I hope you had a wonderful March! It’s the peek of wedding season madness for me. I’ve spent my weekdays following my system to try and stay ahead with editing, and my weekends are filled with gorgeous weddings I’m so privileged to be invited to capture. I don’t have a wedding to photograph this Easter weekend, and I’m particularly excited to catch up with family at this special time. I hope you enjoy a little peek into 5 small things that I’ve been loving this past month. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter! xx
Believe it or not, Amanda and Scott first met in Primary School!! Of course they can’t remember much about those early years, although they did win a Science competition together and their photograph ended up in the newspaper! That same photo was displayed at their wedding, on the cake table. Fast forward (quite a few) years later, and Scott was proposing to Amanda in Paris (!), on one of their many overseas trips. Of course she said yes, and they set about planning their perfect wedding day.
Scott and Amanda lived in Melbourne when I was there, so we first met for an engagement shoot, about 2.5 years ago now! A few months before their big day, Amanda and Scott sent me an amazing stop motion film that Scott had made for their wedding invitation. These two don’t do things by halves, and it made me even more excited to photograph their wedding back in NZ.
Amanda looked so beautiful in her Rue De Seine Dress, with a gorgeous flower crown and bouquet from Miss Daisy, her look was complete. Scott was visibly overwhelmed to see Amanda for the first time when they had their first look amongst fruit trees, a few tears may have been shed! After a few photographs by Karapiro Lake with the Bridal Party, we were off to The Red Barn for the ceremony under a beautiful old tree. After dancing down the aisle as husband and wife, we left the guests to enjoy cocktail hour to sneak off for a few photographs on the gorgeous tree-lined driveway, catching the INCREDIBLE last rays of light. Amanda and Scott had a surprise first dance that included their bridal party, and got everyone into the party spirit!
Amanda and Scott are soon off on their next adventure to spend a couple of years in England! You guys, thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your gorgeous day. I hope you have an amazing few years overseas together as husband and wife!! xx
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Cyclone Pam was threatening New Zealand last weekend, but everyones fears were put at rest when Saturday’s skies were clear and blue, with a slight breeze. It was perfect! Danielle and Brendon were married at Schoolhouse bay under the shade of a huge beautiful tree. Freshly proclaimed husband and wife, they made their way back down the aisle showered in rose petals by their guests. After a few glasses of champagne and catching up with friends, we left the guests to lawn games and canapes, while we boarded a boat to go to the other side of the island for more photographs around Mansion House. Oh my goodness, the light was absolutely perfect!! It made my photographer heart very happy. This wasn’t much of a secret, as I was constantly exclaiming ‘this is amazing, perfect, beautiful…ohmygoodness incredible!!!’ Danielle and Brendon perfected the ‘nuzzle’ and were so easy to photograph.
After about an hour we hopped back on the boat, and were greeted by all the guests at schoolhouse bay jetty making a tunnel with their hands for Danielle and Brendon to run through. A marquee for the reception was set up on The Schoolhouse lawn right on the beach, every detail was perfection, and reflected the island feeling. Guests wined and dined into the night, and the whole day was such a success! I know Danielle and Brendon spent a long time organising their wedding, and the logistics of having it on an island can’t have been easy. But as you can see, everything went off without a hitch. I’m so happy to have been invited to celebrate and capture such a special couples amazing day. Hope you’re having fun in Hawaii guys! Enjoy xx Read more on “Kawau Island | Danielle & Brendon” »