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Bec & Blair's secret wedding

Written by Angela Penn on August 26th, 2015.      0 comments

I was very excited to be shooting Bec & Blair's wedding - it was just a small, intimate affair but it was TOP SECRET! I started off at their townhouse where Bec was getting ready and because it was a secret, even the makeup artist didn't know!  She asked Bec what type of makeup she wanted and was presented with the wedding dress and "something to go with THIS!".

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They got married at the NZIA branch rooms in Cambridge terrace, where this beautifully created building opened up to a cool wee garden - right in the middle of the city!
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Their wedding would not be complete with out Kevin the Kiwi who goes everywhere with them and gets himself into lots of photos with famous people.  Kevin insisted on wearing the rings.  Just for a little bit.
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And here comes the bride....
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So in front of only a handful of friends and family, Bec & Blair sealed the deal with a kiss.
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We were all loving the signing of the register moments between this gorgeous couple.
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We were allowed access to the Mill which was AWESOME to shoot in and I could have spent another couple of hours in here!
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Harlequin Public House was the venue for dinner - this place is amazing and the staff are really lovely.
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Cheers, guys! It was such a pleasure to shoot your wedding and was a nice way to ease myself back into wedding season! x

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Photographer - Ladybug Photography by Angela Penn
Celebrant - Mary Mason
Flowers - Bourbon Rose
Hair & makeup - amyconnollyhairartist@gmail.com
Bec's dress - To Cherish
Blair's suit - Working Style
Ceremony venue - NZIA Canterbury Branch Rooms
Reception venue - Harlequin Public House
Bec's shoes - Shoes of Prey
Blair's ring - Manup Jewellery
Bec's ring - Petersons
Car - London Cab

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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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

Rachelle & Leon's Flock Hill wedding

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


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

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

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

emma & mike's beautiful french farm wedding

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

These guys are the cutest couple - Mike is super funny, Emma is sooo sweet (and have I mentioned that infectious giggle?) and I felt like I was shooting a friend's wedding.  They first got together in Akaroa, got engaged in Akaroa and have got married here too. It's a very very special place for this fun-loving couple. And these two are my kind of people! 

Being February the weather was meant to behave and be beautifully sunny and shine down on them and their friends in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at French Farm in Akaroa.  But it didn't. And you know what? It didn't matter.  They each married the love of their life in front of friends and family and I was so happy to be there. 

At the boy's place it was cruisy and overcast.  And jokes a-plenty.  I don't think these guys stopped laughing.
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And then... dum, dum, duuuum!
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MIke had to knot all the boys' ties for them.  And then he licked his hanky and wiped their faces. Haha jokes...
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This was meant to be the "serious school photo" shot.  (Mike's a school teacher).
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At the girls' house things were just as relaxed.  And Emma looked beeeeautiful!!!
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Emma's twin sister Amy, steals a sneak peek.
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Emma's dad paces nervously downstairs...  Actually he was eating chips. And I don't think he was nervous. I just made that bit up for effect.
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So gorgeous, Emma. x
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And just enough time for a portrait each of the bridesmaids - don't you love their dresses?  Such lovely lovely girls, too.  :)
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So many times I wanted to stop on the way to French Farm.  So many pretty things to take photos of!
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Mike & Emma had originally planned to use these bikes.  The seats were a tad wet so we took the car instead.
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Hamish keeps a lookout for the bride...
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And so do the guests.
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Sean was the celebrant - he was awesome!  So funny.  And so accurate with his assessment of people. He called me the best photographer in the world... well, he would know, right?  ;)
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Mike goes over his lines...
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While the paparazzi wait in the bushes.
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There's no way you can mess up the words when it's right beside your bride's head!
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These guys were super organised, taking me to a couple of places they'd scoped out earlier.  Magic!
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Back at French Farm, guests were toasty warm and dry.
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Emma & Mike had written personalised notes on the back of everyone's name tags.  Amazing.
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Emma's dad Neil, kicks off the speeches.  Apparently Mike did the traditional thing and asked Neil if he could marry Emma.  The actual "asking her to marry him" bit took a while but he got there!
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Mike works on his rebuttal....
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And as I was driving home, the sun finally peeked out through the clouds, to bless their beautiful day. xxx
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If you want to see Mike & Emma's engagement shoot, click here!

Photographer - Angela Penn
Dress - Mike's mum Bridget
Brides shoes - Fascino Shoes
Rings - brides band Mason and Carter Merivale.  Engagement ring - Antique- Opulence Antiques Timaru
Boys suits -  Munns and Halensteins
Bridesmaid dresses - Belleza Boutique
Celebrant - Sean Joyce (if you want a celebrant with a great sense of humour, Sean is fantastic)
Flowers - Bouquets, Ilam Florist.  Rable flowers - Mike's mum Bridget
Cake and cake jars - Sugar Baby Cakery
Vintage bikes - Vintage Peddler

geoff & kate's beautiful, casual, wonderful wedding celebration

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

This is my brother's wedding and I was SO excited to shoot it. Weddings are so special for me as the photographer at a 'normal' wedding but being involved in my brother's wedding was just so much more emotional. Especially when editing them - I felt as if I got to live the day all over again.

Geoff and Kate actually got married in front of a handful of family back in October last year, as Kate's dad was very sick.  He did manage to give her away, something that Kate was adamant was going to happen.  Kate's beloved dad, Gerald, passed away four days later.  The 22 of February was the date of their original wedding, so they decided to celebrate their marriage - this time, in front of all their friends and family.

