Traditional, Timeless and Tenderness Love
Something that really stuck out throughout Monique and Bayley's wedding was how everyone felt a genuine warmth in the love these two have for each other, each and every single compliment that I either overheard or had directly spoken to me had such a strong sense of love and admiration for them both.
Then I felt it too- once these two were together, it all made sense.
Bayley spent the morning getting ready in his family home in which he grew up in, along with two of his good mates and his sister (who, might I add- TOTALLY rocked the chic suit vibe)
It was a relaxed morning with plenty of laughs- especially as the time came to add the boutonnière's to their suits. YouTube, jokes and a little bit of nearly pricking each other broke up the nervous energy that every groom experiences on the morning of the big day.
Really loved that I could grab a nice portrait of Bayley in the hallway of his childhood home and after being with this fun group- it was easy telling it was going to be a great day.
Monique was getting ready just down the road, the day was planned so well with a few different places to be throughout the day- however all just being a hop away.
This place was incredible, looooooved the lounge suit and curtains, the chandeliers....such a big and beautiful home that I kept getting lost navigating my way around heh!
Monique had earlier asked her Grandmother if she may borrow some of her beloved pearls for her wedding day which absolutely delighted Beverley who stole my heart quite early in the day with her charisma. This was also when I began to notice how thoughtful, kind and caring my bride for the day was....something that didn't let up all day as Monique continued to show her kindness and compassion throughout.
"Such a sweet couple" they said,
They were right.
A timeless, elegant style with satin, pearls and red lipstick which worked beautifully on Monique along with these gorgeous green dresses for her bridesmaids which I admired all day long....everything worked together so well.
A First Look
Now, we weren't looking at a first look schedule until a few weeks prior to the wedding. We had always planned to visit Bayley's Grandfather in his rest home prior to the ceremony- so I got the idea that perhaps we needed to have a moment of seeing each other first. I'm so glad we did, especially this allowed for some pre-ceremony photographs which, on a hot day allowed for portraits while hair and makeup was fresh and a moment to allow those wedding jitters to melt away....which they sure did!
Bayley's eyes say it all with how they light up and sparkle when he looks at Monique, gorgeous!
This was a really special and beautiful moment I feel so privileged to be a part of. Bayley's Grandad was so happy to see them both and I am so glad that this was something that they wanted to do, right from the start.
I was really excited to photograph a ceremony in St Michaels and with Pa Gerard Paterson, he did a wonderful service for these two which everyone enjoyed.
Such a beautiful church with so much history and the ceremony went off without a hitch. We were SO blessed to have been offered some cloud while we worked through group photos post ceremony down at the Rotorua Bowling Club before departing for Bridal Party Photographs around the Government Gardens and Sulphur Pt
Ice blocks also awaited guests as they arrived for reception.....so clever and very much appreciated by all.
Thank you Mr and Mrs Warena and Whanau
It was an absolute pleasure to be your photographer and everyone showed such kindness and hospitality, I hope you enjoy this "Sneak Peak" and I look forward to delivering your gallery soon!
Brides Dress: The Bridal Outlet
Veil: The Bridal Outlet
Flowers: The Flower Fairy Te Kuiti
Rings: DM Jewellery Design
Grooms Suit : Johnny Bigg
Make up: Helen Morris from Aurora Hair and Beauty Te Kuiti
Hair : Katrina Hussey from Aurora Hair and Beauty Te Kuiti