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emma & mike are engaged!

Written by Angela Penn on December 8th, 2013.      0 comments

I met up with Emma & Mike for their engagement shoot this week and we used gorgeous Taylor's Mistake as our backdrop. Fred, their fur baby came along for the ride and boy does he keep them on their toes!  Mike pretended he didn't like being in front of the camera but my camera knows better and Emma has THE most infectious giggle I've ever heard.  That giggle, is absolutely beautiful.
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No, this isn't Mike.  I just snapped this poor guy as he was riding.  :)
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Ah, here they are!
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And wherever Mike & Emma are, Fred isn't far away.
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Fred is looking for his biscuit. Hehe.
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Can't wait to shoot your wedding guys - February is just around the corner!  x

Jo & Mark's Langdale Vineyard wedding

Written by Angela Penn on November 28th, 2013.      0 comments

Joanna & Mark are the kind of lovely souls that you know are meant to be together.  You can tell by the way they look at each other that their love is real and strong.  When I was going through their images I got goose bumps looking through their ceremony photos and the way Mark looks at Jo ... well it just melts my heart. You'd better just keep looking for yourself because my words don't do them justice.

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When I got to Jo's parents' house a leisurely breakfast was going on.
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So I snuck out to get some dress shots.  :)
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And then I find the couples' beautiful daughter, Isabella. She doesn't mind the camera, not one bit!
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A bit of last-minute lippy...
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Jo's best friend & bridesmaid, Michele.
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And now it's time for me to see Mark at Langdale Vineyard Restaurant!
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Mark and his best man, Marty, have been friends since they were 3!  Now that's a friendship that has stood the test of time!
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Mark's gorgeous wee mum.
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And when wee Isabella arrives with Jo's mum Sarah, all eyes were on her and her daddy.
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Check out this shot of Mark, while I was photographing Jo.  He's absolutely stoked.  Love it.
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Jo & Mark, thank you SO much for asking me to shoot your wedding.  It was an absolute pleasure and an honour.  I can't wait to see where your lives will take you now.  Ang  x

PS if you'd like to see Jo & Mark's Christchurch Botanic Gardens engagement shoot, click here!

Photographer - Angela Penn
Jo’s dress;
Fabric from Grace & Lace
Dressmaker – Philippa Maunsell
Suits – Sergios
Rings – Martinovish Jewellers
Hair – Jodi Percy
Makeup – Kylie Harpur
Shoes – Mimco
Venue – Langdale Vineyard Restaurant

kylie & stu {married) - Akaroa 26 October 2013

Written by Angela Penn on November 14th, 2013.      0 comments

Wow.  Wow.  WOW!  I love these guys so much - such beautiful people and gorgeous hearts.  Ok so where to begin....  I met Kylie for a coffee catch up when she was sussing out photographers and we hit it off straight away. Hugged in the carpark type stuff. So she pretty much had to book me based on that.  Then I met a very quiet Stu at their engagement session - luckily for him, he comes with his trusty sidekick, the couple's (then) 10 week old son, Arlo (I know right?  Cute name).  Fast forward a few months and here we are in beautiful Akaroa, getting married at Mt Vernon Lodge.

Kylie & Stu meet when their eyes locked onto each other in a dingy pub one night... kidding, kidding. She's from the West Coast and he's a pom.  He was working over here and happened to go to the Kaikoura Seafest where they met.  Stu was meant to come home 2 months later but hello, falls in love instead!  So glad they did because I got to shoot their stunning wedding!

