Posts tagged Hawkes Bay weddings
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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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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Matt & Jenna - Engaged. Te Mata Peak in the Golden Hour, by Eva Bradley.

Anyone planning a wedding knows they can be complicated. That's why we adore engagement sessions. They are, quite simply, about two people in love. There's no dress to fuss over, no bridal party looking on, no timelines to stick to beyond those set by Mother Nature and there aren't 100 people waiting for us to hurry up and be creative so the party can get started.

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Pete & Emma - Craggy Range Winery, Hawke's Bay

We all know weddings are about love, commitment and happy every after. But one thing that became pretty clear as Emma and Pete's day went on is that it was also about having the most fun day of their lives, bar none. Happiness is one of the most intoxicating drugs, and by the time these two were spinning on the dance floor at Craggy Range Winery, my entire face was hurting from smiling so much.

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Tanya & Mal - Te Awa Winery wedding by Eva Bradley

  When is it sexy for a Kiwi bloke to cry? When he sees his future wife walk around the corner in a sunlit garden, on the arm of her father and about to say 'I do'. Tanya and Mal showed me and their guests what love is supposed to be at their Te Awa wedding on a bright spring afternoon. And I didn't even have to resort to my usual stack of questionable jokes to get the crew laughing during our wedding party shoot.

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Ryan & Jenna - Black Barn Winery wedding

You almost have to be careful what you wish for when planning a Hawkes Bay wedding. Blue skies and sunshine is perfect...but along with 35-degree temperatures, perhaps a bit too perfect! Beautiful shady and cool cloud cover arrived with Ryan as he made his way through the vines for his first look at wife-to-be Jenna, who waited outside Rush Cottage at Black Barn Winery for her Mr. Right.

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Peter & Emma - Hawke's Bay country wedding

Sometimes the stars align and a wedding day leaps right out of a bride and groom's fairytale imagination and into real life in front of my lens. Pete Spall & Emma Carter chose the family farm at Kereru (and nearby Gallery Cottage) as the backdrop for their Hawkes Bay country wedding, and it was one of those magical days when it feels like a spell has been cast over the day

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