A tale of two Bakers

I’ve heard many folk claim that their city is a ‘four seasons in one day’ type place, yes, even Aucklanders (weird I know).

New Zealand’s capital has it’s own one. “You can’t beat Wellington on a good day!”

In retrospect, despite the weather producing a stiff southerly and hacking 12 degrees off the summertime vibes – altogether

Wellington definitely put on a good day for the wedding of Eric & Sarah Baker – because like, a wedding is always a good time!

The wind was as strong as 12 beasts pulling a child’s cart. No joke – check out the random camera strap cameo at Moa Point.

I met some of the loveliest people as well as some old friends. The bride and groom even sang the Lava song for all their guests (Pixar version here).

Wonderful! Congratulations to Sarah & Eric, may your Lava grow.

Die Deutsche Hochzeit Von Karin Und Micha

Before we get stuck in, there’s just one thing you should know.

Bevor wir anfangen, es gibt nur eine sache, die sie kenne sollten.

 

Karin & Micha are amazing people. So full of life and love and just a little bit of adventure. And maybe a bit of goofball. I’m not sure this is gonna translate well!

Karin und Micha sind tolle leute.  So voller leben und liebe und abenteuer. Und vielleicht ein bisschen goofball. Mein Deutsch ist nicht so gut. Apologies.

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I met Karin while on a YWAM  course here in New Zealand back in 2007 and from there we kept up with each other over the years on Facebook.

Ich traf Karin zu einem JMEM natürlich hier in Neuseeland im jahr 2007 und wir in kontakt über die jahre auf Facebook gehalten.

 

Last year I heard that Karin had got engaged to Micha and the next thing I knew we were having discussions over Skype about their German summer wedding!

Letztes jahr hörte ich, dass Karin war Micha zu heiraten und der nächste wir mit duiscussions über Skype über ihre Deutsche hochzeit im sommer verlobt!

 

And so I flew to Germany to photograph their beautiful wedding. But not before Micha had one last ride on a mountain bike, crashed, injured himself, and broke his friend’s bike. Two days before the wedding!!!!

Und so nach Deutschland flog ich zu fotografieren ihre schöne hochzeit. Jedoch nicht vor Micha hatte eine letzte fahrt mit dem mountain bike. Er stürzte. Er verletzte sich. Er brach seine freunde fahrrad. Zwe tage vor der hochzeit!!! 

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But on the wedding day everything was perfect!

Aber am tag der hochzeit alles war perfekt!

So perfekt.

SO PERFEKT!

Congratulations Karin & Micha. Life is your adventure!

Herzlichen glückwunsch Karin und Micha. Das leben ist ihr abenteur!!!

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And of course, to finish – the photographer must have a selfie with the bride 😉

Und natürlich muss der fotograf eine selfie mit der braut zu haben 😉

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Hints On A Happy Marriage

Earlier this year in January my grandparents celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary, no small feat these days!

I happened to be in the North Island a few weeks previous shooting a wedding so I stopped in to see them on the way through.

I thought I’d surprise them by just opening the door without knocking and waltzing on in to their kitchen.

Nanny, bless her, was putting a pot of tea on (as all good Irishwomen do, it’s always tea time you see) and with failing sight still recognised me.

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Grandad was busy organising pages in his stamp collectors book at the kitchen table and looked up with a grin and a “hello, lad!”

Over lunch I asked them if they could think of some things about their relationship that was special, maybe some first impressions or some helpful hints on a long and happy marriage? I gave them the weekend to think about it and said I’d be back to photograph them and do a mini interview as I travelled back home.

Fast forward a few days and I’m sitting back at their kitchen table (more tea please) listening to Grandad read out their top ten ‘Hints On A Happy Marriage’._V8A3712

I was pretty blown away that they’d thought this up together. Even more amazed that Nanny had written it with her vision impairment. “There you go, Bruce, you read it to him.”

“I wrote it out for you, Luke but I can’t see it now.”

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So here they are: Bruce & Gwenda Smith’s “Hints on a Happy Marriage” (In no particular order and exactly as they’ve worded it).

1. You need to be good friends as well as lovers. _V8A3704

2.We were told to ‘bear and forebear’, in modern terms, learn to give and take._V8A3724

3. Trust each other. It is important to have implicit trust in one another

4. Laugh a lot together (very important)._V8A3768

5. Keep the romance in your marriage – share at least one kiss a day._V8A3751

6. Even when busy, make time to do things together. Even if there is no spare money, do simple things.

7. Husbands tell your wife you love her. Don’t assume she knows. She needs to be told, especially when life gets a little ‘humm drumm’ and you are going out meeting people and she is at home minding the children._V8A3735

8. When there is a problem, and there will be, you are two different people, you won’t always agree. Talk it through. Don’t bear a grudge, grudges grow to resentment. (Eph 4:26….. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry)._V8A3779

9. Encourage one another, don’t put each other down. It can be hurtful.

10. Important to have the same values._V8A3729_V8A3772_V8A3774_V8A3754_V8A3720_V8A3789