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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


allen & yixing's rangi ruru church wedding

Written by Angela Penn on January 8th, 2015.      0 comments

"You're everything I hope for - you're everything I need... You are so beautiful to me" so goes the song (which will be referenced later in this blog).  Allen & Yixing are one of the most beautiful couples you can ever meet.  Allan, with his huge beaming grin and Yixing with those gorgeous eyes...  It was just the most special, magical day and it was evident that this couple are so very loved, and have many wonderful friends and family.  It was my absolute pleasure and honour to capure their wedding on Saturday and it was neither too hot nor too cold... it was just perfect.
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We started off at Merivale Manor which is a beautiful venue. This was a place where both bride and groom could get ready with their families but once Yixing got her dress on, Allen was not allowed anywhere near her!  I'll just let the images tell the story...
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Yixing's two beautiful sisters, Yi Szu & Yi Min wait patiently.
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And now for the bride to start the getting ready process.  Already looking beautiful.
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Eunice & the girls wait for Yixing to finish before presenting her with her jewellery.
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I shouldn't have been surprised at all the help they received from friends and family - these two are the most deserving couple - loved by everyone.
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Over at Allen's unit, the boys started to get ready too. Hmmm which tie to wear?
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Best Man Caleb, gives Allen a tip for doing up the top button, while Eddie makes sure everyone is looking sharp.
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Awwww look at that smile!!!
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The happy couple can't wait but it's going to be a wee while yet before they can see each other so they'll have to be content for now with holding hands with the door separating them!
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Love this one of Yixing and her dad.christchurch asian wedding 0026

She is just stunning.
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And now it's time to get married!!!
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Then off to one of my favourite places to shoot - Little Hagley Park!
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Then off to Allen's parents' Hazlenut Farm where there was a small army of friends getting the marquee ready for the rest of the guests to arrive.  Oh and the wind had also picked up a bit so I was hoping for a bit of veil action... didn't think it would fly right off!
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The couple also had a tea ceremony (and as they told me, they aren't really that traditional because in the teapot was Baileys!).  Although I didn't understand a word of what was being spoken, it was without a doubt, one of the most emotional, loving things I'd ever seen.
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And now it's party time!!!
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When it was Best Man Caleb's turn to speak, he'd also prepared a little something special... This was probably one of the best hakas I'd ever witnessed. It was so full of emotion and passion... words can't describe it but it was awesome!
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Ok so here's Allen's speech - he not only spoke beautifully and from the heart, he even played the piano and sang "You are so beautiful" to his new wife.  Not a dry eye in the house!
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When it was time for me to leave the dance floor was getting pretty packed.
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I'll leave you with one of my favourites from Allen & Yixing's wedding but I want to say a huge thank you to this wonderful couple.  They are amazing and their many loving friends and family are testament to their wonderful souls.  Lots of love and the very best of luck, you two. xxx
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Dress: Brides of Merivale
Suits: Sergios
Rings: Michael Hill
Flower: Flowers on Cashmere
Hair: Aries on Riccarton (Taka and Hiromi)
Makeup: Fuu Makeup
Photographer: Angela Penn - Ladybug Photography
Venue: Merivale Manor
Church: St Andrew's Presbyterian (Rangi Ruru)
Reception: Hazlenut Farm (Allen's parents' place)

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!  :)

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