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Amanda & Simon are having a baby!

Written by Angela Penn on February 3rd, 2016.      0 comments

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are beautiful at this time of year - actually they're beautiful ANY time of year but there is lots of awesome green and other gorgeous colours going on at the moment!
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Scotties in the park!

Written by Angela Penn on January 20th, 2016.      0 comments

Sam not only called herself a Scottie, but a "mad Scottie" so it was a good idea we shot in the park to let them run loose.  Joking aside, Sam has been coming to see me for photographs for a couple of years now, starting with her pregnancy shoot when she was carrying wee Johnnie!  Her sister Faye, was over from Scotland so they made the most of the holidays and the hot weather!
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hannah & yohan's knox church wedding

Written by Angela Penn on January 25th, 2015.      0 comments

Hannah & Yohan had their first date 2 years after they met (thanks to their parents!).  It was a very nervous Yohan who asked Hannah out for coffee, and the rest (as they say) is history.  Their parents had been hinting and hinting (not so subtly I think!) for them to get together but after two years of persistence it finally paid off. Actually it was Hannah who says that when her parents finally stopped hinting, they went for coffee.

Knox Church is now open again and it's beautiful inside.  They have the old pews, some still with dust from the rubble.  It smells both old and new at the same time.  It's roomy and lovely to shoot in too!

The day started at Yohan's flat where he and his two brothers David and Josh were also getting ready, along with another groomsman, Brian.  Dad Steve was there with Yohan's mum and sister Chuana.  These guys are big on family and big on love.  It's awesome.
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Then I was off to Rutherford Lodge where Hannah and her bridesmaids had just arrived from Soho where they'd just finished having hair and makup done.  Absolutely stunning!
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Hannah and her brother EJ, say a prayer before she walks down the aisle.
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Yohan's sister Chuana, does a lovely reading and then both Yohan & Hannah's dads get up and sing - amazing!!! Very talented families.
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I love the part of the ceremony, when the new bride and groom have just signed the register. The usually think they're out of the spotlight while their witnesses are signing it, but this is when some of my favourite images are made.
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Yohan's two brothers, Josh and David - it's David's birthday - happy birthday David!!! You know you WILL be expected to remember their anniversary, right?
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Yohan finds a quiet spot and goes through his speech.  Love this shot (thanks for the heads up, Cat!).
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Yohan's brother David, and Hannah's brother EJ kick off proceedings.
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Hannah had put together this lovely slideshow, including photos of both of them from when they were kids, and also some I took from their engagement shoot.knox church commodore korean wedding 0064knox church commodore korean wedding 0061-2

The night ended with a lovely sunset and lots of love. All the best you guys, hope to see you really soon. x

VENDORS: (coming soon!)

Ceremony venue: Knox Church
Hair and makeup: Soho
Photographer: Ladybug Photography by Angela Penn
Reception venue: Commodore Hotel


sarah & bassam's gardens/langdale wedding, actually

Written by Angela Penn on January 12th, 2015.      0 comments

Bassam & Sarah are two souls that love fun.  Fun was the theme of their wedding (along with Love Actually and various Disney/Pixar tunes).  Naturally I had to shoot their wedding, because, after our first meeting, we could not stop talking about How to Train Your Dragon 2, and how Stoic's beard was awesome (more awesome than the first one)..... and how amazing the graphics were.  Oh yeah and speaking of amazing, their wedding day was amazing, awesome and FUN!!!

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I started off the day with Sarah, her mum Sue and her nan at Peppers, Clearwater.  My friend Lucy Harvey was on hair and Selina Nunn on makeup. These two make a great team!
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Sarah wore two dresses on her wedding day, on the left a traditional white gown but on the right - the party dress in lemon!  (Would you believe she made this dress? Such a clever girl.  She does admit she had some help but she's still very clever).
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Squidgey!!!! (Not her real name).
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First Sarah gets into the lemon dress for some photos....
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And now for the wedding dress...
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What a beauty!
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I love these shots of Sarah, just collecting her thoughts before she sees Bassam.
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Bassam was getting ready with the help of his brother, Gus and the wonderful Tegan Johnson (Tegan Johnson Photography) was shooting the boys.  Looked nice and relaxed over there!
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I LOVE this shot of Bassam - nice one, Tegan!  Looking sharp, Mr Maghzal!
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Then it was off to the ceremony where guests were waiting and chatting.  They chose to get married at the Cockayne Memorial Gardens (in the Botanic Gardens) and it was such an intimate little setting and the day was beautifully overcast.
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Sarah and her mum and nan had to walk a little way from the carpark - so why wear your heels when you can wear perfectly good jandals?
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So while the guests were making their way to Langdale Vineyard Restaurant, the newyweds and I made the most of our beautiful surroundings.
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As I mentioned above, these two love to have fun.  And fun they did have!
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Back at Langdales, Tegan was making some amazing ring shots! I couldn't decide which one to use, so I'm putting these all in the blog!
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Sarah & Bassam MADE this cake!  And believe me, it was YUMMY!
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Time for a quick tractor ride before dinner...
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Bit of a Titanic moment....
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The food (Lebanese) was ah-MAZING!
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And then we popped outside for a quick backlit shot (we were denied a beautiful sunset so opted for this instead which I LOVE).
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The speeches were short and sweet with plenty of laughs and LOTS of love.
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Thanks so much for the opportunity to get to know you two over the past few months.  It was such a beautifully magical day and we had a blast, actually. xxx
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Celebrant: Andrew Deyell
Reception Venue and food: Lauren Carmichael and Gaby at Langdale Vineyard Restaurant.
Transport: Corporate Cabs
Ceremony venue: Botanic gardens (CCC).
Bride's dress x2: The Bride and Jeanette Sinclair at House of Chantilly
Mother of the groom dress: Jeanette Sinclair at House of Chantilly
Wedding rings: Julian Harding
Music: live saxophonists Claire Elliot and Perry
Photographs: Angela Penn supported by Tegan Johnson
Cake: Made by the groom
Dance lessons: Marcela Diacono.
Bride's hair: Lucy Harvey
Bride's make up and spray tan: Selina Nunn
Brides nails: e-nails
Brides hair piece: Lorraine at Grace & Lace
Flower girl hair piece: Bride
Ring pillow: Bride
Table runners: interior Flair
Wedding party accommodation: Peppers Clearwater
Flowers (bride and flower girl bouquet, button holes and corsages): Aromaunga Baxters Flowers - Bridle Path Road
Groom and best man tuxes: Ballantynes (Joe Black).
Bride shoes: Etsy

sarah & chris' engagement shoot in the gardens

Written by Angela Penn on January 5th, 2015.      0 comments

You'd be hard pressed to find a lovelier setting than our very own Christchurch Botanic Gardens.  It has everything you could want in a photographic backdrop and outside the museum on a beautiful afternoon, I met Sarah & Chris for the very first time and they were amazing in front of the camera!  Check them out.  :)

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Sarah & Chris - I can't wait to hang out with you both again in a couple of weeks!

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:

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!  :)

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!!!

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