Beautiful Spring wedding…
Dan and Devon’s wedding was officially held on the last day of winter and what a stunning day it turned out to be. They chose to resite their wedding vows in front of friends and family upon Kina Heights overlooking Nelson and the beautiful Tasman Bay.
Their love story started about 3 1/2 years ago when Devon was looking for a mechanic to repair her car, as it worked out, Dan was recommended to her by a friend. Not only did Devon get her car fixed, she came away with a new man in her life. After about a year their relationship went to another level, so off to Michael Hill Jeweller to buy engagement rings.
When we first met Dan he was very quiet, you can never judge a book by it’s cover though. On the wedding day, Dan was very excited that he was marrying the girl of his dreams. Often grooms can be a little shy in front of our cameras to start with, but not Dan, he was a dream to photograph – he was the ‘man’.
This young fella is Marshall, Dan’s son. This beautiful Greenstone necklace was given to him during the ceremony to forever remind him of this very special day.
This is one of those priceless moments as Dan’s grandfather is caught in a little daydream.
“Does anyone know how to tie a windsor knot?” was the question asked by the groom and groomsmen. Good old Google came to the rescue with a full list of instructions as well as a little help from a visitor.
Ties and jackets on, let’s go and have some fun taking photos…
Young Marshall is a real sweetheart, he found a sea shell, he was adamant that I should take it home, he also shared his chewing gum with me. Thanks Marshall, I felt very special.
Nothing like a few drinks to help ease the pre-ceremony nerves.
Devon’s parents, Peter & Debbie own a beautiful modern home overlooking the Riwaka plains. When we arrived there was such a happy buzz of excitement and I remember Devon saying, “It all seems real now that you guys have turned up”. When we arrived hair and makeup were finished, the bridesmaids were dressed and Devon’s dress was going on. She had to be one of the most organised brides ever, which was great as it allowed us lots of time for really beautiful photos before the ceremony.
This is such a special moment and each wedding I go to gets me thinking that one day this will be me putting the veil on one of our two daughters. I wonder how I will feel on this day? I know I’ll feel proud, happy and a little sad as well that my babies are all grown up and quite frankly I’ll probably be a blubbering mess. There’s a standing joke in my family because I’m a bit of s softie and I’ve been known to cry even watching Shortland Street (actually on a number of occasions, hehe). I’m always hearing awww mum… and 4 pairs of eyes are looking at me.
Grandma and dad relaxing and taking in all the girlieness.
Devon is super cute and really sweet to go along with it.
Dan’s aunty is Nan Hovendon who has put together some of the most amazing wedding bouquets for our brides over the years and we were delighted to finally meet her. Devon chose lemon and cream roses, perfect colours for Spring.
Mel and Jemma were great fun to be around and I was certainly loving those dresses, they looked so elegant and pretty and the flowers couldn’t have matched more perfectly.
Lots of laughs and happiness and it was nice to have three generations together (top right).
A shot through the stair railings.
We were just about to head away, while Daron was packing our camera gear into the car, I spotted this potential shot behind a sheer black curtain – nice!
The wedding ceremony was held on Kina heights not far from Mapua and we could not have asked for a better day. When we arrived we were greeted with a beautiful smile and hugs from one of the sweetest marriage celebrants you will ever meet, Diane Strong.
“Here she comes Dan”.
The ceremony venue was on top of a steep hill, we couldn’t see the wedding cars coming, but we could certainly hear them – great big thumping boys toys – wow, what an entrance.
I love the ‘first look’, certainly no words are needed here.
Devon was, to say the least, very happy to see her man.
We’ve been lucky enough to have a wedding at this location previously, I don’t think that there are better views anywhere. You can see right over to Nelson and to D’urville Island on a good day. Unfortunately, this section is for sale and this may be one of the last wedding ceremonies to be held here.
These two didn’t actually stop smiling all day and it become contagious for everybody.
Pouring of the sand symbolizes the joining of two people and two families coming together as one.
Special hugs for Marshall.
And Devon of course.
Dan and Devon are best mates, they enjoy doing everything together, hunting, fishing, drag racing and virtually everything outdoors. Just before they got married, this lovely young couple bought their own mechanical business – Baymec. So if you are looking to get your car repaired or need a Warrant of Fitness, give them a call.
Hot, hot, hot!
After the ceremony, we went for a stroll along Kina beach to capture some beautiful wedding photos.
“Catch of the day”.
How’s this for a great looking bunch of people!
The weekend before the wedding we met Dan & Devon to check out some options for their location photos. While we were walking along the beach we met this kind gentlemen that allowed us to come back and use these old wooden seats on his property.
Dan got to sit in the throne.
Friends forever – love this shot.
Now, this is one very hot Chrysler 300C.
I can’t believe how the evening mist came up so quickly?
Dan and Devon enjoy hunting, not that you would use this vintage Blunderbuss mind you.
We have photographed here before, it’s starting to look a little worse for wear, but perfect for rustic wedding photos.
Back out with the guns (please note that all care was taken during filming and no animals or bridal party members were accidentally shot).
Great to see a couple laugh so much together…
Marshall was enjoying every moment of this day.
A little more romance..
And of course some more laughter.
The wedding reception was held at the Mudcastle in Upper Moutere.
Dan’s speech was really funny, he did a great job at keeping everyone entertained.
The Mudcastle is an amazing wedding venue, it offers beauty, elegance and romance.
Dan and Devon, it was an absolute honor capturing your wedding day and a fabulous start to our wedding season. Keep the laughs coming, you’re going to have an amazing future together.
Daron and Chrissy X
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