Our wedding season has come to a beautiful end. I'm so thankful to all our amazing couples and I'm also a little teary that we don't have another wedding until September now...I am definitely going to have withdrawals! But I couldn't imagine ending the season on a higher note than Becs & Danny's gorgeous, love-filled Catlins wedding out at RiverRidge Retreat on Saturday.
From the first time we met Becs & Danny, we knew we'd found our kind of people. These two are warm, friendly and fun-loving. Their love story began when they met each other through a mutual friend at a party, however the mutual friend (Di, I'm looking at you) was actually trying to set Danny up with someone else at the time. But instead as fate would have it Becs, with her bubbly personality & gorgeous smile, caught Danny's attention and as they say the rest is history. It's easy to see how much fun they have together and the way Danny looks at Becs you know he adores her. Their love is the kind of love that will take them from strength to strength, on many adventures together.
Everything about Becs & Danny's wedding day was a stunner. The weather was perfect, everybody looked gorgeous, the autumn light was spectacular and spending the day with these two & their bridal party was so much fun we want to do it all over again!
Becs got ready with the girls and her Mum at Mohua Park Lodge just up the road from RiverRidge Retreat.
This photo pretty much sums up the morning for the girls; the room was filled with good chat and lots of laughter.
Becs you made the most beautiful bride my friend. And those bridesmaid dresses are on point 👌.
Meanwhile Matt spent the morning with Danny & the guys at RiverRidge Retreat. First up with some claybird shooting before getting ready for the day.
Danny & Becs chose to get married under a beautiful driftwood archway draped in florals and greenery, complete with a backdrop of native bush at RiverRidge Retreat. The wonderful Megan McKenzie officiated the ceremony which included a special reading from Danny's niece and of course Dude the dog was a part of the day too as honorary groomsman.
I just love this tender moment between them at the beginning of the ceremony - whispered words, just for her.
The newlyweds - Mr & Mrs Kissell!
Look at the wonderful colour scheme going on here for family photos!
Congratulations Danny & Becs!
That sunlight streaming through the trees + two people in love + a bridal party ready to have fun = the best afternoon taking photos ever!
And how good is that relaxed blue-on-blue suit combo?!! Looking good guys!
Not to mention that I am obsessed with Becs' wedding dress & the bridesmaid's dresses too! So beautiful ladies!
We took a drive out to Jacks Bay for a picnic & sunset. By the end of the shoot Becs' dress had taken on quite a bit of sand, everyone had sand between their toes and we'd all only just managed to avoid getting soaked by rogue waves - but the photos we got are epic! 😜 Actually these guys were totally chilled and up for the adventure which just makes them all that more awesome.
There's something so magical about shooting at the beach! PS: Di, I love your work - epic veil fluffing going on here!
As the sea fog began to roll in at sunset we stopped for one last quiet moment before heading back to the party.
Okay, actually we stopped one last time after that on the road-trip back to catch the very last of the sun!
This was our first wedding at RiverRidge Retreat and I'm in love! What a stunning venue.
The room was filled with laughter as tales were told during speeches and when Danny spoke about his bride there were a few tears from Becs. But it's pretty hard to top the ten verse limerick written and rhymed by bridesmaids Di & Rebecca specially for the bride & groom.
Becs & Danny!!! Congratulations team on an epic first day of marriage! Thank you for bringing us along on this wedding adventure as your photographers! We had such a fun day with you, your families, friends and bridal party. Matt and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together and we are just so glad to have gotten to know you both.
PS: I do apologise if this blog took ages to load - I had the hardest time trying to fit all my favourites into one blog!!! xx
The awesome wedding vendors...
Suits: Hallensteins // Makeup: FACE Mobile Makeup // Hair: Becky Nixon // Flowers: Dawnacres Florist, Hastings // Celebrant: Megan McKenzie // Venue & catering: RiverRidge Retreat.