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.

Bride having her makeup applied

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.

Red wedding bouquet

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.

Designer wedding rings

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”.
Bridesmaids watch as the bride has her veil fitted

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.

Bride smiles with her veil over her face

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.

Glamour black and white photos of the bride

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.

Groom amd groomsmen wearing Scottish kilts

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.

Groom see's his bride for the first time on the day

Craig is the sweetest guy with the loveliest smile, I can understand why he is such an exceptionally good nurse.

Bride and groom on the beah at Mapua near Nelson

They were both very excited about getting married in a couple of hours and it showed.

Bride and groom kiss on the rocks at Mapua near Nelson

Another perfect summers day.

Brides relection in The Black Cab

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.

Groom and groomsmen stand next to Pine trees at Rabbit Island

Well, see this look on Craig’s face? it stayed there all day and right through the wedding reception.

Bridesmaids wearing red dresses

Actually, so did Lesley’s, it was a pleasure to photograph such a happy and loving couple.

Groom wearing a Scottish kilt for his wedding

Craig looked the part in his traditional Scottish Kilt.

Bride and groom laugh in trees

Bride and groom hug before their wedding ceremony

Bride and groom kjiss amoungst pine trees

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.

Bride and groom ride in The Black Cab

Love this shot, there’s something really cute about it!

Marriage celebrant Diane Strong helps the groom

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.

Bride arrives at Melrose House in The Black Cab

Bride walks down the isle at Melrose House and Cafe

Groom smiles as he watches his bride walk up the isle

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.

Bridal party stand on the lawn in front of Melrose House in Nelson

Once again Diane officiated a touching yet humorous ceremony.

Grooms mother reads during wedding ceremony

Craig’s mum also read out some beautiful words.

Bride and groom resite their wedding vows to each other

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).

Wedding ceremony on the lawn in front of Nelson wedding venue Melrose House

Melrose House is a beautiful wedding venue, we have photographed a number of weddings here over the past few years.

Bride and groom sign the register

Now for the official paper work.

Guests hug the bridev and groom

Famoly and friends congratulate the bride and groom

Group photo in front of Melrose House


Bridal party talk while having their photos taken by Nelson Wedding Photography

Part two of the location photos – Rocks Road.

Group bridal party on Tahunanui Beach Nelson

Bridal party walk along Tahunanui Beach by Fifeshire Rock in Nelson

Bride and groom kiss while standing on Rocks along 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.

Wedding location photos taken along Rocks Road in Nelson

Bride and groom in front of Fifeshire Rock in Nelson

Nelson’s iconic symbol, Fifeshire Rock in the back ground.

Wedding reception at the Nelson Yachy Club

The wedding reception was held at the Nelson Yacht club along the water front, such glorious views for the guests to enjoy.

Bridal party have fun during their wedding reception in the Nelson Yacht Club

There was certainly a lot of fun personalities amongst this lot.

Bride and groom wearing face marsks

You guys should get into some acting!


Groom and groomsmen drink wine at wedding ceremony

Cutting of the cake at Nelson Yacht Club wedding reception


Bride and groom laugh during speeches

When the speeches started, so did the non stop laughing.

Not to mention that the secret (don’t tell anyone) stories also came out.

Bride and grooms first dance

Now, guys, you sure must have had some serious dance lessons, you both were outstanding!

Proud moments…

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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