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The Eastmure clan gets cozy at Christmas

Written by Angela Penn on December 8th, 2014.      0 comments

The beautiful Eastmure family let me hang out with them last Friday as they got festive! I'm loving their Christmas PJs - too cute!  Big sisters Natasha and Lilly simply ADORE their wee baby brother - this family has so much love, it's just so cute to see it in the kids who clearly love each other to bits.  Alena is not only a great hostess, she is the master of set design too and the tree and surrounding Christmas things were amazing! Down to the wee jars complete with fairly lights - gotta get me some of them!

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The girls and I were discussing how cool it would be to have REAL LIVE fairies in these jars and what we would name them.  Lilly says she would call one Bendon.  "Brendon?" I ask?  "No, Bendon".
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Dear lovely, lovely Eastmure family - I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. You guys are an absolute delight - thank you so much for letting me into your home and into your lives.  xxx
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vicky & mark's city engagement shoot

Written by Angela Penn on December 3rd, 2014.      0 comments

Vicky & Mark chose Christchurch's inner city as the backdrop for their engagement shoot a couple of weeks ago and it was a beautiful, beautiful night!  I very rarely go into the City and they showed me loads of new things which were so cool to be able to photograph!

I think it's fair to say they were perhaps a little hesitant about being in front of the camera but by the end of it, they were dancing up a storm to beat of their own drums.  This is why I think it's so important to do a pre-wedding shoot if you get the chance!  We knew each other just that little bit more after it and when it comes to photos on their big day, they will be so much more relaxed.

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Claire, Willy & baby Fred!

Written by Angela Penn on December 2nd, 2014.      0 comments

I met Claire & Willy at their friend's wedding earlier this year and I instantly like them.  Bring wee Fred into the mix and they make the perfect wee family! I LOVED shooting these guys. x

Look at this wee face!!!
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sarah & matt's hampton lea / rossendale wedding

Written by Angela Penn on December 1st, 2014.      0 comments

Oh my gosh, what to say about these guys?  This wedding would have to, without a doubt, be one of THE BEST weddings ever.  It was full of emotion, laughter and love and it was AMAZING. Despite heavy rain warnings, the day was an absolute scorcher, getting up to 30 degress at the ceremony!  Anyway I don't think I can do them justice by writing about their gorgeous day and you're not here to read my waffle so here are some of their images....

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Sarah is one STUNNING bride.
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And Erin heads over to see what the boys are up to.
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There's just enough room in here for one photographer, one groomsman, one sister of the groom and of course, the groom!
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Matt's best man, Tiger, is in charge of tieing the ties.  Tiger ties the ties.  Say that fast.
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What a good-looking groom!
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I love these shots of Matt and his dad just before the ceremony. 
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And then it was time...
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Matt's reaction was so lovely.
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Hampton Lea Gardens sure puts on a beautiful wedding.
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So much laughter ... that's what it's all about, right?  Having fun, with your best bud.
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Sarah and her gorgeous bridesmaids! Great bunch of girls.  x
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I think this was the part Sarah's sister Rebecca (to the left of Sarah) says something funny/inappropriate. Probably both.  :)
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Just as we headed off towards Tai Tapu Lodge, the weather cut up and it was just as well we had this beautiful loft to shoot in. 
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Just before we headed in to the reception we took a quick shot in amongst the grapevines (and yes, it was raining so it was a very quick shot!).
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And then into the reception where there were individually labelled envelopes on the tables, and instant cameras which of course were very popular!  I may or may not have photobombed a group of people (it was only the netball boys and they won't mind).  :p
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Very Vogue guys!
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Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU so much for asking me to photograph your amazing, beautiful, heartfelt wedding. I had a blast. xxx

Band: Absolut
Bride & Bridesmaids' dresses:  Davis Bridal
Bridal footwear: Number One Shoes
Cake: Little Miss
Celebrant: John Sellwood
Decorations: Dreams to Reality
Flowers: Hornby Florist
Groom & Groomsmen attire: Barkers
Hair & Makeup: Natural Image Hair & Beauty
Nails: Gemma Clare for Nails
Peony Roses: Tessa Forde & Ann Malloch (family friends)
Rings: Harrington Showcase Jewellers
Second Shooter: Erin McLean - Inspire Images
Singer for ceremony: Tor Sutton
Photographer: Angela Penn - Ladybug Photography
Transportation: Christchurch Limousines
Venue: ceremony - Hampton Lea Gardens
Venue: reception - Rossendale Winery
Wedding night accommodation: Tai Tapu Lodge

Rachelle & Leon's Flock Hill wedding

Written by Angela Penn on November 25th, 2014.      0 comments


there is no better time to get your photo taken...

