Backyard weddings can be absolute magic...

In fact, they're my favorite! It's been a year of our "to-be-weds" having/needing/wanting to change plans for a multitude of reasons that only 2020 has brought on. But when Riley contacted me to discuss a change of venue, I was pretty excited knowing it would be just as fantastic- and it was.

I fall in love with my clients, these two were no exception. Riley's infectious upbeat energy and a gorgeous smile to match along with Caleb's relaxed, happy-go-lucky vibes (also- pretty photogenic for a dude who isn't a fan of photos!) made it an enjoyable day with enjoyable people.

Wedding Rings macro photo


I opened the door to see the lads were quickly throwing their wedding gears on- needless to say they were positively stoked when they heard they could relax for a bit longer. Caleb got his boys some sweet hip flasks with nice drops to match- one of these being Mead, the honeymoon drink which is traditionally used to toast the newly weds on their weddings day, news to me and perhaps a new tradition for the Knights has begun...

Cleaning the wedding cars
Groom portrait in window light
Groomsmen being candid pre-ceremony
Groom receiving gift
Wedding day hip flasks for the groomsmen

The ladies had their own sweet relaxed vibes happening, chilling out with orange juice in the spring sun. Glorious, considering the weather predicted a pretty wet day for us.

Riley's dress from Kellylin Couture got the hairs on my arms standing up- gorgeous detail with a very soft and tasteful touch of sparkles through the tulle sitting on top of soft dreamy she sat on the edge of the bed with her Rockstar maid of honor putting her converses on for her, everyone was in agreeance that she looked like a real life princess.

Kellylin Couture dress
Bride pre-ceremony


With the help of their star vendors, House of Florence and Make Your Day Events - this was a gorgeous set up. Who knew a ceremony at home could look so good right?

A sweet and short service with a personal reading from each saw some wet eyes, the goodest boy delivering the rings and being announced as Husband and Wife by one of their nearest and dearest- this was a summery feeling kind of wedding with the party kicking off almost immediately as we scooted off for some bridal party photos in the neighbors garden before heading to the lake.

Wedding sign in the Waikato
Guests arriving to wedding
ceremony in the Waikato
Beautiful arch by House of Florence
Groom having a nervous swig
Dog wedding ring bearers
Labrador dog at wedding as ring bearers
wedding cars arriving
bride arrives at wedding
dad and bride walking down the isle
groom seeing his bride for the first time
ceremony vows
emotional reactions at ceremony
dogs at wedding in Waikato
first kiss
Bridal party photos
cheers with hip flasks
wedding jackets for bridal party
bride and groom
groom looking at his bride
bride and groom portrait

Thank you so much for having me document your day Mr. and Mrs. Knight, I hope you enjoy this sneak and I look forward to sharing the rest with you soon!


Hair: Cheryl Stewart 

Makeup: Laura knight 

Dress: Kellylin Couture

Flours: House of Florence

Rings: Michael Hill (His) Pascoes (Hers)

Celebrant: Zane Knight

Styling: Make Your Day Events