Melrose House wedding…
Craig and Lesley first met while both working in the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department. Craig was a nurse and Lesley having just finished University, was working on reception while figuring out what she wanted to do with her life.
They got together during a night out with workmates, but Lesley & Craig kept their relationship very quiet for a long time as they were nervous about dating workmates. Lesley left ED for another job about five months later and things progressed from there.
After being together for six months, Craig and Lesley went skydiving in Nelson one Labour weekend and they both loved it here. Little did they know at the time, that one day they would return to get married.
In 2011 Craig and Lesley went on an eight week OE. Their family were convinced that they would return engaged, but not to be. Then one day a couple of months after their return to NZ, Craig woke up from working nightshift and he started discussing the future. As part of the discussion they considered moving to Auckland for job opportunities and then completely out of the blue Craig proposed to Lesley. It wasn’t planned nor did Craig have a ring. They joked that there was a possibility that Craig didn’t know what he was doing, because he hadn’t had much sleep, but of course Lesley said “yes”.
They chose Nelson because they couldn’t picture getting married anywhere in Wellington and Lesley had always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, not to mention the unpredictability of the Wellington weather. So Nelson it was and because they wanted to make their wedding a long weekend for their guests, they chose a Friday. Lesley later told us that there were a few sore heads after the wedding reception at the Nelson Yacht Club, so having an extra day in Nelson to recover was a good thing.
Our morning started with Daron and I heading out to Ruby Bay in Mapua. Lesley’s grandfather lives here right on the beach and this is where she got ready with her bridesmaids. Oh what I would give to live right on the beach, it gives you that feeling of being on holiday.
Craig and Lesley decided that they would meet before their ceremony and have some of their location photos beforehand, that way they wouldn’t be away from their guests too long.
Right on time we meet up with Craig and his groomsmen, we walked to the end of the street and along the beach front where Lesley was waiting. Craig looked so happy to see his beautiful bride for the first time wearing her elegant wedding dress.
Craig is the sweetest guy with the loveliest smile, I can understand why he is such an exceptionally good nurse.
They were both very excited about getting married in a couple of hours and it showed.
Another perfect summers day.
After a few shots at Mapua, the bridal party jumped in The London Black Cab and we headed for the pine trees at Rabbit Island.
A few drinks and a little dancing was called for.
The colours all looked amazing and I really liked the guys shoes.
Well, see this look on Craig’s face? it stayed there all day and right through the wedding reception.
Actually, so did Lesley’s, it was a pleasure to photograph such a happy and loving couple.
Craig looked the part in his traditional Scottish Kilt.
Often couples don’t really know what to do in front of the camera, but not these guys. Today was a celebration of their love for one another and they made the most of every moment.
Love this shot, there’s something really cute about it!
After the location photos the guys went straight to Melrose House while the girls had a little freshen up at the Nelson Yacht Club. Nelson Wedding Celebrant, Diane Strong, felt that Craig could do with a little tidy up before his bride arrived, she’s such a sweety.
The fact that we had all been together a short while ago, did not in any way change how Craig and Lesley felt when they first saw each other at the start of the ceremony.
Once again Diane officiated a touching yet humorous ceremony.
Craig’s mum also read out some beautiful words.
Craig told Lesley that the first time he saw her, with the sparkle in her eyes and wonderful smile, he knew that he wanted to be with her. That her love of life was infectious and she made him a better man (no wonder she had tears in her eyes, oh my goodness so did I).
Melrose House is a beautiful wedding venue, we have photographed a number of weddings here over the past few years.
Now for the official paper work.
Part two of the location photos – Rocks Road.
This is one of the reasons that Craig and Lesley wanted to get married here, they just love the scenery that Nelson has to offer, especially on Rocks Road.
Nelson’s iconic symbol, Fifeshire Rock in the back ground.
The wedding reception was held at the Nelson Yacht club along the water front, such glorious views for the guests to enjoy.
There was certainly a lot of fun personalities amongst this lot.
You guys should get into some acting!
When the speeches started, so did the non stop laughing.
Not to mention that the secret (don’t tell anyone) stories also came out.
Now, guys, you sure must have had some serious dance lessons, you both were outstanding!
Lesley and Craig, today has been amazing and we feel privileged to have been a part of it. Thank you for coming to Nelson to get married and we will certainly catch up with you both next time you’re in town, you should book in your anniversary here?
Daron & Chrissy X
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