I do apologise in advance, if you've stumbled across my website, decided to read my blog - this post has a LOT of photos.  :)

That day it was scorching hot.  We all started off in the marquee to cool down and to grab a few quick family photographs before the kids start to expire.  These gorgeous kiddies are my cousin's children. 
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Uncle Pete is raring to go!
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Even I managed to get in a photo!  This is me and my beautiful daughter. 
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And then it was time for the ceremony!
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My little brother. :)
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My other little brother.  (In the police uniform).  :)
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Kate's brother Ashley starts out with Kate's sisters Signe & Helen, who is holding the couple's baby girl, Bridget. x
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Kate's mum Chris and her brother Robert walk her down the aisle.
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Love this one of Geoff, as he watches his wife walk towards him. 
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My sister Beck, performs a reading.  Just. (Long story).
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Family photo time!
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Was weird handing over my camera for my shots!  And yes, I'm wearing jandals..
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Then down the road for some shots with the bridal party.
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Kate and her sisters, Helen & Signe.
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Now for the boys. Awww... so proud of him!
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Steve & Dan.
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Signe, Chris (Kate's mum), Kate and Helen.  I am so happy to say I'm now related to these lovely ladies.  xxx
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Dan, Dan, Geoff's Grooms-man. (Sorry, had to say that). Hah, and you thought I wouldn't post these. NEVER act the goat in front of a photographer.  :)
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Our kids call Kate "Aunty Doctor Captain Kate". Because she is. And she has the medical bandage on the car to prove it.
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Reception time!
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Our mum passed away 4 years ago, and Kate's dad Gerald, in September last year.  Was lovely that we could honour and remember them both and we know that they are looking down at us, and would be so so proud of Geoff & Kate today. Although mum liked to say, she'd be looking up at us. 
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What a glorious day and a beautiful setting.
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Dad kicks off the speeches.
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My very talented sister, Tor, sings them a song...
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I love this shot of my sister, Beck.
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Holly gets up to sing and blows me away.  Gave me goosebumps and I'm so proud of her. xxx
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Kate & Geoff - it was my absolute pleasure to document your day.  You guys and Bridget are loved very much and we're so happy to be able to celebrate your day. xxx
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caroline & david's fun rossendale wedding

Written by Angela Penn on February 27th, 2014.      0 comments

These guys are FUN! Can you tell?

After a whirlwind romance, David popped the question to Caroline and of course she said yes.  These two are crazy. They speak cat to each other (and apparently have whole conversations in cat).  They are so very much in love and it is so obvious to everyone around them.  You guys warm my heart - thank you so much for allowing me to be your photographer. x

After some quite disturbingly heavy rain, this is what I saw when I left my house. The most beautiful double rainbow which, for the couple, was definitlely a good omen (not bad for photographers either!)
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At the girls' camp, things were going smoothly thanks to Lucy Harvey & her team.
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I love this. Caroline steps outside for a few quiet moments.
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And the sun kept shining...
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The boys were looking very dapper!
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Caroline made the coursages - isn't she clever?!
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And then... a flash mob, started by the bride herself, singing "Going to the Chapel".
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Then off to the Port Hills for some shots of the bridal party.  We were SO lucky with the weather.  Plus I had so much fun with these girls. :)
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Then to Rossendale Winery before the ran came ... and it SO came!
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Then the rain cleared...
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And the most beautiful steam was rising off the road... so I MADE Caroline and David come outside for a quicky.
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It's no show without punch.  Fiona & Craig (in the middle) are honorary bridesmaids.
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Back inside for speeches and cutting of the cake.  These two are David's niece & nephew - soooo cute!
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Reuben's best man speech was awesome.
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A few last portraits before we lose the light....
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Just in time for the first dance.
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Singer Caroline, gets up to sing "Fever" and of course, David has to sing "Sweet Caroline"!
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And so this is where I left the night...
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It was awesome.

Photographer - Angela Penn
Hair & Makeup - Lucy Harvey
Caroline's dress - Aliciar Bridal
Bridesmaid's dresses - Aliciar Bridal
David's suit - Germanicos
Groomsmens' suits - Sergios
Flowers - Shalamar Florist & Gifts
Church - Cashmere Presbyterian
Reception venue - Rossendale Winery
Wedding decorations - Dreams to Reality
Band - Sammy J & The Cucumbers

abbey & isaac's omarino wine park wedding

Written by on February 22nd, 2014.      0 comments

Abbey & Isaac have been married one week today!  Last Saturday (and it was another beautiful day here in Christchurch) they were married in front of their friends and family at Omarino Wine Park.  It's been a hell of a couple of years for their families and it was so lovely to see everyone coming together for this happy happy occasion.

The boys were in fine form when I arrived, already dressed and having a few quiets.
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The happy groom.
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Isaac checks in on Facebook at Christchurch Airport and awaits the barrage of comments ....
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Over in the girls camp it is just as relaxed.
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The bridesmaids steal Abbey's phone for a quick pic.  And then it's time to get the bride into her dress!
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Abbey's cute wee face is just priceless.  Love it!!!
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The food was goooood!  (Huh, Camilla?).
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You guys are just toooo cute together!  Thank you so much for asking me to be part of your beautiful day. xxx

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

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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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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