Rob & Jess married!
“I love you Jess – please say yes”, this was written on a large sign Rob erected at Tahunanui Beach when he asked Jess to marry him, a year on and it’s now their special day.
At The Mudcastle wedding venue, the guys got dressed in the Gold Turret Room. Boy, did the groomsmen sure give the groom a hard time – it was so funny, even Daron got in on the banter.
Rob was put to work.
Robs cufflinks are very special as they belonged to his grandfather.
Final touches before we headed outside for a few shots of the guys.
Rob was a bit anxious as Jess hadn’t yet arrived at The Mudcastle to get ready. “Shouldn’t she be here by now”? he asked. “Relax Rob – have a beer”.
Of course Rob wasn’t allowed to see his bride before their wedding ceremony.
” Quick, hide Rob, here comes Jess” (phew).
The groomsmen, Troy and Scott are Rob’s cousins, so of course there was a lot of hilarity going on. When we said “boys get him” they certainly didn’t need to be asked again.
Rob’s trademark smile – honestly, I don’t think he stoped smiling all day. His smile and laughter was infectious. Rob was now a lot more relaxed knowing that Jess had arrived at The Mudcastle where she was now getting dressed in the Peach room.
The early preparations on the wedding day are so much fun with anticipation and excitement for what’s to come.
There’s something quite special about beautiful hand shots.
Jess was peeking out the window to see if Rob had left yet.
We both captured these beautiful shots from different angles.
Wow, what a beautiful classic wedding dress.
I love the rooms at The Mudcastle, they are so luxurious and the perfect place for a bride to get ready on her special day. Jess really did look look like a princess getting ready in the castle. Funnily enough, some of the guests at the wedding said that she resembled Helen of Troy – I would have to agree with that.
The time has come…
Girls were really excited and ready to go to church.
Jess’s dad was such a gentlemen all day, he kindly drove one of the wedding cars to and from the location shoots – thanks Steve.
The ceremony was held at St Michaels Church in Brightwater. Rob & Jess had come across this quaint little church by accident. When they first saw it, they instantly fell in love with it. With the beautiful wooden interior, it’s architecture and intimacy is perfect for romantic wedding celebrations.
Rob was bursting with excitement as he waited for Jess to walk up the aisle.
I love the anticipation of the bride’s arrival, you can just feel the love in the air.
The ceremony was filled with lovely moments like this.
Jess’s mother Gwynn put all these lovely lavender bouquets on the end of each pew. Little touches like this are so special.
Throughout the ceremony Rob & Jess couldn’t stop gazing adoringly at each other – just too cute for words.
When Rob and Jess walked down the isle they broke out into some crazy dance moves, this really had the guests cracking up.
They sure don’t make churches like this any more. Being an architect, I’m sure Jess appreciated it’s true beauty.
The muffin is very significant, here’s why: Rob manages Post Haste Couriers and he happened to be out on the road one day when he delivered a package to Jess’s work place. It was love at first sight for him so he decided to woo her with muffins. It took Rob three muffin deliveries before he had the courage to ask Jess out.
Rob intends to keep Jess in the lifstyle that she deserves with a constant supply of fresh muffins – Rob, you’re priceless.
These guys are so clever, they made cones for the rose petals out of doilies which they painted black. The guests had a lot of fun throwing these and the most amazing thing is that when everybody had moved away, the rose petals had formed the shape of a love heart on the ground, very uncanny.
After the ceremony the guests got picked up by bus and driven to Kahurangi Estate for lunch and drinks. Before heading off for the location photos we went back inside the church to make use of the rustic wood panelling and stain glass windows that provided us with such beautiful natural light.
This was only the start…
Rob loves this shot which Daron took from the balcony.
While Daron was upstairs capturing the full church perspective, I took these beautiful intimate shots. It certainly wasn’t hard work getting amazing photos with these two love birds.
We captured many beautiful shots inside this church, it’s going to be
fun designing their wedding day photobook.
We headed out towards Kaiteriteri Beach, with a quick stop at the top of Old Coach Road for some hilltop wedding photos. Today the sky looked amazing and the colour was further enhanced with the use of our portable lighting, without it they would have looked dark up against a bright background.
The bridal party looked really awesome in their orginal wedding atire.
Rocks are definitely cool for bridal party photos, they certainly give the dramatic look.
Believe it or not, it was a really windy day and these guys did so well out on the rocks at Kaiteri. Poor Jess, the wind kept catching her veil, a good thing it was secured tightly.
Is this cool or what, only took two shots to get it – No photoshop!
The funniest thing was, while Daron was lying on the sand taking this photo, his pants split! I’m not really sure who was laughing the hardest, but I’m sure it had to be me. Daron is big time on carrying back up equipment, he always carried two of everything. “Where’s your spare pair of pants now Daron?”
While I was laughing hysterically, I still managed to capture this image without any camera shake.
Time to leave Kaiterteri beach and head back to The Mudcastle for the reception.
We had a quick stop on the way back at this cool old derelict house. Actually, we only had 8 minutes to stay with the planned time – we are still laughing about how quickly we had to move – it was worth every minute.
Last shot, out of there.
Before meeting with the guests back at The Mudcastle we took a few more gorgeous photos of Jess – its so great when we can capture two different angles at the same time.
Friends and family clap as our happy couple arrive for the reception.
Today has been such a magical day in every way. Rob & Jess have so many beautiful wedding photos to share and Daron & I have made new friends – how cool is that.
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