manawatu weddings

Getting amongst it at the Linton Army Mess

Ben + Kelsi, anything to get out of PT, sneaking out of the mess…

Another week of dodgy Manawatu weather cleared with a scorcher of a day for Kelsi + Ben’s wedding held in Palmerston North. Chilled vibes, some great banter and a little beverage sharing with another wedding group we bumped into during photos made for a chur day!

Here’s a little frame of us sneaking out at the very last moments at sunset, if you’ve got a spare couple minutes on your wedding day at sunset, you’re crazy not to make the most of it!

Film Sink or Surface | Dress Bridal Studio | BM Dresses Pagani | Hair Revamp Here Studio | MUA Christiana Cleland | Suits Hallensteins | Bouquet Floral Collaborative | Ceremony Let Love Grow Gardens | Reception Linton Military Camp | Cake Crafted & Co | Photobooth Wild Mint

NZIPP IRIS Awards 2018

This shot from Leonie's wedding was award Bronze at the recent IRIS awards

Art type awards are pretty subjective on what people think is good or bad, compared to what is technically correct and what takes skill and the right moment. So to be honest I'm not a big fan of NZIPP or the IRIS awards, hence I never entered before (the majority of the event/award categories are photoshop editing and composite imagery rather than a photo) but I thought what the heck, let's see what this thing is all about and it would be a good experience none the less.

So off the bat it was a hugely expensive process, from the high cost per print entry, the hidden handling costs which were huge and then actually getting around to actually printing and mounting my images. I ended up submitting three images in total, I would of loved to of entered more but when it is around $200-250 per print things start to get quite expensive.

I narrowed it down to three images in the end. The first being the barn image of Ché + Adam dancing at Tarureka (pretty iconic photo spot which everyone gets done at Tarureka, beautiful place, some simple versions had been entered previously and had been awarded silvers so was a good bet). The 2nd one was from Brigitta + Fred's wedding at Wharerata running in the rain, I loved that moment, and the image and that wedding so I had quite a bit of emotional connection to it. Both these images just missed out on getting Bronze by a couple of points, with one judge wanting Brigitta as a high Bronze so that was great to know (there were five judges, with the highest and lowest scores removed - but with the ability for judges to challenge and fight for either a higher or lower score). The final image I entered was from Leonie + Mark's backyard wedding. It was just after the ladies had finished getting ready and they went straight into an impromptu pray. During that shot I just tried to be discrete and quiet as possible but also document that moment. I love being able to document these moments, and to capture it was ace. One judge had this image as a Silver, and tried his best to fight for it to bring it up from a bronze, in the end it missed silver by a couple of points, but to have the one highly respected current wedding photographer judge get the emotion in the image and what it takes to only be in that space and moment but also capture a tear was great.

So to come away with a Bronze (which was nearly a Silver) and just miss out on a couple more, meant it was a successful event personally, I learned heaps, I realised competitions like these are fun and I met a bunch of other awesome creatives. Would I enter again? Probably not, it's too expensive, it' s not really a photo competition and it's not really relevant in this day and age in its current format. Maybe if the judges were more relevant, the actual focus was on photos rather than some composite photoshopped picture or there was more defined distinct categories maybe I might look at it again. But in it's current state it doesn't really have a place in the current wedding industry but in saying that, congrats to all the award winners and other creatives who took the plunge, it takes a lot of courage and humility to have you work displayed in public to get judged.

Now back to smashing out real photos for real people and smashing life, yeoooow!!!!

That sweet Palmy rain at Wharerata

Oh my lordy, when Palmy turns it on it really turns it on. It pissed buckets on Saturday but lucky for Sarah + Nav, they planned their wedding inside at the beautiful Wharerata hidden away in the gardens of Massey University.

Chilled, styley and fun loving peeps - more people like Sarah + Nav pretty please x

Oh and here's a quick gazillion multiple exposure wizardry because everyone likes a little Harry Potter magic .... (disclaimer, I have never watched or read Harry bad)

Cake The Crafted and Co  |  Hair Veronica Jayne  |  MUA Kate O'Hara  |  Bride's Dress Modcloth   |  BM Dresses Kilt  |  Groom Barkers  |  Groomsmen Van Meer Suit Hire  |  Florist Jillybud |  Venue Wharerata  |  Rings Partridge Jewellers |  Stationery Belle Hannah Papiere Etsy

Cook Island Wedding Film

We escaped the wet windy winter for the beautiful wet windy islands...Took some photos, danced in the rain and shot a little film, check back soon for full bog post, yeeeeooooow!!!

