They met over in the UK, became friends and fell in love. The pretty English girl and the funny Kiwi bloke created their lives together and moved back here to live in New Zealand. Eleven thousand miles Nikki moved to be with Shane. And he did it all without flowers or candlelit dinners. Shane might like us all to think he's not any kind of a romantic, but he sure must have done something right along the way because Nikki absolutely adores him.
Nikki and Shane's day was full of friends and family who have travelled from about as far away as you can get before you're on your way back. Surrounded by hugs and smiles and one of the warmest days we've had this year, Nikki and Shane became man and wife.
We started our day at Chateau Marlborough, both the girls and the boys were getting ready in different rooms, being very careful not to happen upon each other.
Gorgeous flowers by Jane at Mayflower. The jewellery on the right there is actually 'foot jewellery', hang around till after the ceremony and I'll show you how cool it really is!
Nikki, you absolutely shine in front of the camera!
Meanwhile, the boys are doing some serious playing!
This is one great way to pass an hour or so before they have to get dressed!
I don't know much about poker, but that hand of hearts looks like a winner to me!
And then it was on to Wither Hills where the rooftop, with the most amazing view, would be hosting the ceremony.
There was even a basket of jandals for anyone who wanted to trade their high heels in for comfort after the ceremony!
And the bride arrives...
The staircase at Wither Hills is one of the most gorgeous ways there is to arrive!
It looks to me like Shane is pretty wrapped with his beautiful bride!
The promises Shane and Nikki had for each other were pretty heart melting. Shane promised to love and be faithful to Nikki, he promised to never leave her without laughter or conversations about cricket and kittens. Among other things he promised to cherish the marriage in sickness and health for the rest of his life.
Nikki said " ...It?s the little things you do that mean the most, like when you always take my hand to cross the road. And I promise to keep reaching out for your hand.... Standing here by myself I am me, but standing here with you - we are us. And I promise to keep standing by you."
And then down the stairs again where friends and family offered smiles and hugs and congratulations.
Wither Hills has a wonderful courtyard that is just perfect for sitting and relaxing...
Or playing lawn games, like Giant Jenga, from Got It Covered.
Ellie and Lily are Shane's nieces and brought some serious cuteness to the day!
Shane and Nikki were keen to stay with their guests as much as possible, and while I might like to think a wedding day is all about how much I love to play during the portrait section of the day, I was able to find it within myself to just spend a few minutes with them and then let them go again.
Not too shabby there Shane!
So I happily let Shane and Nikki go, and promised that when the light got lovely a little bit later I'd be calling them back again!
And here's the foot jewellery I promised to show you. When you want bare feet, but you don't want to go without them looking amazing? This is the perfect solution. Love love love it!
Inside Wither Hills looking pretty swish.
Loving the idea of the Calla Lilies inside the water!
Then I saw the glow in the sky and knew it was time to steal our gorgeous couple back outside, the light was kind and the air was cool.
And Shane was still full of jokes!
Gorgeous, gorgeous Marlborough!
Then back inside for some more speeches where we learned all about Nikki's amazing childhood achievements, winning honours in speech and drama, ballet, gymnastics and swimming by the time she was 8!
Nikki and Shane, thank you so much for welcoming us so warmly into your day. We wish you both a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness!
"How did I get this guy?" she whispered to those of us close enough to hear, with her hand over her heart and her eyes glistening with tears. It was less than one hour before she was going to become his wife and Willie had arranged a gift to be delivered to Anne, a beautiful sparkly bracelet and a note that Anne declared she would keep forever. It was the first of many moments during the day that I had to try to remember to shoot and not simply to stand there and enjoy. Good thing I do shoot them, and the camera is up over my face so that no one would know that my eyes might be doing a bit of glistening too.
I started my day with girls at Hotel d'Urville. Surrounded by beautiful light and happy faces it didn't take long for me to feel right at home and well and truly in my photography happy place.
These girls were so warm with each other it was next to impossible to take anything but a great shot.
Anne wore her Grandma's special ring which was bought by Grandad in Venice in the 1940s.
