Here’s my highlights from Michaela & Kurt’s stunning autumn wedding!
The first look & bridal party photographs were shot at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens where the warm rich autumn foliage was a gorgeous backdrop. I just love the soft, warm light at this time of the year, and the richness and saturation of colour that you can achieve in the landscape while still maintaining lovely soft skin tones.
The ceremony & first dance photographs were shot at Langdales Vineyard Restaurant where the ceremony was officiated by the fabulous Debbie Hawker. The sun was just dropping down behind the row of trees directly behind Michaela & Kurt during the ceremony, so while there was a lovely soft golden light I knew I’d be risking glare and washout if the sun was coming straight down the lens for the first kiss – I really wanted to get a straight-on shot of the couple’s first kiss so I moved into the arbour where I got a great shot of the first kiss with their families and other guests in the background, all perfectly lit by the soft golden glow of the sun.
Lynne & Tom’s wedding was held in his parent’s spectacular rose garden in Tai Tapu, and it was the perfect setting for a touching and sweet ceremony surrounded by their friends, family, and their gorgeous wee boy. We had a few photographs on site in the gardens, and then had time to stop off at a few spots around Tai Tapu on the way to the reception.
Jodie & Vic’s autumn wedding at Melton Estate was simply gorgeous. Despite the drizzle, the day was perfect! And because of the drizzle the colours were lush, and the light was soft and beautiful.
Looking back through their images as I was editing them, the thing that stuck out most was how much they make each other laugh, and how much their love for each other just beams. All you need is love, and these two certainly have that!
Rich red roses
… and gorgeous hair!
I just love how much they make each other laugh!
Sheridan & Angus’ were blessed with fabulous weather for their simply stunning wedding, at Melton Estate. Sheridan’s choice of vintage styling for her hair, dress, and accessories was complimented beautifully by the wonderful setting at the ceremony & reception (venue styling by Cressy Lane).
Sheridan & Angus wanted to go off-site for their bridal photographs, so we went to nearby Greystones (Old West Coast Road), and had the bridal shoot in Millie’s wonderful garden.
The reception back at Melton Estate was elegant and touching, finishing with a first dance that was just: WOW!
They’ve got the moves!
You know it’s going to be a good old fashioned country wedding when the groom and his boys arrive on the sheep tray of a tractor!
This was a gorgeous day through and through, and full of so much of Tessa & Jed’s personalities. From the school assembly benches for pews at the ceremony to a letterbox in lieu of a wishing well at the reception, Tessa went all-out collecting little bits and pieces from up and down the country so that the setting for their wedding was uniquely theirs.
It was a beautiful setting for a beautiful couple to celebrate their love and the start of their married life together.
Ian & Fiona’s wedding was at Braemar Lodge near Hanmer Springs. Their day was so full of love, and so many tender moments it was just such a pleasure to photograph.
Mountain views, tussocks, and a wonderfully lovely couple… all up it was a simply stunning day!
Sammi & Micah’s wedding in December was on a gloriously hot day in Queenstown. From the picture perfect church, to the stunning mountain scenery this was one truly Remarkable wedding (see what I did there?!).
They are such a gorgeous couple, so in love and were just a delight to photograph!
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Hannah & Yasmin tied the knot on Sumner Beach in front of Cave Rock. The weather on their wedding day wasn’t perfect, but they were determined to have their ceremony on the beach – rain or shine! They had some massive umbrellas in case the drizzle didn’t clear, but as luck would have it, the weather cleared just in time, leaving moody skies and somewhat miraculously… a tourist-free beach!
Yasmin’s sari is by far my favourite wedding dress from this season, so luxe! It set the opulent gold and black theme that was carried over into the reception at The Beach Bar nearby.
Here’s my highlights from Hannah & Yasmin’s wedding…
Yasmin’s black & gold sari
Yasmin writing a love note for her bride-to-be
Hannah’s beautiful lace dress
Moody skies at Sumner Beach
Yasmin making an entrance
Yasmin seeing her bride-to-be
The intimate ceremony in front of family & friends
Love their reaction in this shot!
Moody skies on a deserted beach, perfect!
The brides at Cave Rock
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Ruth & Elmer’s intimate family wedding was a delight to photograph. Their simple ceremony was held at the gorgeous chapel at St Mary’s on Manchester, and followed by canapés in the amazing garden at The Curator’s House and sparklers on the lawn after dark!
Here’s my favourite moments from Ruth & Elmer’s wedding…
The chapel at St Mary’s on Manchester
Blessing the rings
St Mary’s on Manchester
Great timing with the punt coming past!
Espaliered Pear tree arches
Sweet moments among the sweet peas
Love heart or peach?!
Heart drawing lessons
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