Cindy & ASH

Poppies, Martinborough

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Cindy & ASH invited all those people that mattered to them. Just how a wedding should be.

Cindy & ASH brought their own style and panache to their wedding. Just how a wedding should be.

Cindy & ASH involved their family and especially their children, who are an integral part of their life. Just how a wedding should be.

You couldn’t wipe the smiles of their faces all day long. Just how a wedding should be.

Venue & Catering: Poppies Martinborough
Cake: Sweet Bakery & Cakery, Karori

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Rosie & Neil

Old St Pauls & The Boatshed, Wellington

Marry Me! Marry Me, my wonderful, darling friend.” ~ Jane Austen

We loved Rosie’s gift to Neil: Ron Swanson inspired Lagavulin scotch whisky.
We loved Rosie & Neil’s love of books and literature.
We loved Rosie & Neil’s appreciation of architecture, archways, and silhouettes.
We loved Rosie & Neil’s walking bus to their reception.
We loved Rosie & Neil’s homebrew – something borrowed, something brewed.
We loved Rosie & Neil’s infectious smiles, and their guest’s willingness to have a great time.
We loved Rosie & Neil’s style.
But most of all, we loved Rosie & Neil’s love for each other.

As Rosie said to Neil, “Plan A was marrying you a long time ago.” It was meant to be.

Venues: Old St Pauls & The Boatshed, Wellington
Celebrant: Greer Berry
Caterers: Blue Carrot
Florist: The Piccadilly Flower Company

Congratulations Pingu & Goose!
 

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Rebecca & Mark – Old St Paul’s & The Boatshed

The tiny ray of sunshine that burst through during our bridal photos on the Wellington waterfront wasn’t the best moment of Rebecca & Mark’s wedding day. That would be Rebecca first emerging in her stunning wedding dress. Or the choice of music during their wedding ceremony at Old St Paul’s. Or watching their nerves settle as they read their vows and exchanged rings. Or watching them practise their first dance in the stairwell of The Boatshed. Or listening to embarrassing stories told by the bridal party. Or crazy faces in the Photobooth and just as crazy dance moves on the dancefloor.

The ray of sunshine was beautiful, but Rebecca & Mark’s entire wedding day was full of just as many beautiful moments, the kind of moments we strive to capture and love to share.

Enjoy!

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2012 Wellington Wedding Show wrap-up

Wow.

Thanks to all for coming along to the Autumn Wellington Wedding Show last Sunday, and especially those that popped on by the WE DO Photography & Design stand and had a little chat. We had a blast watching you jump in the Photobooth, pickup and feel our Invitation designs and especially viewing our quirky Wedding Photography through our custom-made Viewmasters!

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We’ve spent the week laughing at the entries for the Photobooth competition, and have chosen Rebecca Christini as our overall winner. Congrats Rebecca!

As a little bonus we’ve edited the funniest images together for a small slideshow for the rest of you to enjoy.

Keep rocking out there!

Kahiwa & Grant

I started by taking off my shoes. Of course, that’s the polite thing to do in anyone’s house – right?

Our conversation deviated from wedding photography through to website design, SEO and social media… What? Not all photographers discuss SEO techniques with their prospective clients?

I brought up the fact that Aneta and myself were married at Erskine – it only seemed fitting to mention it.

I was sitting in Kahiwa’s apartment discussing the prospect of photographing her upcoming wedding to Grant. All of the above seemed fairly respectable and on-topic at the time – the conversation just wandered as we got to know each other a little bit more. Little did I know that a few weeks later we would receive an email from Kahiwa confirming her choice of photographers and the following posting appeared on her blog:

But here was someone I felt comfortable talking to, almost straight away. I *love* that it’s a husband and wife team, and that they got married at Erskine too. I like that they’re trying for something a little bit different. I like that he took his shoes off when he came inside. I like that I found them through a friend (Jake). I like that I got to talk to him about their website and marketing strategies (I’m such a nerd).”

Well, what do you know? :)

It was just meant to be. And I’m glad I’m polite enough to take off my shoes, that I too am an internet nerd and that we love Erskine so much, because I got the chance to photograph the beautiful occasion that was Kahiwa & Grant’s wedding. It. Was. Awesome.

Boys & Girls – I present to you: Team Grahiwa.

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Kahiwa & Grant – thank you.

Kahiwa & Grant – a prelude

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about technical (im)perfection.

Much of our craft has been dedicated to not allowing technical deficiencies to get in the way of delivering a good image. We own the best pro-level cameras for this line of work (Nikon FX digital SLRs if you’re interested!) We carry an array of fast prime lenses that focus quickly and allow us to shoot in very low light (we love our f/1.4 Nikon primes). We carry backups of everything. The only thing getting in our way should be our creativity.

But sometimes it doesn’t help. Getting a technically perfect image isn’t easy. Sometimes, throughout the frantic pace of a wedding day, you miss a shot. Your judgement of the light is off. Your exposure is off. Your focus is off.

This is one of those images. A mistake. In the dark bridal preparation room my camera hunted for the focus. I snapped it anyway. Ordinarily I wouldn’t dream of delivering an image like this to a client, let alone blogging it for the world to see. But I love it. The shadows and subtlety almost say more than the fully-focused image would have.

Erskine Wellington Wedding

More to come.

Lizzie & Matt

Hey, Lizzie and I got engaged. Hurrah hurrah.” Matt’s email arrived in our Inbox.

Lizzie & Matt were after a chilled out afternoon tea & cocktail affair, they told us before the wedding.

The beautiful Gear Homestead was Lizzie & Matt’s chosen venue, and on a calm mid-autumn Wellington day I’m not sure there’s a more suitable and pleasant venue in the Wellington region. Perched on the hill, overlooking the harbour, that beautiful autumn sunshine slicing through the trees, their friends and family gathered for that perfectly relaxed afternoon.

They brought many personal touches into the day: Lizzie’s gorgeous birdcage veil complimenting her 50’s dress, pink & red flourishes delicately scattered throughout the day, a great selection of canapes and drinks, plenty of sweet treats (M&Ms, anyone?), and of course Lizzie made her very own cupcakes.

Oh, and of course – there was a wedding too! After all, isn’t that what this is all about? :P

I think the following track is simply the perfect accompaniment to these images. Enjoy!

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Happy groom

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Father of the Groom speech

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Photobooth Guestbook

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Parents mingling

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Porirua Harbour Night

“Hurrah hurrah” indeed. Congratulations Lizzie & Matt, and thank you!

Sharelle & Craig

Sometimes we like to precede our blog entries with a little background. A little bit of a story.

Sometimes we like to let that story flow through the rest of the blog entry. A few more details scattered throughout.

But then I thought about it – we’re photographers. Our images should tell the story. You don’t need to know these guys were married at St Mary of the Angels, that the walking bus through the heart of Wellington City to the Boat Shed was quite possibly the coolest idea ever, that we had the best possible fun taking formal photos around the grounds of the Boat Shed and Frank Kitts Park, and that their reception involved the groomsmen dropping their dacks.

No. If a picture can say a thousand words, then the following 100 images should be akin to a novel.

So ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you: Sharelle & Craig. Enjoy reading.

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Sharelle & Craig, that rocked.

Thanks. :)

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