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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Plimmerton bridal preparation

bride dress hanging

flowergirl looking at bride

bridesmaids laughter

bridal makeup made up

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mountain bike bouquet

groom preparation hair

groomsmen tie  groomsmen waistcoat

Groomsmen Preparation Mana

pink tie

Groom Groomsman

wooden blocks Matt & Lizzie

vintage antique watch

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bridesmaids bride getting ready

Shoes  Veil

Birdcage veil

Gear Homestead  Palm trees

Bride entrance in doorway

Groom pink tie button hole  Father & Bride entrance

Happy groom

Father offering Bride to Groom

Groom crying

Wedding Ceremony reading

Wedding Vows

Wedding Ceremony guest tears  Wedding Ceremony laughter

Wedding Ring

Wedding First Kiss  Wedding Ceremony Kiss

Wedding Guests

Wedding hugs & kisses

Guests congratulating

Hugs & Kisses in nice light

Antique china cup & saucer

M&Ms

Out of focus Ring shot with M&Ms  Ring shot with M&Ms

Cup of M&Ms

Wedding Guest Group Shot

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Pink & Red Balloons

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Father of the Groom speech

Bestman Speech at Reception

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Bride reception speech

Groom funny speech

Bride & Groom Reception speeches

Wedding cupcake tower  Bride made cupcakes

Bride & Groom wedding cupcakes

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Photobooth Guestbook

Bride & Groom in the Photobooth

Photobooth photosheet

Mothers laughing at Photobooth photos

Baby wearing bunny ears

Bride chatting  Guests laughing

Reception guests  Guests chatting at wedding reception

Parents mingling

Camera merge multiple photos

Camera mirror trickery

Porirua Harbour Night

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

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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Capturing the moment

Photography is about a lot of things. The coming together of the right scene, the right lighting and the right moment. As we press the shutter we imprint a visualisation of the scene, captured everlasting for others to share.

We make a lot of fuss over many facets of your wedding day. The fine details that you’ve spent months perfecting and aligning with your style. The natural beauty of the bride and bridesmaids. The closest and dearest friends and family all gathered to celebrate your joy. The dashing groom, lavish cake and stunning reception room.

These are all important. But what matters most to us is timing. The moment we chose to press the shutter.

When we press the shutter all other facets of our image are already aligned. In tune with our surroundings, aware of the light available to us and camera always ready for that particular circumstance, we strive for the moment.

That moment.

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