Written by Angela Penn on October 29th, 2014.      0 comments

These gorgeous kids go to my son's school, in fact Maeve is in Harry's class. Isn't it funny though, how you get to know the parents of the kids the same sex as yours, but hardly talk to the others? I don't really know the girls' parents in our class at all!  That's probably because, as we all know, girls smell.

Maeve & Otto's mum Kerry, is going through cancer treatment and although this shoot was meant about the kids, I MADE her be in these photos.  Well, I suggested strongly that it would be a good idea and I'm so so glad she did it as you will see down the bottom of this post, we have a couple of gorgeous images of Kerry and her beautiful children.

Our location was a little different - it was down a very busy part of Linwood Ave - you know, before Eastgate (or after, depending on which direction you're coming from).  I've been wanting to shoot here for YEARS so when I suggested this location to Kerry, she was all for it!

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corina & daryl's wedding - the sound of sirens

Written by Angela Penn on October 22nd, 2014.      0 comments

Corina & Daryl have been photographed by me for nearly two years, since their gorgeous wee daughter Jade, was born.  I've loved watching Jade grow and it's been my absolute pleasure to see this beautiful family evolve and bond.  So, when they asked me to shoot their wedding, it was a big HECK YES from me.  It's just so exciting to shoot someone you've met a few times before - I LOVE it!

Oh yes, you're wondering about the sirens reference?  Yeah, just me trying to be funny...  Corina & Daryl met through St John and the St John's folk and any reference to St John was prominent on their wedding day, so much so they had an ambulance meet us at Hagley Park.  I'm not sure how they got it there but I don't want to know.  "What goes on at St John... " etc etc.

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When I asked what his name was, Cooper says "big boy!". 
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This is gorgeous Jade!  Just woked up from a big nap - all ready to celebrate mummy & daddy's wedding day!
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Josie & Brian (Corina's mum and dad) start to get ready.
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There's no better time to snuggle with mum than when you have breakfast all over your hands.
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Over at the boys' place, Daryl is starting to get ready too. Big thanks to Stuart for second shooting for me!
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Back with the girls, we took the opportunity of getting some stunning portraits of Corina (complete with white couch on the lawn!).
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The girls arrive at the West Melton airfield, for the first look - exciting!!!!!
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Corina's brother Lance and dad Brian, look on. 
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Then off to Little Hagley Park (by Millbrook Reserve) to check to see if the blubells are still there - and YES, so happy to say they were!  Have to get the ambo shot!
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The boys head off to Langdales while the girls (who don't want to turn up exactly on time, right?) take a detour past the pub. 
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And then to Langdale Vineyard Restaurant where we're hoping the rain will hold off!  Beautiful setting out here.
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Love this shot of wee Stella.  (Thanks to Stu for this one!).
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Then back inside where it's nice and warm. Oh and there's wine.
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The shoe game was FUN!!!!!
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I was told I HAD to get the YMCA song as it holds some significance for the St John's guys.  They went NUTS when it was played!  So funny!
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Hey guys, thank you SO much for inviting me to capture your wedding day. It was so much fun and I think you guys are the best.  Wee Jade is just a darling.  x
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Venue: Langdale Vineyard
Celebrant: Debbie Hawker
Cake: Fantail Cakes
Cars: Family owned cars
Videography: Soul Reflections
Musician: Tor Sutton
Rings: Terry Banks Jeweller, West Melton
Suits: Sergios
Cufflinks: On the Cuff
Dress: Bought 2nd hand via Still White (2014 Cosmobella Collection)
Brides shoes: Overland
Brides hairpiece & earrings, and fur stole: Grace & Lace
Brides nails: Miss Bliss
Bridesmaids; Dress: Max, Belt: Annah Stretton, Shoes: Hannah's
Bridesmaids jewellery: Merlesque Jewellery Design (Facebook Page)
Makeup: Angela Minson
Hair: Janeen Moir
Flax Flowers (and buttonholes, cake topper, corsage): Flaxation
Photographer: Angela Penn - Ladybug Photography

allen & yixing's sunny engagement shoot

Written by Angela Penn on October 14th, 2014.      0 comments

Wow, what a beautiful day is was on Monday!  Absolutely stunning!  And I got to photograph a stunning couple too. They are SO sweet, and SO cute together and they are so so so in love!!!  I'm buzzing about this shoot and cannot wait until their wedding in January!

