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 Farm Wedding

Christchurch Farm Wedding Nicola and Nathan's Christchurch Farm Wedding still ranks as one of the most enjoyable weddings I have photographed.

From the moment I turned up to photograph Nicola getting ready, to when I left late in the evening, the day was non-stop laughs and good fun.

Every wedding is unique and this was no different. Here are just a couple of things I remember about this wedding:

The ceremony was in the smallest church I have ever photographed in. It was standing room only to the door.

Whitebait fritters were served at the wedding reception.

Nathan gave the shortest and funniest speech during the wedding reception.

Below are a few photos from this wedding. You can view more photos of this wedding at this link - Nicola and Nathan's Farm Wedding

Drop me a line if you are planning a farm wedding and need a wedding photographer.

Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.
Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.

Wedding Details - Whitebait

Wedding Details - Whitebait One of the great joys of photographing weddings, is finding all the little details that are unique to that wedding. I've written about this previously with wedding cakes.

As for this photo, this was taken while photographing Nicola and Nathan's very cool farm wedding out on the plains of Christchurch. I'm not sure what I love more - the plate of whitebait or the cup cake apron.

Christchurch wedding with Nicola and Nathan.