Beautiful Motueka Wedding….
Most of us have our own love stories. Some are short, others are long. Some are yet unspoken, while others are just getting to the good part. There are chapters in all of our stories but Josh and Nicole’s is living proof that when the right person comes along, you can trust your instincts to dig deeper and find out what makes them the person they are.
Josh and Nicole both lived in the country and went to Rangiora High School, but for five years their paths never crossed. They eventually met at a car event then at a flat party. As time went on they became close friends, and spent many late nights walking at Waikuku Beach talking about everything.
Sparks ignited and they proved they have what it takes to get on with life. They have had many adventures together including living in Wellington for a while and travelling to 10 countries in 10 days. Now back in Christchurch, they have purchased a home, gained a degree and discovered that side by side they enjoy life and a relationship of fun and honesty.
Both motivated and focused on enjoying life, they get out and make the most of every opportunity. Appreciating good health, they take each day as it comes with a quiet strength and vision for their future including paying off their mortgage, creating a preschool and welcoming little Smiths into the world.
Motueka has always been a special place for Nicole and with her mother growing up here, she has been coming here since she was born. She was excited when she bought Josh here for the first time and he also fell in love with the quietness and natural beauty of the area. It was also here that Josh proposed at the beach by the Janie Seddon shipwreck one late winter evening.
Josh and Nicole chose to marry on the property which her grandparents bought 53 years ago. Now just private property, some of you may remember it as Jacaranda Park. It is still a wee paradise and was the perfect place for their rustic and relaxed wedding ceremony to celebrate the next adventure in their lives.
Lots of excitement, happiness and hugs during the wedding preparations.
Hair and makeup by Jacque and Amy from Rev Hair and Beauty in Motueka.
This gorgeous little flowergirl is Lilia, the daughter of one of Nicole’s work colleagues. She is usually super shy but she was amazing the whole day and even managed to stay up the front during the entire ceremony.
A smile is worth a thousand words!
Wow, simply stunning Nicole!
And the prettiness just keeps on coming.
Completely in love with Nicole’s fabulous dress, especially the lace covered bodice and the bouquet of soft pastel roses by Lisa at Motueka Floral Studio, just topped it off perfectly.
Nicole and bridesmaid Amy have been lucky enough to have have remained best friends since they started school together at the age of five. Nicole’s mint green bridesmaid dress blended in superbly with the garden themed wedding.
Playful pooch Humphery was all ready to be a part of the family photo and was dressed for the occasion with his little blue bowtie – too cute.
Josh and bestman Kyle looking super smart for the big day!
There’s always time for a few family antics to break the nerves on the day.
Josh could have walked straight out of a magazine in this shot!
With the sun shining down on this lovely Spring day, Nicole walked up the isle on the arm of her father to ‘How long will I love you’ by Ellie Goulding. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.
For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.
Promising to take care of each other’s hearts, and never taking their love for granted, Josh and Nicole became Mr and Mrs Smith in front of their family and friends.
Sometimes the best man’s back is perfect as a signing table.
And there were hugs galore!
Everybody was treated to a piece of delicious wedding cake from the Sugar Baby Cakery in Christchurch – it was just devine.
We spent a little time on the property enjoying the beautiful trees with such lovely soft light coming through.
Great group of people to hang out with for the day.
As well as romance, there was a lot of fun and laughter…
Picture perfect girls!
We were so lucky to have two stunning locations to work in today. Nicole’s great aunt and uncle also let us use their property for photos and we enjoyed every moment spent here exploring with great delight.
We even had ducks!
Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Two photographers, two perspectives and a lovely couple that gave us so many beautiful moments to capture.
Love one another….love is your river of life — your eternal source of recreating yourselves. Above all else, love one another.
Thank you Josh and Nicole for the pleasure of being your chosen wedding photographers. Enjoy your Storybook with family and friends and we wish you both happiness and many more adventures to look forward to.
Chrissy & Daron
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