Wedding Photography: Sarah & Justin at Pemberton

Here are some of my favourite shots from Sarah & Justin’s gorgeous wedding at Pemberton in Prebbleton.

Sarah & Justin are such a sweet couple and I had so much fun with them and their bridal party! Despite unbelievable heat and a few other tribulations it was an amazing day, full of love, and laughter – a beautiful celebration of a beautiful couple.

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Wedding Photography: Rebecca & Glen at St Stephens & Cossars

Rebecca & Glen’s wedding day was anything but ordinary! Rebecca got ready with her bridesmaids and family at the Lincoln Motel, and she was dressed and ready to go with such efficiency that we had time to mosey across the road for a drink at The Laboratory – an amazing pub, with a really interesting building that was lovingly put together using as many recycled materials from earthquake-damaged buildings in Christchurch as possible, the result is a building that oozes character, and the interior is just a treasure trove of awesome. I had been hoping to meet up with Glen & the groomsmen at the other pub in Lincoln, the Famous Grouse, for some pre-wedding photography, but by the time I was finished with the girls the boys had finished their beers and were on their way to St Stephens Church for the ceremony. After the ceremony we made our way to Cossars for the reception, stopping at the stone archway to the rugby grounds for some photographs on our way. Despite the overcast, sometimes drizzly weather, the vineyard and surrounds at Cossars looked amazing (as always!), lush and vibrantly green.

Here’s some of my favourite moments from Rebecca & Glen’s day (click to enlarge)…

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Wedding Photography: Brie & Tom’s Marquee at Home

It’s been ages since I’ve updated the blog, but I’m really excited to share these images. Brie & Tom’s day was simply magical, and I’m so pleased that my images captured the love, vibrancy and intimacy of their backyard marquee wedding so well.

Hair (Terri McRae) & Make Up (Angela Robyn) was a super relaxed affair in the lovely brick courtyard of Brie & Tom’s South Brighton cottage. Once the girls were looking gorgeous we made a short hop up the road to Southshore where Tom was waiting at the end of a wee pier for a magical First Look moment, before the whole gang headed to Mona Vale for a champagne picnic and a few photographs in amongst the wonderful gardens.

The ceremony and reception were held in a marquee in Tom’s parents backyard, in Burnside. Backyard weddings are always great fun, they’re intimate, relaxed, and all about celebrating love with family and friends, exactly the kind of gathering that must have meant a lot to Brie & Tom having only recently returned back to Christchurch from the UK.

After speeches and cutting the “cake” of cheeses it was funky party dancing time…

Here are only some of my favourite moments from Brie & Tom’s day (click to enlarge)…

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Wedding Photography: Ashleigh & Grant at Darjon Vineyard

Ashleigh & her girls had their hair & make-up done at Merivale Manor, and we made the most of the beautiful manor with some glamourous shots on the balconies and beautiful rooms.

A limo-ride through the countryside later and we arrived at Darjon Vineyard for their ceremony. With the weather a smidge less than perfect the ceremony was held inside, but luckily the drizzle cleared juuuust enough to allow for some outdoor photographs later on. The vineyard looked super lush and vibrant with a top up from the rainy day, and the bridal party were more than happy to get in amongst the sodden vines and grass for some fun & games with a nerf-gun!

Ashleigh looked amazing in her lace covered vintage-glam gown, and Grant complimented her perfectly in a dapper maroon (or is that colour-of-the-moment Marsala?!) suit. Their ceremony was full of laughter and you can just tell from looking at them that they have amazing chemistry, and are best friends as well as partners. I loved working with these two, they just look super happy together!

Here’s my highlights from their January wedding… 

Wedding Photography: Scott & Belinda at Rosebank Estate

Here’s some of my favourite moments from Scott & Belinda’s beautiful wedding at Rosebank Estate in January.

