Everything about Marie and Matt’s day was the ultimate photography dream! It was also really special having my sister and her partner as guests at the wedding, as well as my talented partner Karl who was shooting video. Marie looked stunning and The Landing at Homebush was the perfect location for photos.
Rachel and Edward travelled from Auckland to Martinborough to tie the knot. I spent the morning with the girls at Rachel’s family farm. I always love being out in the country since I grew up on a farm and instantly felt inspired by my surroundings.
Rach and her bridesmaid’s looked amazing! The forest green bridesmaid dresses were a great colour, earthy tones are always good. Another detail which caught my eye were the flowers used for the reception decor. Rachel hand picked these from Holbrook forest Garden in Carterton. This added a personal touch!
While I was with the girls, my second shooter Ana from Moonflower Photography caught up with the guys before heading off to Martinborough Tree Church for their ceremony. Thanks for spending the day with us Ana!
Thanks to all the wonderful vendors involved, it is always a pleasure working with you and bringing the day together.
Flowers: Beverly from Tree Top Flowers Martinborough
Flowers on the tables were picked by Rachel from Holbrook forest Garden in Carterton
Make up: Emily Bertram from Masterton
Dress: The Kate Moss designed and made by Jane Yeh Auckland
Mens Suits: Barkers
Food: Salt street food
Celebrant: Reverend Steve Thomson
Band: The Relatives and Uncle Monkey Wellington
Ceremony venue: Tree church Martinborough
Reception: Ata rangi vineyard
Have a chat with all of your vendors about a timeline for your wedding day. This will help things run smoothly and you’ll be able to relax more on the day. Here are some tips to keep in mind for your photos.
Get your girls together and open the bubbles! I like to allow 2 hours of coverage, starting 2.5 hours before your ceremony, for preparation photos. Talk to your hair and makeup stylist about the best time to start your preparations.
For preparation photos with the guys I allow 1 hour of coverage, starting 1.5 - 2 hours before the ceremony. If you want photos of the guys suiting up, hold off putting your suits on until your photographer arrives. Sometimes an activity like throwing a ball around or a game of cards can look great in these photos, but if you just want to share a glass of whiskey with the lads that's cool with us too.
Allow some time (maybe 20 minutes) after your ceremony for guests to come up and congratulate you, before jumping into family photos. This is a special part of the day and your guests will want to hug and congratulate you!
Family photos can take longer than expected and sometimes it can take 5 minutes per group. Write down a list of the different family members in each group. Start thinking about this sooner than later, it can feel overwhelming writing this the night before! It's also a good idea to send a list of the group shots to your MC so they can help with finding guests on the day.
It's becoming popular to have a 'first look' and your bridal shoot before your ceremony. This is definitely something to consider, I'm all for it. It's less traditional which might work for you, it also calms your nerves leading up to the ceremony.
I recommend allowing 1-hour minimum for your bridal shoot. Take into consideration adding on travel time if you are traveling to a different location. 1-hour might seem like a long time for photos, but I promise the results will be worth it!
Let your caterer know what time you’ll be starting the bridal shoot as this may be helpful if they are preparing food for the bridal party to bring along. At the start of the bridal shoot, you can all relax, catch up and have a bite to eat.
The bridal shoot is one of my favourite parts of the day. Usually, we start off with the whole bridal party and then the three of us separate from the group for couple photos. This is a chance for you two to have a breather and say 'Yay we are married’! I recommend at least an hour for the bridal shoot - it seems like a long time but you won’t regret it I promise!
THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR PHOTOS
Talk to your photographer about the best time of day for photos and how to make this fit around everything else that will be happening on the day. The middle of the day is usually when the light is harsh, creating shadows and uneven skin tones, it isn’t the most flattering light for photos outside. Sunset is always my favourite time to photograph, this might not work with your schedule but we can always sneak out during your reception for these shots.
Consider all of the different locations where you will have photos during the day. Think about where you are getting ready. Allow enough space to feel relaxed and comfortable. Spaces with clean walls and lots of light always look great.
When it comes to your bridal party and couple photos think about a place that looks inspiring and is special to you. Logistics may come into play here, but let’s try and make it happen.
If you’re working with a tight time frame, keep your travel distance in mind. Is travelling to a location across town going to feel stressful? If photos are a big priority for you allow some extra time and lets travel to an epic location.
NATURAL IS BEST!
If you’re not feeling confident in front of the camera, talk to your photographer. We are here to make it easy! I love natural shots and I try to keep my directions to a minimum but will offer suggestions to help you feel comfortable.
Laughing is the perfect way of getting past those nerves and it looks great. While you laugh and be in each others company I will be working my magic.
They say its good luck having rain on your wedding day, so don’t worry too much! It is one of those things we can’t control unfortunately, regardless your day will still be special. Transparent umbrellas are great for rainy days and photos.
Yuming and Bevan loved the idea of an outdoor wedding surrounded by nature. Waihoanga Lodge in Otaki was the perfect venue for making this happen.
The day started off with some rain which didn’t bother anyone. I loved the relaxed and easy going atmosphere. Yuming looked so beautiful in her red dress! Take a look.