Here are a few images from their engagement session.
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hannah & yohan's love shoot at little hagley park

Written by Angela Penn on October 12th, 2014.      0 comments

We met up on a gorgeous Spring day in Canterbury, and managed to pick the perfect bluebell time!  I LOVE this time of year so to be able to shoot at this time, with a couple so obviously in love made it all the more special!love shoot hagley park 0001love shoot hagley park 0002love shoot hagley park 0003love shoot hagley park 0004love shoot hagley park 0005love shoot hagley park 0006love shoot hagley park 0007love shoot hagley park 0008love shoot hagley park 0009love shoot hagley park 0010love shoot hagley park 0011love shoot hagley park 0012love shoot hagley park 0013love shoot hagley park 0014love shoot hagley park 0015love shoot hagley park 0016love shoot hagley park 0017love shoot hagley park 0018love shoot hagley park 0019love shoot hagley park 0020love shoot hagley park 0021love shoot hagley park 0022love shoot hagley park 0023love shoot hagley park 0024love shoot hagley park 0025love shoot hagley park 0026love shoot hagley park 0027love shoot hagley park 0028

I loved this shoot with you guys, can't wait for the wedding now!  :)

sarah & bassam - engagement session amongst the horses

Written by Angela Penn on October 3rd, 2014.      0 comments

I think it's fair to say Sarah & Bassam and I hit it off straight away - I showed them my sample album - they gave me tea and chocolate.  And then the fun began!

The couple decided on using the Sandow Riding School in Templeton as the backdrop for their engagement shoot as this is where they met, and it couldn't have been more perfect!

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These two are just so cute and laughed and giggled their way through the whole session!
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Sefton thinks they're pretty funny...
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Sarah & Bassam, I had SO much fun at your engagement shoot and you guys are so lovely to shoot! Can't wait for your big day. x

nikolay's first steps - a lifestyle shoot

Written by Angela Penn on October 1st, 2014.      0 comments

I met these gorgeous guys a few weeks ago when they came up to my studio to check out my work and to make sure I wasn't a total nut-job.  I pretended I wasn't so we booked in their Lifestyle Shoot!  Grigoriy, Anna & wee Nikolay are from Ukraine and are totally gorgeous!!!

We started at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens where they fed the ducks, then wandered around together being totally in love and beautiful.  That works up an appetite so we went back to their place for cake!!!

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Aren't they just stunning? So in love - what a gorgeous family.
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We also managed to capture Nikolay's first steps!!! 
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Their house is filled with love and memories and there are photos everywhere. Anna made the wee elephants which are a symbol of good luck.

Now for cake...mmm it was delicious!  Inna from Inna's Baking made it and it not only looked good it tasted AMAZING!!! 
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Now, Anna is one very talented lady - she MADE these beautiful flowers! They are made from soft, air-dryed Japanese clay and they look so life- like!  They are perfect for a wedding bouquet or buttonhole as they last forever!
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And now for the special guest ... Nikolay!!!!
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Way better to eat them than to play with them, huh?
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Don't you just love tiny itty-bitty feet???!!!
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It's been a long day.
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These guys are the lovliest parents and it's clear to see how in love they are with each other.  That wee boy is one lucky chappy.  x

Here's their slideshow:

rachelle & leon's city engagement session (complete with kids!)

Written by Angela Penn on September 28th, 2014.      0 comments

Did you know, that half of my wedding couples this season have kids?  Way more than when I first started shooting weddings and I love that element because kids can keep you down to earth and they're just so spontaneous and not usually as camera shy as their parents!! So it makes perfect sense to bring your kids along to your Love Shoot, right?

Here we have Rachelle & Leon, who are getting married in November, along with their gorgeous and very well behaved children, Bridget & Connor.

We met up at the Cardboard Cathedral and wandered around from there.
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Bring on November, guys!!!  :)

amanda & simon's sign of the bellbird engagement session ...

Written by Angela Penn on July 22nd, 2014.      0 comments

..... or as I like to call it, a Snog in the Fog.

So it was cold. It was wet.  It had been snowing.  So naturally we had Amanda & Simon's engagement shoot this day!  Apart from being cold and wet, the backdrop was awesome!!  I was in photographer heaven.  Wasn't so pleasant for this lovely couple but I LOVED that they were willing to put up with the weather to get some stunning shots!