And then Mum arrives just in time to get Anne into her wedding dress.
Anne's twin sister Rose was close at hand all day, along with the rest of the bridesmaids, ready with an encouraging hug or to help in any way they could.
And now we take a small detour over to Paul's photos of Willie getting ready, this shot is taken almost at the exact same time as the image above it. Pretty neat to be able to see what both parties are doing at the same time as we lead up to the wedding!
Everyone at Anne and Willie's wedding was so warm and loving. I offered to adopt any or all of the Nanas, seeing I don't have any of my own.
Willie's Dad, JJ, passed away 3 years ago but was still very near to everyone's memory and he was honoured both during the ceremony and reception. JJ was a police officer and Willie also wore his pin all day. Such a great way to remember someone who was obviously so loved.
Back with Anne now and she has the final touches done just before her Dad comes in to see his little girl as a bride for the first time.
I love these moments!
And then Anne was given the gift from Willie and the whole room melted just a little bit!
Before I headed to Old St Mary's Convent a few minutes before the others, I stole Anne away to this fantastic spot at Hotel D'Urville. Seriously gorgeous!
Wedding time and all eyes are on the beautiful Anne.
Here's another one of those fabulous Nanas I told you about. You'll see more of her real soon.
And they're married! What a beautiful happy moment.
Gorgeous, gorgeous Nana.
See? I told you!
Old St Mary's Convent is one of the most perfect places to have your wedding, because whether it's the hottest day of Summer (as I think this day was!) or the rainiest, there's plenty of places to shelter from either the sun or the rain.
Stunning flowers by Jane at Mayflower.
The boys very much wanted to climb the tree for a photo, and we know that boys do love to climb trees! While they did that the girls found a shady spot to enjoy a glass of wine.
How's this for a great looking bridal party?
And then it was time for us to have Anne and Willie all to ourselves.
By this stage Anne's feet were beginning to get uncomfortable, so Willie picked her up with absolutely no effort at all and carried her to our next location over the uneven ground. It was becoming crystal clear why Anne was so smitten with Willie, he is truly a gentleman and adores her right back!
I dare you to find a couple more perfectly suited to each other, it's in the little things like how she looks at him and scrunches up her nose and smiles. In return, Willie playfully touches her arm and smiles warmly right back at her. It's these little moments that go by so quickly, entirely unstaged and unnoticed by most, that make me go a little bit gooey on the inside.
Did I have to ask Willie to pick Anne up and swing her around like this? Nope.
And just as if you needed more proof of how effortlessly romantic Willie is, here he is still carrying her from place to place.
Then it was time to join the rest of the wedding guests at Wither Hills for the reception.
I loved the idea of having a little bag of flower seeds for each guest!
Check out the centre pieces built by Anne's Dad, Peter. Such a lovely touch!
Before we left for the night we stole them away for just a few parting shots.
Even the wind upon the roof couldn't ruffle these guys!
Anne and Willie, I know I've said it before, but you guys are absolute perfection together. Thank you for allowing us to photograph your amazing day!
Getting Ready: Hotel d'Urville
Ceremony Venue: Old St Mary's Convent
Ceremony Catering: The Quest Catering Co
Reception Venue & Catering: Wither Hills Winery
Flowers: Jane, Mayflower Studio Florist
Hair & Makeup: Deirdre, Locks & Lashes
Music: Aaron Douglas (Nelson)
Take one highly organised yet beautifully relaxed bride, add one groom who just couldn't stop smiling all day, throw in a pinch of perfect weather and a generous dash of happy and beautiful friends and family and you have one amazing wedding. Jane and Matt's wedding was nothing less than perfect, held in Matt's own home territory of Dog Point Vineyard surrounded by spectacular views outside and loving smiles inside.
Jane was the perfect picture of cool, calm and collected when I arrived. All of the many hours of planning, run sheets and delegating was paying off and I found her happily sipping a cup of tea. Deirdre had already created hair and makeup perfection on the ladies and there was nothing to be done but to relax before they got into their dresses.
