Alex and Emma married right in the middle of a weather bomb which hit the Bay Of Islands and North Island with a vengeance in March. The venue at Wakelin Station was cosy with a gorgeously decorated barn with another smaller barn for a bar attached. The garden and barns were developed and made from scratch by Emma’s amazing mum. The views out of the side of the barn were stunning and the rain held off for photos outdoors most of the time.
Some photos on Paihia beach show angry brown water and clouds, but Alex and Emma were fabulous and braved the strong winds for photos. This was a wedding brimming with huge family love and I know Alex and Emma will be happy forever. Emma was so excited to be getting married, she made me smile often with her lovely excitement.
The whole wedding was very well organised with a catering tent and toilet caravan complete with attendant and all the luxury you could ask for. The chairs were set out on Persian carpets for the ceremony and then changed quickly into beautfully decorated dining tables. Each flower arrangement was different and I wanted to photograph every one! The menu started with breads and oils, then followed with lamb, salads, roast vegetables and chicken, it all looked delicious! The speeches were a laugh, Alex;’s brother teased him about his indecisiveness with a wheel and pointer which he could swing to yeah, nah or maybe and Alex gave his groomsmen stunning gifts during his speech.
I learned a lot about this wonderful family during the speeches, and about Alex and Emma who took care of Alex’s dad through his illness until he passed away, living with him until he passed. There were tears in many eyes. It was very touching to have both the grooms parents in a photo honoured and mentioned in the wedding as they were much missed and loved.
The star of the show I think was the most incredible cheese and biscuit table put together so artfully by Charlotte at Wilding Catering and Co. I love creativity and combined with food so artfully totally blew me away. I’ve never seen anything like it and heard later that it was as delicious as it looked.
What a wonderful day to be a part of, so much love, happiness and joy. Congratulations to you both!!