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Stu's awesome ring is made from a 1937 half crown.  So cool!
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My lovely friend Kelly Shakespeare helped out on the day and got some great shots of the boys getting ready.
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The boys discover no holes for the cuff links.  So using a bit of Kiwi ingenuity (a craft knife) they fashion the holes themselves.
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After all that hard work, it's time for a drink.
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Let's rock 'n' roll!
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But time for one last 'cheers'.
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Meanwhile back at the girls' camp... 
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Just gorgeous. x
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This girl loves to laugh and her laugh is infectious.
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And then the girls spot the boys walking to the ceremony...
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Let the fun... begin!
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Meet Arlo!  He's now 10 months old!  Such a cutie-pie!
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Then we went off road up the 'hill'.  Was a tad windy.  Just a tad....
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I can see your house from here!!!!!
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After dropping the bridal party back to the reception, we headed off into Akaroa for a romantic walk along the pier. 
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Gosh you guys - way to make it so hard to choose images for your blog - too cute!!!  Can't wait to show you the rest.  xxx

Photographer - Angela Penn
Kylie's Dress - Annah Stretton
Shoes - Mia Piaci
Bridesmaids' dresses - ASOS
Mens' suits - Hallensteins
Hair & Makeup - Niki Holmes
Catering - The Trading Rooms
Venue - Mt Vernon Lodge
Band - Acoustic Solution

jo & mark plus ONE!

Written by on October 16th, 2013.      0 comments

It was the most gorgeous day on Saturday - I had a portrait shoot at home in the morning, the sun was shining, I got my washing out and I was really looking forward to meeting Jo & Mark that afternoon as we'd already had to put off their engagement shoot because of bad weather.  So when I turned up at the gardens, I saw the clouds, heard the thunder and went back to my car for the umbrella.  A little bit of rain was NOT going to put us off!

Meeting them both was fantastic but they I spied an extra pair of cute wee legs (sorry Mark, not yours) and they belonged to the beautiful Isabella, Jo and Mark's gorgeous wee girl.  What a bright spark - this kid has an awesome vocabulary and could probably (in the right situation, where the scary photographer lady wanted to 'borrow' your Dora backpack) talk the hind legs off anyone!  With a dad as lovely as Mark and a mum as beautiful as Jo, this kid is bound for great things.

So off for a trek around the gardens, trying to find some shelter - these raindrops were getting BIG!
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So we set off for our walk...
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And it wouldn't be a walk in the park (haha) without "one... two... THREE!".  I even think I see Mark getting in on the action!
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I LOVE the way Isabella stares adoringly into her daddy's eyes.
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With spring comes new life. Guess what they found by the pond?
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"There she is!".  Says Isabella.
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Look at meeee!
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Gorgeous girl. x
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Then it was time for some engagement photos of mum and dad.... not enough time though - it started pouring down so we called it a day.
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What a gorgeous family.
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Jo, Mark (Chris - haha) and Isabella - I'm so looking forward to your wedding and we don't have to wait too long - November is just around the corner!  xx

To check out Jo & Mark's beautiful wedding, click here!
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abbey & isaac's (belated) engagement session!

Written by on September 29th, 2013.      0 comments

Oops I slipped up! I was meant to post this back in March when I actually shot this session but somehow I didn't and I get a message from Abbey today asking if I was going to do a blog post for them - of COURSE, I say!  And here it is...  So this is why the foliage looks so awesomely Autumnal - it's because it WAS Autumn back in March!

These two met at D&A where they were both studying photography. Then Abbey left for a bit and came back and it was all on! Ok, ok, I don't know if it was "all on" but in my head it happened like that.

Anyway skip forward a couple of years and they've stuck together through thick and thin, have been through some amazingly rough patches and have come out the other side ok.  They get married next year at Omarino Wine Park and I cannot wait.  I know it's going to be one of those "get your hankies out" type weddings.  I'll make sure I bring mine.

So we met at the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens and of course it was amazing there with all the leaves on the ground.  (Little did Abbey know what Isaac was going to do...).  When I was editing these photos I kept using my Miss Piggy voice saying "kissy kissy!" the whole time. These guys are so super cute and kissy kissy.

