Posts in country weddings
Pete & Kate - Harleys & Happy Ever Afters

How does a bride who describes herself as “a bit of a hippy earth child” and her groom as a “grounded, no-frills kind of man” have an epic, stylish and totally chilled wedding? Kate talks us through planning for and partying at her wedding to Pete, shot by Michelle Fey and Rebekah Trafford.

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Escape to the Wild - Poronui Elopement

When you're in the business of being front and centre at dozens of big white weddings every year, how do you decide to exchange your own vows? For Taupo celebrant Samantha Johnston, the answer was simple; very differently. With only eight guests (plus me tagging along in lucky 9th place), Sam and Brad eloped to exclusive New Zealand hunting lodge, Poronui, tucked away in the crisply beautiful Taharua Valley.

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Coast meets country - Birdy & Jono at Ocean Beach

Hawke's Bay's Ocean Beach is a special place filled with memories for so many of us from this part of New Zealand. But for Birdy Hansen, this long stretch of coastline has a history so deeply connected to her family, it was impossible to imagine her wedding to Jono happening anywhere else. Michelle Fey and Rebekah Trafford illustrated her day with their images, and Birdy has relived the special moments here on our blog in her own words. As always, we feel so honoured that our couples generously let us share with the biggest, most personal day of their lives.

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A Backyard Country Wedding - Abby & AJ

There are a couple of things key things that, as a photographer, contribute to making a wedding really memorable and special for me. First, it's good, old-fashioned chemistry. A couple who are IN LOVE, all capitals. It's nothing to do with how they look, it's all about how they are together. Secondly, it's a location that isn't just beautiful, but historical. A place that has generations of family memories layered on it, and I'm a big part of making some more very special ones.

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BEN + RUTH - COUNTRY WEDDING

Ben and Ruth are a chilled out Kiwi couple who believe in keeping it real. They wanted a wedding that reflected that, with a focus on friends, family and the things that matter rather than the complicated trimmings. A country wedding at the chocolate-box-cute church down the road from Ruth's parents' home was followed by a reception at the local hall of small Hawke's Bay settlement, Maraekakaho.

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LAURA + ROB - BLACK BARN RIVERSIDE

Hawke's Bay native, Laura, describes herself and new hubby, Rob, as 'truly laid back humans' and so it went without saying that was the vibe they wanted on their wedding day. Under the stars and beside the slow-moving Tukituki at Black Barn Winery's riverside wedding venue, roving canapés replaced a formal sit-down dinner and guests sat down on large vintage rugs strewn amid lanterns and flowers to enjoy the speeches. 

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RUSTIC STYLING - TE AWA

We love the way in recent years wedding styling has become so creative. Often that's thanks to the wonderful efforts of professional stylists, and in Hawke's Bay we have a number of talented people in this area. But what makes a wedding really special is when a family has poured not just huge amounts of time but love as well into making a wedding look spectacular.

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