If you feel like you are missing a large chunk of Rose and Andrew's wedding day, please head back to Part I
to see the preparations and ceremony photos!
I think this is my favourite time... when the bride and groom finally get to really talk on their big day, tell their stories from the morning, and relax in each other's company. And take in the fact that the ceremony went so fast, and they are now married!
And the bridal party get to eat, drink and relax too!
The Wanaka lake front is rather spectacular... but place an amazing couple in the mix, and it gets more meaning and more beauty.
Those eyes! Captivating.
Just before heading back to the reception, I convinced them all that the wind-swept, jumped around look was a good thing... and that the ground-height trampoline was a brilliant idea...!
I loooove the series of shots... every couple needs to have fun on their wedding day!
Childhood dreams and true love...
is an awesome venue for receptions. It is has the most gorgeous natural light, but it is sheltered when you need it to be! We loved shooting here...
Details and loveliness.
Heartfelt speeches that caused tears from laughter and from special words. They were all amazing!
Rose and Andrew, thank you so, so much!!! Your wedding day was a dream. Our greatest wish for you is that your journey of marriage will be filled with blessings and fun, and that you continue to grow closer and closer together as you start your lives as husband and wife.
And Richard, Daniel, Bridget and Melissa too - thanks for being so much fun, and for making our 'job' so easy!! We loved it! Can't wait to share more images with you xoxoox
It all began on a tropical island... the epitome of romance and summer love. Karlee's sister's wedding in Rarotonga was the catalyst for a blossoming relationship between gorgeous Karlee, and the lovely guy she met there by chance... Nick! Quite conveniently, they ended up being amongst the very last people hanging out at the wedding. Something sparked immediately between them, and they sat talking on the beach for hours and hours. Early the next morning, Nick flew back to Sydney, and Karlee back to Dunedin. Thankfully though, their story doesn't end there. Nick pursued this gorgeous girl he had met, emailing her as soon as he got home to let her know he felt a truly special connection between them. Yup, this is a case of love at first sight. Cue *happy sigh*.
They spent the next wee while moving between Sydney and Dunedin, and on one of Karlee's trips over, Nick organised a romantic surprise trip to a resort on an Island. He took her out for a dinner, and then back to his room where he had arranged for the hotel staff to leave flowers and champagne. Turns out they had forgotten, but that didn't stop Nick. He proposed with a poem that he wrote himself. That's right girls... a poem. A true romantic!
The story of Karlee and Nick's wedding day started for us the way it normally starts for all the guests - with the anticipation of the bride arriving at the ceremony! We met Nick at the beautiful Glenfalloch Gardens
- a little nervous, but excited about heading into the greatest day of his life. And having a quick quiet moment to read over his vows.
The buzz of excitement amongst the guests was awesome. There was plenty happening - people catching up with old friends, squealing about seeing Karlee, complimenting each other on their attire, and greeting Nick with big hugs and kisses, or a good nod and pat on the back. And the kids were just being kids - running around the bush walks burning energy, giggling, and enjoying being dressed up in pretty dresses and handsome shirts.
We normally get to see the bride before she is in her wedding dress, and we watch on as everything comes together. But this time, seeing Karlee arriving at the ceremony was just as much of a surprise for us as it was for everyone else! And wow. Just wow. Every little bit that we saw (as she very slowly made her way out of the car!) got more and more fabulous. Karlee is just the most beautiful girl, inside and out.... and her dress?! Too stunning for words!
She also told me the bridesmaids' green shoes were her favourite thing about the whole wedding... tehe. I don't blame her really... :)
I think her Dad, Murray, was pretty proud of his little girl too...
They spoke the most beautiful words about each throughout the ceremony. Honest words that came from the heart. I just loved the way Nick adored his new wife. He described her as 'cute as a button'... small but strong, with a heart of gold that cares about everyone. Oh my, they are such a beautiful couple!
And then just to top off his romantic streak, Nick wrote a poem for his vows. Heart strings got a little tugged here once again.
Two best friends... married.
There were so many GORGEOUS little kids running around - nieces and nephews and adorable little friends!
I think I found my competition!
Please, please, pleeeease carry on to Part II of Karlee and Nick's wedding blog
... I promise it just gets better and better! Because after this we headed off to some gorgeous locations for photos and trust me, they rocked the photo shoot.