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Bailey is the couple's gorgeous dog and she loves giving kisses (especially unexpected ones!).  It was also Bailey's birthday on the day we had our shoot!
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Aww now that's a lovely family photo.  :)
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The wee hut at Sign of the Bellbird was occupied that day so we wandered around in the mist, trying not to lose each other. 
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So while the humans were getting wet outside, Bailey was tucked up in the shelter of the bushes.  She loved it. You can just tell.
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My favourite shot from this shoot.  Love it.
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victoria & sam's port hills engagement session

Written by Angela Penn on June 29th, 2014.      0 comments

Victoria and Sam booked me to shoot their wedding before we'd met so a couple of weeks ago when we arranged to meet for their engagement session, I had NO idea what to expect.  Mind you, neither did they.  This giggly couple had JUST gotten off a flight from Samoa that morning, so what I was expecting was two bedragled, sleep deprived, dehydrated people.  Instead I got two gorgeous, funny people who make one super cute, adorable couple!  I don't think they stopped giggling the whole time and I'd like to think it was partly my influence but as Victoria put it, "we're eggs!".

The weather couldn't quite make up it's mind that day - the fog kept rolling in and then the sun would come out.  Nevertheless it's still a beautiful sight up by Sign of the Kiwi.
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(By the end of our session, you couldn't even see the top of this hill, it was so covered in cloud).
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So now we get into the good stuff!  Photos of Sam and Victoria!!!
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And keep an eye out for Victoria's cute foot pop too.  It makes an appearance quite a bit.  :)
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These guys were so easy to photograph and I know their wedding day will be full of smiles, giggles and the odd foot pop.  :)

sarah & matt's victoria park engagement session

Written by Angela Penn on June 25th, 2014.      0 comments

I have known Sarah for a long time now - our families were really close when we were kids, we all used to play netball together (Sarah's family is very talented in the sporting arena - me, not so much).  And my brother used to babysit Sarah and her sister!  So I was super honoured when they asked if they would photograph their wedding.  And or course I said big fat huge YESSSSS!!!

We met up at Victoria Park (well it's kinda behind the main park area - away from the people), so it was nice and private.

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After a few 'go stand in that long grass and frolick around' photos, they ignored me and only had eyes for each other. I LOOOOVE this photo so much.
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A bit of dancing practice never goes astray...
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At the time of writing this blog, Sarah asked if I needed any more info from her and this is what she wrote:
" Matt was on the Fortune 500 List but lost his billions in the 1987 stock market crash, got a face lift, suckered some beautiful, honest, caring, extremely modest maori girl from Christchurch to marry him and the rest is history".  This girl is seriously hilarious. Matt, you are going to be kept laughing for the rest of your life. If not with her, then definitely AT her. 

corina & daryl's engagement/family shoot at the botanic gardens

Written by Angela Penn on June 11th, 2014.      0 comments

Corina and Daryl have been coming to me for family photos for over a year now - their beautiful daughter Jade was part of my Baby Grow programme and I just love seeing my families grow! So it gives me huge warm fuzzies to be asked to be Corina and Daryl's wedding photographer and I know there will be a few tears as this gorgeous couple says their vows in October.  They are super cute together and have made the most beautiful baby girl!  This wee family have become very special to me.  Anyway enough of my blathering on... here are a wee selection of their engagement photos from last month.  It was a beautiful Autumn afternoon with the most gorgeous light... ahhhhh.

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And I enlisted the help of Daryl's parents....  Sue was the chief leaf thrower.  :)
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Jade, you are the CUTEST!!!!!!
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Hurry up, October! I want to shoot their wedding already!  :)

laura & jack's flock hill wedding

Written by Angela Penn on May 30th, 2014.      0 comments

Laura & Jack got married in the very picturesque Flock Hill Lodge and we were not disappointed as this stunning day unfolded!

I met the girls at Castle Hill where they were getting ready, and the day looked a little like this... 
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Laura's gorgeous dress and shoes.... eeeeee!
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Yes, that's the Batman logo.  There was a bit of Batman going on today.  :)
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Jack takes a quiet moment to open Laura's gift.
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I LOVE this shot of Jack and his dad.  Big thanks to Kelly Shakespeare who was my second shooter for the day!
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Laura is a STUNNING bride.
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Time to open Jack's gift.
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These girls were FANTASTIC!  Had such a great day with them.  :)
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Nearly time to leave...
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The handsome groom and his mates.
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There's that Batman theme popping up again...
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THE most stunning view.
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Jack's groomsmen were hilarious!  Quite a few photos did NOT make it onto the blog as this is a child-friendly show.  ;)
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Here comes the beautiful bride with her proud dad.
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The guests soak up the view while we shoot off for the creative part.
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Yep, all going according to plan... nice barn shot.  And then....
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This little piggy...
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Oh my gosh girl, you are beautiful!!!
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Jack harnesses his inner Gandalf.
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Lots of hilarity during the speeches.
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And at nightfall we all went outside to pay tribute to friends and family who have passed away.
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Laura & Jack - your wedding was amazing and I am so honoured to have been part of your celebration. Your attention to detail was perfect (photographer's dream) and your friends and family (especially your crazy bridal party) were the best.  xxx