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laura + jack got engaged

Written by on September 29th, 2013.      0 comments

Laura and Jack are one of those super awesome couples who are so in love, it radiates from them.  They will also make awesome parents.  Do you know how I know this?  Because of Archie.  He's two and no, he's not their human toddler.  He's the most gorgeous puppy dog with the most gorgeous soft coat and big brown eyes you've ever seen.  In fact I was keen to trade him in for my two kids.

Anyway, we met at Halswell Quarry which is a well known dog park in Christchurch. It was an absolutely stunning day - the sun was shining, the blossom was out and it just made me happy.

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Yussss, I got it!!!
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cara + matt's otahuna lodge wedding

Written by on September 24th, 2013.      0 comments

Cara & Matt have been through tough times.  They both have their own children. They have both experienced loss.  Loss of a wife, loss of a friend.  They deserve all the happiness in the world and it starts with this day.  They are the most laid back, down to earth couple and I LOVE that about them!

So, what sort of a day did Christchurch put on for them?  This sort! Rainy, dreary, cloudy.  The wedding itself was entirely different...
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I was very excited to shoot this wedding.  Not only is Otahuna Lodge beautiful, so was the bride.  As for the groom, I had yet to meet him but I assumed he was beautiful too.  ;D  On the drive out to Otahuna, I made the most of the moody clouds and captured the atmosphere.
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Otahuna is STUNNING!  It is one of the most amazing Christchurch wedding venues I've ever been to.
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Before I snuck upstairs to see the girls, and before the bus-load of guests arrived, I had a good look around.
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The girls are getting ready upstairs when I hear the bus arrive.  I can't go downstairs just yet - there's just too much cuteness going on up here!
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Cara's mum not only made her stunning wedding dress, but she made all the girls' dresses too!  Amazingly talented lady.
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Meanwhile downstairs, Matt's son Beau waits patiently...
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At last it's time! The girls walk down the stairs one by one and I'm sure I see a tear or two in Matt's eyes.  Either that or it's hayfever.
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You guys are just too darned cute for your own good.  I KNOW your lives together will be amazing because I have spent time with your children and you don't get kids like that if you aren't awesome parents and great people.  Thank you SO much for letting me be part of your very special day.  xxx

Venue: Otahuna Lodge
Cara's dress: Made by her mum
Cara's shoes:  I'll find out for you all
Cara & Matt's entertainment: Tor Sutton
Cara & Matt's photographer: Angela Penn  (just in case you hadn't picked up on it - it's ME!)

Tor Sutton - Vocalist

Written by on August 14th, 2013.      0 comments

Meet Tor. She is funny.  She is gorgeous.  She is talented. And she's my SISTER!  Sorry for yelling, I'm very excited to be showing you these photos because one of them will be used as the cover for her Blues/Gospel EP release.  Check out Tor's Facebook page - come along to a gig if you can!

Last week we went out to Bottle Lake Forest and had SUCH a great time - was so much fun!  Here are a few favourites from Tor's shoot. 

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Caroline + David = love

Written by on August 11th, 2013.      0 comments

Oh my goodness. These two are just gorgeous to shoot.  They are so in love, and just so happy - I can't wait for their wedding in Feb next year.

Lawyer (and songbird) Caroline & anaesthesiologist David are a match made in heaven.  We met in Sumner for their engagement shoot and although we'd picked a cloudy, gray day, this loved-up couple were a bright spot in all the gloominess.

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Caroline keeps David on his toes... and wherever she goes, he will follow.  Or be dragged.
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Oops.  Did I say "keep looking at me" for a bit too long???
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This couple is on top of the world...
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... but are ready to catch each other when they fall.
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Caroline and David, it was my absolutely pleasure to shoot your pre-wedding photos, and I know your wedding day is going to be just as fun and just as beautiful. xxx

Just for the heck of it...

Written by on July 30th, 2013.      0 comments

Ok so here's a bit of an experiment... Lately I've been doing some before and afters. You know, you turn up here completely make-up less, I take a photo of you looking like you've just gotten out of bed, and then Lucy Harvey works her hair and makeup magic and transforms you into a supermodel!

