Back in 2017 I received a message from Scott and Hannah. They'd been engaged just 24 hours. They didn't have a wedding date in mind yet, but in their words "we needed to touch base so we can lock in our dream team photographers!!!" We always know we've found 'our people' when we get messages like this. It's a huge privilege when couples go out of their way to have us as a part of their day and we absolutely cherish the friendships we make because of it.
On Friday Scott and Hannah's wedding day arrived and we LOVED being there to capture all the fun, laughter, celebration and beauty! Scott and Hannah are a laidback, fun-loving duo and their day was a true reflection of that. Hannah had thought of every last detail and the day ran like clockwork. We were made to feel so welcome and we had many laughs with their epic bridal party.
These two chose the awesome Hawthorn Den just out of Gore for their ceremony celebrations. And having a first look timeline, where they got their portraits done before the ceremony, they had all afternoon to hang out with their guests in the garden before moving on to the RSA in Gore for the party portion of the day.
Hannah and the girls got ready at Bell's Cottage out at Hawthorn Den Inn. The cottage was filled with sunshine and laughter all morning.
Hannah had the cutest gifts for her bridesmaids including personalised makeup totes. There were tears as Hannah received a gift from Scott - hands down the most EPIC gift I've ever seen from a groom! A box filled with memories, letters and photos, with room for all the more memories they have yet to make.
Scott got ready at their home in Gore. I'm slightly obsessed with the guys outfits! They did well - relaxed chinos, navy jackets and shoes to match the bridesmaids' dresses.
During speeches later on in the night the subject of Hannah's slight addiction to online shopping was brought up. Funnily enough a package turned up on the morning of the wedding to Scott and Hannah's house - and the lads thought it fitting to get a photo with the courier!
Hannah and Scott saw each other first at Hawthorn Den before getting their bridal party together for portrait time. Look at those smiles!
Scott and Hannah loved the greenery of Hawthorn Den and for their second location they wanted a forest look. The problem with a lot of forestry is the undergrowth and how dark it can be. I found a wee block of pines tucked in by the Hokonui's on the other side of Gore and I think we nailed the pine forest look these two were dreaming of!
So Scott is a twin and these cheeky buggers totally pranked me! I'd turned around to change a lens and they swapped in James. I adamantly contest that I was too busy giving posing instruction while looking through my camera getting my settings right to notice! Even Matt was chuckling away to the side of me. When I look at these two photos it's so obvious who is Scott and who is James, but at the time...I got totally tricked! 🤦🏻♀️
Jokes aside, this bridal party were so AWESOME - thanks team for such a fun day!
Scott and Hannah had their ceremony in the new Barn at Hawthorn Den Inn.
Congratulations Mr & Mrs Coyle!!!
Family and friends spent the afternoon in the garden at Hawthorn celebrating before heading to the Gore RSA for the reception and a night of dancing.
We might have snuck into a couple of photos ourselves...😜
Team Sugsy's thank you so much for choosing us as your photographers! We loved celebrating with you, your families and friends. It's been a heap of fun getting to know you both better and we're excited to see what the future has in store for you on this next adventure of marriage! x
BRIDE'S DRESS: Bride & Winter | BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Evolution | SUITS: Hallenstein Brothers | MAKE-UP: Brinly Weller at Scape | HAIR: Sarah Wallis & Cassie Crawford | FLOWERS: Lily Jackson's | CELEBRANT: Janine Byars | CEREMONY VENUE: Hawthorn Den Inn | CATERING: Heidi Blake | STATIONERY: The Avenue Design Studio | RECEPTION VENUE: Gore RSA | CAKE: Jude Taylor | MUSIC: Road Block.