Did you miss Part I of Karlee and Nick's blog
?! Head back here
to see the beautiful ceremony at Glenfalloch Gardens!
I don't need to say much from now on. You will see how beautiful they are. How adoring they are. How they love each other to the moon and back. And how ridiculously good looking they are!
They both told me beforehand that they were petrified about the photo shoot - but I'm pretty sure they have both been models in past lives...
I am so in love with Karlee's dress!
Oh. my. goodness. Karlee is a STUNNER!!!
Cute as a button?! Yup, that is a completely accurate statement!
Back to the Chalet at Glenfalloch for the reception! Introducing Mr and Mrs Cayford!
Oh man, we loved your day so much! We left on a huge buzz... you guys were fantastic, your bridal party were all great, and you really knew how to put on a good party! Thank you so much for choosing us to be your photographers - we loved every second of it! We hope you love your photos... there are plenty more where these came from!!
Lots of love and blessings to you both as you embark on this journey of marriage! xoxoxoxo
The excitement and anticipation around Lisa and Jono's upcoming wedding was hugely contagious! Lisa's face just burst into the biggest smile when we began talking wedding plans, and it never left her. We couldn't wait to photograph their big day. I think "eeeeeeeeep" and "ohhhhhhhhhhh" and "ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!" became very common words in her vocabulary over their engagement! And that excitement and energy carried on throughout Lisa and Jono's amazing wedding day.
You may recognise this wonderful couple from a certain library engagement shoot
a few months ago! They are crazy, fun, adoring, and sincerely and deeply in love. This wedding was about new hope, new futures, new adventures together as a partnership.
Despite the hustle and bustle happening around her, Lisa was completely calm and not nervous at all. There were numerous bursts of excitement throughout the morning though!
Or was it?! Lisa and her Dad arrived at the church.... but the bridesmaid's car wasn't following. Every good wedding needs a funny story... and a car breaking down on the way to the church is a goodie! They had to be rescued by the bridal car afterwards... and finaaaaally the made it to the church safe and sound! It was kinda fun watching Jono and the guests shuffling around in their seats with nerves when she hadn't arrived after 30 minutes :)
Show time... this time!
Lisa told me the other day that she would do this all again - purely to see Jono well-up like he did when he first saw her. I love the look on his face. Pure joy.
Some fabulous music, heart-felt vows, family prayers, and so many gorgeous looks between the bride and groom made for a beautiful ceremony at St. John's Anglican Church in Roslyn.
Sealed the deal with a kiss... and then that was that... they were married!!
I love taking photos of all the hugs and kisses and congratulations... it is such a joyful, happy time! So many emotional and cheerful people!
But their day definitely didn't end there... please follow me over to Part II of their blog
, to see the gorgeous location shoot photos, and their reception at the Otago Museum!
If you missed the first half of Lisa and Jono's story - make sure you catch up over at Part I
! And don't forget to come back here for more photo goodness!
It definitely was tropical in Dunedin on the 2nd of Feb for Lisa and Jono's wedding. I didn't envy the guys in suits! Our first stop off was the gorgeous Olveston House gardens. Here they wanted some slightly more old-fashioned type photos...
Awww, so much love.
These beautiful girls giggled the entire day!
While the bridal party sat around with their cheerios and juice boxes, Lisa twirled like a princess. Just quietly, I think she had been waiting for that moment for a long time! She was a stunning bride, and a beautiful girl inside and out.
A trip out to Sandymount and some veil-playing was in order!
The moment before the kiss is a hundred times sweeter than the kiss itself...
When I said we were going to walk through to the end of the tree-tunnel, I didn't expect for them all to pair up, hold hands, and wander through like a class of 5 year olds... :)
Back to the Otago Museum for a lovely evening of mingling, chatting, and a lot of laughter!
How divine is this cake! Pure elegance.
The speeches were hilarious. So hilarious that Lisa felt the need to hide behind her fan for a lot of them...
Lisa and Jono's speeches to each other were so thoughtful and honest. I admit, I had tears. They both spoke so beautifully about each other - the reasons they are so in love, their hopes for their future together, their stories, their prayers, their gratitude. A beautiful couple with a beautiful story!
Lisa has always been a dancer, but hasn't been able to get Jono on the dance floor very often. So their first dance was incredibly important. It was a very special moment, and their beautiful waltzing started off an evening of many graceful and elegant dances.... annnnd some more energetic dances!
