Waiuku wedding photographer | Matt and Kim

I feel so honoured to have been invited along to Matt and Kim's wedding! The ceremony was held in Matt's parents back garden, and it was glorious looking out over the estuary while they exchanged vows.  I don't know if this is a common thing for wedding photographers, but I kinda fell in love with these guys who really looked after me throughout the day and were so down-to-earth and friendly.

Heading away with Matt and the groomsmen in the morning to their bach down the river to shoot clay pigeons was a whirlwind adventure, and I had so much fun at their hunting man-cave. Coming back to see Kim get her dress on with lots of help from her mum and bridesmaids, then to document their first look made me so happy! Then we explored old sheds and fields of a family friend and had a picnic (all with Kim wearing high-heels after just recently healing from a broken ankle) and came back to all the guests arriving for the ceremony. The speeches all had me grinning from ear to ear and I was enjoying them so much I had to keep reminding myself to take photos. It really felt as though the bridal party, and all the guests were one big family which I suppose is what happens after 10 years of being together before tying the knot. I really find it so hard to choose just a few images from such epic wedding days. So here is a selection... (a few hundred).

Wanaka wedding adventure | Amanda and Owen | Rippon Vineyard

I went to a friends wedding. Without the kids.  I spent two nights away from them. It's the first time I've ever spent a night away from them. The wedding was in Wanaka, so we flew over the amazing southern scenery, drove over the crown range, found our apartments, got ready for the wedding, joined the rest of the guests to watch the ceremony and watched the helicopter fly off to epic photography locations. I drunk lots of beer and had an awesome time. I took my camera because I couldn't not bring it. It's really really rare that I get to visit places like this. So here are a lot of scenery photos and photos of my friends AND some photos of the most amazing bride and groom. Thank you to Simon Darby for letting me pop out for a few minutes to get a few shots of Owen and Amanda (and letting me use his lens). And then some next day hangover photos and skating and climbing and more scenery and then it snowed on our way back to Queenstown! I probably wasn't dressed for snow.

Lao wedding ceremony | Anoukoun and Emma | Auckland

I arrived at Anoukoun's parents house on a most beautiful hot sunny morning. There were guests arriving and decorations being completed and food being displayed and Emma, the bride, getting ready right next to all the activity giving instructions and trying to remain calm. She retreated to a bedroom for the final getting-ready phase while Anoukoun (Arnie), the groom, hung out with all the arriving guests. Then the most amazing Lao ceremony ritual ensued. 

 The men (and anyone else who wanted to) made their way to the top of the driveway. The groom and his attendant held a lovely parasol umbrella, a bouquet of flowers and candles which were lit, and the convoy made their way down the driveway towards the house amongst hollering and whooping, laughing and cheering! Then when the procession reached the front steps leading to the house, Arnie had his feet washed by his little sister, then they were stopped by relatives who made them all drink whiskey before granting them permission to enter (in between more friendly cheering and laughing). Once finally inside EVERYONE squeeezed into the lounge (spilling out onto the deck) where the traditional ceremony would take place. Emma was led from her room into the ceremony to sit next to Arnie. And the ceremony began. There was chanting, candle-lighting, rice throwing, egg eating, string money gift tying and more whiskey. It was awesome. And after all that there was delicious food, more whiskey shots, and speeches. I managed to sneak the bride and groom away from all the guests for five minutes to get some photos of them on their own. In the driveway. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed the day!