You can't change the weather, you can only change your attitude to it!

By Hawke's Bay wedding photographers, Eva Bradley & Andrew Caldwell

Occasionally people ask if I ever get bored shooting weddings (I've shot about 600, so it's a fair question!). I can confidently say 'no' because, for me, it's not the wedding that excites and interests me, it's the people. And even though it's bound to happen some day, I've yet to shoot the same bride twice. And I've never shot a bride like Kelly. She is a free spirit, a courageous, strong woman with the softest heart. When I found out she was getting married on my 40th birthday at Waipatiki Beach, I knew I had my party plans sorted. My shoot started with her crew singing me happy birthday, and ended with a boogie when the band dedicated a song to me. Sharing her special day with mine so generously sums up Kelly perfectly. I was so stoked to see her little family become official when she tied the knot with Scott, the perfect yin to her yang. 

I always say to my couples that you can't change the weather, you can only change your attitude to it. It rained at all the wrong times but Kelly and Scott dominated what Mother Nature threw at us with an irrepressible sense of fun and a few lashings of love-fuelled madness. While I was wearing a puffer jacket during our burn around on the beach, Kelly made it look like it was a 30-degree Hawke's Bay day. It's that sort of spirit that gets you though life with a smile like hers.

Special thanks to Linda Baylis, who generously stepped in to second shoot with me last minute when Andrew was ravaged by a bad bout of man-flu, and to Candice Dear (makeup), Mel from Fergus George (hair) and Trish from Lash Envy for Lashworrx for helping make this hot little pocket rocket look even more smokin'.