Jennie and Ash's wedding day was absolutely everything you want in a wedding. Perfect weather, gorgeous happy people and a whole lot of love. A whooooooole lot of love.
Tuesday hit Christchurch with the most vicious natural disaster to ever happen in New Zealand. The Garden City, peppered with historic buildings, was reduced to a bunch of rubble. Christchurch is only a morning's drive away from us, so we see the devastation on the faces of our friends and family as they escape their crumbling homes. Everyone seems to have lost something. Whether it be the unthinkable, a loved one, or their house, their workplace, school or church. If by some miracle these are all left standing, our Cantabrian friends have lost the feeling of sleeping safely, as their city continues to shake with aftershocks.
Fast forward to yesterday, Friday, only three days after that horrible shaking. Ash and Jennie's wedding seemed to be full of their friends and family from Christchurch. Everyone seemed to be able to put aside the sadness and devastation for one day. This was Ash and Jennie's day, and this was a day to celebrate. In fact, I think we all felt this wedding so much more, appreciated our loved ones so much more, treasured every moment of happiness while it was unfolding in front of us. That made Ash and Jennie's wedding even more special. I could feel it, and I was only the photographer!
William is Ash and Jennie's boy. Cute as anything you've ever seen in your life.
Paul captures the fun during the guys getting ready. Ash wore this smile all day long. He was so incredibly happy to be marrying Jennie. He's such a nice guy too. Paul tells me that Ash adores his cat. That, to me, is bonus points. Massive bonus points!
Jennie is the most genuine, bubbly and happy girl. She looked absolutely radiant!
This is Jennie's Mum and Dad's wedding photo. Gosh, I love it.
Jennie's Dad was wearing the very same shoes he wore to his own wedding, decades before. I thought that was pretty cool, actually!
Gorgeous flowers by Flowertime!
The wedding was held at Drylands Restaurant. A perfect day for it!
Jennie made me want to cry, just watching her say her vows and mean them from the bottom of her heart.
While Mummy and Daddy were signing the papers William did an impromptu jig to the music. That boy has got the moves!
After the wedding and everyone is just glowing. This is always a great time to get candid pictures of guests having fun.
Then it was time for the group photo. However we were missing one elderly uncle. He had driven up from Canterbury, and everyone was beginning to worry a little. Thankfully, just as we were about to do this shot, guess who made it!
Down to the river and time to have some fun!
Jennie's Dad is a Truck Driver and had spied out some more great spots for photos.
This image on a giant canvas - yes please!
How cute is she?!
Jennie, you were a stunning bride! Everything about you is so special. And the way you adore your new husband is so obvious.
We had so much fun with this group!
I like them a lot!
Ash and Jennie, we are so thrilled to have spent yesterday with you. It was an amazing wedding to be part of. This week has reminded me, once again, that people are so important. Love and family and special times, these are the real treasures we have in life. You guys have each other, and little William. You are truly blessed.
Celebrant: John and Jenny Etheridge
Venue: Drylands Restaraurant
From the moment I turned up to Locks and Lashes to when we left straight after the speeches, Kerri and Jason's entire day was filled with happiness and so many opportunities to capture memories. They had planned their Wedding Day so well that I simply can't help but add far too many images for one blog post. I'm supposing it's a good problem to have!
This dress + these shoes. Oh my word. That's when I knew it was going to be good. Real good.
Not only does Deirdre always do such an amazing job, she's also a really nice person. And let's face it, you want to surround yourself with nice on your wedding day!
Kerri, you were a stunning stunning bride!
Meanwhile Paul is with the guys as they prepare.
I always have to giggle during the preparations for a wedding. It seems everyone needs help to get dressed. You can go for 30 odd years and be able to dress yourself every morning just fine, but come a Wedding Day you just need that extra bit of help. I think it's fab!
The garter that belonged to Kerri's Mum. I love it. I love the squished flowers. I love the bent ribbon. I love that it seems like it's made from shower cap material (as Kerri put it!) I love that it's dated and old fashioned. It was her Mum's and I just love it!
Kerri's Dad is a Holden fan. "Show Jess the watch!" She exclaims. Jason is a Ford fan. I'm pretty sure they've settled their differences. Lucky.
Gorgeous flowers by Pink Poppie.
The wedding ceremony was held in Kerri's parent's backyard. The detail that went into the whole thing was fantastic!
The weather could not have been more perfect. Kerri and Jason could not possibly have been happier to be married.
Kerri has been counting down the days on Facebook. This day has been so long in coming, it was truly a great celebration when it finally arrived!
This blackboard = awesome idea.
