I love shooting weddings!
The intimacy of the couple in front of your lens is not forced or artificial - the sparks fly and there is real chemistry going on - and its a blast to be part of that capturing a little moment in time for the beautiful bride and groom.
Shane is a new friend, but his beautiful bride Jemimah has been my friend since I first me her when she was three. Actually I didn't meet her that day because I got to her house just after she had pulled the hot water jug on herself and had gone to hospital with burns. Since then Jemimah and her whole family have been friends and I have had the joy of seeing Jemimah grow up, coached her in sports, basketball volleyball and athletics, had her work for me in our business, babysit our kids and hang out as adults. Jemimah has always been strong willed and even when coaching her in basketball she would make sure she worked as hard as the boys – in fact winning the planking competition we ran against all comers.
So when she met Shane and decided to get married and asked me to photograph them i was overjoyed! Getting to do it on the family farm (Jemimah’s Grandparents and Uncle and Aunt’s place) was also a blast.
And just for a surprise the actual wedding on the beach featured bright green board shorts for the boys.
We did a pre-wedding day shoot just get into the spirit of things capturing some fun moments on the farm while looking for wedding day locations as well. Here are some of my favourite images from the two days of festivities.
The practice jumps should have told me how much fun this would be the next day!
Lots of thistles on the farm – lets hope the days ahead are not full of thorns.
And now to the wedding day.
Jemimah and her party and family got ready in one set of apartments.
The boys got dressed in their suits and walked to the beach.
Then the bridal party came in and the ceremony ensued. Her father John both gave her away and conducted the ceremony – what an honour!
Then we had some great beach photos for the bridal party. The location was special as the boardwalk on the cliff top was where Shane had proposed to Jemimah.
The group jumping shot was so funny – Jemimah jumps so enthusiastically – as she approaches everything in life!
Then back to the farm for some great photos.
Finally it was the time for the reception, dinner and speeches followed by some family photos in the dark!.