Wedding Photography: Jodie & Vic at Melton Estate

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!

Wedding Photography: Roberta & Brett

Roberta & Brett had their two gorgeous sons as groomsboys, so to get them at their best we had the bridal party photographs at Trents Estate Vineyard before heading to All Saints Church in nearby Prebbleton for the ceremony.

Bert & Brett were such a wonderful couple to photograph: they were easy to capture having a laugh, or a cuddle, and so natural in front of the camera that their images have a very “real” feel to them. What you see is what you get, and what you get is two happy people, dedicated parents, and best friends.

After the ceremony, it was back to Trents for the reception, where the kids had a wonderful surprise waiting for them: Melanie Poppins! She’d brought her bag of magic tricks, and plenty of balloons & bubbles to entertain the kids. Her “assistant”, Harry Potter the rabbit, kept even the very wee kids captivated.

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Here’s my highlights from Roberta & Brett’s Prebbleton wedding… click any image to enlarge.

Wedding Photography: Nicole & Andy in Cheviot

Nicole & Andy were married on a fabulous North Canterbury, blue-sky day on a family farm near Cheviot.

I started off the day in Gore Bay, photographing the boys getting ready and going for a stroll on the beach. Apparently they’d spent much of the morning sitting on the beach, throwing stones into the waves… I can see why, too, it’s an amazing spot and it was a stunning morning to just sit and chill.

The girls had also had a relaxing morning having a yoga & meditation session. Nicole told me that during the meditation she was visualising the ice-cream pyramid that the caterers were making as part of the dessert! By the time I caught up with them hair & make-up was well under way, and nerves were starting to set in a little bit.

The ceremony took place at the homestead up the hill, where there was amazing views out over the Waiau River. After the ceremony the bridal party, film crew and I went for a drive right up to the very top of the hills on the farm. The views on both sides were jaw-dropping! We had the Waiau River mouth and ocean to our left, and all of North Canterbury to our right with the Alps in the distance. Not only was the scenery stunning, but Nicole, Andy, and the bridal party all looked fantastic too!

After photography it was back down the hills to the Spotswood Community Hall for the reception (and that ice-cream pyramid Nicole had been waiting for!). During dessert I dragged Nicole, her ice-cream, and Andy out to take advantage of the stunning sunset. It was definitely a wedding to remember!

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Here’s my highlights from the day…

Wedding Photography: Laura & Morgan at Mt Vernon Lodge

Laura & Morgan’s day was a little rainy to start off with, but their positivity, love and energy shone through. With their friends, family, and baby daughter they celebrated their wedding at the beautiful Mt Vernon Lodge.

The rain eased off later in the afternoon just in time for photographs down by the lighthouse, harbour and jetty. Laura’s mum had hired an awesome vintage car for the photoshoot, so we stopped off at the boat ramp for some shots with the harbour and super dramatic clouds as a backdrop. The very last stop was at the beach, where Morgan’s sister drew a hear with the couple’s initials in the sand – so sweet!

A rainy day turned out to be a bit of a photographer’s blessing – dramatic after-rain cloudy skies, soft light, and a tourist-free beach!

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Here’s my highlights from Laura & Morgan’s day…

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: 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…