Photographer: Angela Penn
Second shooter: Kelly Shakespeare
Venue: Flock Hill
Laura Getting Ready: Castle Hill Village
Rings: Laura - Made by Mason Carter, Jack - ra
Music: Rachel Hamilton (Ceremony & Canapes), DJ Adam
Cake: Family Friend
Dress & Bridesmaids: Online
Shoes: America
Suits: Halenstiens
Celebrant: Morgan Williams
Cars: Hired
Flowers: Family Friend
Giant Jenga: Celebrate and Party
Decorations: Laura

Lewis & Faye's engagement shoot - Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Written by Angela Penn on April 8th, 2014.      0 comments

I loved these two gorgeous souls from the minute I met them.  Both so happy and open and just .. well ...downright lovely!

We met up 5 days before their wedding to do their engagement shoot and the weather couldn't have behaved more!

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Keep an eye out for their wedding blog coming soon!!!

john & sally's beautiful port levy wedding

Written by Angela Penn on March 25th, 2014.      0 comments

John & Sally's wedding day was only a couple of days after we had that huge storm - they were one of the last to get power put back on and they still managed to put on an absolutely beautiful wedding celebration!  The weather behaved itself and was lovely the whole day.

First, I went to see the girls getting ready at Peak Homestead in Pigeon Bay, (where John's grandparents raised 9 children!).  On the way there were a few slips on the road but everything was well signposted, even telling me how to drive. :)
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Sally's wee girl Stella, showed me around the house.
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And I found Sally's dad watching The Princess Bride (one of my all time favourite movies - but you don't want your celebrant watching it - "mawwiage").  He was pretending to do his crossword....
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Stella was wearing her great-grandmother's locket.
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Then I whizzed over to Port Levy for the ceremony at the couple's beautiful home.  You should see their view!
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First of all though, the setup in the marquee was sooo beautiful!
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And that cake... (YES, it's a cake!!!).  Beautiful.
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This is Darcy, Sally's second son. He's cheeky.  And adorable!
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And then the girls arrive! First up, it's bridesmaid Emma and Stella. Gorgeous, girls!
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The boys!
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They got married at the bottom of the garden.  I was always told there were fairies at the bottom of the garden...
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Sally's eldest boy Finn, reads beautifully.
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Sealing the deal!
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Then a quick drive up the farm to this fabulous spot.
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And finally down to the Port Levy wharf.  What an absolutely gorgeous setting.
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Sally and John, it was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with you and your lovely friends and family.  All the best for the future. x
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Girls getting ready - Peak Homestead
Photographer - Angela Penn
Celebrant - Olive Screen
Flowers - Olive Screen (clever lady!)
All dresses and little boys shirts - Sally's mum (another clever lady!)
Mens' shirts - Calvin Klein
Mens' and Boys pants and waistcoats - Mr Seggios
Mens' hats - Possum Boutique on Trademe
Rings - Stewart Dawsons
Caterer - Vicky McSherry vickylala369@hotmail.com (food was awesome)
Bride and bridesmaid shoes - Fairyfeet
String quartet organised by Gerald Oliver

julie & carl's sunny darjon vineyard wedding

Written by Angela Penn on March 20th, 2014.      0 comments

The day was stunning for Julie & Carl's Darjon winery wedding.  What a beautiful couple and a beautiful setting.  The bell rang out after they were married and added such a lovely touch. The couple's baby daughter Paige was an absolute delight and didn't make a peep during the cereomony - she's just gorgeous!
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Thanks so much for having me, guys. It was such a pleasure to shoot for you!  x

Venue: Darjon Vineyard
Photographer: Angela Penn
Dress: To Cherish Bridal
Shoes: Borrowed from Julie's bridesmaid, Katy (they were her wedding shoes!)
Rings: Michael Hill
Hair and Makeup: Lucy Harvey
Flowers: Lynette Brass Wedding Flowers
Boys suits: Sergio's
Bridesmaid's dresses: Made by my Julie's mum
Car: Julie's mum's friends


Meet Angela

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



Contact Angela

Mob:   0274 887 544

Email:   hi@ladybug.nz

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