With those amazing eyes and adorable cheeks I think Annabel was treading dangerously close to stealing the show and outshining the bride. This little girl is all kinds of adorable!
When I first turn up to a wedding day the first thing I'll usually do is collect all of the details to be photographed and find somewhere interesting to capture them. Almost without fail I will overshoot the shoes. I know, I know they're just shoes, and you'd think it would be out of my system after 150 odd weddings, but I still do it. Shoes here, shoes there, oh look, shoes over there too!
And while I might overshoot the shoes, I WAY overshoot the people. So many moments that go by in the blink of an eye, before you know it we've moved on from one magical moment and on to the next. I'm always amazed that a moment that is literally only 1/200th of a second can live on and be loved for so many years.
And then all of the ladies are ready and it's just about time go to the wedding!
Wowzers Jane, you are one stunning bride!
Meanwhile Paul is with the boys as Matt gets ready for one of the most special days of his life.
Matt had these bottles designed especially for the groomsmen, how's that for an amazing touch?
Jane and Matt's wedding was most definitely a 'cute kid' wedding. Where ever you looked there was another short person with a cheeky smile.
See? Cuteness overload!
And then on to the barrel room where Matt spent the last few weeks moving hundreds of barrels to create the perfect wedding ceremony venue.
And his bride arrives!
First kiss as husband and wife!
And I'm not sure that they could possibly be any happier!
While Paul and I were shooting the congratulations, Emily, our daughter and often our assistant these days, found the boys hanging out in the car. I think this is possibly one of my favourite shots of the day!
Then it was time to head up to the hill where Matt pulled off his amazing proposal!
And actually, you guys are looking pretty swish yourselves.
While all of the guests headed up to the Bell Tower and got settled in with a drink or two, we took a wee tour of the amazing property and found some pretty light and had some fun.
Matt and Jane have the most beautiful energy together, good looking AND lovely. Bonus!
So pretty, as always, Nina! Pink Poppie does it again.
Then it was time to head up and join the others.
Inside the marquee and all of the planning shows itself in the most beautiful decorations.
Wedding days are so special, not just because two people in love promise to spend the rest of their lives together, but also because of all of the loved family and friends together in one place at one time. How often does that ever happen? Loved ones from all over the world came together to celebrate and support Matt and Jane's marriage.
We love watching people's reactions to speeches, the laughter and tears, they all make our job even more enjoyable.
You can tell a lot about a couple by how they treat their guests, from the way they love the kids right up to how they take time with the older guests, Jane and Matt are right up there with some of the nicest people you'll meet.
After Matt had proposed on the hill with the amazing view (and Jane obviously said yes!) they walked back here to the Bell Tower only to find a large collection of Jane's family from all over the country to surprise her and help celebrate their new engagement! Could there be a more fitting place to have a photo taken? I think not!
Jane and Matt, your day was gorgeous. Thank you so much for welcoming us in and allowing us to capture the special moments and all the smiles!
Ceremony Venue: Dog Point Vineyard
Accommodation: The Bell Tower
Minister: Johanna Warren
Flowers: Nina, Pink Poppie Designer Florist
Hair & Makeup: Deirdre, Locks & Lashes
Dress: Angelica Bridal (London)
Videography: Fraser Heal Video Production (Nelson)
Catering: BV Gourmet
Band: Studio 54 (Christchurch)
Guitar: Sam Merrell
Peas. They spotted each other over peas. Two seriously clever and motivated young people, who thought that their summer job at the Watties factory would bring them the savings they needed, probably never considered that they would also find the love of their lives. That was ten years ago and since then they've both come leaps and bounds in their professional achievements, worldwide travel and of course each other. On Saturday Gabrielle and Daniel were married in what is arguably one of the most beautiful locations on the planet, Te Mahia.
The weather had been threatening rain and although Friday saw rain and wind and generally un-wedding-like weather, Saturday opened up into the most perfect sunny day. And there was rejoicing.
There's a lot to like about Te Mahia, not the least of which is the fantastic soft and mossy ground hiding under the trees, with just the perfect amount of light to create some pretty detail shots.
