Kelly and Mark's wedding has been the biggest pleasure to photograph and edit! I have become so involved in the photos as I edit them... they have made me laugh out loud, smile widely... and admittedly, there were even a couple times that a wee tear trickled down my cheek as I worked through them. I dare you not to sit here with a big grin on your face throughout this blog!
I first met with Kelly and Mark to talk weddings in July last year... and I had been crazy excited about their wedding since then. I just knew it was going to be something special. These guys are awesome. Like actually AWESOME. They are both the kind of people you just instantly want to be friends with - it has been great to get to know them! Liam and I had sooooo much fun on their incredible wedding day!
Before I begin, you will be forgiven if you have come in search of a blog for Kelly McGregor and Mark, and found the wrong bride and groom! Wanna know something crazy?! I found out from other photographers that the same day that THIS Kelly McGregor and Mark got married... another Kelly McGregor was marrying another Mark in Dunedin!!! How crazy is that??! Annnnnd there was ANOTHER wedding in Dunedin that day for Kelly and Mike!!! Unbelieveable!!
Anywhoo, back to it.... let's start at the very beginning and head to the groom's house...
Enough of the boys just for now... let me take you to the pretty girls!
Kelly is unbelievably gorgeous. She is one of those girls who just captivates you because her beautiful smile is so genuine and vibrant! She radiates happiness and makes you feel like you are one of the most awesome people in the world at that moment, even if you have actually done nothing... a very rare gift! She is so encouraging, excitable and just utterly lovely!
And her sister Sarah, and best friends, Kaz and Kura, are also stunning girls who just made the day a breeze! We loved working with all these girls!
I LOVE how expressive Kelly is!
Kelly's gorgeous dress was bought in Dunedin, and altered to fit her perfectly. However, when she went to put it on not long before the ceremony, she realised it hadn't actually been finished off properly inside, and it was missing a few vital ribbons! I honestly still cannot get over how calmly and amazingly Kelly dealt with this slight mishap! A few phone calls later, and a lady from the bridal shop was up in an instant, sewing up Kelly's dress while she was in it!!!
And her Dad thinks she looks pretty darn amazing in the finished product!!!
Off to meet her husband-to-be at the gorgeous North Taieri Church!
And they were so excited to become husband and wife!!!
About now was where the tears welled up in me while I was editing. I totally adore this series of all the grandparents hugging Kelly and Mark and sharing their wisdom and knowledge.
During the family photos after the ceremony, we had a very sudden but awesome shower of little autumn leaves... it was like natural confetti!
And juuust before we left with the bridal party for location shoot (and consequently, just before it began to bucket down with rain!), we snuck back into the church for another couple of gorgeous portraits!
I have learnt that some computers or browsers aren't coping with some of my blogs and going a bit spazzo... so in an attempt to rectify that... I will now continue onto Part II of Kelly and Mark's blog... make sure you check it out... this is where it gets really good!!