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.
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….
Meet the groomsmen, Damien, Robert, Ben and the man of the day, Chris.
These guys were in high spirits and there were certainly plenty of laughs to go around.
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!
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.
Absolutely stunning pink and yellow pastel coloured roses.
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.
This is such a nice time of the wedding day with all the girly things happening, so much fun.
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.
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.
From the left meet Laura, Kathleen, Megan and Hayley.
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.
“Oh really ladies” (imagine that being said in a high society English accent).
Megan looked a picture of beauty, she was practically glowing.
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.
The boys arrived in style in this beautiful old 1930 Chrysler.
The girls arrived in this second 1930 Chrysler.
Daron was photographing from above while I captured the moments on ground level.
Adorable – little ones always bring an element of cuteness to a wedding.
Scene set, music playing, here we go.
It was another stunning Nelson day with not a single cloud to be seen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris and Megan chose to have their wedding location pictures at the Queens Gardens and along Rocks Road.
But first a planned break for a few nibbles and drinks.
I won’t tell you what Daron said to get this reaction but it worked a treat.
These two are sooo much in love!
The Queens Gardens is such a stunning location for wedding photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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