That’s the first word that springs to mind when I reflect on the day that saw these two love birds tie the knot, just a tad over four weeks ago.
It is always such a great pleasure to witness the magic between a couple on their wedding day as a guest, but I always feel all the more honoured when I am asked to capture it as their photographer.
From the moment I first discussed her wedding day at our casual chat over coffee months ago, I knew Jackie had a clear vision of what her dream day would entail. Elegance, class and detail, in a relaxed, fun and intimate celebration of her and Nick’s love.
Jackie and her beautiful bridesmaids spent the morning at her home, and I was present to see her fairy tale unfold. Her gown was exquisite, her hair and makeup perfect, and her head piece the ‘something old’ which was in fact her mothers’ head piece from many years ago.
And she was stunning, absolutely stunning.
I especially enjoyed witnessing the satisfaction she showed as the vision of her bridesmaids outfits came together, with the girls’ head piece tying it all together.
On the way to Ironwood Winery, which was their dream destination for their ‘first look’, I stopped in to grab a few images of the boys, and some of their antics…
On arrival, the boys made their way down to the jetty (hanging off the sides off my landcruiser!) to await the bride. Once Jackie had arrived, Nick waited with much anticipation and excitement on the end of the jetty.
This was my first ever ‘first look’ capture moment, all of my other wedding parties have followed the traditional wedding day schedule and had their portrait photo’s following their ceremony. I have to say, I had a lump in my throat myself as Jackie walked out behind Nick on the jetty and approached her groom to be. The pride in Nick’s face when he turned to see Jackie for the first time sent tingles down my spine.
We spent the next few hours enjoying the glorious stormy day, capturing fun and joyful memories of the bride and grrom with their bridal party on the jetty. And yes, I am very happy that we managed to gently coerce Jackie into the rustic dinghy on the lake for some of her breathtaking images. A huge thank you to the wonderful bridal party, you were so much fun and truly added to enjoyment of the afternoon.
Their wedding ceremony was held later in the afternoon at Lime Burners Grove. It was a lovely ceremony that included the union of Jackie and Nick, and their beautiful new family including Lucca and Giselle. Their family and friends then stayed at the venue where they celebrated in style until what I hear was well into the early hours of the next morning!
I wish the two of you every happiness in your new adventures as Mr and Mrs.
Much love. xxx.