Sunrise to sunset
A perfect winter day’s wedding…
Graham and Carina enjoyed their first date at The Honest Lawyer Hotel. Very quickly their friendship turned to love. Twelve months later they were back here again, this time to get married!
Graham and Carina chose to recite their wedding vows to each other as the sun rose. When we arrived at The Honest Lawyer it was still dark, thankfully their wasn’t a single cloud in the sky, especially after having had two weeks of bad weather.
With braziers burning, fairy lights sparkling and the sun about to rise, the scene was set for a beautiful, magical wedding ceremony.
Not to mention that the braziers helped to keep our hands warm also.
Carina was really excited, what an amazing feeling it must have been to wake up and know that you will be marrying your best friend and all before breakfast.
While Carina was getting dressed in the Rose Cottage, Graham and his guests kept warm inside the Honest Lawyer, with the exception of coming outside for this photo.
The breakfast/reception was held in the Banquet Room at The Honest Lawyer, where the wedding theme was based on “light”. Beautiful candles glowed throughout the room creating a lovely ambience.
The guests arrived all rugged up in scarfs and hats, ready to enjoy the celebrations and festivities.
As the sun rose in the sky, the beautiful bride slowly walked in, framed by a halo of golden light.
As the frost settled the grass turned from green to a thin layer of white.
This very intimate ceremony was officiated by Nelson Marriage Celebrant Rachael Schepers. Graham and Carina personally wrote their own vows, I’m sure that all the guests were touched by their words, Daron and I certainly were.
The start of a new day and a new life together.
Carina has three precious daughters who were a big part of the day’s celebrations, they were also exceptionally good speakers – Carina must have been the proudest mother on earth.
Everything about this early morning winter wedding was just beautiful.
The last 6 months must have been a lot of fun for Carina and her daughters. They each got to choose their own tiaras and jewellery and also put their own bouquets together, awesome girly time, I’d say.
Daron and I were asked to join the guests and enjoy a tasty buffet breakfast put on by the staff at the Honest Lawyer. Everything looked gorgeous in the sparkling candlelight (not to mention the chocolate malteses which I feasted on after my breakfast).
The guests were given a questionnaire to fill out, some of the comments were really funny and a lot of fun was had writing them.
There were even more laughs at the bridal table as they read them.
Mmmm, two delicious cakes which topped off our breakfast nicely.
With the breakfast festivities over, we jumped on a bus together with the bridal party and some of the guests and headed to Rabbit Island. It was important for Carina and Graham to have trees and the ocean featured in their wedding location photos.
The sun’s rays shone between the tree tops, lighting up Carina’s veil beautifully.
Bridal parties wearing black have been really popular over the last two wedding seasons.
We didn’t want the bridal party to get too relaxed, “ok guys, skip”.
Such a beautiful thing when two families become one.
Trees are really important to Carina so before the wedding day, Daron and I checked out the lighting and found some great areas to work in.
We came across this awesome tunnel of trees with had just enough
light shining through to create an awesome effect.
I love this picture, it’s like a fairytale with the Princess Bride walking through the forest. Carina even loves trees so much that she had one embroidered into the bodice of her dress, how cool is that.
This image and the one below are taken at the same time. Daron and I can photograph the same shot but get entirely different looks from using different lenses and having different perspectives. This is my shot…
and this is Daron’s.
A stroll through the pine trees before we head for the beach.
Such a nice looking family.
I suggested to Daron earlier in the day that as well as capturing the light at sunrise, wouldn’t it be wonderful to capture the sunset as well. While I had to go home to our children, Daron, Graham and Carina met at Monaco to capture these amazing shots, awesome work hubby.
Just stunning when the sun sets and the light changes colour from minute to minute.
Dancing at sunset.
The perfect ending to a perfect day, sunrise to sunset!
Providing a total visual experience
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