Lake Tekapo Wedding - Have you got the rings?

Lake Tekapo Wedding - Have you got the rings?

One of the things that keeps me interested in weddings, is the simple fact that every wedding is totally different to the last. 

Take this little wedding I photographed down in Lake Tekapo a while back. The couple - Candice & Jenghis - booked me as their Lake Tekapo wedding photographer, after a Skype call to see if I was the right fit for their special day. Not long after, they flew out to Christchurch from Singapore, before renting some cars and driving to Lake Tekapo for their wedding at The Church of the Good Shepherd. 

The day I arrived, it was overcast but calm. By the time I arrived at The Church of the Good Shepherd, the car park was nearly full with visiting tourists and the actual church was cordoned off from visitors, so Candice & Jenghis could have their wedding ceremony without being interrupted. 

Fast forward to the actual wedding. Jenghis is at the alter, waiting for Candice to enter the church with her father. Their small group of family and friends are seated, waiting to watch the ceremony, when suddenly someone asks "have you got the rings?". 

After everyone checks their pockets, bags and the car in the car park, a guest ducks back to their rental house to find the rings. Twenty minutes later, they re-appear at the church with both rings. Turns out they had been accidentally left on the ironing board as everyone was walking out the door. 

If you are having a Lake Tekapo Wedding and love my wedding photography, then drop me a line. I'd love to talk with you about your wedding day photography requirements.

Annabelle & James Engagement | Canterbury Weddings

Annabelle & James Engagement Shoot | Canterbury Weddings

Had a great little pre-wedding engagement shoot with Annabelle and James, prior to their wedding. Taken on their parent's property in Canterbury, we had a bit of wind to deal with, but they were both great in front of the lens. 

If you are having a Canterbury Wedding and you love my wedding photography, then drop me a line. I'd love to talk with you about your wedding day photography requirements.

Gear Homestead Wellington Wedding | Jo + Nicola Sneak Peek

Gear Homestead Wellington Wedding | Jo + Nicola Sneak Peek

This was a very special wedding for myself and my wife Jane. We had met Jo and Nicola while living in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands a couple of years ago. Along the way we all became good friends and shared many good meals and laughs along the way. 

When Jo called me out of the blue to ask if we would attend their wedding and if I could photograph it, I only had one answer - absolutely. 

The wedding was held at Gear Homestead, just outside of Wellington. Gear Homestead is a beautifully restored old building and a perfect venue for weddings. You can hold the ceremony on the front lawn surrounded by trees, while the reception area on the second floor offers commanding views out over Porirua Harbour. If you are having a lot of friends coming from outside of Wellington, the Aotea Lodge is a 10-minute walk away and has plenty of accommodation (it is where we stayed). 

I'm often in Wellington, so if you love my wedding work and want to discuss your wedding day plans, then drop me a line. 

Karly & Alfred Engagement | Birdlings Flat

Karly and Alfred engagement shoot at Birdlings Flat. 

Birdlings Flat is just 45-minutes drive from Christchurch and only 15-minutes drive from Little River. It is a sleepy coastal hamlet, with a mix of old Kiwi style baches and some larger modern homes. The beach at Birdlings Flat is not suitable for swimming, unless you are an experienced surf / ocean swimmer. It has a very steep incline, which results in a pounding shore break onto the abundant grey pebbles.

Looking forward to showing Karly and Alfred's wedding photos in another post. 

Rakaia Country Wedding - Sneak Peek | Cally & Matt's Wedding

Rakaia Country Wedding - Sneak Peek | Cally & Matt's Wedding

I first spoke to Cally and Matt over Skype, as they were working in Western Australia at the time. They were returning to New Zealand to have their wedding at their parent's property down near the Rakaia River, in south Canterbury.

They were having a true DIY wedding, and as a result were only really spending money on the photography. Their brief to me was very clear: they wanted documentary style wedding photographs, with just a few bridal party photos.

DIY weddings are pretty special for me, in part because my wife Jane and I, had a DIY wedding ourselves. There is something really wonderful about family and friends coming together to help set up, then celebrate a couple's weddings. This day was no different. 

When I arrived dad was just finishing mowing the lawn where the ceremony would be and friends were adding the final touches to the reception marquee, they had set up on the lawn.

By the time the reception came around I was due to leave, but when the family invited me to stay for lunch, I couldn't say no. Though I was paid for my services, I did take some extra images of the reception as a way of saying thank you for their hospitality.

[In the fourth photo, Matt isn't blinking - he is choking back tears.]

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Wedding - Sneak Peek

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Wedding - Sneak Peek Brooke and Cameron tie the knot in the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens provide a beautiful natural back drop for a wedding ceremony and it seems more people are using this as a ceremony venue. Only this past week I booked another wedding for 2018 in the Botanic Gardens. While the Botanic Gardens are a great outdoor venue, they can be a tough place to photograph wedding ceremonies as you often get extreme contrasts of sunlight and shade. And as any photographer worth his salt will tell you, this isn't always easy to deal with. On the flip side, it is a truly beautiful place to photograph a wedding and there are plenty of great spots to take bridal party photos after the ceremony.