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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

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)

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

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