Mark & Leanne married!

Earlier this year on a glorious Nelson day, Mark and Leanne married on the lawn at Fairfield House. Nestled in seven acres of beautiful woodlands and gardens, it is one of Nelson’s most prestigious historic homes with great indoor and outdoor options. It was a lovely small intimate wedding with Mark’s family members and their friends travelling over from the UK and Auckland.

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Mark is from the UK and after travelling to Auckland to visit his brother, he never returned, deciding he wanted to live in New Zealand as well. I mean who can blame him, New Zealand is a pretty great place to live.  Leanne had also moved to Auckland to find a teaching job after living through the Christchurch earthquakes, the last big one being the final straw.

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It wasn’t until two years later that they met online and went on an ice cream date in Parnell. Recently separated, Mark spent most of the evening talking about his ex-partner, so they decided to be ‘just friends’. However, they had a mutual hobby in mountain biking so started spending time together with many trips away to Rotorua. Over time and getting to know each other, mutual feelings developed and after a few months they started dating.

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Their relationship blossomed and a couple of years later, Leanne was holidaying in her home town of Nelson where her parents live. Mark called one day saying she needed to come home as he had an important question to ask. Her response was she knew what the question would be, so no rush. He told her to go ring shopping but instead she had her great grandmother’s engagement ring remade by Glen James Jeweller, who then sent it to Mark.

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While walking around the Blue Lakes in Rotorua a few months later, Mark officially popped the question. They were both really nervous and Mark still thinks it’s funny that Leanne didn’t actually answer. She put the ring on though so that was as good as a ‘YES’.

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Mark and Leanne both love mountain biking and the ocean. After battling with the traffic and high expense of Auckland life, they decided to move to Nelson to be nearer to Leanne’s family and to be closer to the wonderful outdoor lifestyle Nelson has to offer

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Mark was a very happy man on his wedding day. Not only was he marrying his beautiful bride but he also got to spend time with his very best friend Steve, who had travelled all the way from England. They have known each other for 20 years and we enjoyed their easy banter during the morning preparations.

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Looking very sharp Mark!

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It was great to see these two reuniting and having fun just like old times. Who needs a frisbee when you have a straw hat!

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Someone has been watching the All Blacks – nice Haka Steve!

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This cool old 1947 Rover was waiting outside Leanne’s parents house ready to take her to the wedding venue. But first we had a job to do, capturing all the lovliness of the morning as the girls got ready.

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While Daron was capturing the action, I was in my element photographing all the pretty things. These gorgeous flowers came from Sarah at Willow Florist; the colours were stunning.

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You just can’t keep her off her mountain bike, even on her wedding day hehe.

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Bubbly anyone?

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Leanne’s romantic vintage style wedding dress was designed and created by Joanna Hehir Bridal; the lace overlay was just beautiful.

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Tessa and Holly went to Nelson College for Girls with Leanne and have remained firm friends ever since. They have all travelled and lived in different places but always make time to catch up and see each other, because that’s what best friends do.

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Precious moments with mum!

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Jazzy (Mark and Leanne’s baby) also got to dress up in a special blue ribbon. He’s a Jack Russell foxy cross but Leanne’s dad calls him a turbo terrier.

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Leanne looked so so lovely. Her veil was edged with beautiful lace and she wore a special necklace which her nana passed onto her when she was 10 years old.

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Gorgeous girls!

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Wedding time…

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When Mark and Leanne were looking at wedding venues, they fell in love with Fairfield House. It was perfect for them and ticked all the boxes with it’s garden, lawn and options for an indoor or outdoor reception, as well as a kitchen for self catering.

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Marks father passed away when he was younger but left Mark his watch and wedding band. He chose to have them on his wedding day so that a bit of his father was with him.

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I enjoy seeing loved ones looking on so proudly. It’s not very often that you get to have your family and friends all together for that one special occasion, especially when the majority live so far away.

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Here comes the bride…

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Mark loves that Leanne is a bit quirky and passionate about things she believes in. He also say’s she puts up with him – well most of the time.

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Mark is Leanne’s rock. He is understanding, supportive, kind and always takes really good care of her, going out of his way to make her happy. He is calm and chilled out and it’s a bonus that they have the same interests; fishing, mountain biking, tramping, climbing any anything else outdoorsy.

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Before we knew it, Nelson wedding celebrant Ron Schepers was pronouncing them husband and wife.

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For the location photos we drove not far down the road to the Nelson Cathedral. The old vintage car fit in just perfectly here.

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A man just can’t get a sunburnt head on his wedding day.

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Parasols are also great to keep the sun away.

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Steve is a bit of a character and provided us all with some great entertainment during the day.

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We love veils!

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Today was a GREAT day with their best friends.

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Oh look a swing tree…

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Before heading back to the reception, we drove to the Nelson boulder bank for some stunning photos by the water.

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Fairfield House in all its glory!

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This wonderful wedding cake was made by Linda from Cakes for all Occasions. It had two tiers of lemon and one of coffee with a white chocolate icing – mouth watering right now.

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It was a lovely evening and the reception was held outside in the courtyard of Fairfield House. Leanne and her mother Debbie had collected antique plates from second hand shops, antique shops and markets from all around New Zealand for this special occasion.

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Marks mother Muriel with the help of other family members, also helped out with lovely flowers adorning the tables. Everything looked lovely and vintagy; it was a fabulous setup.

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Marks brother in law, Jono, who travelled down from Auckland is a caterer and had organised all the food which I must say was to die for, we thoroughly enjoyed our meals.

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Any tidbits for me???

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And the speeches where there were many laughs and we just clicked away with our camera’s.

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Best day ever!

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Mark and Leanne, you are so beautiful together and today started the rest of your lives as a married couple. It was great getting to know you and we wish you all the very best for your future. And Mark, be careful on that mountain bike, we don’t want any more broken backs.

Chrissy & Daron x

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