And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
1 John 4:16
Liana and Josiah came together with friends and family, both in person and from across the globe, to celebrate their love, faith and commitment together as they became husband and wife.
A beautiful venue on the other side of Lake Taupo, in Omori at Oreti Village made the perfect weekend trip for their guests to enjoy the lake views and sunshine.
Josiah was very happy to have all his team make the day- despite the challenges they have faced putting a wedding together through the ever changing restrictions- pushing through and not giving up afforded some light at the end of the tunnel. While Josiah's whanau were unable to come to New Zealand- a live streaming set up for guests to access via their wedding website on the knot. Whanau on the day worked together to set up the live streaming which added to the magic of a wedding - working together for a common cause.
Liana's details were absolutely stunning- the dried flowers, the wax stamps. Her shoes and earings complimented her stunning dress perfectly and somehow- her hair stylist had done such an amazing job that her floor length veil kept tidily in her hair on that very windy Saturday! Liana looked so naturally stunning as a bride and Josiah complemented her as a very sharp dressed groom.
A gorgeous setting over the lake, filled with prayer, a lovely reading from the Maid of Honour and the sound of guitar through the signing of the register by the Best Man - made for a personal and loving celebration of the relationship and commitment. Josiah and Liana had their own personal cord plaiting ceremony to honour their faith which was simple, meaningful and beautiful. It read
"A cord of three strands is not easily broken"
The minister had a great sense of humour through the ring exchange which provided some all round laughter, guests always appreciate some light humour towards the end of a hot sunny afternoon ceremony.
Following the ceremony family pictures and refreshments were enjoyed before the guests made way to the restaurant for canapes and the bridal party departed for a lakeside picnic and more photos.
Pukawa Boat Ramp and Tokaanu Historical Warf
Liana and Josiah were really interested in having their photographs at this historical Warf, only 10 minutes down the road. First we popped to the lake, where the bridal party enjoyed a packed picnic basket of goodies to refuel the party for the rest of the afternoon.
Despite laser beam light - the Warf area also afforded us a nice gravel road with some shade and out of the wild, wild wind before returning to reception to cut the cake.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Sosmena!
You made it! It was a pleasure to document this day for you and I hope your overseas whanau enjoy this sneak peak to your day through photographs.
A warm thank you to your bridal party, your attending whanau and wedding guests for being as warm, kind and welcoming as you two were to work with.
Nga mihi nui