Shannon & Lisa married!
As planned we arrived at The Monaco Resort to be greeted by Shannon and his groomsmen all dressed and ready to go for some pre-ceremony photos. Well, not quite! None of the guys were ready and in actual fact, Shannon couldn’t find half of them. One thing that we have learnt over the years photographing weddings is, even the best of plans sometimes don’t come together. So, we decided to look for the guys and then go and play some cricket on the Village Green.
Of course Shannon had to have the first bat.
Watch the photographer…
Outta there! Shannon thought that he was in and that the third umpire should have been called – NOPE!
Great times with your best mates.
Nice – soft pastel roses for the parents and grandparents.
Lisa and her bridesmaids got ready at Lisa’s parents home in Stoke.
This is little Lucy who was really excited about being Shannon and Lisa’s flower girl.
And this is Luke who wasn’t too sure what all the fuss was about.
Adorable, these two are the same age and hit it off really well (maybe best friends in the making).
Chrissy took them outside for some fun and dancing.
Lisa didn’t stop smiling all morning and why should she, she was about to marry her, “best friend”, those words were spoken during the wedding ceremony.
Lisa’s lovely dress came all the way from Paris.
We really liked Lisa’s parents, they made us feel so welcome in their home, even after I started moving furniture around.
“Hey girl”, you are about to get married!
The wedding ceremony was held at The Monaco Resort. When we
arrived, Shannon and his groomsmen were waiting patiently but once
the music started to play, the groomsmen ran down the
village green to meet the bridesmaids …
And this is the reason why, they danced up the isle much to delight of the guests.
The dancing was very entertaining.
Following the bridal party was the beautiful bride and her father.
The hilarity was not quite over yet, when the bestman was asked if he had the wedding rings, he reached into his pocket, realised that he didn’t have the rings and then suddenly ran off to Paul Harris Jeweller to get them (the man deserves an Oscar).
What a hoot!
Now for the more serious stuff.
Shannon’s mum had some really nice words to say.
The bridal party danced their way up the aisle, now the bride and groom were dancing their way down the isle.
While I take the large group shots, Chrissy likes to shoot in close and capture some of the funny expressions.
Inside the reception marque was a lollie table, these two little ones just about had their eyes pop out of their heads when they saw this. (Note to self, don’t forget to grab a bag on the way out tonight).
This day was filled with so many surprises; while we photographed the bridal party around the Monaco Resort the big red double decker bus took the guests to Founders Heritage Park for a few social drinks.
The dark clouds were threatening us with a potential party pooper – come on sunny Nelson, live up to your reputation.
These newlyweds have a story or two to tell, for such a young couple
they have seen so much of the world. They recently returned to New
Zealand after travelling around Europe, Shannon as a tour cook and
Lisa as a tour guide.
We asked Shannon if he was a qualified cook, he told us that he got the
job having no prior experience, he learnt as he went – don’t you just love
the Kiwi spirit.
We love photographing in and around the Monaco Resort, its a great place for a wet weather option as well.
The big red double decker bus was running a little late returning from Founders Park to pick up the bridal party, so we took Shannon & Lisa with us to Tahunanui Beach. The others would catch up to us a little later when the bus arrives back to transport them.
Nothing like relaxing with a glass of bubbly on the beach after devoting the rest of your lives to each other….
It started to rain – I liked this comment that Katy posted on Facebook: I’m so stoked it rained on your parade – these photos are AWESOME! Love the clouds! You both look very pretty also.
The spits of rain only lasted a few minutes – Phew!
The bridal party arrived and we had some fun.
We wanted some cool guy shots – jumping won the vote.
The girls jumped as well, but this won the cool girls shot.
“All at once, go”.
All on the bus, we are now heading for Founders Heritage Park in Nelson. I jumped on the bus with the bridal party to capture some of the hilarity (and there was plenty of that), while Chrissy followed us in the car. Good thing that we didn’t need a sober driver.
At Founders we were greeted by the guests….
And more drinks.
Nana tryed to sort me out with her walking stick? I think that she really
did like me?
Two levels of the double decker bus full with guests, we head back to The Monaco. It’s now raining, we lucked out again.
Now, I would like to say that I had nothing to do with this, but I can’t.
It’s been a fun packed afternoon and it’s now time to judge the two wedding cakes, one made by Lisa and her bridesmaids and the other by Shannon and his groomsmen.
The winner was based on which cake attracted the noisest cheer from the guests???
You can only guess which cake won…
What a fantastic day it has been, weddings are often what you make it. Shannon and Lisa, with the help from family and friends really made it happen. We look forward to seeing some of your travel photos and don’t forget the t-shirts when you come back to NZ next.
Daron & Chrissy
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