Wedding Photography: Lisa & Ben at Cashmere Presbyterian Church

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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Here are my highlights from Lisa & Ben’s wedding – click to enlarge.

Wedding Photography: Kristyn & Pascal at The Sign of The Bellbird

A selection of images from Pascal & Kristyn’s Wedding at the Sign of the Bellbird, on the Summit Road on the Port Hills in Christchurch.

The Sign of the Bellbird is a beautiful, peaceful spot with a great atmosphere, typical of the Port HIlls and a beautiful venue for a small wedding ceremony.

After the ceremony we headed over the Summit Road to take photos with Banks Peninsula and the harbour in the background. After that we went to Victoria Park to take some photos in the playground, and used a picnic table to get a particularly stand-out shot of the Bride & Groom against the sky – I love this shot as they look like they’re on top of the world.

If you’re wondering why all of the images are square format, it’s because I shot the entire wedding on my vintage Hasselblad camera. It takes short rolls of medium-format film (yes, actual film!) – 10 exposures per roll, and each exposure is a massive 6cm x 6cm. The advantage of using such large film is that you get amazing detail, and gradation of tone and focus, however the suspense of waiting for the films to be developed was awful!

As much as I LOVED using this camera, there is a lot to be said for the peace of mind you get when you’re shooting a wedding on a digital camera. These days I use a Nikon D600 that has a full frame sensor with a massive 24MP – all the advantages of large “film” size, with even more advantages of modern technology. I do still use the Hasselblad, but mostly for more relaxed work like my Landscape photography.

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Here are my highlights from Kristyn & Pascal’s wedding – click to enlarge.