Short film for Lee + Jade's sweet intimate island wedding

Bridal StudioCrown Beach Resort  | Nixon  |  Florabunda

#formyBrada #whatyoupacking #jagermeister #fourheartsonestone #premiumboy #IamaMAN #trusttheprocess #destinationwedding

Sarah + Andrew // The Milk Station

The Milk Station in Otaki has to be up there with one of my most favourite venues in New Zealand, it's a place you don't need to go off site for photos or really do anything to it and it still just looks so good. Then you add in the styling of Sarah + Andrew and it takes the place to whole new level of perfect.

Beautiful little details, gorgeous colours and an amazing set up. Here's a few frames from their wedding from this weekend, soooo good, can't wait to share more!

Film Sink or Surface |  Co Shooter Toni Larsen  |  Dress Astra Bridal / Sottero & Midgley  |  Jewellery Meadowlark |  B Shoes Mi Piaci  |  BM Dresses Claire Palmer |  Groom Farrys  | Suits Hallensteins  |  Cake Sweet Bakery & Cakery  |  Hair Mel Campbell  |  MUA Emma Kate  |  DJ DJ Max  |  Photobooth Photobooth Fun  |  Celebrant Pinky Agnew |  Caterer Simply Food  |  Stationery Bride

Rochelle + Stewart and all the treats!!

I kicked off March with a super cruisey sweet Friday wedding at Caccia Birch for an old high school friend Rochelle and her lover Stewart. Was such a sweet day with their 3 beautiful kids heavily involved, plenty of food and treats all day, plenty of refreshments and the most polite and sweetest burnout I've ever seen!. If only all weddings were this chilled! Here's a handful of picture goodness from their wedding!

Caccia Birch House The Chalet  |  Blush  |  Crafted and Co Mustard Folk Boatshed Catering  |  Spitroast Catering  |  Sarah Kelly  Sonny Tatana  |  Bridal Studio Tania Greenland  |  Witchery  |  Hellebore  |  Van Meer

Sam + Ruth // On the bloggo!!!

Surrounded and supported by their super talented and creative friends and family, from a lawyer come amazing cake maker, to a super talented musician who also takes great photos with pine cones. Check out the full wedding below!!

Sam + Ruth // The Chapel

Dress Daisy Brides 
Bridesmaids  Evolution Clothing
Hair  278 on Cuba 
MUA Make Up Etc 
Suits  Barkers 
Catering  Babco 
Cake Daughter's Table 
Florals  Mavis and Peony
Bar  Mustard Folk 
Band Jamie and the Gents
Film Bad Panda Productions

Leah + John // Orlando Country

Another weekend of back to backs kept me in Palmy for Leah + John's windy wedding at Orlando Country. 

One sweet mercedes, a bunch of awesome people and shirts off on the dancefloor - that's what I call a bloody good wedding, few sweet pics from Leah + John's Lakeside wedding!

Orlando Country  |  Crafted and Co Bridal Studio  |  Adore hair Fielding |   |  Hellebore

Chimere + Tim // Orlando Country

Palmy turned on a blinder to start Summer and my first wedding of a back to back for December. Chimere + Tim married at the lake front at the always awesome Orlando Country in Palmerston North.

Great yarns, a broken shoe and a pair of cyclops glasses.

Few cheeky frames from their sweet wedding.

Dress Daisy by Katie Yeung
BM Dresses Evolution Clothing
Hair Bijonei Hair Design
MUA Emma Doolan Makeup
Florals Oh So Pretty
Prop Hire MaisyJ Hire 
Venue Orlando Country

Melbourne Victory

Was a wedding weekend for me, and Saturday was another scorcher for Lisa + Brent's wedding held in beautiful family gardens just outside of Ashhurst.

A couple sneak frames from their beautiful wedding!

Dress Allure Bridals
BM Dresses Etsy/Love Vanilla Dew
MUA Emma Doolan Makeup
Hair Luscious hair and beauty
Bouquet Elegant Designs by Nadeane
Florals Evoke Floral Stylist
Cake Levin Cupcake Junkie