Christchurch Wedding Photography ~ Port Hills ~ Christchurch Gondola ~ Hayley and Aaron

Christchurch Wedding Photography & Photographer

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They pretty much turn up at every wedding I have been to. Have I used them? Absolutely. Do we have some at home? Yep. Do they work? I don’t know. But I know that if you belief enough into something it will become true to you. That is the beauty with our beliefs – they are very powerful. No one should really be rescued on their wedding day. But if you have put a huge event together and some of my brides have, then you do not only get married on the day, you are also the key person for a big event with up to 150 guests. That puts pressure on you as a bride. Some of my brides like to control a lot. I can completely understand them because you can put me in that boat too (ask my husband) but over the last years I have accepted more and more that I can prepare for events but then it is time to let go and let them unfold in its own rhythm and beauty.

If you are a mother you know what I mean as you have given birth to a child. At some stage, you need to let go of any control and dive into the process. For me a wedding or any big event is the same. You can prepare it well but then at some stage you need to let go and trust that everything will work out the way it should. Even if some things don’t go to plan – relax, the stories to tell your grandchildren will make up for it. I promise. Like at my wedding – one of the tents flew away and my son was holding on to it with his 9 years of age. And he still remembers it as the best thing of the whole wedding…

If you feel like it, come with me to a well prepared wedding, with lists and details and everything you can think of, and then with little hiccups like the celebrant who repeatedly said the wrong names at the ceremony (just like at the movie 4 weddings and a funeral). And we laughed so much and yes, that is still something I can remember of that beautiful wedding. It is never the place cards, it is the stories on your big day…

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Wishing you two a fabulous year 2016. And many happy years to come. xx

“Stephanie spent over 10 hours with us on our wedding day and it has been worth every cent. Having quality, value for money photography by someone we felt comfortable with was a priority for us and we took a month, including 4 face to face meetings with our 4 top photographer picks before we decided on her.
Right from our first meeting Stephanie was professional and engaging. She was in regular contact with us leading up to the day – taking the time to meet with us more than once, and throughout was focused on what WE wanted and at the same time gave us guidance on what was realistic with respect to time frames, locations and the size of our bridal party (15!) Aside from us as bride and groom , she absolutely was the star of our wedding day. She not only managed to lessen our “stiffness”, we actually had a ball throughout the photos. She also cleverly managed people in a friendly yet efficient manner and worked hard all day to ensure she captured the photos (who, where, what) we had specifically asked for. We couldn’t have asked for more in a photographer. And as for the photos themselves – 5 star all around !

Love Hayley & Aaron”

Big thanks also to all of these people!

make up artist: Jessica Kay

hair stylists: Melissa Vine, Rachel Petersen and Jess Mcconnochie of Rodney Wayne, Riccarton

wedding dress alterations: Christine Reeve

florist: Vicki of BBB florist

wedding stationery: Sharron of Flourish Photography and Design (graphic design) and Steve of Toltech Print (printing)

ceremony: St Andrew’s at Rangi Ruru Presbyterian Church

minister:   Rev. Rodney Routledge

organist: Lynley Clarke

transport: Christchurch Coach Charters

venue: Christchurch Gondola

catering: Continental

dj: Craig Shaw

videography: pure elegance wedding films

photography: Stephanie of handmade photography   xxxoo

 

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