The Wild Opulence shoot came together fairly quickly earlier this year and we were blessed to have new wedding style magazine, Together Journal, feature it in their magnificent Issue Four.
Guided by shoot stylist, Samantha Gerard of Balencia Lane and with lush autumn florals and greenery from Karen Grey at Perfect Style we set about shooting this stunning evening scene in an orchard under the hills of Motueka, New Zealand.
Thanks also to our HMUA: Rachel Lee
Models: Hannah Nott (courtesy Portfolio Models), Megan Williams, Georgia MacMillan
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of photographing the wedding of Ashleigh & Lewis Field. And with the last golden light of Autumn the day was as warm and as beautiful as it was intended.
Ashleigh also happened to be the third of our boarders who have gone on to find that special someone and tie the knot – 3 from 3!!!!!
Ashleigh had chosen a cool, light dress with splits and long wispy panels of fabric that caught the air as she moved and on her hands and feet wore coverings of lace.
Lewis was country chic in rust and navy and pink (salmon?) and kept his Gaskell grizz for the day too – perfect!
As with autumn weddings – the timing of the days events meant we had perfect dusk and sunset conditions first at the Moore family farm and then down at Kina peninsula.
The whole shebang was topped off with a snack style reception at Spring Grove Drill Hall with not a dry eye in sight as the speeches flowed.
Flipping loved it!
Congratulations, Mr & Mrs Field, you’re brilliantly awesome!
Ana & Logan were married on a typically bright sunny day at Melrose House and in high class style I have to admit!
Ana had carefully chosen a magnificent Jenny Packham dress with petite Vera Wang heels the perfect compliment. Logan dressed impeccably well in a ‘shade darker than royal’ blue suit jacket with tan pants. Marvellous.
And the wedding itself, no less classy than the lovebirds themselves for whom the day shone a little brighter, if it were even possible, when it came time to say their vows.
But I wax lyrical.
Have a generous glance over these gorgeous images and relive the moment if you were there, gaze with a hint of envy if you weren’t, and of course use Pinterest to take down ideas and then call me and we can do this again next year 😉
Regan & Jen Turner
For a couple not used to being all lovey dovey in photos, these two really gave it 110% !!!
A fantastically beautiful wedding amongst the trees at Rough Island, Nelson proved to be a hit with all their guests and (thankfully) the weather played ball and I was able to capture golden delicious warm sunlight trickling through the branches for the whole shebang.
The atmosphere was incredible and at the centre of it all, two people seriously in love.
Take a wander through their day and enjoy!
Everyone hold onto your hats!
The weather was bright and sunny for Zane & Danielle Lyttle’s wedding, but the wind was a tad strong!
Not to worry though, Zane still managed a 200m drive with the woods at the driving range with his boys – into that stiff breeze no less! I hear he broke a shaft on a previous 300m nudge though, the brother’s got power!
Talk about gusty though – the boys quickly moved to the chipping green to fine tune their short game. Zane however was all set to marry his best friend – in it for the long game!
I left the boys chipping divets and arrived at Danielle’s home to shoot the action – Danielle had chosen pale blue for the bridesmaids and the dresses and bridesmaids looked stunning.
The flower girls and pageboys were a bit cute too!
The ceremony was held at the beautiful gardens of Hillside Suffolk Stud in Brightwater and we were all sheltered mostly from the crazy wind.
An amazing day witnessing these two profess their love for each other and their wedding was capped off with a moving haka by the Zane’s family (powerful!) and a gorgeous sunset stroll through the vines at Seifrieds.
Jane married Mic Baken in a gorgeous ceremony at Melrose House, Nelson on a typically bright, sunny November Saturday.
With the bridesmaids in blush pink and all the fellas in dapper grey it had the makings of a beautiful wedding.
Jane, outrageously petite in ivory lace beamed the whole day. And I couldn’t help but notice that Mic was looking pretty chuffed with himself too.
The band played and Mr Whippy showed up for dessert, adults became kids again and everyone rushed outside to get some ice creamery!
Congratulations to you both – simply marvelous!
Without a doubt, one of my most favourite shoots, the dusk bohemian images are still going strong with multiple blog and print features and thousands of Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram shares too.
It was a beautiful day here in Nelson, New Zealand and Rabbit Island forest & beach park was the perfect spot to get snapping! We were extremely blessed to have a stunning pink sunset to gawk at too – the perfect compliment to go with bronze skin and lace whites. The florals were perfect and all the adornments sparkled and glittered in the late evening sun. Shiner the golden palomino behaved himself with the precious dresses around him as well!
Sand and sea, salt, sunset and breeze. Amazing.
Jewellery by HOP Boutique | Temporary metallic tattoo’s by Glo Tatts | Head pieces by Summer Blossom | Footwear by Forever Soles | Bikini by Xanadu The Label | Towel from The Beach People | Wedding stationary by Confetti Memories NZ
Featuring also, ‘Shiner’ the Golden Palomino
Styled by Balencia Lane and Willow Tree Creative | Floral wonders by Perfect Style Wedding Co | HMUA by Emily Harvey and also Michelle Nalder at Glitter & Blush | Models: Mollie Gray and Emily Jensen.
The lovely folk at White Magazine featured it on their blog.
Eco Brides Magazine ran a beautiful 16 page feature too!
Thanks also to Jessica Riddell for the bts shots 😉
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.
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!!!
But on the wedding day everything was perfect!
Aber am tag der hochzeit alles war perfekt!
Congratulations Karin & Micha. Life is your adventure!
Herzlichen glückwunsch Karin und Micha. Das leben ist ihr abenteur!!!
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 😉
Remember these two?
Well a few weeks ago they were married at Chateau Wyuna, in gorgeous Mt Evelyn, Melbourne.
It’s always a pleasure seeing two families join together for a marriage celebration and Matt & Carly’s Melbourne wedding was another perfect example of the ANZAC spirit.
Matt from Nelson, New Zealand pledged love and commitment to Melbourne girl, Carly and they kissed and everyone clapped and cheered!
While all the fellas swooned over the classic Ford Falcon wedding car and all the ladies ooh’ed and ah’ed over the dresses and stole’s, Matt & Carly pretty much couldn’t keep their eyes off each other. So much grinning and the happiest of smiles just like it should be.
If all Aussie weddings are this wonderful I can’t wait to get back for more!
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Russ! A pleasure photographing you on your special day.