Once he's walking he won't be a baby anymore, but I've had a good baby-innings since he's now almost 19 months. He's babbling lots, and every second word is 'tractor' - an obsession.
Here are his fat little toes on the beach in Taranaki. Black sand!
Another wedding for the blog. Kelly and Owen married at East Taieri Church out in Mosgiel. I love the lighting there in the afternoon as it's generally really soft backlighting, and the building itself is simple and cute. Oh and another civil ceremony inside a church, this is all new to me!
I met Kelly a couple of times before the wedding and we got on really well, but I only met Owen on the day. Not that I expected anything otherwise, but he is lovely! A very kind, decent guy. Kelly wasn't originally the wedding type, but then when she decided she did want to get married, she conjoured up an elaborate plan to propose to Owen on the way to a concert. She'd managed to find out which ring size would fit him, and bought him a ring to seal the deal. The communication didn't quite go to plan, and Owen thought the ring was a gift. And he doesn't wear jewellery, which was confusing. It all turned out okay though (as you can see)! I love these awkward romantic stories. Kind of like my engagement story, one that I probably won't share on the blog!
Oh, Kelly and Owen also have two really sweet little boys. Makes me want a brother for Elmer at some point.
A few images from the day:
An homage to the boys, lego cufflinks!
Lush. Wow, two hours went fast!
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!
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.
The day before the ceremony was hot, sunny and calm, but unfortunately D day was cold, cloudy and very, very windy (it seems my wedding-weather luck has run out). Some of the spots we'd chosen for location photographs had to be ditched because the gales were too strong, but I actually prefer more sheltered spots - I like the more interesting light and the cosy enclosed feel. We did brave the shores of Lake Wanaka for about 20 seconds and I snapped a few images whilst trying not to get blown away...
These two are lovely, generous people and included me in their meal plan. I tell you what, the food at The Venue is AMAZING! Wowee. I have another wedding here in July (Karina and Nick - Chief Bridesmaid and MC for Chris and Sarah) and I can't wait!!
Sarah laughing with Karina (bride-to-be in July):
LOVE these wedding cars:
Sarah's brother walked her down the aisle... Sarah shedding a tear!
Best man Hamish and his baby daughter:
Nick - groom-to-be in July:
Lush. I really like Wanaka, and I can't wait to go back with Steven for a proper little holiday when the house is built!
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!
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...
This is Shelley:
She's been apprenticing/second shooting with me on some of my recent weddings, and is such a funny, warm person to have around. Shelley is from South Africa, but moved over to NZ a couple of years ago. She is incredibly keen to learn, very creative, and very talented. I'm looking forward to seeing her business grow here! Her and Bailey are getting married next month in Arrowtown, and since Shelley knows the value of having a pre-wedding photoshoot, we set up an engagement shoot last week in Dunedin.
The good thing was, we've been having such lovely, summery weather we knew that an evening shoot would be really warm and pleasant. Except on Saturday...... when it was FREEZING!!! I tell you what, I had a thermal top on and a coat, and my fingers were still going slightly numb. Shelley and Bailey dressed for summer, but don't they look really warm, and happy... and young..... and in love?!
I can't wait for the wedding!
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!
I feel like I first met Betty and Kyle ages ago, when they lived in Dunedin, although it was probably last year. I shot Betty's gradution before the big move up north, where they now run an orthodontics practice in New Plymouth. Betty would have to be the loveliest orthodontist in New Zealand. Her and Kyle have such a beautiful relationship, and are friendly, hospitable, and fun-loving. Their wedding was no different...
Wedding rings on the left, two rings that Betty had as a baby on the right. They are adjustable and she wore them for the wedding...
Dentists who like to party!!!
Back here in the South Island, spring had sprung, and we have TWO new baby calves! They are so cute. One was just born earlier today, and is a little quicker than Elmer in that I saw him skipping around the paddock this afternoon! I will blog a couple of images once they come close enough to be recognisable.
We've known Chris and Leah since Steven worked with Chris about 6 or 7 years ago, and they are two of the sweetest, most genuine people I've ever met. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph their wedding (finally!), and they were smiling, happy and gorgeous all day long.
A nice aspect about shooting in the UK is the abundance of beautiful old churches and hotels, two of which feature here. The wedding seemed so intimate, partly because every single person involved, from florist to cake maker to videographer (and photographer!) was either family or close friend. The church in Old St Mellons normally charges for bell ringing, but they loved Leah and Chris so much they put on the bells for free.
Oh and the weather behaved perfectly too! Cloudy at the church (great) and sunny later on for the reception.
I don't normally post blog images before I've finished all my wedding editing, but Leah is very good at emotional blackmail and I'm posting these for her and Chris to view whilst on honeymoon. Hence the huge number I've chosen! Enjoy you two...
Of course once a bride has had her nails, hair and makeup done, it's time to feed the pet rabbits...
I mentioned this image to Leah during the wedding - the way Chris is looking at her just makes me want to cry! I am SUCH a emotional softy these days.
Her little flower wand broke:
See you when you get back from honeymoon you two, and thanks for having me :)
Andrew is Welsh (YEY!!!!), Leah is from Dunedin, and they live over in Barry, South Wales with their gorgeous daughter Seren (what a lovely Welsh name!). Not only did Andrew and Leah fly halfway around the world for their New Zealand wedding... but they managed to haul over TWENTY SEVEN of their friends and family! A number that so impressed the local press here that they appeared in the Otago Daily Times.