Hello Pink Poppie, so we meet again I see? As always, it's a pleasure to see your floral creations!
Blog watchers will know that I love photographing parents at weddings, as I feel that the day is in part about them as well. As parents we go from watching our baby take her first steps to watching her take her first steps down the aisle to her groom, what feels like a lifetime to the bride feels significantly shorter to her parents.
Gabrielle had her two younger sisters as bridesmaids who were there for her all day, from helping with getting dressed to presenting a joint speech at the reception. Well done ladies!
Gabrielle truly thought of everything. She even had a little welcome bag for each room complete with hot chocolate and home made lemon honey!
This is the moment at weddings when it all starts to sink in that *it's actually happening*, the day that has taken many months of planning is actually here! This is the moment that the room is filled with excited energy and butterflies in the stomach.
Meanwhile over in Daniel's room it's time to open his gift from Gabrielle. See? She really did think of everything!
Looking pretty swish there Daniel!
Gabrielle, you make the most stunning bride!
And right on time Gabrielle and Dad walk to her waiting groom.
Not a raindrop in sight! With the most wonderful view behind them, Gabrielle and Daniel only had eyes for each other.
And they're married!
Here's Paul's amazing shot! I told you the view was pretty amazing!
While having a bright and sunny day might be on top of your 'wants' for your wedding day, it does send us looking for a bit of shade for your portraits. Just around the corner from Te Mahia is this beautiful patch of trees which gave us exactly what we were after!
Daniel and Gabrielle you two look amazing together!
Gorgeous bridal party made up only of siblings!
Then it was back to Te Mahia where a beautiful mix of romance and view makes for even more prettiness!
It's so lovely to watch beautiful young people start their lives as a married couple. Paul and I celebrated our 19th anniversary yesterday, and yes that DOES make me feel old!
The marquee was decorated beautifully, complete with handmade candles.
A quick practice of the wedding dance before the guests entered the marquee and we're all set to go!
Posh Nosh was in charge of the food and after being treated to a meal I have officially given up cooking steak. It was quite possibly the yummiest steak I have ever had!
I love how adoringly Daniel is looking at his new wife.
Daniel's speech started with a mathematical equation on how he was going to divide up his speech, with a generous portion assigned to talking lovingly about the Mother Of The Bride. Smart man!
We're always watching the light and when the time was right we snatched Gabrielle and Daniel away for a few beautiful beachfront images!
It's always fun watching the 'shoe game', and it was well proven that Gabrielle and Daniel sure do know each other very well!
This is where all of those dance lessons pay off. Great job guys!
And the guests boogie the night away!
Beautiful Te Mahia by night. Just before we headed home we took a wee detour to the wharf and while it may have looked like almost complete darkness to the naked eye, some long shutter speeds revealed that sometimes you can even find beautiful light in darkness!
Daniel and Gabrielle, we wish you guys all the love and happiness in the world. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing day with us!
Stephen first noticed Tania when she was a 12 or 13 year old girl playing netball, many years ago. They got to know each other through school and became good friends. As with most great romance stories, Stephen and Tania have been through their ups and their downs and have had amazing adventures along the way. They've travelled, settled down and bought a house and have a couple of incredibly cute kids. Two days ago Tania and Stephen became husband and wife, vowing that the rest of their tomorrows would be spent with each other. Stephen also promised to take care of the lawns and gardens.
We were absolutely tickled to be able to capture this amazing day, especially as they're pretty well family and all. Stephen being my sister's daughter's husband's cousin and Tania has just become my sister's daughter's husband's cousin's wife!
Tania's day started out at Locks and Lashes with Deirdre, who, as always, did a gorgeous job of the ladies hair and makeup.
Nina, from Pink Poppie, created the most beautiful bouquets with such a gorgeous mix of flowers and colours textures! I think I probably overshot the flowers.
Bridesmaids are great, aren't they? Sure, we all know how to dress ourselves, but when you've got beautiful friends to help preen and straighten, why wouldn't you just allow yourself a day of pampering?
