Gracehill Vinyard Wedding | Andrea and Douglas

I'm finally finding time to sit down and go through photos for the year now that I'm winding down and getting ready to have baby snuggles. I'm thinking of all the photographers in the wedding industry who are gearing up for their busy time of year.  And I'm realising I never posted any of the photos I wanted to share from LAST seasons weddings that I did second shooting for. Joanna Walker had me along to a few of her weddings, and it was awesome and a real privilege working next to her.

Here is the first wedding I joined her on - a long day with a traditional Malaysian tea ceremony first thing in the morning and then a Western ceremony at Gracehill Vineyard in the afternoon.  I photographed the groom getting ready in his parents tiny apartment. I always love this part of the day with all the anticipation and the friendly joking of the groomsmen. And I LOVED the Malaysian tea ceremony portion where the groom and groomsmen went to the brides parents house and were challenged to complete heaps of crazy games, then serve tea to all the relatives with lots of tears and laughter throughout. Then to the Grooms parents house where they served tea again to all of HIS family.  At Gracehill Vineyard they had a touching ceremony, a beautiful sunset, more games, lots of touching speeches and a pretty amazing first dance.  And I was only going to choose my favourite ten or so images that I took on the day, but I just don't know how to narrow it down when there are SO many from this absolutely HUGE day.

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.