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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 & chris' beautiful barrhill / terrace downs wedding

Written by Angela Penn on January 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

Last Saturday I travelled down to Barrhill Church to photograph Sarah & Chris' wedding.  This wee church is gorgeous and I could hardly wait for Sarah to arrive so I could photograph them together!  It was a beautiful, sunny day filled with lots of friends and family and love. It was beautiful.barrhill terrace downs wedding20150117 0059barrhill terrace downs wedding20150117 0002

Chris arrives, and his first duty is a selfie, of course!
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The guests are all tucked inside the church so Sarah and her dad make their way inside so Sarah can see her husband to be for the first time that day.
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Woohoo! A big thumbs up from Chris as the newlyweds exit the church! So stoked!!!
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Sarah's nana is a gorgeous wee lady!
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Now this is what I couldn't wait for... I'd spotted this beautiful light floating through the church window and could not wait to place Sarah directly in it.  I'm loving taking my bridal portraits - I love the fact this part of the day is a time to just be calm, have a seat, & look gorgeous before you go out and see your family and friends.
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Then off to Terrace Downs where we had a very small window to take some creative shots before we headed into the reception.
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These guys were awesome! Loved hanging out with them.  On the way to Terrace Downs I had a great chat with Mark (one of Chris' groomsmen) about how to make a decent green tea.  I'm addicted to the stuff and now I know how to take it.  :)
From left: Graeme, Sue, Chris, Sarah, Olivia (Chris' sister) and Mark.
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Back at the reception venue, the girls were getting ready in the powder room.  It's beautiful in here!
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Upstairs, Kara and the team from Terrace Downs had done a fantastic job.
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I don't know what it is about this shot, but I LOVE it.  Perhaps it's because they don't know I've taken it? But it seems to be like the calm before the storm...
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Sarah (and Chris) had made 60-odd cranes - this was referred to in the speeches as Chris' love for "all things Japanese - except his wife". Yes, Graeme, I was listening.  ;)
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This is Sarah and her dad.  Images taken minutes apart - Sarah's was taken before we headed up to the reception and I noticed her dad sitting like this a lot during the speeches.  Family resemblance much?  :)
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As the light was fading very rapidly, we went out for a few quick snaps before dinner.  Actually I think dinner had been served but I made them come outside for 5.  Mean huh?
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As I left this happy couple, the dance floor was busy with tummies and hearts full.  x

VENDORS: (in alphabetical order)

Bride's dress: Paperswan Bride, Wellington
Bridesmaids' dresses: Veronika Maine
Bridesmaids' shoes: Wild Pair
Cake:  Made by the mother of the bride, decorated by Joy Hydes, Ashburton
Flowers (bridal party): Allenton Florist, Ashburton
Flowers (reception):  Mother of the bride's garden, arranged by her friend Lyn
Groom's suit: Crane Brothers, Wellington
Groommens' suits: Munns (hired)
Hair: DNA Hairdressing, Ashburton
Makeup: Body Treats 4 U Day Spa, Ashburto
Photographer: Angela Penn
Rings: The Village Goldsmith, Wellington
Shoes: Sarah - Ballantynes; Chris - Paul Smith
Venue: (Barrhill Church & Terrace Downs)


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

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

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

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

pip + geoff's kate sheppard gardens wedding

Written by on February 10th, 2013.      0 comments

Pip and Geoff met at school, and by all accounts it took them a while to get together.  They are avid runners (possibly doing the Boston Marathon soon, huh guys?) & cheese lovers (check out their cake!).  And they had the most amazing wedding.  It was held at Kate Sheppard House & Garden and is absolutely beautiful there.

Pip goes over her vows ...
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While I take some shots of her dress which was made by Amy of Aeon Dressmaking - it is stunning!  Her shoes are from Myer in Brisbane.
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Pip's sister Anna gets ready before helping the bride into her dress.  (I'm a sucker for pointy ballet feet).
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Then a few family photos inside this gorgeous homestead before the ceremony!
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So I leave the girls to it and sneak outside to get some crowd shots and find some man-love going on!
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Geoff sees his gorgeous bride walking down the path and there's hardly a dry eye in the house.  This great shot of Pip and her dad was taken by my second shooter Oswald from Oswald Photography.  :D
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Sometimes it's the little ones who steal the show...
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And sometimes not! (PS I LOVE this shot!).
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And time for a little giant Jenga.  Boom!
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And the beautiful rings!!!
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Ooh and the cake! It was a cheese cake! Not a cheese cake, cheese cake, but a cake made from 3 types of cheese!  By Canterbury Cheesemongers.
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The full moon that night was a beautiful end to a magic day.  What an honour photographing Pip & Geoff's wedding.  I thought it was pretty perfect and I know they did too. x
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Pip's dress: by Amy of Aeon Dressmaking
Pip's shoes: Myer
Venue: Kate Sheppard House & Garden
Hair: Jem Smalley of Felix Culpa
Makeup:  Callie Sanford
Flowers: Flowers on Holmwood
Cake: Canterbury Cheesemongers
Band: Catherine Wells

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

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