But sometimes it's not possible to get your hair and makeup done, and it's not just getting this done that helps you look your best.

A good photographer helps.  Actually a good photographer is everything. You can have the most awesome hair and makeup team but if your photographer doesn't know what they are doing, you may as well be smeared in Marmite.

So I thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if I showed you the before and after of someone who turns up at my house, completely unaware that I was going to do this.

I wanted to show that in the left image of both girls, they are standing dead on to the camera, in unflattering poses and that a lot can be achieved by flattering posing, lighting, and a little bit of editing!

Here's Fleur, who turned up for her baby Neave's one year Baby Grow Programme.
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And this is my beautiful friend, Leanne.  She is really bubbly and smiley and the middle shot is just "her" so we had a bit of an experiement with her more serious side (after the giggling subsided).
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So anyway my point.... Yes, it's great to be able to have your hair and makeup done, but normally when we're sprung for a photo, we look like this.  And this is what I wanted to show.  Beautiful, gorgeous, natural ladies who look like this most of the time, but with the right posing and light it will make you look even more fabulous!


Heather & Doug's studio couples shoot

Written by on July 9th, 2013.      0 comments

Wowzers.  These guys are awesome.  Not only are they great to photograph, they take amazing photos too!  This is Heather & Doug of Heather Ellis Photography & DpointR Photography - both extremely talented on both sides of the camera, as it turns out! I must admit I was a tad nervous before they got here... Okay okay, I was still shaking when I made them coffee but as soon as the camera started clicking I was in the zone!  Too much fun.  x

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This is where I was trying to make them laugh, by laughing myself but apparently I ended up sounding like Santa.
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I LOOOOVE this one.  :D
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kylie, stu & arlo {engaged}

Written by on March 9th, 2013.      0 comments

Wow.  I had so much fun with these guys on Thursday night at Taylor's Mistake.  They are awesome, and don't they make a gorgeous family!  Kylie giggled the whole way through the shoot (saying she's not photogenic, didn't like photos of herself).  What-EVER!  You guys are CUTE!!!

First off, check out their fusion video.
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I love the one on the right especially.  :D
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Mr grumpy. Actually he wasn't grumpy at all.  He'd just woken up so he was being exactly how a baby is meant to be when they wake up in the middle of the field and he's faced with a huge camera and expected to smile on demand.
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Bye, you two.  See you in October! x
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hannah + bryce's temuka/timaru wedding

Written by on February 20th, 2013.      0 comments

It was a gorgeous summer's day in Temuka for Hannah & Bryce's wedding.  St David's Church in Cave is absolutely stunning.

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Bryce and his groomsmen wait patiently...
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As does this wee dot!
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And the bride arrives in style! Now THAT'S a wedding car.  :-)st davids church cave 0006

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And now to the stunning Ashfield Manor House & Gardens for the reception.  First a few sneaky photos of the newlyweds.
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The beautiful flowers are by Sue Evans.
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Wouldn't you love to be able to do this still?
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Hope this wee one wasn't drinking and driving.
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Hannah & Bryce - your wedding was beautiful and you make such a gorgeous couple.  The day was magic.  Thank you so much for choosing me.  x

Hannah's dress:  Holly Wedding Dress (UK)
Shoes: Aldo
Suits: Sergios
Flowers: Sue Evans

hannah + sam's trents vineyard wedding

Written by on February 13th, 2013.      0 comments

Where do I even BEGIN posting about this beautiful couple? I think I may as well jump right in and show you the photos ...  So many smiles editing these!

