Laura and Enda (or should we say Laura?) are really organised people. I mean, they booked me so far ahead that we had time to plan their engagement session at their wedding venue (Stables, Matakana) a full year before the wedding. As their wedding was at the end of my wedding season and I hadn’t seen these two lovely, genuine people in a while I was really looking forward to catching up with them. I was also looking forward to the wedding as everything sounded so idyllic (small, historic church, horse stables location, reunion with family, Matakana, beach location for getting ready, sparklers) I couldn’t wait for their big day. It turned out to be such a magic, heartfelt, genuine and moving day and I was honoured to photograph it.
In Hawke’s Bay you have some beautiful scenery. I am still getting used to the big trees, open skies and that warm sun. Logan and Krissy were open, relaxed and fun to photograph as we walked around some stunning fields and paddocks near their home on the outskirts of Havelock North, in Paki Paki. With hammocks, sheds, grasses, big beautiful trees and even friendly horses with a couple very much in love – it made for a lovely afternoon with my camera.
Rebecca and Shane admitted they had never had anything like an engagement photo session before. I was gentle and eased them in to the shoot and the reality of a big camera close to their faces. It turned out to be perfect, as Rebecca and Shane were relaxed and warm – a beautiful couple on a golden autumn day, Te Mata Peak.
Vintage china, a Cadillac Coupe de Ville, and an upcycled vintage wedding dress all made for a personal and special wedding for Kylie and Mark. Kylie loves most things vintage, and Mark loves cars so there had to be a grand cool Caddy and vintage tea cups and a high tea buffet at the reception. A beautiful day on the beachfront of Little Shoal Bay and bridal photos at the Chelsea Sugar Works also made for a magic day.
When the wedding day rolled round no-one was that sure that the weather would hold. Normally I try and hold out for nice weather for the bridal photos but the weather behaved for Maureen and Pat staying dry for their rooftop wedding, but rained during the bridal photos. It didn’t matter as we had the covered walkways and some palm trees to shelter under, and looped around in Chancery in Auckland City and back to the venue for the reception. Maureen and Pat are perfect for eachother and once Pat got over the emotions of the ceremony we all had a good laugh.
Shontelle and Daniel have been together for such a long time, but are still very much in love and it was lovely to see them getting married in such a beautiful venue as Markovina in West Auckland. The gardens were manicured and beautiful, but the light was so lovely in the late afternoon sun that we decided to go out into the orchard and grapevines instead.
Penny won our recent wedding show competition, but she (as far as I know) is not getting married so we decided to make it a family portrait session with Penny and her daughter Izzy. Lets just say my focus skills got tested as Izzy was going to run around the Frimley Park in Hastings come hell or high water, and wasn’t going to sit still and wait for me to adjust all my camera settings for hours on end. However the energy was honest and real and gave the photos a fresh, un-posed and natural look.
These two will be married less than a week, just in time for a short engagement session and to have a look around at Markovina, West Auckland (a pretty venue, I’m getting amped about photographing it!). It was nice to get some photos taken of these two, as they were not to sure what to expect and now they must. The grand trees and still forest setting were just lovely to get these two used to being photographed.
Alexis and Grant, by their own admission, do not like to take lots of time to plan things and approached me less than a month before they were due to get married. When I discovered that Alexis and Grant were to be married in Auckland’s landmark Hotel DeBrett, I got very excited indeed. With beautiful staircases and lifts, vintage furniture, colourful decor and beautiful wood finishing it was an amazing venue. Alexis looked poised, elegant and radiant in a vintage style dress and make-up and a classic rose and ivy bouquet.