Wedding Photography: Mel & Zach at Hinton’s Vineyard

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This was my last wedding for the season, and it was a stunner. Mel & Zach had their ceremony under the trees in the orchard at Hintons Vineyard, and their reception in the tasting room. Their 2 adorable wee boys were ring bearers and did a fantastic job and were a double dose of cuteness in their tiny suits – one of my favourite shots from this wedding is of one of the boys beaming a massive smile up at Mel as she approaches the top of the aisle, it’s a heart melter!

The girls had their hair & make up done by Glam U at Mel’s house. After a bit of lunch and some time to chill out they got dressed and took a limo to Hintons. Zach & the boys were waiting at the head of the romantic aisle of cherry trees. After the ceremony the guests went back to the tasting room for canapés while the bridal party & I stayed on in the gardens for photographs. Once we were done with the gardens it was back to the tasting room for dinner & dancing. Continue reading

Wedding Photography: Kent & Desra at Mt Somers Village

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Kent & Desra had originally planned an epic mountain top wedding overlooking Lake Clearwater, a place very dear to their hearts. Unfortunately the low cloud and threats of thunderstorms meant they had to cancel the helicopter and go with their Plan B ceremony location of the town hall at Mt Somers Village.

Desra, her bridesmaid & her flowergirl (2 year old Rebecca) got ready at the Red Cottage, at nearby Staveley. Hair & Make-up were done in the cute cottage, and Desra got dressed in the old woolshed (which Cottage guests usually use as a cosy movie theatre!).

From there we went to Mt Somers where Kent & his best man were waiting at the end of an aisle of white balloons. Once all the official ceremony stuff was signed and sealed the bridal party and I went for a drive to Woolshed Creek for some photos with the abandoned mining carts, and beautiful mountain, forest & river scenery. On the way back to the Village for the reception I suggested we stop for some photographs on Ashburton Gorge Road so that Kent & Desra could have some photographs with the mountains that they had originally planned to get married on in the background.  Continue reading

Wedding Photography: Alicia & Keegan at Mt Vernon, Akaroa

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Alicia & Keegan had their ceremony & reception at beautiful Mt Vernon, overlooking Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. The views are spectacular, and we were very lucky to have blue skies to compliment the aqua sea & ochre hills. The unity candle ceremony was almost hampered by gusty winds, but by working together as a team Alicia & Keegan got the candle lit in the end.

After the ceremony the bridal party and I went for a tiki tour around Akaroa. The first stop was at the iconic jetty where I got some beautiful shots as the wind caught Alicia’s veil. Next we went for a bit of a drive to find the lighthouse – got a wee bit lost trying to find it, but find it we did – and on the way stopped off the playground in Tane’s Garden for some more casual shots on the playground equipment. By the time we got to the lighthouse the evening light was golden and romantic, making it absolutely perfect for wedding photography. We had a few quick shots with the bridal car (Alicia tells me that it’s Keegan’s pride & joy), and after some candid shots walking over the bridge into Akaroa we went back up the hill to Mt Vernon Estate for the reception.

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Wedding Photography: Kirsty & Ross at Kate Sheppard House

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Kirsty & Ross chose the gorgeous Kate Sheppard House in Ilam for their wedding venue. The immaculately kept house & gardens are a wonderful setting for photographs, and the heavy rain we’d had all morning cleared just in time for the outdoor ceremony area to be set up ahead of the wedding.

While their family & friends were entertained with drinks & canapés the bridal party and I nipped next door to Canterbury University to take some creative shots down by the stream. The rain made a reappearance, but luckily for me a couple of umbrellas & a bottle of champagne were enough to keep everyone dry and in good spirits!  Continue reading

Wedding Photography: Olivia & Rohen at The Groynes

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Olivia & Rohen’s wedding was a barefoot, boho, riverside picnic at The Groynes with the biggest bridal party I’ve photographed so far: 2 flowergirls, 2 ringbearers, 7 bridesmaids & 5 groomsmen!

There were so many gorgeous moments from this wedding that I’ve gone a bit overboard choosing highlights for this album, but I think that’s a nice “problem” to have.

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Wedding Photography: Lisa & Ben at Cashmere Presbyterian Church

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Lisa & Ben were married in a beautiful ceremony at Cashmere Presbyterian Church, and marked their marriage with a Unity Candle ceremony (first time I’d come across this and I love it!). The light streaming in the church windows was gorgeous, something I’m always happy to see!

After the ceremony the Bridal Party and I took off to Victoria Park for the creative shots. Despite the forecast not looking wonderful Christchurch once again turned up the heat (I think all but 2 weddings so far this season have been on really hot days!) and we had a gorgeous sunny afternoon and blue skies to set off the ochre hills.

The reception was at The Chateau On The Park, which photography-wise can be a challenging venue – the very high, very dark ceiling means it’s one of those places that absorbs flash rather than projecting it. Part of my job that I love is taking what should be a challenge and making a feature of it. In this case once the dancing had started I could play around with flash & ambient light balance as well as balancing movement & arrested motion to capture images with a bright/happy/crazy/party atmosphere which is exactly what the night was!

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Wedding Photography: Marita & John at Swan Lake Gardens

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Marita & John had a gorgeous garden party style wedding at Swan Lake Gardens in Cashmere. Their day was a reflection of them: casual, elegant, irreverent and hilarious. It was a gorgeous day, full of love and laughter and was a simple and beautiful way to celebrate their commitment to each other.

Everything about their day was chilled out and relaxed, but we did do some more structured shots: individual shots of the bridal party in the gardens, and bridal portraits of Marita & John on the bridge across the lake (yes there are swans at Swan Lake, and yes the “beware of the swans signs are serious… one of them steamed across the lake to attack my foot – ouch! – when I was balancing precariously on the rocks at the lake edge), as well as some fun shots with a Ford F250 that John had fallen in love with.

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Wedding Photography: Amy & Jamie at Ouruhia Reserve

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Amy & Jamie’s wedding day was full of family, friends & laughter. They had a sweet ceremony followed by a casual reception all held at a local reserve which Amy & Jamie had decorated with vintage teapots, masses of flowers and hay bales for seating. It all came together to create a welcoming & relaxing day, and a perfect place to party as the sun went down.

After the ceremony the Bridal Party & I went down to the Waimakariri River for some dreamy, romantic photos in a field full of wildflowers. After that it was back to the reserve for cricket, dinner, some hilarious speeches & partying!

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