When I walked into Hannah's parent's house the first thing I saw were these gorgeous shoes - squeeee!!!!
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Trying to get into the dress was the first hurdle! Luckily Hannah had 4 gorgeous bridesmaids to help.
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Just stunning, Hannah.
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Hannah puts some finishing touches on her mum.  Yes Vanda, you're caught on camera.  ;D
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Then time for a special thank you gift from Hannah to her bridesmaids.
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And just enough time for some photos with mum and dad.
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Dad Alistair, walks his stunning daughter towards her husband to be.  I love how these guys are holding hands. x
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Church of Ascension, Mt Pleasant.
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Caught one of the tea ladies in prayer too...
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These next two images are when Sam just couldn't help himself and went in for a kiss.  And why wouldn't he?
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She's not your traditional bride.  And I LOVE that!
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And off to Taylor's Mistake for some fun in the sun!
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The beach is this couples' favourite place.
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A must-stop-at in Sumner was the knitting container.  I'm not sure Hannah's new love for knitting will take over the surfing though.
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And to Trent's Estate Vineyard.
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Some of the guests played petanque...
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While others just took some time out.
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The guests were asked to sign ... a surfboard!  Of course!
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Now time for speeches... I knew these were going to be GOOD and I wasn't disappointed!
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Love reflections...
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Hannah & Sam - you make such a beautiful couple, you have amazing friends and a wonderful family. I know this because I was constantly asked if I'd had something to eat, a coffee, or if I wanted a seat.  Lovely, lovely people.  You have such a wonderful support network.  I loved your wedding. xxx

When asked what theme Hannah & Sam were having for their wedding, she answered "ummm... Stuff I Like!".

Bride's dress: Lazaro style 3000 (second-hand)
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Hairpiece: Hannah made this herself from scraps of the dress
Hair and Makeup - Mariessa Waddington
Bridesmaids dresses:  Anna Stretton
Guys' suits: Soho 2 piece hired from Sergios
Guys' shirts: Country Road
Flowers: Aromaunga
Church: Church of Ascension, Mt Pleasant
Venue: Trents Estate Vineyard
Band: Assembly Required

pip + geoff's kate sheppard gardens wedding

Written by on February 10th, 2013.      0 comments

Pip and Geoff met at school, and by all accounts it took them a while to get together.  They are avid runners (possibly doing the Boston Marathon soon, huh guys?) & cheese lovers (check out their cake!).  And they had the most amazing wedding.  It was held at Kate Sheppard House & Garden and is absolutely beautiful there.

Pip goes over her vows ...
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While I take some shots of her dress which was made by Amy of Aeon Dressmaking - it is stunning!  Her shoes are from Myer in Brisbane.
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Pip's sister Anna gets ready before helping the bride into her dress.  (I'm a sucker for pointy ballet feet).
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Then a few family photos inside this gorgeous homestead before the ceremony!
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So I leave the girls to it and sneak outside to get some crowd shots and find some man-love going on!
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Geoff sees his gorgeous bride walking down the path and there's hardly a dry eye in the house.  This great shot of Pip and her dad was taken by my second shooter Oswald from Oswald Photography.  :D
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Sometimes it's the little ones who steal the show...
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And sometimes not! (PS I LOVE this shot!).
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And time for a little giant Jenga.  Boom!
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And the beautiful rings!!!
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Ooh and the cake! It was a cheese cake! Not a cheese cake, cheese cake, but a cake made from 3 types of cheese!  By Canterbury Cheesemongers.
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The full moon that night was a beautiful end to a magic day.  What an honour photographing Pip & Geoff's wedding.  I thought it was pretty perfect and I know they did too. x
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Pip's dress: by Amy of Aeon Dressmaking
Pip's shoes: Myer
Venue: Kate Sheppard House & Garden
Hair: Jem Smalley of Felix Culpa
Makeup:  Callie Sanford
Flowers: Flowers on Holmwood
Cake: Canterbury Cheesemongers
Band: Catherine Wells

Meet Angela

Angela Penn is a member of the NZIPP & qualified portrait photographer in Christchurch, New Zealand and is absolutely passionate about photographing people.



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Mob:   0274 887 544

Email:   hi@ladybug.nz

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