Josh and Sarah's wedding day was filled with so many unique and meaningful touches. These two weren't afraid to stray from tradition and do things completely their own way. They surprised guests with a few very cool twists, had the Amigos Food Truck for dinner and even sent all their guests home with a hot Jimmy's Pie for the road! But it wasn't only the fun wedding choices Josh and Sarah made, it was their whole style; Josh wore a dashing suit with custom waist coat and Sarah's dress & veil was simply beautiful - the sort of styling that will never go out of fashion.
A guest at their wedding actually asked me how we knew Josh and Sarah because it was easy to see we knew them well and a few of the guests were also familiar faces too. I definitely first met Sarah through previous weddings as she's a hairdresser, and Matt met Josh through supermotard racing down in Invercargill. That was a few years ago now and I'm not actually sure when we all clicked that we knew each other, but it turns out we have some mutual friends too!
Josh and Sarah's day couldn't have been more stunning - the Central Otago weather was brilliant, all their planning had come together just perfectly and their bridal party crew were an absolute blast. Enjoy the blog, it was super hard to narrow down my favourites!
Sarah got ready at the family home, where the ceremony would later be overlooking the pond and a marquee was set up on the front lawn for the reception. I'm not sure I've ever witnessed such a chilled out, relaxed morning a bride! Sarah was so calm & collected, there was no rushing about - just the way I wish every bride to be on the morning of their wedding.
Sarah's dress was actually a skirt from Bride & Winter in Dunedin, paired with a completely custom made top!
Josh and his groomsmen got ready at a family winery over in Bannockburn, which made the coolest backdrops for getting ready photos! It looks like their morning started with port which the winery Tannacrieff is known for.
Tangent alert! But can we take a moment to appreciate the heck out of my awesome second shooter?! Matt you've become such an incredible photographer in your own right and it's always a joy to see the photos you captured - especially the guy's shots in the morning that I don't get to see at all until after the wedding day. Thank you for being the best PIC a girl could wish for!
Now let's get into Josh and Sarah's gorgeous ceremony!
Sarah walked down the aisle to bagpipes and Father Hamish delivered an equally heartfelt and hilarious ceremony for these two on the pontoon as guests watched on from the banks.
Josh and Sarah had an incredible surprise for everyone at their ceremony. Even the bridal party didn't know what was going on!!! Their witnesses for signing the marriage certificate were drawn lucky dip style! Themselves and their guests had no idea who would sign alongside them until they drew the names out. How cool is that?!
Guests had cold drinks and a huge grazing table to get stuck into while we took off to Clyde for portraits with the bridal party. They didn't miss out though, the bridal party had their own packed picnic and Josh even cracked out a magnum of champagne!
Sarah & Josh mentioned the old Clyde bridge when we earlier discussed locations for photos. Matt and I found a great spot during location scouting the day before that gave us heaps of variety - the bridge, the river, some cool shade (we needed it!) and somewhere we could park the cars up for photos too!
You made such a beautiful bride Sarah!
And is it even a Central Otago wedding if you don't get some photos amongst the rocks and wild thyme?! We headed up to the look out in Alex for a few more photos before going back to the party.
And what a great set up the reception was!
Speeches were brilliant with a few hilarious tales told.
I reckon every wedding should have food trucks! What a wicked idea and it just worked so well with Josh and Sarah's relaxed wedding reception. One side of the marquee was open to the terrace so guests headed outside after speeches and got photos under the archway, grabbed ice cold drinks from the bar and ate mexican tacos in the late afternoon sun.
Just before the band started Josh and Sarah cut their masterpiece wedding cake, made by Sarah's mum Jenny!
The band Old Skool Duo had everyone up on the dancefloor!
And we stole Josh & Sarah, along with Lexie, outside for a few last shots in the evening before we called it a night.
Congratulations Josh and Sarah! What a pleasure and privilege it was to be your photographers and share in your special day. All your friends and family made us feel so welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating you two alongside them. And of course you made Matt's day complete by sending him home with a Jimmy's Pie!
We wish you all the happiness in the world for your marriage. x
BRIDE'S SKIRT: Bride & Winter with custom made top | GROOM'S SUIT: Rembrandt, Hallensteins & custom made waist coat | JEWELRY: Country Jewel (Winton) | MAKE-UP: Amy Johnson (Bride's sister) | HAIR: R&CO | FLOWERS: DIY | CELEBRANT: Father Hamish (Winton) | CATERING: Amigos & Jimmy's Pies | MARQUEE: Prestige Marquees | CAKE: Jenny (Bride's mum) | VIDEO: Robyn from Queenstown Wedding Video | MUSIC: Old School Duo.