I am absolutely besotted with lace sleeves, classically beautiful!
Tania, you are jaw droppingly beautiful!
Taylor threatened to steal the show with her insanely cute face.
See? Just LOOK at her! Don't you want to just squeeze her?
Meanwhile Flynn is stealing the show over at the boys camp.
And it would seem that groomsmen also come in handy when preening and straightening are needed! Or perhaps this is just a 'sorry about the stag-do paintball episode'?
Stephen's parents had secretly organised a limousine to pick the boys up from the house and take them to the wedding! How's that for an amazing gift?
Flynn could get used to travelling around in a limo by the looks of him!
Then it was on to Hortensia House where happy people, beautiful light and hay bales all met in one beautiful garden.
This was most definitely a 'cute kid' wedding, I'm certain I could fill this entire blog post with images of cute children alone.
And then the gorgeous Tania arrives! Tania has this amazing ability to make images sing, she just has to look at the camera and for that moment all is well with the world!
Escorted by her dad along the front lawn,
and to her waiting groom.
While Flynn watches on approvingly.
And Taylor sitting safe and secure with grandparents. (Just for the record, I still want to pick her up and squeeze her!)
It's always so nice to hear what a couple love about each other on their wedding day, it makes everything just that little bit more warm and fuzzy. Tania loves that Stephen is such a great Dad to their two kids, he's even happy to get up two mornings in a row to them when needed! Stephen loves how Tania sees the best in everyone and has such a beautiful kind heart.
Boys love throwing things, even if it's flower petals!
And then they were married!
With a large contingency of golfers among the men it seemed only fitting to have the recessional as golfing royalty.
I love being able to make this many people follow my instructions. Perhaps the power is getting to my head?
The gorgeous Hortensia House gardens provided the most amazing backdrop for photos!
Once again the golfing theme shows itself as Stephen helps the guys with their swing. Perhaps don't tell Nina about this one though, ey?
I think they look pretty manly with their flowers!
Because every epic garden needs it's own bridge, doesn't it?
You can just tell that Stephen adores Tania, not just today but he's been such a support to her through their years together. From living overseas to a harrowing time through the Christchurch earthquakes, these two have shown they have a 'forever love'.
And they look pretty darn awesome in front of the camera!
I love Leanne's handiwork with the chalkboard!
Then there was the driveway. Ahhhh that driveway! I won't pretend I was all cool and calm when I saw it when in fact I think I did a little gallopy jig and clapped my hands. That's because this ain't just any driveway!
I love trying to make bridal parties be serious tin soldiers. Spend a little time looking at this one, some people can pull off serious real well and others.... well.... maybe not so much!
Then it was off to Drylands where Dietmar had everyone settled into their places with a drink and happily waiting for the bridal party to join them.
Pretty cool cake by Granny's Sweet Tooth.
You know, often the reactions to the speeches are the most fun to get!
I love how Tania is looking at her new husband.
Tania, Stephen, Flynn and Taylor - thank you so much for sharing your amazing day with us! You're a beautiful family and we wish you many many years of happiness!
Ceremony Venue: Hortensia House
Reception Venue & Catering: Drylands Restaurant
Celebrant: Jann Hook
Flowers: Nina, Pink Poppie Designer Florist
Hair & Makeup: Deirdre, Locks & Lashes
Dress: Paperswan Bride, Wellington
Cake: Granny's Sweet Tooth
Music: Sonic Soundz Disco
Limousine: Imperial Limos
Stephen's Ring: Brereton Jewellers, Picton
Wedding Welcome Board: Leanne, Vanilla Hayes
We've been emailing back and forth, and I knew that Rebecca was planning an amazing day. We saw her beautifully presented timeline, her incredible seating plan and we were let in on her secret squirrel plan to surprise her groom and family with a beautiful performance at the reception. But it wasn't until I actually met Rebecca this week that all of the ducks were truly in a row and I got to see how special a person she really is. So within about 3 days we went from being pen pals to BFFs. I felt welcomed into the family immediately. I got to hug Mum, tease James her brother and struggle to hold back the tears as Mike and Bec promised the rest of their lives to each other. It was a good day indeed!
