Married at the Monaco Resort Nelson

Richard and Melissa first laid eyes on each other at a bar in Christchurch. After talking for a while their hearts started beating a little faster, especially when they exchanged phone numbers. Richard was heading down South to start his new drilling job, it wasn’t until six weeks later when he was back in Christchurch that he took Melissa out on their first date.

Unfortunately, it didn’t start off as a whirlwind romance, but more of a long distance one. With Richard working down south and Melissa moving to Auckland to study for her occupational therapy degree, sometimes it was months before they would see each other. Eventually Richard finished his drilling job and followed Melissa north to restart his accounting degree. Now living in the same city, this was their first exposure to each other in a ‘normal’ type of relationship and things just went from strength to strength.

Deciding to have a destination wedding, Richard and Melissa chose to come to sunny Nelson. Getting married here also gave their friends and family a holiday as well. As soon as they saw the Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Resort, they new that it was the perfect place for them. They could stay there along with their guests and make it a one stop shop.

Richard along with his two brothers Andrew and William, as well as Melissa’s brother Simon, were just starting the dress process when we arrived. Simon had a little trouble doing his tie up, he had the others in hysterics when they saw the outcome.

So funny!

“Come on guys, that’s not very fair”.

Unfortunately, we had an unusual drop in temperature today (we’ll blame it on the deep South), the weather took a turn for the worse and with the cloud came rain, but not quite enough to keep us inside.

Nothing like a few beers to warm you up (not you Daron, you’re working).

Little Miss Rhea was seeing if it was still raining, it was.

Something blue, something borrowed and something new. This garter was worn by Melissa’s mother when she married her father, the pearls belonged to her great great grandmother (very special indeed), and with the help of her nana, Melissa made all the bouquets out of felt. I think I may have possibly overshot the pearls, don’t you?

Some of the special people in Melissa’s life; her two nephews, her sister and her two best friends.

Here she is the bride to be, looking drop dead gorgeous like I knew she would.

Oh, so cute!

Melissa’s father sadly passed away when she was a young child which meant Simon had two special roles today. As well as being one of Richard’s groomsmen, he also had the special honour of walking his sister down the isle.

Off to the bay window and then the Orangerie Restaurant we go. Melissa really wanted a few shots in the restaurant and I can’t say I blame her, with it’s elegant furniture and decor, it gives you a feeling of total luxury. We’ve had the pleasure of dining here on occasion and the food is pretty amazing as well – hmmm, Daron, I think we’re due for a dinner date?


While we were taking these shots Simon came in and asked us if we were going to head into the Village Hall as it was still raining and the ceremony was due to start in ten minutes, “ok, let’s all pray to the rain gods”.

We did and they listened. I’ll kid you not, the rain only just stopped as Melissa prepared to walk up the isle. I must say, I felt really thankful as I knew how important it was for her to get married on the Village Green. We all have a vision for our dream wedding day and today Melissa’s came true.

The guests had come prepared but thankfully they didn’t need their umbrella’s for long.

Camera’s out, ready to go!

Finally the moment everyone had been waiting for…

The accountant, the landscape architect and the lawyer – a handy group of guys to have around, you never know when you might need one of them.

Priceless moments…

So much gorgeous connection between these two, they had everyone smiling and love just filled the air.

Melissa’s nephew Giovanni looked very proud as he read out a Doctor Seuss reading.

The knots were tied and Valentino bought out the rings.

I do, I do, I do.

Richard and Melissa walked onto the Village Green as a couple and now they walk out as husband and wife.

Hugs and laughter just waiting for us to capture it all – we LOVE our job.


Still not raining, but not for long.

Nothing like a few selfies.

The two in the background were a little pre-occupied.

The girls had fun with their dresses.

Richard whispering sweet nothings, had Melissa rather amused.

Just as we were about to leave for our second photo location the rain started again, luckily we had arranged to use our favorite old house for photos as it meant we could work inside as well as outside.

The bridal party were all having a great time.

Now time for a little more romance.

Soon I get to design a beautiful photobook for these two lovebirds so they can treasure their memories forever. One of these shots in the loveheart window will be perfect for the first page, I can’t wait to get started.

There was quite a bit of neck nibbling going on today, followed by copious amounts of giggling – rather entertaining were these two.

I must say I was feeling a bit sorry for Melissa with the drastic change in temperature today, but she was a real trojan and didn’t complain of the cold at all.

And why would you complain when you have your husband to keep you warm.

Nice muscle car!

Looking very handsome boys.



Daron actually lay down on the wet ground at the back of Monaco to take a few shots, this was the reaction from the bridal party.

Melissa braved the elements once again for their much wanted shots at the beach, you only get to do this once.

Our evening ended with the cake cutting and off home we went with grins from ear to ear. Yet another very enjoyable wedding to add to this season and so many more to come. Richard and Melissa are heading to Africa later this year for their honeymoon. The first two weeks will be spent volunteering at an orphanage before they go on their safari. Have an amazing times guys, I’m sure it will be a life changing experience for you both.

Daron and Chrissy X

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