A lot of weddings are either a cute kid wedding, or a cute older person wedding. Jason and Kerri's wedding was both.
I want this Nana. She spent the entire ceremony smiling. I think it's only fair that I get to take her home, perhaps as a wee reminder of a great day.
Then off for portraits. I have to say that Kerri and Jason picked some fantastic locations. Jason is a keen amateur photographer himself, so he knew what would make for great images.
Jason looked pretty dashing.
Kerri sure did seem to like him a lot!
We stopped in at French Fields which turned out to be a good move. A really good move.
I always dance a little jig when a bride decides to have a veil. Granted they are rather annoying to the bride on the day, I think the pain is totally worth it!
This is the first time I've actually shot here before, and I'm hoping it won't be my last! Everywhere you look there is a new spot to explore. I love it a lot!
The cars were amazing. Of course they had to be, seeings Jason is such a huge Ford fan. The red Mustang was from American Limousines and the yellow one belongs to Wayne, Jason's best man. They were gorgeous and shiny, which is how I can tell if a car is good enough. The shine quality. Paul seemed to be quite impressed by more than just the shine, he's mentioned them several times since the wedding. So clearly they are very cool cars!
Sadly, every time I see a Mustang, I immediately start singing Mustang Sally, and it sticks with me for the rest of the day. Now you have it too, don't you? No need to thank me.
Then on our way back into town we stopped at this crossing as Jason was quite keen to get an Abbey Road shot. What a great idea! To get a similar angle Paul had to park the van in the middle of the road (which was thankfully a quiet One Way!) and stand on top of the van. We got some great looks from the people in cars driving by!
Giant arrow pointing to the to-die-for red shoes. Perfection. Right there. Another one of Paul's shots.
The Convention Centre was gorgeously decorated.
The speeches were great, and well received by all! I won't repeat why Jason is holding a Neil Diamond DVD.
But Kerri's parents know why by the look on their faces!
Cheers guys! What an awesome day! We were so thrilled to be part of it and witness two great people getting married. Thanks for choosing us, we can't wait to show you the rest!
Celebrant: Jenny Andrews
Hair & Makeup: Deirdre, Locks & Lashes
Flowers: Pink Poppie
Red Mustang: American Limousines
Reception Venue: The Convention Centre
I suppose there was absolutely no way to know exactly what the weather was going to do on Saturday, the weather report was noncommittal, but the clouds were rolling towards us and looking rather ominous. We packed every umbrella we owned into the car, and just in case Paul smothered himself in sun cream. I often laugh at his worst case scenario planning, and have nicknamed him Mr Contingency Plan, however, driving home from this beautiful wedding, guess which one of us was pinker than the other?
Suzanne and Glen most certainly did have the most amazing weather. The breeze was plenty cool, and the sun peaked out from some very awesome clouds. And The Portage Resort Hotel put on a beautiful wedding!
Suzanne was gorgeous, even before she put on her wedding dress.
Suzanne works for Rembrandt Suits, so the guys suits were well and truly looked after!
Doing the whole reflection thing, a couple of times?. either that or Glen has a twin I didn't know about.
Glenn looked pretty dashing.
This gorgeous necklace belonged to Suzanne's Grandma. A very special touch to the day.
The colours Suzanne chose were absolutely perfect for a Sounds wedding. Beautiful pieces of classiness scattered around. I loved it all!
Clearly Grace had something to do with the beautiful makeup job of the girls!
I love this shot of Suzanne's Mum putting the final stitches on the dress. A perfect fit!
What a beautiful and adoring bride!
And what a beautiful setting for a wedding!
Perhaps I should encourage groups to hold onto their toddlers until I'm done posing them!
Then off around Portage to find some great locations.
How cute are they? Very cute!
I had no idea this was even happening behind me until I got home and saw this picture. Eyes in the back of my head, that's what I need!
This is what I was busy taking a photo of, pure gorgeousness!
The bridesmaids dresses were just delightful. I heard so many people comment on them all through the day.
Paul got the guys to work it for the camera.
We headed down to 'The Gap' just past Portage. I'd never been there before, what a great spot for photos!
On a sidenote: could this handbag possibly be the best handbag ever on the entire planet? If you said yes, I'd say you're right. It belonged to one of the very stylish guests. Now I.Want.One!!
Back at the Resort for a beautiful reception in the lovely evening light.
Such a spectacular day, filled with beautiful people, perfect weather and great friends. We were privileged to be part of it, and capture it for you guys. All the very, very best for your life together!
Celebrant: Lurleen Fowler
Hair: Beyond the Fringe
Makeup: Grace Make up
Dressmaker: Karen Willis Holmes
Venue: The Portage Resort Hotel