Love is one of those things that you just can't get enough of. People ask me if I ever get sick of going to weddings... and I can tell you, the answer is a flat-out no. Every wedding is sooo different, and sharing in the marriage of two people in love is honestly one of the biggest privileges in this world. And being part of the wedding day of a family member... now that is extra special.
July 16th, 2011... a day that changed the lives of two amazing people. I am sure you all remember my cousin Rochelle and her smitten fiance, Guy, from their crazy fun engagement shoot in Napier! Well now they are all grown-up and married! And I was lucky enough to capture their whole wedding day. I know some of you have been dying to see this blog, so I do apologise that it has taken a while! I am getting swallowed up by mountains of images at the moment, and the moral of the story is... you can't rush a perfectionist.
The weekend began with a family road trip for us, which is always fun! We arrived in Napier to meet an incredibly relaxed couple at the rehearsal. Rochelle was all blocked up with a cold and sniffles, but that wasn't going to dampen anything for the next day.
Saturday morning came soon enough, and we headed to Guy's house first to capture the boys. But first up... some details. Guy teaches horticulture, so he and his mother, Lynne (a fabulous gardener herself!) made the girls' bouquets! Ahem, did you read that correctly?? Who is impressed?! The groom made the bouquets. And look how beautiful they are!! The day was off to a good start...
Guy prepares for the biggest day of his life - a day to add to the history books of the Arnold Family.
I was stoked to have Liam shooting with me for this wedding. This is just one of the many reasons I love him... coming home from a wedding and uploading the images from Liam's cards is always such a nice surprise.
The rings went for their own adventure around Guy's backyard.
Every wedding has to reflect the couple's personalities. This one did completely and absolutely. Right down to the boys' shoes.
The Arnolds have 9 goats! The girls are all called names beginning with M, and the boys all begin with B. This is Missy, who is clearly more vain than the others. What a poser!
Moving on to the Frame's house, we met the girls who had just had their hair and make-up done, and were trying to figure out how to tie up Rochelle's dress. Always tricky that one...
Some more of Liam's detail handywork... gosh he is good to have around ;)
And the first glimpse of the bride... absolutely s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g.
Little Brianah is Guy's niece... and she was so cute that I almost need a whole blog dedicated to adorable photos of her. She took her flower girl role very seriously, and I was soooo impressed with her through the day! She was so happy, so willing, so easy, and soooo gosh darn cute!
I like this photo. It reminds me of the happy chaos of pretty much every wedding day. Lots of girls getting ready in a small space, with so many different things happening at once gives such a mix of excited nerves, stress, anticipation, and a buzzing atmosphere! And the bride just gets to sit back and be pampered and get everything done for her. Bliss!
When a father sees his daughter as a bride for the first time, an emotion springs up that I think even surprises the father. I love hearing Dads speak about incredible feeling of giving away their precious little princess to another loving man. Rochelle is Alan's only daughter, and this first look says it all...
Guy and Rochelle had these awesome little people running as a theme through their whole wedding - from invitations, to ceremony sheets, to tree and chair decorations, to one of the coolest wedding guest favours I have ever seen (more on that later!). I even got my own 'reserved for the photographer' people sign!
Rochelle walks up the aisle to her adoring boy... and even shares a wee giggle with her parents on the way up!
She had the most gorgeous long and poofy veil, part of which she wore over her face until the first kiss. But Guy was a little too keen and reached to unveil her well before he was meant to!
But boy it was worth it when he did... one of the cutest kisses I have ever seen!
Standing for the whole ceremony is just a little too hard when you are three.
Guy and Rochelle had been together for exactly four years and 22 days on their wedding day. They became Mr. and Mrs. Arnold in a suitably gorgeous and fun ceremony... surrounded by a wonderful crowd of friends and family to give their full support.
They had picked out some awesome locations for the photo shoot - the first was a tiny little gelato shop! The shop owners tried to remain composed, the bridal party all stocked up on refreshing gelato, and we squeezed in a few photographs.
Location number two was a gorgeous gift shop called 'Madison's'! While I was taking this portrait of Rochelle, Liam caught this gorgeous photo of Guy looking at his beautiful new wife!
Mmmhmmm... Brianah had the right idea... it was bitterly cold!
Hello bridal party! These guys were all amazing. Being smack bang in the middle of winter... it was freeeeezing, but they toughed it out so well, and still looked amazing!
The gorgeous girls - Meredith, Brianah, Tamara and Amy! Thank you all for being so beautifully lovely and amazing! You were all perfect supports for Rochelle and made my job very easy... look how amazing you all look!
And the boys - Nathan, Courtney and Philip - I am sure Guy couldn't have had any better boys around him for his wedding day! You made the day full of fun and laughs.
And let's be honest... you weren't afraid to work it for the camera.
What I love about Guy and Rochelle is that are very real in front of each other - they know each other so well, and aren't afraid to be honest and transparent.
A final dance practice in some golden light at a train station...
As the light fell, we spent our final minutes at the gorgeous pillars next to the reception venue. This is one of my favs... so happy and natural together.
Weddings that are full of details are so fun to photograph. The reception was certainly not lacking anything - it was full of class and elegance, and good old fashioned fun. Gold fish centre pieces, and 'decorate your own' gingerbread men!
Spot the bride and groom?! And 10 points to anyone who can pick my one! It's pretty super.
And what could be better than ending a perfect day with a good boogie!
We had the time of our lives at your amazing wedding Rochelle and Guy!! Huuuuge thank you for giving us the privilege of capturing it all for you. We have a record number of photos for you! You were both so incredible and so great to photograph. I hope you have had the best honeymoon ever, and that you have a life full of joy and happiness together.
Lots and lots of love! xoxoxo