And my new BFF deserves only the best, of course. Good thing Mike is just that. A true gentleman, handsome and really quite an all round great guy.
Just two days ago Rebecca and Michael went from two people very much in love to a married couple, still insanely in love. There, surrounded by friends and family who had travelled from all over the globe to support them, their two lives became one forever. Pretty neat.
Rebecca and the girls got ready at her childhood home in Rarangi. Arguably the best view in town!
The day was filled with genuine and constant smiles, starting from Rebecca herself and spreading to everyone around her.
Bec, you are stunning. Utterly, divinely, inside and out, stunning. Nina from Pink Poppie, you rock my world with your flowers. Just sayin'.
Who doesn't like a bridesmaid hair fixing train?
Peter, Bec's Dad was a fully adoring Dad. And from what I've heard it wasn't just for the day, it has been for all the years of Rebecca's life. This is the man that would happily pick his girl up from anywhere, so she'd have a safe ride home. Any time, any night.
And when tears begin to well, the only thing that fixes that is the 'hand wave' in front of the face. Small but fast movements with the fingers will reduce the amount of tears welling. True story.
Mike and the groomsmen got ready at the Bell Tower. This is the moment he received his gift from Bec, having joked about the fact that she never buys him any cologne (regardless of the fact that he doesn't usually actually wear them anyway....) unbeknownst to him she had already planned a card and an aftershave and had snuck it to Paul during the wedding rehearsal. I tell you, this girl thinks of everything!
And while you're looking through the blog, I want you to have a think about who Mike reminds you of. Personally, I think he reminds me of a handsome groom, but there is another tv character that often comes up when people say he has 'one of those faces'.
On that note, I've been told many a time that I have 'one of those faces'. Apparently it's quite recognisable, although generally I just get the comment ' you have one of those faces...', which leaves me wondering if that's a good thing or a bad thing? I'm not particularly hung up on my face, because having done this job for a few years now I've come to know that anyone that smiles is beautiful, so I'll just leave it there. On a slightly different note again, my hands are pretty amazing, but not many people feel the need to mention that. I have my mother's hands, and I see a piece of her when I look at them. So yes, I'm very happy with my hands, I'd be happy to show them to you next time we see each other at the supermarket.
Speaking of hands, Mike checks his before the ceremony to see if he's rock solid.
Given a little bit of help, I think they were probably pretty good.
And just before the ladies leave Rarangi we take a few moments to make the most of the scenery.
How's this for a backyard to grow up in?
This was Grandma's seat. Before Rebecca's parents owned the property it belonged to her grandparents. Real heritage right there.
See, here's the thing. I know I've just added more pictures of the bride before the wedding than I usually would, but it's just too difficult to decide which ones to leave out. So you get them all. I figure it's my blog, so it's ok.
And then it's wedding time. Cue the beautiful Wither Hills Winery barrel room, fill it with the teeniest bit of moody light, candles and some beautiful junior bridesmaids and you've got something pretty magical!
And Mike looks on as his bride arrives.
So many emotions wrapped up in this image. Gorgeous!
Mike was the most perfect groom. From the way he held Bec's hands, his reassuring nods and smiles and the way he meant the vows. Like, REALLY meant the vows.
The acoustics in the barrel hall are just to die for, and when you've got a voice like Amy Grace the entire building sings while everyone sits in awe.
And then they were husband and wife!
We always encourage our couples to take the time to have hugs and congratulations. This is when we get treasures like this.
Yummy Wither Hills things.
And boys will most definitely be boys.
Before we stole Mike and Bec away by themselves, we made the most of the bridal party. Notice Katie's gorgeous bump on the left there? I have noticed that there is often at least one pregnant bridesmaid. So perhaps bare this in mind if you are asked to be a bridesmaid sometime in the future, there is at least a 30% chance that you will become pregnant. I'm not saying it's scientific or anything like that, but just keep it in mind...
Play time at Brayshaw Park!
