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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Sarah & Paul

Otaihanga Boating Club, Kapiti Coast

Sarah & Paul were married in a beautifully intimate and personal wedding ceremony in Otaihanga: the venue styled by family; married by an uncle; catered by a sister. Family and friends all chipped in, and followed the ceremony with quite possibly the best 1-2 combination of wedding food: burgers and ice cream.

We then spent the afternoon chasing the even light around Otaihanga and Titahi Bay.

It was a privilege, thanks Sarah & Paul!

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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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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. :)

Hannah & James

We do love your photography!” said the email from Hannah, confirming our presence at their wedding.

You may notice something missing from this wedding. The timeless, emotive, classic black&white shots that normally punctuate any wedding coverage are missing. It’s all colour.

But the day was so full of fun, so full of laughter, and so full of beautiful light, that it seems wrong to show these in anything but.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, I present to you – in full technicolour – Hannah & James!

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We started at Is Bliss on Taranaki St in Wellington, where Hannah and her 5 bridesmaids – yes, 5, all sisters and cousins! – spent the morning enjoying being pampered. This is always a really important part to our day: we get to meet the bridesmaids and the bride’s family and spend some relaxed time with them.

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And we then swung by The Boatshed to check on the morning’s preparations. Looking pretty amazing, I thought!

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Back at Hannah’s house the bridal preparations continued.

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Sacred Heart Cathdedral (in Thorndon) was absolutely packed to the brim with guests, I’ve never seen people stretched to the last rows of pews. Hannah & James are certainly well loved!

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Yes, that is indeed an iPad Father Tim is wielding.

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We then disappeared for an hour or so across Wellington to the grounds of the Government House. What a privilege it was being able to photograph inside these very restricted and private grounds (unfortunately there’s a number of images we’re prevented from displaying – just trust me, they’re good!)

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There were some really cool photos taken about now that we’re not permitted to show, that look like the following:
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Except a bit better.

But here’s a couple more we can show:

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Despite running 15mins late and being locked inside the Government House grounds (not a bad place, but let’s be honest – we had somewhere more important to be!) we made it back to the Boat Shed on Wellington’s waterfront, looking splendid in the late evening sunshine.

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As with all awesome weddings, a surprise or two simply adds to the day. Hannah’s bridal party performed a small musical piece, reminiscent of their childhood performances.

Sing along with me now:

Bottoms up! We’re all in town, Hannah,
You look gorgeous in your wedding gown.
Husband James – watch a catch!
As a couple, they’re a perfect match.

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Oh, you know that embedded song you’ve been playing whilst browsing these photos? As their first dance song, it was beautiful. Made even better by James’ brother behind the microphone.

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The Photobooth made an appearance, complementing the pumping dancefloor.

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But you know what struck me most about this wedding? Hannah’s smiles. There’s barely a moment during the entire day when she wasn’t beaming with happiness. Go ahead, have a look again, count them. And that’s not all of the photos, oh no. Hannah mentioned to us after the wedding how much she enjoyed the day – how she was able to sit back, take it all in and enjoy it. And that’s what we love to see most of all. Happiness. It’s here in abundance.

Hannah & James, We Do love you!

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Natalie & Brett

“Does Jeff dress like a girl at home?” – It’s looking likely.

“Will my ass get fatter with this full-cream milk?” – Signs point to No.

I was playing with the Magic 8 ball we found lying on the counter whilst we waited for our morning coffees.

“Will you be our wedding photographer?”

I shook the ball. Reply hazy, try again it said.

“No, I’m being serious – will you be our wedding photographer?”

I looked at Natalie. She’s not serious very often, but she certainly was now.

Fast forward 12+months and I’m sitting in her sister’s kitchen on a wet January morning whilst Jaime Leigh is doing her thing with Nat’s makeup and Right Said Fred is playing on the stereo.

When starting this blog I vowed to never talk about the Wellington weather. It’s Wellington. Weather changes, that’s what it does. But this was a January day like no other: gloomy; unrepentant rain, sideways at times; surprisingly cold.

Yet, Nat – in the way only she can – was positive and upbeat right through the day. She also had her fantastic sisters to help with that.

… I shake my little tush on the catwalk“. Yep, today was going to be alright.

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Aneta took the opportunity to pose Nat for a few bridal portraits – we don’t generally give a lot of direction during the day, but if your bride is ready 20mins early, why not use the time?

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Meanwhile Brett and his brothers donned their smartest – including awesome custom-made shirts – at the Copthorne Hotel.

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One of my favourite central-Wellington venues, The BoatShed, looked good even under the gloom.

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Yes, they just did that – they just shook hands.

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The aforementioned rain may have scuppered our plans of visiting the Te Papa Bush City and Botanic Gardens, but we improvised with Wellington’s Old Bank Arcade (scene of that earlier coffee/magic 8 ball incident).

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Of course, why should a little bit of rain stop a bridal party intent on having a little fun. Good thing we normally bring along a few parasols – queue the best Mary Poppins impersonation in the middle of Lambton Quay. And a big thanks to the Go Wellington bus drivers who patiently waited while we took a few frames!

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Seeking further refuge, the staff at the Wellington Railway Station were amazingly accommodating. Give them a heads up, let them know what you’re doing, allow them to take a few snaps for their newsletter, and they were only happy to let a 7-strong bridal party let lose in the station. :)

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One of my favourite shots of the entire day, a 45-frame Brenizer method on the Wellington railway platform.

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Nat & Brett also took this opportunity to practice a few dance moves.

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Back at The Boat Shed, it looked amazing. Great colour scheme, with cute travel-oriented table names.

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And of course the favours featured these delectible macarons from Sky & Helene, available from Moore Wilsons Fresh.

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I realised I don’t do ring shots very often. Cue a bit of creativity.

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Bring back the garter and boquet toss I say – haven’t seen these since our own wedding 3 years ago!

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And then all that practice paid off.

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Nat & Brett weren’t the only ones in the room who knew how to dance. Something tells me these people might have been practicing too.

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It is certain.

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