The day started with champagne and strawberries at Leah's mum's house, and was followed by a service at St Joseph's Basilica. A and L then organised a tour of the city for their lovely Welsh guests, before ending up at Glenfalloch country lodge, where the fire was burning and the night ended with dancing and sparklers. I love sparklers.
Oh and one more thing. Leah and Andrew were just a delight to work with - from keeping in touch with me regularly after our first meeting a year ago, to sending me little tidbits about their wedding, to being like two completely in love MODELS on the day itself. I couldn't ask for more.
Have a fabulous honeymoon in Thailand you two!
I have another wedding coming up to show you, with a ceremony inside a cave.....
Another Queensberry Wedding Album to show you, that I've just dispatched to Sean and Sacha. They chose a stylish black silk cover with classic ivory mounted images inside. Yum:
I'll be blogging a few more albums as they arrive over the coming weeks. In the meantime I need to dissuade Elmer from thinking my keyboard is a toy...
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:
Kristina and Mike were super relaxed so a joy to photograph...
Mmmmmmm, chinese food!!!!!
I haven't photographed a wedding in First Church before - it reminded me of churches in the UK, and I love being in the middle of the city! Like a trendy New Yawk photographer! Not a bit of hay in sight. Just bits of hay on the carpet when I came home because it sticks to Steven's farmer's socks.
Anyway, we captured a few shots of A & D with the surrounding buildings and alleyways as a backdrop and it was so cool! Something I want my future brides and grooms to consider - it's so nice to have just 10-15 minutes away from your wedding - away from your bridal party, where you can cuddle and chat. And be swanky models!
Amanda and Dion are just gorgeous, and the wedding was sunny, elegant and intimate...
Dion is a funny man..
Thank you guys for being lovely, elegant and funny all day despite the tropical Dunedin heat (!!)
So now I feel like a celebrity gossip magazine with an exclusive on the wedding images. The wedding was so much fun (as I knew it would be), and pretty eventful photography-wise. We had a lil' mishap following the wedding cars, got stuck briefly behind a car crash, visited the scene of a very recent crime (something I definitely don't condone by the way...), slung some guns around and I almost had my camera chopped in half with a golf club. By Stacey! Luckily we're all still friends (I think), and I feel very lucky to have been hired by two such cool cats.
Some of my favourites:
Peter Collett is such a great celebrant:
The FUNNIEST first dance!
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Here are some of my favourites. Not much time to type since I'm just back from a wedding up in Hawkes Bay (Hastings area) and am off to another wedding today! In the meantime I'm off to cuddle my baby in the sun...
Bede Beaumont catered - I love these cute little cheeseburgers. Oh, and they had really tasty little rare beef and mustard canapes. I love mini food!
Alana at PlanitPerfect co-ordinated the day. It's the first time I've worked with her and she was lovely. I think the website may be down but she's in the book if you want to look her up, or look here
The church cat :)
Some sunny days amidst the rain!
The dogs before he was old enough to play with them...
Our house being built (blocklaying for the foundations):
Wearing stripey Christmas socks...
And getting to meet his Gran, Grandad and auntie Roisin...
Hope everyone had a lovely holiday x
Also I suppose if you're the worrying type, it's reassuring to know that your other half will be actually turning up at the church.
Bex is a big animal lover, and their dog Taylor was part of the fun at the start of the day, soaking up all the attention since their cat was too photo-shy to turn up.
The weather in Dunedin at the moment is less than desirable so my outdoor photoshoot this afternoon has been postponed. The barn is being battered by gale-force winds and hail, but everyone inside is nice and cosy. The dogs are dozing on their armchairs, Elmer is sleeping in his vibrating bouncer, my parents have left to visit Milford Sound, and Steven is off doing some work. I kind of like these times when I have the place to myself. Since its Christmas 'n all, I should probably go and string up some lights...
Thanks for putting up with me guys, I expect to see you jogging around Ross Creek regularly now with your dog...
In other news, my parents have arrived for a baby inspection, and they brought with them a furry baby bear suit. He's wearing it right now! So I have some cute photographs to post....
Oh, that teddy card is a Happy Pregnancy card from my mum!
Poor Steven has done a lot of the installing and updating for me on this new machine, and since its the first time he's ever used a mac it was a frustrating process! Ugh, rather him than me, I prefer the fun part of playing with software once it's all set up for me.
In the meantime I've been trying to insert (very expensive) eye-cream into Nails the dog's eyes (he has conjunctivitis). I have never come across a dog more determined to avoid this fate... two grown people, four hands between us and still the eye-cream is mostly on the carpet.
Meanwhile, inside the barn, we are all ready for the arrival of baby Jenkins. There's not much space upstairs but just enough for his baby bed and his tiny little clothes...
And since its now officially spring here in Dunedin, a between-the-showers rainbow, ahhhh:
Yes, our house plans have been approved and we can start building! Honestly, its taken so long to get to this stage, we haven't always been confident our quirky little straw-bale house would make it past the council censors. Thank you Council! My faith in government departments is restored! Well, for a while anyway. Steven was so happy to see this approval today he danced a little jig, and he's not really the dancing type.
Here is the downstairs, its small(ish) and open plan:
And the upstairs (the red dot marks my walk-in wardrobe!):
We've just been out on the land marking the dimensions of the house out with pegs and string. At this stage it looks quite small(!) but I know from experience (watching lots of builds on TV that is) that this is a common reaction to seeing your house drawn out on the ground. Then when the walls go up people generally think "its massive!"