Nathan & Katie married!
We met Nathan and Katie a year ago at Josiah and Rachel’s wedding, where Nathan was his bestman. After capturing stunning sunset photos along Nelson’s Boulder Bank we arrived at Founders Heritage Park for Josiah and Rachel’s reception. I remember showing Katie a few location photos on the back of my camera, half an hour later I got my camera back after it circled the room amongst the guests. Chrissy and I were also very delighted that Nathan and Katie had asked us to photograph their wedding, and here we are.
During the last twelve months, Nathan and Katie have planned their wedding from their residence in Melbourne. For their ceremony venue they chose to get married at the source of the Riwaka River at the foot of the Takaka Hill.
The girls got ready at the Coastal Palm Apartments in Motueka.
Half of the fun is the build up to the wedding, so much thought goes into the wedding detail with choosing the right colour schemes and styles.
Roses have been very popular for bouquets this wedding season, last year we saw a lot of bouquets made up of Lilies.
When we arrived, Katie and the bridesmaids were enjoying the final touches to their hair and makeup.
As Katie got ready she kept saying, “I’m so happy” her happiness was infectious.
There was certainly a buzz in the air! Katie’s sister Olivia also got married a couple of weeks ago so certainly a lot of excitement for their family.
I spotted this vibrant painting on the wall, Ummmm, that will make a beautiful backdrop.
But not as beautiful as the bride.
Meanwhile, Nathan and his groomsmen were setting up for the ceremony at the Source of the Riwaka River. As the time got closer for the brides arrival, the boys stood in position.
We have had the privilege of photographing the Excalibur a few times this wedding season, I just love this car!
Very cute…. and you guessed it, this is Chrissy’s shot.
There is something very special about Katie, she’s quietly spoken and has this sweet gentle nature.
And a lot can also be said about Nathan, it’s great when you first meet people and hit it off right away.
It was a sunny day and the trees had began to drop their leaves, perfect for an autumn wedding.
Placing the rings and reciting the vows is a very special part of the wedding ceremony.
Nathans father is also a photographer and a super nice guy, of course Harvey had to get in amongst the action as well.
Time to celebrate with friends and family.
It had been many years since I visited the Source of the Riwaka River, as a child I remembered that it was rather dark and gloomy. These light conditions were always going to be a little challenging for us, but that’s what we love about wedding photography.
This time, Josiah was Nathans bestman, Josiah kindly assisted me with holding my lights as we created these magical wedding photos.
With the lack of direct sunlight the temperature was rather cool, but not as cold as the water flowing from underneath the ground.
Chrissy jumped out of our car to capture these shots in motion.
Nathan and Katie chose their second location for their wedding photos at little Kaiterteri Beach, we had been here a few times lately, even one of the locals came up to me and asked if this was our home away from home. The trick was now to do something different and take advantage of these rather dramatic looking rocks.
The tide was coming in quickly so we all ended up jumping from rock to rock to avoid getting wet.
“Ok boys, climb up there”.
The girls thought that it was a good idea as well.
Chrissy certainly captured the moment when taking this photo.
As well as this one.
Next, we headed up the hill for an elevated view of Kaiteriteri Beach.
Isn’t this view amazing, how lucky we are to have such beauty at our back door.
Hot girls… hot cars…
The wedding reception was held at the Grand Mecure Nelson Monaco, first a short walk along High Street before joining the guests in the reception marque.
And maybe a last kiss for now. Nathan and Katie you guys are
awesome we had such a great time today and look forward to
seeing you both again some day. Hope you are having a fantastic
honeymoon in Thailand.
Daron and Chrissy.
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