Beautiful Father-Daughter moment.
Lisa and Jono, thank you SO much!!! Liam and I just loved your day!! You were so awesome to work with, and we left feeling so full of love! We hope you had an amazing honeymoon - can't wait to show you even more photos of your gorgeous day!! Many, many blessings to you both! I hope you settle into Christchurch nicely and enjoy married life together. You are both so amazing xoxo
Massive thanks to the lovely people at Edinburgh Realty
who asked to feature little old me and Liam in the latest edition of their magazine, 'Exclusive'! This isn't just any old property magazine. Uh uh. It is an awesome showcase of NZ businesses, cuisine & delicious recipes from local restaurants, news and events from around Otago and Central... and of course plenty of amazing properties to ogle over as well!
Flick through the online magazine below, or find yourself a beautiful reeeeal magazine around town to actually feel and hold... it is much better that way!
Thanks also to the stars of the article - Amy & James, Sean & Elizabeth, Emma & Abner, Pip & Pete, Catherine & Greg & the Bloomfield family - just some our lovely clients who make our job awesome! :)
Just click on the magazine below and flick through the pages! You will find us on pages 6-7, but don't stop there, the whole mag is worth a look xx
The days leading up to Catherine and Greg's wedding threatened rain for Queenstown on Friday 18th... but by the time we arrived, the sun was beating down and it was HOT! Catherine and Greg had come from Perth to get married in this glorious slice of New Zealand, so I guess even that didn't compare to the temperatures they are used to!
I love Queenstown so much. Everywhere you look is spectacular scenery. Both the guys and girls had absolute pearler views when they were preparing for the huge day ahead of them. We arrived to find the boys getting suited up... after Greg and some of the groomsmen had just had haircuts on the balcony!! It still makes me laugh that guys can get ready so quickly... I can't imagine any girl ever getting her hair cut about an hour before the ceremony! Even so, they were scrubbing up very well indeed.
About 2 minutes down the road, at Oaks Shores Hotel
, Catherine was being pampered by her bridesmaids! Both Chelsea and Leigh are beauty therapists, so everything was all under control and Catherine was already looking incredible.
Hello, amazing shoes.
Gorgeous, gorgeous bride...
... and her two stunning bridesmaids!
The Stoneridge Estate
property, near Lake Hayes, is absolutely stunning. Check out how cute the chapel is! Some of the guests were spilling out the edges of this tiny restored historic chapel, but it was so worth it. Such a gorgeous little place.
Mr and Mrs Gardyne!!!
Follow along to Part II of this blog
for all the stunning portraits of the bride and groom and their trusty bridal party...believe me, it is definitely worth it! :)
Catherine and Greg made an incredibly gorgeous bride and groom, so I make no apologies for how many images made it to this part of the blog!! If you missed out seeing the preparation and ceremony photos, head along to Part I here
to get the full story!
Unless you know Catherine and Greg, you probably haven't realised that they actually have some very exciting news too! Although you can't tell at all in her wedding dress, Catherine is actually 4.5 months pregnant!!! Her cute little bump was just beautiful... and you could only just see it from the side!! 2013 is going to be a year of change and many awesome things - not only are they now married, in June they will have a wee mini Gardyne! If their looks are anything to go by, their babies are going to be little heart-breakers!
Catherine and Greg's love is so obvious. I love the way they look at each other!
Reeeeow! Such a model couple...
Their reception was held at Gantley's Restaurant
in Arthur's Point - another incredible venue! Before all the guests arrived, we made use of the pretty gardens. We had such a nice long time for the location shoot, so we had plenty of time to play around and get a huge range of shots.
As I said, Queenstown provides endless spectacular scenery, and without question, lakes always entertain the guys. I may have been up to my knees in the lake at this point... it was surprisingly warm!
Greg made a new friend. Mrs. Duck was a little shy at first (I don't know why?!), but it didn't take long for Greg to woo her over, and she was loving his affection! She even followed Greg back to the car later on... a bit awkward when his new bride was right there!
Inside Gantley's historic stone building was more gorgeousness to play with! Catherine, you look so amazing in these shots!
