Chris & Megan married at Fairfield House.

Today is the 1st of March 2014, this will always be a special day for Chris and Megan as it’s their wedding day. We previously had the pleasure of photographing Megan when she was the bridesmaid for Mike and Laura’s wedding a couple of years ago and it was great to see her again.

Pink rose for groom lapel

A few months after Chris and Megan confirmed our services we received a call from Laura, she was representing the bridesmaids and they wanted to give Megan a little surprise, we’ll tell you more about that soon….

Groom laughing with his groomsmen

Meet the groomsmen, Damien, Robert, Ben and the man of the day, Chris.

Groom getting dresed with his groomsmen

These guys were in high spirits and there were certainly plenty of laughs to go around.

Groomsmen walking and laughing

Groom wearing gray vest with white shirt

As we have previously mentioned on Storybook, it’s nice to see the groom and his groomsmen wearing gray opposed to black – looking good boys!

Groom and groomsmen wearing dark sun glasses

Beautiful rose wedding bouquet

So what was the surprise that the bridesmaids wanted to give to the bride? Their gift was to have Megan and themselves get ready at Melrose House. Where a bride and groom gets ready plays a big part in the style and look of their wedding photos, spaciousness and good light is the order.

Pink and yellow rose wedding bouquet

Absolutely stunning pink and yellow pastel coloured roses.

Bride having her makeup applied

Rachel once again did a beautiful job with the bride and bridesmaids makeup. We had the pleasure of photographing Josiah and Rachels wedding a few years ago so it was like a little reunion here today.

Bride and bridesmaides getting dressed in the ball room of Melrose House in Nelson

Bride and bridesmaids laugh while getting ready at Melrose House Nelson

This is such a nice time of the wedding day with all the girly things happening, so much fun.

Bridesmaide smiling at bride

For the bride, once the veil goes on and the ceremony time ticks closer and closer, her anticipation for what’s ahead is starting to cause those little butterflies.

Bride looks out the bay window in the ball room of Melrose House in Nelson

So how did these two lovebirds meet? Through mutual friends there were two early meetings that are especially memorable to Chris and Megan. The first time was at Whanganui Inlet in beautiful Golden bay and the second at Lake Rotoiti in St Arnaud. Not long after Rotoiti they started dating.

Bride holds her veil

Bride and bridesmaids in ball room of Melrose House in Nelson

From the left meet Laura, Kathleen, Megan and Hayley.

Bride in ball room of Melrose House Nelson


While photographing a few items displayed in the Parlour room of Melrose House, we had an idea, let’s have a tea party, well pretend to.

Bride and bridesmaids having tea party on the floor at Melrose House cafe

“Oh really ladies” (imagine that being said in a high society English accent).

“Tea, Kathleen”?

Bride holding her pink and yellow rose wedding bouquet

Megan looked a picture of beauty, she was practically glowing.

Wedding bouquet made up of yellow aqnd pink roses

Black and white wedding photo of veil over brides face

Groom with wedding car outside Fairfield House in Nelson

We didn’t have to travel very far to the ceremony venue at Fairfield House with two of Nelson’s historic homes being only a stones throw from each other.

Groom and groomsmen outside Nelson wedding venue Fairfield House

The boys arrived in style in this beautiful old 1930 Chrysler.

Wedding sign at Fairfield House in Nelson

Brides wedding car arrives for ceremony at Fairfield House Nelson

The girls arrived in this second 1930 Chrysler.

Bride and bridesmaids getting out of the wedding car at Fairfield House Nelson

Bride walking with her father from wedding car

Daron was photographing from above while I captured the moments on ground level.

Love heart made from flax

Flower girls wearing pretty purple dresses

Adorable – little ones always bring an element of cuteness to a wedding.

Bridesmaids wearing light coloured pink wedding dresses

Scene set, music playing, here we go.

Bride and her father smile as they walk up the isle at Fairfield House in Nelson

Happy bride and father smile at quests as they walk up the isle

Love it!

Bridal party and guests at wedding ceremony on lawn at Fairfield House in Nelson

Bridal party standing on upper level at Fairfield House Nelson

It was another stunning Nelson day with not a single cloud to be seen.

Bride and groom resite their wedding vows during ceremony at Nelson's Fairfield House

Groom resites his vows to his bride

Back to their love story:  Early on in their relationship, Megan travelled to Queenstown for the winter, while Chris stayed in Nelson. When Megan returned in Spring they picked up where they had left off.

