So our summer wedding season is officially finished! It's been a pretty big season, starting in September and finishing last weekend. We've been all over Southland and Otago this season with seventeen awesome couples in total. And what a beautiful couple to end the season with!!!
Phil and Alice got married at Lake Hawea surrounded by their friends and family, many of whom had travelled a long way to celebrate alongside them. Central Otago turned on a beautiful, sunny day and the autumn leaves were still looking fabulous. Sounds of happiness filled the air all day; from the relaxed morning of preparations, guests cheering Phil and Alice on, right through to the clinking of glasses during a beautiful Chinese toasting tradition at the reception!
I remember Alice telling me during our very first meeting that she met Phil at church. She had her eye on him for a wee while before she struck up the courage to introduce herself. As the saying goes...the rest is history.
Phil and his groomsmen had just as a relaxed morning getting ready.
I loved the navy and lavender colour combination!
Phil and Alice's pastor David from C3 Church married them overlooking Lake Hawea.
After becoming officially husband & wife, Alice and Phil with their bridal party headed in to Wanaka for portraits.
When Alice first talked to me about their wedding plans she told me Wanaka was special to her along with the beautiful colours of the autumn leaves. Aside from that Alice was totally happy for me to decide on the exact spots for photos. I think we definitely found the autumn colours and it's hard to find a more iconic Wanaka shot than with 'that tree' so I think we nailed the brief. Portrait time was so much fun with this awesome bridal party!
Alice and Phil - you two looked incredible! I am so obsessed with all these photos!!!
When we got back to Hawea we stopped by the ceremony site for a few quick photos in the rapidly cooling temperatures, just to make use of that last glow of the sun on the hills after sunset.
Last shot of the evening before heading inside to the warm!
Lake Hawea Hotel was toasty warm with the fire crackling and everything was looking awesome!
The cake, made by Phil's sister Anita, was themed with Phil's love for rally car driving.
I loved this Chinese toasting tradition where the bridal party went around each and every table of guests, toasting & thanking them for being there!
Phil and Alice's first dance as husband & wife was so beautiful!
And with the dance floor open it was time to cut some shapes!
Congratulations Phil and Alice! What a stunningly beautiful first day of marriage. So many precious memories and moments as you start out on this new adventure together. Thank you so much for having us as a part of your day. We loved celebrating with you both, meeting your families and cheering you on alongside your friends. Have a wonderful honeymoon & enjoy this wee taster of photos! xx
Scott & Hannah got in touch with us back in October, literally the day after they became engaged, to book us in as their wedding photographers! Being the first thing couples think of when wedding planning is beyond a privilege. I am so thankful for awesome couples and am grateful to have found my people.
Recently we caught up with these two for their engagement session amongst the autumn leaves. We had a heap of fun chatting about life, wedding plans and hearing their proposal story...
First Scott tells us he had it all planned out to propose to Hannah on a snowy evening in Queenstown. He'd organised a candlelit hot tub experience overlooking the Shotover River and got down on one knee waiting for Hannah to walk into the room. This about the point in the story that Hannah starts laughing as she tells us that she took a long time to arrive to the room, because she was busy waiting outside the toilet for Scott, thinking that's where he had disappeared to. So when she finally got to the room, saw Scott down on one knee her first words were "I've been waiting for you outside the toilet!". I'm guessing Scott eventually managed to actually pop the question and Hannah obviously said yes because these two get married next January & we can't wait!
We had originally planned for a Central Otago autumn engagement session but the weather worked against us so we had to reschedule. Regardless the very next weekend Gore turned on some beautiful colour for us to take advantage of and we ended up with a gorgeously sunny morning!
Scott & Hannah we are so excited for your wedding day to arrive! If your engagement session is a sign of things to come, your wedding day will be a relaxed party filled with laughter and celebration.x
We got in the car after Scott & Tamara's engagement session. I cleaned all the water droplets off my glasses. My hands were a little cold and my jacket was soaked from the misty drizzle. I turned around to Matt and said "They were SO MUCH FUN!".
Cromwell didn't deliver us with great weather for Scott & Tamara's engagement session on Sunday, but that didn't stop us from having a fabulous time getting to know these two beautiful people and their story. The autumn colours were out in full force and only if you look very closely can you really tell it's a rainy, drizzling day!!!
Scott and Tamara get married next year in Wanaka and we cannot wait to be a part of their day! If their engagement session is a sign of things to come, we are in for a fun, chilled out wedding filled with plenty of laughter and love.
Scott and Tamara - thank you for being such great sports & sharing lots of laughs with us during your engagement session. We had less than tropical conditions to work with, but I just love the photos we created! Bring on March 2019!!! xx