Mel & Courtney married!
This was our first time photographing a civil union wedding. Like all couples getting married, Mel and Courtney wanted beautiful photos from their special day.
We started the day with the bride getting ready.
A week before the wedding, Courtney came down with a bad case of pneumonia (I shouldn’t really say bad case, I have never heard of a good case of pneumonia). Considering her illness, Courtney did so incredibly well on the day, especially given the fact that the newlyweds didn’t get home until 3am the following morning.
Mel & Courtney’s friend and makeup artist said to us, “when I have finished applying the makeup to a bride, I stand back and look at her as if I was seeing her for the first time”. This was Jaz’s reaction – very funny!
Courtney looked so extremely happy, and why shouldn’t she, she was about to marry her BEST friend.
Glen James Jeweller designed and made Courtney’s beautiful wedding ring. What’s with the model Jeep you may ask? Glen had been running a promotion where winning couples drive a Jeep for a month – we had the Jeep for the day.
And here it is, the full size version.
Mel arrived at the ceremony venue at Little Kaiterteri beach a few minutes before Courtney. We quickly ushered Mel off to hide behind a tree, we then told Courtney that Mel would be arriving soon. Courtney waited for that special moment not realising that Mel was coming from a different direction.
Courtney figured it out…
This moment was very emotional – come on Chrissy, no tears!
This was such a relaxing wedding, everything moved at it’s own pace.
For Mel & Courtney, their dreams had come true.
We couldn’t have asked for a better day, it was just beautiful.
And so were these two.
The location photos started on the rocks at Little Kaiteri – such beautiful contrast with the red bridesmaid dresses.
Mel and Courtney got caught up in the moment and completely forgot about the cameras.
They both pretty much laughed all day.
Back to the romance.
We moved to a different part of the beach, it was here that I dropped my camera on rocks and then it fell into the salt water (Grrrrrrrrrr). It doesn’t matter how good your gear is, salt water makes a mess of things rather quickly. I grabbed another camera and carried on photographing these two lovebirds. I think that Mel and Courtney were more concerned than I was, especially when they asked me how much the camera and lens were worth ($9000) whoops!
We carried on as if nothing happened, this was their day.
We left Kaiterteri and heading towards Upper Moutere, we spotted this field full of vibrant flowers – so perfect.
Good on ya Glen for helping Mel over the fence, which brings up a good point – everyone was too chicken to touch the electric fence to see if it was turned on – I did but mind you I had just drowned my camera and that was shocking enough!
I love structure and dimension in wedding photos.
And maybe a little leg.
This message was posted on Nelson Wedding Photography Facebook.
“In Europe we purchased an old farm with buildings over 700 years old on it. One house that was about 120 years old was fascinating, we couldn’t see in it when we bought the place but once we moved in and started cleaning, it was like walking into a moment in time. Old shoes by the door, a leather hat hanging on a peg, just stunning! The room in this picture should be preserved like that, keep it a secret”.
For that very good reason we will keep this location anonymous, it would be a shame to have the property exploited..
Right, let’s see what’s outside – these guys were lots of fun.
There were all sorts of nooks and crannies everywhere.
And a rustic old shed.
Mel & Courtney created their own magic, we just needed to get in the right position to capture it.
I stood on the top of an old fence to get this shot, Chrissy reminded me not to drop my camera (again) very funny!
It had been a long day and Courtney was beginning to feel tired after her illness, they both told us later that they enjoyed this time relaxing and enjoying these special moments.
While they enjoyed some quiet moments I was standing on top of a wobbling fence trying to keep my camera still – great fun, loved it.
Time now to head back to Nelson for the reception at the Yacht Club.
Not before getting some shots of the Glen James Jeweller Jeeps (that plug is going to cost you Glen).
What an absolutely awesome day, we wish you both the very best for your future and thanks for letting us share this day with you.
Daron & Chrissy.
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