Wardrobe Malfunctions + What I Now Wear To Weddings

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It can be difficult to know what to wear at weddings as a wedding photographer. When I’m in a shop looking for new dresses, here is what’s generally going through my brain, “Hmm… too short, too low, not dressy enough, too dressy, too tight, too long, too bright…” I am always on the hunt for the perfect dress to photograph weddings in.

My criteria – it needs to be black because I want to blend in and be unobtrusive. For the same reasons, it needs to be modest – not too low, or too short. It needs to be comfortable, but also dressy enough to wear to a wedding.

Trust me, the struggle is real.

A few years ago, I was photographing my brother in laws wedding, but I was obviously a guest too. Instead of my normal black dress I would usually wear to weddings, I thought ‘No. I’m going to get a dress that is also wedding guest worthy.’ So off I went, and ended up buying a lovely one from Country Road.

On the morning of the wedding, as I was photographing the brides preparations, the Father of the bride came up to me and said, ‘Did you know there is a hole in the back of your dress?’ Mortified, I ran to the bathroom to check out the damage… I hadn’t heard anything rip…but sadly he was right, there was a giant rip in the back of my dress! Right where you don’t ever want a rip to be.

Thankfully, my sister knew someone who lived around the corner from where the ceremony was, and we ended up running into her house to borrow a dress right before the ceremony began!

Lesson learnt.

Ironically, the dress that I LOVE to photograph in now, is also from Country Road. Although this time, it’s a little less tight around a certain area…

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If you are a wedding photographer, can you relate to this struggle? Where have you found your perfect wedding photography attire? Can anyone top my embarrassing wardrobe malfunction? I would love to hear your stories! xx

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My sister Sophie & her boyfriend in Melbourne!

In these last few weeks as we pack up our life in Melbourne, we’ve had a lot of NZ visitors! My sister and her boyfriend Whetu have stayed with us in Melbourne for just over a week. Naturally, in true Melbourne style, we shopped till we dropped, and ate loads of amazing food. We also went to the night markets on a balmy 30 degree evening, and drove to the Mornington Peninsula for a day at the beach. It was so lovely to spend some time with these two!

Of my 4 sisters, Sophie is the youngest – 7 years younger than me. I left home when she was 11! Recently, we’ve gotten closer which I so appreciate! I miss all my sisters like crazy, and can’t believe that next year we will be completely spread out across the globe. Mum don’t cry if you’re reading this! More chances to travel!

Hope you enjoy a few happy iPhone snaps from the past week. xx

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Exciting News…

Nope it’s not a baby! Did some of you think that? I feel like I’m at the age where everyone is asking me about kids haha. It’s not happening yet, but I am excited for that day to come…!

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Last Friday I posted a photo of my husbands thesis he has just handed in! He’s worked for over three years to get to this moment, so it’s pretty special and definitely cause for celebration!

Obviously, the completion of Sam’s Phd meant he needed to find a job. We moved to Melbourne from Auckland in 2011 for him to start his PhD, and I couldn’t be prouder that he is very nearly done! I also can’t quite believe it’s been over 3 years, time has flown!

I’m also really proud that he was offered a job at The University of Utah in the USA. He has accepted… so, I’m excited to officially announce…

We are moving to America next year!!

We’ve known this for a few months, and it’s been really difficult to keep it secret!

At this stage, it will be for 1 year. Initially, we thought it might be for 3 years, but have since discovered it’s virtually impossible for me to carry on with my business in America, so we’ve decision to stay for 1 year.

I couldn’t be more excited! I never EVER thought we would live in America, but after visiting earlier this year and discovering we loved it, we are definitely ready for the adventure. Obviously, moving has so many complications and even more, moving so far away. We’re currently packing up our material possessions in Melbourne, and it’s crazy to see how much we have accumulated over 3.5 years, considering we came with almost nothing!

We will both miss Melbourne so much. We’ve made some incredible friends here, and we are part of a church community that we will miss dearly. At this stage, our location is undecided after the US. However, I have made a few decisions on where I will be based for weddings over this time.

BRIDES: I will be in NZ (Auckland based) from December 2015 – February 2016.

This summer, I will be in New Zealand from Christmas 2014 until April 2015 photographing many lovely weddings. I will be based in Salt Lake City, Utah (!!) end of April 2015 – until end of November 2015, then will head back to NZ.

Click here to see specific dates and locations.

Sam will be in America for one year, so we will be spending some time apart. Skype will become my best friend again.

Moving to America is so exciting, and it’s great opportunity. We’ve both felt strongly that we should go there. But lets be honest, it’s also scary. Some parts will probably be hard, we’re going to have to start over in regards to friends, and not knowing many people. We can’t predict the future, but can only step out in faith and trust that God has our backs!

If any of you reading this post have moved overseas, or to America specifically, I would LOVE to hear any tips or advice you may have, so please leave me a comment below.

Thank you guys so much for reading. Earlier this year, I made a commitment to try and make this blog a place of authenticity, honestly and great community. I’m excited to share more of my life on here, and I hope to hear from you in the comments as well! xx

Photo cred: Matt & Katie

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