Catherine and Greg - wow oh wow, your day was totally amazing!! We loved working with you both - you were so natural in front of the camera and these photos are just proof of how much you love each other. There are sooooo many more to show you too - it was so hard to pick a few favourites!! I can't wait to hear news about your new wee bubba in a few months time! All the best for married life, and for becoming parents! Thanks so much for inviting us into your beautiful wedding day xxx
Your wedding day. It is one day you spend months imagining, planning meticulously, and searching for the perfect dress, the perfect details, and the perfect vendors for. Then suddenly time has absolutely flown by, and you nervously and excitedly walk up the aisle to your best friend. And from that moment on, you do life together as husband and wife.
There were tears of happiness and joy all day long at Emily and Kim Leng's magnificent wedding day, as they gave their love, their lives, their futures to each other. It was emotional... but the happy, vibrant, cheerful type of emotional!! Emily and Kim both come from huge families of 6 kids, so they were surrounded by all their siblings, parents, relations and friends, to help celebrate and support their love, as a new future dawned.
We started our day with the groom and his boys...
Some lovely wedding day gifts from his wife to be!
Kim gave engraved pens to all his boys as gifts! Very classy.
Driving to the house up the peninsula that Emily was born in, and grew up in, I had time to get even moooore excited. I love arriving at the girls station and seeing the pretty little details, the amazing dress, the hair, the shoes... and most of all, the beautiful girls who are getting crazy excited! Emily met us on the balcony and I asked her how she was feeling... "I wasn't nervous until you just drove up the drive" she said, "... now it's all happening!!!!"
Inside though, there was a real sense of calmness, and the girls were all made up and ready to roll! They had plenty of time to chill and laugh together...
Kate, Claire and Rach were awesome time-keepers, and soon enough it was THAT time. Yep, time to get the bride into her dress! Not a short and easy process by any means, but always fun seeing it all finally come together!
Emily had details galore. And everything was so pretty! The theme running through their wedding was the colour red, and pearls. The gorgeous red heart for Emily's pearl bracelet was a wedding gift from Kim!
And something blue just for fun...
Amelia and Grace, Emily's two wee flower-girls, were pretty impressed by the princess in front of them...
And here is where the tears started. As Emily turned the corner down the stairs to see her adoring parents, we witnessed an incredibly special and beautiful moment, that still gives me goosebumps as I sit here writing about it.
Emily is truly stunning. She has an infectious smile and giggly laugh! We had lots of fun capturing her happiness!
Time to head to Pukehiki Church, where the groom, and all the guests waited with growing anticipation!
Again the emotions were too much, and the tears flowed. Now I don't just have goosebumps, but also shivers down my spine, as I relive this moment.
The bride and groom finally get their hands on each other on their wedding day!
Kim vowed to always be there to taste-test Emily's baking, and Emily promised to always provide delicious baked treats for him... sigh, true love!
Pure happiness! Emily and Kim are now Mr and Mrs Te!
There were lots of little cuties around too...
Emily's stunning long veil had a mind of its own... it kept blowing off and flying into the guests faces! Oh how I LOOOOOOVE long veils!! So much fun!
So they are officially married... but it doesn't end there... follow me over to Part II
so you can see lots of gorgeous photos of Emily and Kim, and their bridal party!
Make sure you don't miss out on Part I
of Emily and Kim's special day! Go back here
The wedding cars were a big part of the day. Emily's Grandad used to own a green valiant, which he drove as a wedding car many, many years ago. He passed away 15 years ago, but Emily's cousin now owns a very similar green valiant, and as a surprise for her Grandma, they used her Grandad's old car ribbon and bridal doll!
The girls looked totally striking in vibrant red.
The girls decided to force the guys to use the parasols too... they were, ah, surprisingly stoked...
It's ok for me to snuggle in with the bride and groom right?! It was very cosy and romantic in there with Emily, Kim & Kim!
Have I told you how much I LOVE long veils!?!
I love that Liam get's awesome second angles of wedding days! He got this...
... while I got this!
Back to the Savoy for the reception...
The guests were enjoying themselves!
Emily and Kim, what a stunner of a day!! We looooved photographing your beautiful wedding. You now have the rest of your life ahead of you, together. I hope marriage is more than you could ever hope or dream of! You are an awesomely fun couple and the way you love each other is amazing. I'm sure you have had a relaxing and lovely honeymoon in Hawaii! xoxoxo