Bride and groom stand above stone steps at Fairfield House

Bride and groom walk down isle at Fairfield House wedding venue in Nelson

After some time of being in a casual relationship, Chris and Megan went in seperate directions, Megan went to California and Chris moved to Queensland. They say that you can’t hold true love back, less than a year of being apart they were back together again.

Bride hugs bridesmaide

Guests congratulate bride and groom after wedding ceremony at Fairfield House Nelson

At the end of 2011 they left for Australia, at that time they were engaged and ready to begin their big OE. From Aussie they travelled to Japan, China, Russia, UK and Ireland followed by Europe, Peru, Bolivia and Chile before returning to (literally) their favourite city in the world, Nelson! Wow feeling a little envious right now, I think I have the travel itch.

Brides holds her husband after wedding ceremont at Fairfield House

After settling back in Nelson they began to plan their wedding day, so here we are capturing many many special moments with this lovely couple which I’m sure they will treasure forever.

Bride and groom smile at each other moments after getting married.

Chris and Megan have similar interests and enjoy the outdoors together with camping, mountain biking and snowboarding rather than big nights out at the clubs. Hmmm sounds a lot like Daron and I.

Bride and groom kiss outside Nelson's wedding venue Fairfield House

For a lot of these shots we place the bride and groom in a scene and let the moments happen naturally, funnily enough, there is always a lot of kissing going on.

The Queens Gardens in Nelson wedding photos

As I write this Storybook, Daron and I are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary today. When we started dating we were working together at M.S Ford, Daron as one of the Managers and myself as the Vehicle Administration Officer. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined back then that one day we would be in the romance business photographing weddings – funny how life takes you in unexpected directions.

Groom holds his bride during wedding photos at The Queens Gardens in Nelson

Chris and Megan chose to have their wedding location pictures at the Queens Gardens and along Rocks Road.

Bridal party enjoy a picnic at The Queens Gardens in Nelson

But first a planned break for a few nibbles and drinks.

Groom and groomsmen celebrate by drinking beer during wedding location photos

“Cheers boys”.

Bridal party taking selfy in the The Queens Gardesn in Nelson

Selfie time.

Brida party having fun during wedding location photos at Nelson's Queens Gardens

I won’t tell you what Daron said to get this reaction but it worked a treat.

Bride and groom walk along path in The Queens Gardens in Nelson

These two are sooo much in love!

Bride and groom standing on the bride at The Queens Gardens in Nelson

The Queens Gardens is such a stunning location for wedding photos.

Bridasl party walk as bride and groom kiss

Bride and groom kissing next to the fountain at The Queens Gardens in Nelson

For our next two weddings, we’re also coming to the Queens Gardens for location photos so it’s our challenge to make three weddings in a row different and unique to all of our couples, we’re rather big on that as you’ll see from our Storybooks. From this angle the light was just perfect and the fountain was working, hmmmmm, here’s something different we haven’t done before.

Creative wedding photos by Nelson Wedding Photography

Veil over the bride and groom next to fountain at The Queens Gardens Nelson

I don’t think that Chris and Megan had any idea on what we were capturing, they just did their own thing. When we showed them a few shots on the back of the camera, they were almost speechless.

The Queens Gardens Nelson wedding photos

Romantic wedding photos taken in The Queens Gardens in Nelson

Brides veil flys in the air as she kisses her groom

Bride and groom enjoy a romantic intimate wedding

Bride and groom hold hands while standing on rocks in front of Fifeshire Rock in Nelson

On bright sunny days, this look is created using portable lighting and not photoshop. To achieve this dramatic style of wedding photography we position the couple where they are best complimented with the surroundings.

Bride and groom kiss in rocks along Rocks Road in Nelson

Dramatic wedding photos taken by Nelson Wedding Photography along Rocks Road in Nelson

Megan is a keen sea swimmer (as you can tell by her amazing figure), so having pictures overlooking the bay where she swims was pretty cool.

Moody dramatic wedding photos taken along Rocks Road in Nelson

Creative and moody wedding photos by Nelson Wedding Photography

Chris and Megan you are such a lovely couple, we wish you both the very best with whatever direction life takes you in and happy travelling in the future.
Chrissy & Daron X


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