Nelson Cathedral wedding
Scott and Vanessa’s dream wedding was magical, everything was so well planned down to the tiniest detail. For eight years Vanessa had been traveling back and forth from America to New Zealand working as a ski instructor. During one of her trips home to Nelson, she went to a party with her friend Emma (matron of honor) it was here that she met Scott.
Scott was rather taken back by this gorgeous young lady with her storys of travel and adventure. Foolishly, he didn’t ask for her phone number that night, so he decided to track her down through her sister’s facebook. This led to their first date and eventually a wedding proposal where Scott popped the question during a romantic picnic overlooking the Nelson harbour.
When Scott and Vanessa first enquired to whether Daron and I were available to photograph their special day, we were already booked for that date. Fortunately, they were able to change their wedding date to the following weekend with a little help from the lovely Shelley, who was at the time the events co-ordinator at the Nelson Monaco Resort. So here we are one year later and really excited about capturing all those magical moments as this day unfolds.
Arriving at Vanessa’s parents home, there was a very excited bride and bridesmaids preparing for the big day.
Vanessa is such an organised person. When we arrived she had everything laid out beautifully on the table; flowers, shoes, perfume, jewellery, gifts etc. There was even an extra bridesmaid dress for herself so we took a photo of all the girls wearing them. Such a gorgeous colour and style.
I love the moment when a bride puts on her dress. It’s the moment that it all becomes so real, a moment that often reduces parents to tears.
We’ve seen so many stunning wedding gowns this season, just one beautiful dress after another. I really look forward to seeing the bride wearing her dress on her wedding day.
So much thought goes into selecting the brides accessories and I love to photograph them.
Beautiful Peonies – lovely.
Mums are super special on your wedding day, Noelene we can see where Vanessa got her looks from!
Our brides often ask us to take some beautiful glamour shots during the early preparations, it is a time when a bride looks at her best.
For the groom’s pre-ceremony photos we arrived at the Nelson Cathedral a little earlier than usual. Scott was looking a little nervous, but it didn’t take long for him to loosen up.
The groomsmen were looking very dapper in their wedding suits from Barker’s Menswear.
We were very excited to be photographing in the Nelson Cathedral again, such an amazing church which lots of different angles to photograph from.
Vanessa arrived in style to her wedding in the awesome looking Excalibur.
It’s always great when a bride wears a long veil such as Vanessa’s, especially when photographing from above.
Check out the wee girls expression on the right – absolutely priceless. Perfect timing Daron!
The organist provided some beautiful music during the ceremony.
I’m sure I spotted a few tears as Vanessa’s parents listened to the vows they spoke to each other.
I wondered where Daron had gone, he went upstairs for a few more shots.
During the ceremony with Scott playing the piano and his father singing, they performed a hymn called “Your Love Overwhelms Me” by Everett Perry. It certainly made it all the more special.
The very happy newlyweds….
As the church bells rang loudly over Nelson, guests threw coloured rose petals over the bride and groom as they made their grand exit from the majestic Nelson Cathedral.
After the hugs, kisses and family shots we headed back inside the Cathedral for the start of the location photos.
We love creating magic in low light.
Or in this case candle light.
Daron’s photo is on the right, while I went up to where the organist plays and shot down at this delightful young couple.
Spectacular and this stunning wedding dress is just to die for – love love love it!
Vanessa wanted some iconic Nelson photos, so we spent some time around the Cathedral steps and the top of Trafalgar Street.
We certainly had a few on-lookers also taking photos, along with the odd toot from cars passing by.
Every girl feels like a princess on her wedding day, so we had to have the Cinderella shot, only this time she ran away with her Prince Charming.
It was another bright sunny day, with wedding photography timing is everything.
“Work it boys”.
A very happy group pf friends.
For the second part of our location photos, Scott and Vanessa had permission to use this private property. There were bridges and waterfalls, rustic chairs and beautiful big old trees, even a large pond. Oh, we were in photographers heaven.
These two didn’t take too much prompting for the kissing shots.
We found this old chair and moved it so we could see a reflection in the pond.
This is one of those candid shots I really love taking with my long lens, no Daron, you still can’t have it!
It was nice to be out of the hot sun and into the shade.
While the bridal party sat by the pond relaxing and enjoyed some food and a few drinks. Scott, Vanessa, Daron and I, had fun exploring these beautiful gardens.
A match made in heaven.
The reflections in the pond along with the rustic colours were just amazing.
While Daron photographed the guys and the Excalibur, the girls and I went out to play.
We walked through the trees and past the pond…
And came to this beautiful big old rock – wow, I love this picture.
It was now time to leave this beautiful place and head to the Monaco Resort for the wedding reception.
“Everyone stand for Mr and Mrs Shepard”.
During wedding receptions there are always lots of cool things to photograph. Along with beautiful Lisianthus flowers decorating every table there were delightful china teacups filled up with lollies (yum I love it when that happens).
Check the cake out!
With two cameras we are constantly scanning the reception for anyone that smiles.
Bruce, Vanessa’s father proudly welcomes Scott to his family.
And now it’s time for a little dirt?
In our opinion, Scott took the grooms speech award out, he virtually read the entire speech from this phone, at times there was complete silence as he scrolled through the pages, it was very very funny!
We had previously planned to leave the reception for a short time and take some photos in front of the Monaco Resort as the sun went down.
The light was just amazing to work with, along with a little help from Daron’s portable lighting.
I suggested that we walk across the road and create a little magic between the palm trees. I have had my eye on this spot for a while now.
Arriving back to the reception all the guests were in great spirits and ready to party.
Talk about the first dance, boy, did these two put on a show. Vanessa had a dress change and she was twirled around the dance floor like a real pro.
What a magic day thoroughly enjoyed by all. Scott and Vanessa you’re a match made in heaven, enjoy the start of your new lives together, there are many many more amazing adventures coming your way. Daron and Chrissy X
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