Mark & Jen married!
Like every wedding there is always a story to tell. Mark and Jen had been together for eight and a half years before they decided to tie the knott. When they first met, Jen was only 16 years old and was working after school at BP in their home town of Blenheim.
Mark had taken a shine to Jen when he spotted her while cruising around with his best friend Lyndon. When Mark first saw Jen he knew that she was the one, most nights he would turn up at the gas station to see her…
One night Jen’s car got green stickered and she was stuck in town, this was the perfect opportunity for Mark to spend some time with her. Lyndon (pictured far left) was with them and knowing Mark as well as he did, knew he was going to need a wee ‘push’ in getting things started between these two… so he left to get breakfast and told them in no uncertain terms that things better be official by the time he was back. Nice one Lyndon!
And now on this special day, Mark was here with his best friends.
The night before the wedding the girls stayed at Warrick House in Nelson.
When we arrived everyone seemed to be very relaxed even though Jen’s makeup artist had called in sick and that’s something that you don’t want to hear on your wedding day. But thankfully, to the rescue came one of her friends. Angela had dropped everything at a moments notice and had driven all the way from Blenheim. What a wonderful job she did with Jen’s makeup (phew).
Jen’s mother, father and sister were also present as the girls got ready. Jen’s mother avoided me like I must have had the black plague, as she hates having her photo taken. That’s alright, I told her later that she wasn’t as tough as she made out to be (haha).
Dad watches quietly in the background.
Jen looked absolutely stunning.
And so did the bridesmaids – beautiful!
At Warrick House there is a small turret room, just perfect for a few glamour shots.
I must admit we had to move a bit of furniture around, well worth it though.
Time to go…
The Excalibur is such a cool car, Mark and Jen wanted this beauty as their wedding car the minute they decided to get married here.
Jen had wanted to get married in the Nelson Cathedral ever since she was a little girl. One day, her older sister told her that she couldn’t get married there as she wasn’t the right religion- Jen’s dreams were crushed!
Twelve months ago Jen learn’t that she could in fact be married in the Nelson Cathedral. After hearing that great news, there was no other place to consider. All their family and friends travelled over from Blenheim to share this special day with them.
Hello Mr & Mrs Armstrong!
The brooch in Jen’s hair was her late nana’s, so it has special meaning, as is each other item of jewellery she was wearing on the day. A lot of it was actually made by her poppa who unfortunately couldn’t join them on the day.
Mark looked very handsome indeed.
This is the first time that we have photographed a wedding in the Nelson Cathedral. This summer, there are only four weddings held in the Cathedral and we are photographing three of them, can’t wait to come back.
Once the ceremony was over the lights in the Cathedral were turned off and it became quite dark to photograph in. To get beautiful wedding photos we just had to look for nice natural light.
Loving the black and white.
The bridal party had already left for our second location at the Queens Gardens, before we joined them we took a few more shots from outside of the Cathedral.
After arriving at The Queens Gardens, Mark and Jen joined the bridal party and enjoyed a few snacks, a glass of bubbly and time to relax before more photos.
I spotted Jen’s reflection in Mark’s sunglasses – different.
The Queens Gardens is such a beautiful place this time of the year.
“The bouquets really suit you boys”.
Now, I can’t say what was said to get the guys laughing so much, but believe me, it had us all in hysterics for some time.
Some fun with the bridal party…
Thank you Mark and Jen, we had a fantastic day with you both and your awesome bridal party. We have many more hundreds of beautiful wedding pictures for you to enjoy and Chrissy is excited about designing an amazing photobook for you to treasure. All the best, Daron and Chrissy.
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