Drylands Marlborough wedding…
Dan and Hayley first met in a local bar close to where they both lived. They hit it off straight away and after a few months they moved in together. Dan is a southern man (from Invercargill) and Hayley is a city girl (from Wellington). Their friends often joke about how opposites really do attract – Dan’s a pilot and Hayley hates flying!
Dan proposed to Hayley at his family home in Invercargill. It was something that Dan had planned on doing for some time and the only person that he had told was his father. Dan’s dad was over the moon and when he heard the news he quickly went out and told lots of people and in doing so very nearly mentioned it to Hayley. Sadly, Dan’s father passed away suddenly and it was during the time after the funeral when all the family were together that Dan felt that it was the right time to pop the question.
Dan’s flying career saw them move to Blenheim for a year. The Marlborough region is such a beautiful place to get married, so they set the date.
Last winter, Hayley phoned us to see if would be available to photograph her wedding at Drylands in Marlborough as she loved our style. And this is where we come in.
Both the bridesmaids and groomsmen got ready at one of Blenheim’s popular wedding venues the Marlborough Vintners Hotel.
Now you must admit, Dan certainly does look like a pilot.
The Marlborough region is spoilt with so many talented wedding suppliers. Hayley’s bouquet was provided by Nina from Pink Poppie and all of the stationary was designed by Leanne from Vanilla Hayes.
Yes, they are all pilots, can’t you tell.
These two little sweethearts are Hayley’s flowergirls and the daughters of one of her bridesmaids.
Hayley’s elegant wedding dress was designed and made by Bernadette Thomas also from Blenheim. She is an amazing designer and has been well known in the wedding industry for many years.
The early preparations are such a lovely and also important part of the day, there is always a little anticipation for what’s to come and that slightly nervous feeling knowing all eyes will be upon you.
The final touches for Hayley’s proud father.
The bridesmaids wore the perfect colours, matching nicely with the green of the vineyard.
I really like this shot that Chrissy took.
Their Catholic wedding ceremony was held on the front lawn at Drylands Marlborough.
Pictured top right is Hayley’s mum and step father, they both own a very successful photography business in Wellington and chose to enjoy this day instead of being behind the camera.
We finally had a cloudy day, that sure makes our job a little easier with not so much squinting and deep shadows around eyes.
Some Catholic wedding ceremonies can be a little serious, but not this one, there were plenty of laughs to be had by all.
The custom of throwing flower petals over the bride and groom originated with the ancient Assyrians, Hebrews, and Egyptians as a symbol of fertility and good wishes for a bountiful life.
Just after the hugs and kisses the guests were in for a treat, unbeknown to them there was going to be a flyby. The guests knew that something was happening, but they didn’t know what, Dan and Hayley were standing out on the lawn waiting and there was virtually silence. For about ten minutes I felt most of the guests eyes looking at me, I’m sure that they were thinking why are they just standing there, aren’t they meant to take the family photos?
The roar of the Nangchang soon gave the show away.
The pilot (Mark) happened to be the MC at Alice and Kerry’s wedding that we recently photographed.
We thought that he was going to just do a quick flyby, but instead he stayed around for a while and really put a show on for us all.
Time for the group and family photos.
For the first of the location photos we went to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. My parents used to live towards the bottom of Parkers Road in Tahunanui right at the end of the Nelson airstrip. As a young boy, I remember watching these old Bristol Freighters slowly rise above our house, the sound of their engines was at times rather nerve racking.
Now, it’s not every day that you get to photograph a beautiful bride and a biplane.
And a groom of course.
This was copied from Dan and Hayley’s wedding invite.
He was out with his mates enjoying a Speight’s when a city girl caught his eye after a drink…maybe three. It was quite clear to see this was a pair destined to fly, they say opposites attract and clearly, that’s fact. When you look at Hayley and Dan but rather than make a thing of it Dan put a ring on it, not bad for a true Southern Man!
So festivities are due and we’d love it if you could join us to share the occasions of Hayley and Dan (the city girl and Southern man) celebrating their recent engagement.
While we were taking some shots, the Nangchang took off from the runway right next to us, this was unplanned and he took off fast, “did you get it?” Dan yelled out, “Sure did”.
Again to our surprise, we were treated with more photo opportunities as the Nangchang parked up beside us.
A short distance from Drylands Marlborough is a gravel road lined with large popular trees. Hayley’s mum had spotted this location awhile back – thanks Helen.
Whenever we say, “pinch the nearest bum”, the girls always do but the guys don’t, It’s always good for a laugh.
Hayley put on the moves…
Love this shot!
Great times with your best friends.
The bridal party went back to mingle with the guests at Drylands Restaurant while we continued having fun.
Knowing that their bridal party weren’t watching, yelling out and whistling (not that they were), Hayley and Dan put on a little of that romantic stuff.
Back at Drylands Marlborough for the wedding reception where everything looked amazing.
Yum, we love lolly tables and so do our kids, especially when the bride and groom tell us to take some home for them.
Cutting of the cake and cuteness and I don’t mean you Dan.
It was certainly nice to have been given the opportunity to photograph a wedding in the beautiful Marlborough region and we’re excited about heading back there next wedding season. Dan & Hayley we hope your love flys high.
Daron & Chrissy X
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