Brendan & Larissa married!

We have lost count of how many weddings we have photographed this summer, where the bride and groom live overseas and choose to get married in sunny Nelson. Brendan and Larissa live in Australia and they planned to hold their wedding ceremony at Brendan’s parents farm in Cable Bay.

Larissa along with her parents and bridesmaids, got ready in a house overlooking the Nelson Boulder Bank and Tasman Bay. When Daron and I arrived, we were welcomed in as if we were part of the family and of course we had to start with trying some of that yummy food. Tamara (Larissa’s mum) had put on quite a feast.

Shoes with a view and what a stunning day it was.

We love the buzz and excitement while everyone is getting ready for the big day.

There was certainly no shortage of camera’s clicking away.

Some precious mother daughter moments.

So how did this love story start? Brendan and Larissa met while working together in Wellington and feeling they wanted a new start and change of environment, decided to check out the opportunities in Brisbane in the land of Aus. It helped that Larissa’s brother already lived there and after staying with him for a while, they found jobs and a place of their own.

Exactly a year ago today, Brendan and Larissa were on holiday in Fiji. Brendan felt that this was the perfect opportunity to pop the question, so during their first night while sitting on the beach under a beautiful sunset, they became engaged. Not too long after, Daron and I were given the opportunity to photograph this beautiful wedding (thanks guys).

You make one stunning bride Larissa!

Talk about a bride being relaxed on her wedding day, Larissa was super cruisy all day long.

Out at Cable Bay the boys were in good form when we arrived and it was great to have a few laughs with them. A week before the wedding we met Brendan and Larissa out here at the farm, Brendan’s father remembered me from my old Telecom days about 20 odd years ago, such a small town is Nelson.

Looking very handsome there Brendan!

This very cool chair was made out of cement, now I wouldn’t mind one of those on our back deck!

This young fella looked pretty smashing, love the hat and bow tie.

Outdoor destination weddings have become very popular and April is such a nice time of the year to get married.

“She’s coming”.

This lovely young lady played some beautiful harp music for us all, nice to see someone so young with such amazing talent. I bet the cows enjoyed it too.

Little people always bring such cuteness to a wedding.

Mike made the grand entrance.

It was lovely having a rural setting for this heartfelt ceremony, I felt right at home, being a country girl myself.

Love is in the air.

Brendan planted a tree to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

“Start how you want to finish Larissa”.

Hugs, kisses and a few tears.

For the location shots we started with taking a few on the farm.

To get to this spot we all had to climb to the top of a nearby hill, the view was certainly worth the effort.

Being late in the afternoon the light was just perfect for stunning wedding photography.

Love the shadows and contours.

The bridal party jumped in the London Black Cabs and we headed to our second location on the rocks along the Nelson Boulder Bank. The light was dropping off quite quickly and we were hoping for a vibrant sunset!

Before we started taking some more photos the bridal party enjoyed a few drinks.

It was getting a little cooler and I think that the girls were feeling it, never the less, they kept smiling.

Even though the light is changing by the minute, Daron is always up for the challenge to create stunning sunset wedding photos.

Super cute couple!

Time to head to the reception at the Boathouse where some delicious food was being prepared and the evening’s entertainment about to begin.

Guests wait for the bride to arrive at Thew Boat House Nelson

This little one announced the arrival of the bridal party, soooo cute!

A very happy bride and groom made their grand entrance to a round of applause.

I always have a little chuckle to myself when I’m editing the reception shots. It’s great to be able to feel the emotion again through these pictures, the love, happiness, laughter and sometimes tears – so priceless to look back on!

The lights went down, the dancing began and a short while later Daron and I headed home in high spirits after another memorable wedding day. It’s always such an honour and a privilege to be doing a job we absolutely love with a passion.

Brendan and Larissa, we know you’re super excited to see your Storybook so enjoy! We wish you loads and loads of happiness in your future together.

Daron and Chrissy X


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