Wedding Photography: Lizi & Jon at Rossburn Receptions

It’s been ages since I’ve posted any new photos! These aren’t totally new (although the new season is about to kick off… ) as they’re from Lizi & Jon’s gorgeous winter wedding in June.

We had classic Canterbury weather for their special day: bluebird skies, and surprisingly warm. The blue skies and the last of the autumn foliage lit up spectacularly for their photos in the late-afternoon, simply gorgeous!

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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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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.

Roadtrip to the snow

Last weekend we had what weather & news services were calling a “polar blast event”, and it had me crossing my fingers hoping for snow on the ground at home. Unfortunately we missed out this time but luckily living south of the city it’s not far to go to find some! On the Sunday we headed up past Porters to see what there was to see (like most of Christchurch did, it seemed!), with optimistic fishing rods in the car in the hopes of a rainbow or two at Lyndon for our troubles. What we hadn’t counted on was the lake freezing over – which makes fishing somewhat more difficult than usual – and the sheer number of people who’d come for a gawk and to take the kids tobogganing.

In search of more quiet surrounds we headed further up the pass. Somewhere between Lake Pearson and Cass the edge of the storm was threatening. The combination of gathering clouds, sleety rain and sunlit snowscapes all married together for dramatic mountain views, so I called a halt and took this shot of Mt Misery near Lake Grasmere.

Mt Misery, Lake Grasmere, Grasmere Lodge, Arthur's Pass

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Wedding Photography: Kent & Desra at Mt Somers Village

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.

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Here are my highlights from Kent & Desra’s wedding day – click to enlarge.