Gareth and Nicola married!
About twelve months ago, Gareth and Nicola booked us on-line from where they lived in the UK. Being x-pat kiwi’s they were both very excited about getting married at Te Mahai Bay Resort in the Marlborough Sounds. We were also looking forward to their special day as we just love photographing destination weddings.
Chrissy and I arrived at Te Mahia on the Friday evening, where we were greeted by Gareth, Nic, friends and family and a yummy barbecue. Te Mahia Bay Resort is such an idyllic wedding venue in the Marlborough Sounds, surrounded by native bush, turquoise water and a private pebble beach – just beautiful!
Our fishing trip was a three hour excursion around the Kenepuru Sounds, despite the fact that the fish weren’t hungry (good thing we weren’t also) everyone had a great time!
So much effort goes into the wedding day and it can’t be easy planning a destination wedding from overseas. Nic and Gareth had thought of everything, notice that I put Nic’s name first (Sorry Gareth, the girls really do most of this planning stuff).
For keepsakes the bridesmaids were given an engraved silver locket each, nice touch guys.
Nic, you look beautiful!
A special moment between mother and daughter.
And so do the bridesmaids.
As part of the pre-wedding planning, we offer the bride the opportunity to have some glamour photos taken before the wedding ceremony. We really enjoyed taking these magazine style photos of Nic.
“I love you” played in the background as the bridesmaids walked
down the garden isle.
Emotions were high, there is something very special when the mother walks the bride down the Isle.
Jann Hook, marriage celebrant and owner of Te Mahia Bay Resort shares this special time with Gareth.
Family and friends had travelled from all over New Zealand to celebrate this wonderful wedding.
They say it’s good luck if a Tui is present at your wedding. This Tui apparently turns up at most weddings at Te Mahia. Nice shot Chrissy, bird photographers would be envious.
“Yes” we are married!
Of course, we had to have the “All Black” look, especially after winning the world cup an all.
Come on girls, let’s check the garter out.
With the formalities over, it’s now time for fun location shots, ching, ching.
Years ago my parents used to manage the campground at Mistletoe Bay, I never thought back then that one day I would be a professional wedding photographer photographing wedding photos here, funny how life works out.
“Now boys, we need a ride, it’s not easy walking in high heel shoes”.
Unfortunately the car didn’t stop, so the guys thought they better take matters into their own hands (I mean arms).
Our style of wedding photography comprises beautiful panoramic scenery; this is what we enjoy the most.
And so do the newlyweds.
Now, this was extremely funny. Gareth volunteered to get into the dingy, Nic wasn’t sure at first, as she didn’t want a drenched groom, so she reeled him in.
I was in the water with my pants rolled up and couldn’t quite get the flash at the right angle to photograph the girls. Captain Gareth to the rescue!
It was very windy and Nic did really well to keep her balance – after all, Gareth didn’t want a drenched bride.
Back on land and time for a little romance.
The wedding reception was held in the large marquee back at Te Mahia, Jann and Trevor had done an awesome job setting up the guest and bridal tables, not to mention the scrumptious meal as well. The labelled whisky bottles that Gareth and Nic had provided was a real nice touch.
Love this shot!
And this one!
After the meal and between the cake cutting and first dance, we took the bride and groom out for a few more location shots.
There is a special time just as the sun disappears that the sky is a dark vibrant blue, this colour is often not seen with the naked eye, but the camera picks it up. I often get asked if I photoshop these types of photos, we use lights to capture this look and don’t rely on post processing for effect.
The photos speak for themselves, and this is just a small amount out of many hundreds that Gareth and Nic will cherish for a life-time. It’s so much fun when Chrissy and I get away and photograph a destination wedding, we get to spend time with so many wonderful people and enjoy the beautiful scenery that New Zealand has to offer. Thanks Gareth and Nicola for a FANTASTIC weekend!
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