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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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Hieeeeeee!!!
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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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VENDORS:
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
 
 

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
 

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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Hiiiii!
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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
 

Meet Angela

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

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Email:   hi@ladybug.nz

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