Chris & Kara married at St Michaels Church
At the end of 2006, Kara and her friend Bren (head bridesmaid), left for the UK for their big overseas adventure. Basing themselves in London, they traveled to Europe from there. Bren’s visa only lasted for two years, so after Bren left the UK, Kara stayed on under an ancestry visa.
It would be a few years later that Kara would meet Chris, story to be continued….
We met with Chris and Kara for the first time two days before their special day. It is certainly not an easy job organising a wedding from abroad. The night before the wedding, Chris and Kara along with friends and family were extremely busy organising the last minute bits and pieces. They didn’t get to bed until well after midnight.
On the morning of the wedding we met up with Chris along with his father and groomsmen at the Wheelhouse on the Port Hills. We were certainly impressed with their traditional English wedding attire, they all looked extremely handsome and were just a great bunch of guys to photograph and have a few laughs with.
Chris’s parents Brian and Carolyn traveled out from the UK to enjoy the wedding and to have a look around New Zealand while they were here. They had already met Kara’s parents, Colin and Christine, in London previously, but they hadn’t yet met the rest of the family.
Meet the boys – Constantine (starkey), Matthew (Ozzie), Chris (groom), Brian (father) and Nick. Now Daron thought that these guys were a good bunch of blokes, especially after he found out that they loved rugby. From that point on he mentioned (rubbed in) the fact that the All Blacks where the World Champions! Hope that you weren’t showing off too much Daron, next year the Rugby World Cup will be on their turf.
The love story between the handsome English guy and the pretty kiwi girl started in June of 2010. They met in Canary Wharf in London at a combined birthday/work leaving party. As it worked out, Kara knew the birthday boy and Chris knew the guy leaving his work. Strangely enough Chris and Kara found out that they had previously worked in the same bank, possibly even on the same floor, but they just hadn’t meet each other. It’s funny how fate works things out anyway.
So what do these guys do for a job?
Chris is a banker and what we heard during the reception speeches, he’s a very good one. Kara also works in the banking industry as an executive assistant. They now work in separate banks.
The bride and bridesmaids got dressed at Kara’s parents house in Stoke. Kara had previously warned us that she didn’t really like having her photo taken. I Don’t know why, she looked absolutely gorgeous on her wedding day.
Karen from Artistic Beauty finishing off the final touches.
“Now time for the pressies girls”.
As you can see from the reactions, the girls were rather delighted with their gifts.
As usual, lots of pretty things for us to photograph.
Kara received a special gift from Chris which would be saved to wear another day.
There are a number of things that can really enhance beautiful wedding photos, one of them is vibrant bouquets.
Meet the girls, Laura, Denni, Kara and Brenda.
You have probably already guessed by reading the sign where Chris and Kara got married.
And here they come in vintage style, mum, bridesmaids and the bride. This is a classic old Cadillac which came from the Motueka Museum – very awesome.
We have had the pleasure of photographing weddings at St Michaels Anglican Church before. It’s such a beautiful setting and we were delighted to be back here once again.
Love the rustic look.
And they sealed it with a kiss.
Welcome Mr & Mrs Wiseman.
Special times with friends and family.
The day before the wedding Daron and I went for a little drive, we were concerned that the forecasted storm would rain on our parade. The sand at Rabbit Island beach was very wet so that wasn’t really an option. At the southern end of Rabbit Island is a place that we sometimes take our little dog for a walk, it was perfect for taking wedding photos today.
The wedding reception was held at The Playhouse Cafe and Theatre Restaurant. Most of the guests were travelling from the Church to the Playhouse in this big red double decker bus. Firstly, the driver had to take a wee detour and drop off the bridal party, returning to pick them up a little later after the location shots.
This place worked out a treat, but we were ever mindful that those dramatic looking rain clouds were moving our way really fast and along with that the temperature was dropping just as quick.
So how did Chris propose?
It was a rainy Sunday on 12th of May 2013 and Chris and Kara were floating down the river Thames in their hired boat. Armed with a bottle of Vodka & Coke and a little picnic, they were just cruising around when Chris popped the big question. It turned out to be a boat trip they will never forget.
I know I’ve said this a million times before but “WE LOVE VEILS”.
While the newlyweds were looking at Daron, I took a selection of shots from a totally different angle. Two photographers are so much better than one.
We asked Chris what he loves about Kara?
“I love a lot of things about Kara, but the things that I love mostly is her one in a million sense of humour as well as her very caring big hearted nature. She loves her family and friends and is so supportive of them, plus she is really hot”.
We asked Kara what she loves about Chris?
“I love the way Chris would protect me without question along with his fun loving personality. Chris really values family and friends to no end”.
What do you like doing together?
“We both love our sport playing & supporting. We have loved playing hockey for most of our lives and we come from big hockey families. We like a good party, but we also enjoy each others company on our own as well”.
The entire bridal party travelled a long way to be here today. Chris and Kara from London, Bren from Perth and Denni, Laura, Starky, Nick and Ozzie all from London. Some of the English based bridal members were only in New Zealand for a few days before they returned to London. Such amazing friends to have travelled all this way.
Ozzie (Matt) was surprised that the bridal party where also staying for the location photos, he said that in the UK it is mostly the bride and groom that get photographed at this time. I think that he was more concerned that they didn’t have any beer. We couldn’t have the bridal party just standing around – let’s dance.
It still wasn’t raining, but it wasn’t far away.
As it started to drizzle, the bridal party jumped in the bus and we quickly headed to the vineyard for a few shots.
Having a few vineyard wedding photos was really impotant to Kara, “hold of rain, we won’t be long”.
Seriously, it started to rain right at the end of the shoot – there is a rain god after all.
Back at the Playhouse Cafe and Theatre Restaurant, the guests were armed and waiting!
As you can see the speeches were a lot of fun and the laughter was non stop.
Chris and Kara, what are the highlights from your wedding day?
“Having so much fun the whole day and night. Even though we could not get a lot of family and friends over from the UK, we were so happy that those who came enjoyed themselves so much. It was great to see that our two sets of family and friends got to know each other, that’s all we could have wished for”.
Good times with your best mates…
The guests were mingling and having a great time and Daron and I were having just as much fun capturing it all.
Chris and Kara it was an absolute pleasure photographing your wedding day. When you are back in Nelson let’s catch up over a drink or two.
Chrissy & Daron X
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