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.

Sumner Surf Life Saving Club Wedding - Sneak Peek

Sumner Surf Life Saving Club Wedding - Sneak Peek Nerida & Roy tie the knot at the beautiful Sumner Surf Life Saving Club.

The SSLSC was founded way back in 1911, with the sole purpose of preventing drownings in the surf off the beach. Each summer from November to March, trained volunteers provide free patrols of Sumner Beach, keeping a watchful eye on people in the surf. If you are down Sumner Beach way and going for a swim, then remember to swim between the flags.

If you are looking for a great outdoor wedding venue on the beach, then Sumner Surf Life Saving Club is a great choice. Plenty of free parking, a wonderfully modern building with a great indoor and outdoor space and shade sails provide great shade for outdoor weddings on clear, hot days. The beach is literally at the door step and Cave Rock and what is left of Shag Rock, are two possible places for bridal party photos.

Bubblemen Band

The Bubblemen Band Christchurch Wedding season has started! I had the great pleasure of hearing the Christchurch band - The Bubblemen - playing at a client's wedding recently.

First time I've come across The Bubblemen Band, though they have been around for a long time. Have to say, great live music from these guys.

They are pretty much booked out for the summer, but if you are getting married in the summer of 2017/2018, then now might be the time to book them.

A couple of photos of the lads in action.

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.