I would show Mike and Bec some images on the back of the camera from time to time so they could see how fantastic they really did look. However, they became somewhat suspicious of my camera and asked if there was Photoshop in there somewhere... nope! You guys really DO look this fantastic! Nevertheless, we all decided that there were perhaps photoshopping monkeys inside the camera. Again, this may not be scientific.
Ok, so have you decided who Mike looks like? How about Danny Tanner from Full House? Go on, you can pop away to Google Image it. I'll wait here till you get back...
And then it was time for the phone booth. I had an image in mind and for some reason I could not convey exactly what my idea was through the glass. So they tried this. I like it.
This wasn't quite it either...
This was much, much closer. We got there in the end, but as with most things, it's not about the destination, it's the journey.
Then it was time to take them back to Wither Hills where the evening was promising to be one full of love and laughs and lollies.
Jackie, Bec's Mum, very much longed for Bec to show off her talent and sing at her wedding. While she had told everyone that she wasn't going to sing, Rebecca was actually planning on doing the exact opposite. You see, Rebecca is a woman of many talents. While she lived in New Zealand she worked on the TV show What Now, and now that she's in Australia, she's working at ABC3 on a kids program there. She has an amazing talent at creating song parodies. So what better way to serenade her husband, than with a parody?
This was the moment she stood up and announced that she was indeed going to be singing. Mum was just about beside herself.
Remember Michael Jackson's (and also Mariah Cary's) 'I'll Be There?' Well you need to sing the tune in your head to really get the full impact of Rebecca's clever writing!
"So they say we now are wed, that?s no excuse for you to fart in bed....
And if go shopping, You aren?t allowed to care.
I will cook some slop for you, Just put the seat down on the loo.....
Just call me wifey and I?ll be there..."
Yummy food inside and gorgeous light outside and the evening was most certainly a success!
I love it when we can sneak our couples away for just a few minutes to make the most of the disappearing light!
And seriously cool stairs!
And amazing moody barrel room!
Then it was time to hit the dance floor!
Thanks Wither Hills for once again hosting a fabulous wedding!
And to my new BFFs, you guys are amazing. Thanks so much for letting us capture your incredibly fun day! Have an amazing honeymoon!
Venue & Catering: Wither Hills Winery
Celebrant: Carol Taylor
Flowers: Nina, Pink Poppie Designer Florist
Music: Amy Grace
Car: Imperial Limos
Dress: Wilkins Formal Wear
Suits: Wilkins Formal Wear
She first spotted him on this very sand at Monkey Bay three years ago. She wasn't looking for love, but it was hard to look away. It was the wedding of mutual friends and Rebecca and Michael had never met before today, but there he was looking all cute. Michael sure noticed the pretty girl and with a little prompting from a friend (much like a 3rd form dance, he said) he struck up a conversation that lasted the whole evening until suddenly the evening was over and they were almost the last ones there.
The following day Michael finds some Facebook stalking skills and tracks Rebecca down. Good ol' Facebook. What did we do before it?
So three years on and here we are, back at Monkey Bay just days before the wedding, this time the wedding will be theirs.
Rebecca grew up in this area, playing on the beach and on the rocks as a child. So it would be hard to find a more perfect place for Michael and Rebecca to have their pre-wedding photos!
And this, the very seat that Michael proposed to Rebecca. Gorgeous!
As soon as I saw this spot I immediately thought of 'The Princess Bride'. I'm not exactly sure why, but there is a similarity there, somewhere. Then Michael said he'd never actually seen the movie before. It was at that point that I questioned carrying on with our friendship. Kindness won, however, but Mike - you still totally need to see the movie. Just sayin'.
Exceptionally pretty you are Rebecca! Yes sireeee it's going to be a doozie of a wedding!
We spent the entire time with Rebecca and Michael joking, chatting and laughing. The sunset brought us beautiful light, indeed, but it also meant we were nearly done with the photo session. Bitter sweet.
Paul's epic shot. Because you know he does this.
Rebecca and Michael, you guys are seriously cool. I can't wait for Saturday because we are going to have so much FUN!