They were an awesome, hilarious, chilled, and just all-around lovely couple to work with and their day was full of laughter and lovely warm-fuzzy moments with their 2 gorgeous daughters, and family & friends who had travelled from near, and very far.

After photos with the girls & Scott’s brother in Rosebank’s gardens we went to The Groynes for some quieter moments in amongst the trees, before heading back to Rosebank for dinner & dancing.

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Wedding Photography: Karyn & Phil in Christchurch City

Karyn & Phil’s ceremony was held at The Elms Hotel in Papanui. Their vows and readings reflected their love of movies, a theme which was carried through to their table settings for the reception.

Like any good movie there was a great storyline, tears, laughter, and in the end the guy got his girl.

Karyn & Phil had decided that they wanted some edgy urban photos, as well as some more traditional bridal shots in a garden setting so a month before their big day we drove around central Christchurch to scope out some good graffiti and some of the more picturesque earthquake remains of bricks & rubble, shipping containers and traffic cones.

After the city photos, we took a walk through the botanic gardens in Hagley Park to the memorial seat for Karyn’s dad, who had sadly passed away a few months before the wedding. We stopped as photo opportunities presented themselves, and then had time for Karyn & Phil to spend in remembrance of her dad before heading back to The Elms for the reception.

Here’s my highlight reel from Karyn & Phil’s Rom-Com-Action-Drama Wedding…

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Wedding Photography: Louise & Paul at Newberry Lodge

Louise & Paul had their “first look” and creative photos at the beautiful Mona Vale gardens in Merivale before the ceremony. The first look took place in the rose garden, near the little summerhouse that Louise’s parents had photographs in on their wedding day. Once the initial nerves of the first look were over we had a relaxed wander around the rest of the gardens, taking photographs along the way before heading to the wedding venue.

Their laughter-filled ceremony & reception were at Newberry Lodge in Opawa, where Louise’s father – also a Paul! – had done an amazing job of  preparing the gardens & lawn, so everything was picture perfect for their big day.

Here are some highlights from Louise & Paul’s wedding… 

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Portrait Photography: Logan, 4.5 Months

Despite an incoming Southerly, Zara, David & their gorgeous wee boy Logan were troopers and met me for a portrait shoot overlooking Lake Ellesmere, near the Little River Rail Trail at Kaituna. Zara & David are clearly very much in love with their little boy, and the bond between the three of them was wonderful to photograph.

There were way too many adorable moments to choose between, but I managed to select a few favourites as highlights from the shoot…

Wedding Photography: Rosee & Simon at Melton Estate

Winter weddings can be challenging: the weather is unpredictable (even in typically sunny Canterbury!!), the sun – if you get any – sets very early, and the light just isn’t as strong. But the awesome thing about winter weddings is that these challenges can also be a huge asset if you embrace them. “Bad” weather like rain or snow lends itself to some very cool creative photos, and if you’re lucky enough to get a fine day then the sun setting earlier means that the creative bridal photos can be scheduled during the magical golden hour before sunset.

Rosee & Simon’s winter wedding day started out drizzly and cold, but by the time the ceremony at Melton Estate winery in West Melton had finished the sun was just starting to break through the clouds – perfect timing for the outdoor family photos! For the first set of creative bridal photos we went to Rosee’s family home at West Melton for shots with a garden and farmlet background. By this stage we knew we were running a bit late and the original plan to head to Waikuku Beach for some landscape/bridal shots had to be revised so that we could get everyone back to the venue in time for the reception. Rosee & Simon were really keen to have some water in the photographs so I led the way to a spot I know of next to the Selwyn River. It’s a mix of open farmland, river, and willows which is peaceful, tranquil, and beautiful in pretty much any light. It’s particularly magical in early morning or late evening light, which makes it a perfect location for a winter wedding shoot on a day where sunset was a smidge after 6pm: I got some amazing shots perfectly timed to take advantage of the golden hour!

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Here’s some highlights from the day – click to enlarge.