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.
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.
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.
Levi was never really the sort to dig crosswords. In his view, they were a little bit geeky and certainly not at all sexy. It's funny how a guy's view on things can change dramatically when there's a beautiful blonde involved....
Was it love at first sight or third sight? It depends who you ask for the answer. I was lead to believe that the first date may have needed a lick and polish but in the end love conquers all. Mr. & Mrs. Hayden started out as a long distance love affair that ended with "I do" and "I'm moving home!"
It is pretty hard to imagine a bride more excited about her wedding day than Annabelle. Brides like her are one of the reasons we love our 'job'! It's impossible not to be infected with the energy that built as this beautiful Hawke's Bay wedding drew closer.
When you can photograph an absolutely glorious wedding on a far-from-glorious wet Hawkes Bay day, you know you have a rocking venue. Because we were inside for much of Richard and Anna's wedding day, Black Barn Winery in Havelock North had the rare chance to reveal all of her secret hidden gems - a candle-lit underground cellar for the ceremony, and beautiful window lighting in the venue's rustic cottages and retreats. Mmmmmm. We love.
What's better than one extremely hot blonde bride? Well, two of course. After photographing Nicole's identical twin sister's wedding two years ago, I did a massive happy dance when I got the opportunity to be a big part of another big day for the Lambert family, this time at Hawkes Bay wedding venue, Clifton Cafe.
Whoever said 'weddings are all about the bride' had never met Craig Jones. We love the relationships we build up with our brides over the months of planning and of course all the excitement on the day and after, but often it's easy to feel like the groom just came along for the ride. Not this guy.
Alice and Simon are country folk and this is as gorgeous as a Hawkes Bay country wedding gets. After being in the family for over 100 years, it's hard to believe this was the first big white wedding for the Beamish family Homestead. It was an unimissable opportunity for Alice's creative mum, Pen, to recruit the talents of her flower-arranging friends from across the district to add to the splendor of this remarkable setting
Emma made her grand entrance up the long driveway of Sileni where Sam waited nervously beside the silver birch trees on the winery's front triangle. The newlyweds wanted their wedding photography to be relaxed, embrace the best of New Zealand and Hawke's Bay and also reflect the sense of fun they share together as a couple.
It was a homecoming wedding for Central Hawkes Bay girl Ash Boyd, returning to tie the knot with her foxy new hubby Jeremy Waaka for a beautiful summer wedding with soft vintage hints at Woburn Homestead near Waipukurau.
It is with a massive big grin on our face that we present the newly-minted Mr. & Mrs. Thomson. They blew in on a stiff summer breeze on the 17th of January, 2014, with a ceremony at Rachael's old alma mater, Iona College in Havelock North.
It gives us the greatest pleasure to introduce to you the latest newlyweds on the block....Mr. & Mrs. Scott. Michelle Fey was their photographer and when she first met Lara quite some time ago, there was much ooohing and ahhhing about the amazing dress that was planned.
Jeremy and Gemma wanted candid wedding photography that reflected them as they really are - sleeves rolled up, always having fun and surrounded by friends and family who share their love of good times. Te Awa winery in Hawkes Bay provided the perfect backdrop for Michelle to create wedding images that were truly theirs
If you are a lover of red wine, you might have found Jaclyn and Andrew's choice of wedding venue more than a little distracting. They exchanged 'I dos' in the historic Cuve Room of Church Road Winery, where giant two-story high oak vats stored the sweet-smelling fruits of the recent harvest.