Andrew and Vanessa's Ascot Park wedding on Saturday was romantic, laidback and filled with beauty! Vanessa looked like a princess in her amazing dress complete with an intricate headpiece that sat like a crown. Andrew dapper in his vest & suit combo.
The whole day had a wonderfully relaxed vibe. Both Vanessa & Andrew had cruisey mornings - Vanessa and her bridesmaids were being pampered with hair & makeup when I arrived, then shared a platter lunch with her family. Before getting dressed Vanessa even had time to rewrite her wedding speech out on paper and tidy her handbag of all things haha! Meanwhile Andrew and his groomsmen spent the morning playing video games. Neither showed many signs of nerves, taking it all in their stride, but the real joy was when the two of them saw each other at the ceremony and became husband and wife.
Andrew and Vanessa swiped right on each other a few years ago. Andrew struck up a conversation asking about Vanessa's dogs in her profile photo. He won her heart from that first conversation and the pair actually became engaged while out walking the dogs back in October 2019. Vanessa and I have been in touch ever since and I was so happy for their wedding day to arrive this autumn!
Vanessa had organised some beautiful cookies for her bridesmaids to enjoy in the morning from Blue Poppy Cake Design.
Something I try to do on a wedding day is take a photo of the parents together. When I suggest it I'm usually met with surprise but pleasure as it's sometimes been a while since the two have had their photo taken together, just the two of them! And what a great occasion for it, all dressed up! I love this shot of Janice and Dallas.
While Vanessa got ready the home where she grew up, Andrew and his groomsmen spent the morning at home in Invercargill.
Sarah and her team at Ascot Park had the outdoor ceremony spot looking lovely!
And Andrew was all smiles when Vanessa walked down the aisle towards him.
A special moment as Dallas gave away his only daughter and youngest child to be married.
Just look at those smiles!
It's always a pleasure working alongside Celebrant Megan McKenzie - her ceremonies are sweet, special and filled with happiness.
Andrew and Vanessa's vows had the pair laughing - they'd chosen the same vows unbeknown to each of them! I take that as a sign that these two are very in sync with one another.
While guests moved indoors at the Ascot, Andrew and Vanessa jumped in their Valiant wedding cars and we took off to Queens Park for some portrait time.
These two looked like royalty standing regally in front of the Feldwick Gates in their wedding attire.
To make Vanessa's dream wedding day complete her and Andrew's furbabies turned up at the park to be a part of portrait time! How dashing do Archie and Sky look?!
Ascot Park's function room was looking fabulous dressed in twinkle lights, silks and purple!
As day turned to night it was time for Andrew and Vanessa to kick back and start the evening celebrations with their loved ones.
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Carson! Thank you for the pleasure and privilege of documenting your first day of marriage. It was lovely to meet your families and celebrate alongside you both. Cheers to your happily ever after! x
DRESS: Brides by Donna Rae | SUITS HIRE: McKnight and Brown | MAKEUP: Kate McNaughton | HAIR: Jason Gerken | FLOWERS: Windsor Florists | JEWELLERY: Pascoes | SIGNAGE: Remotelea Creative | CELEBRANT: Megan McKenzie | CAKE & COOKIES: Blue Poppy Cake Design | VENUE & CATERING: Ascot Park Hotel | LED LOVE SIGN & HIRE: Marquee Party Hire.