Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kelly and Scott

Kelly and Scott travelled from Australia to be married on the Sunset Coast, Karioitahi at Castaways in front of many family members and friends. It was another glorious day on the west coast with a brisk sea breeze – just enough to take the edge off the heat and lull you into thinking you might not need sunscreen…(as many people found out later in the afternoon)
Kelly was a stunning bride, wearing a beautiful wedding gown by Mariana Hardwick.
It has been a great year for bridesmaid’s gowns too! There have been so many great colours this season, such a variety of styles and fabrics. The days of the satin black bridesmaids dress has hardly featured, as it has done regularly in years gone by. Sara and Skye, Kelly’s sisters, wore knee length- beautiful swirly dresses in a dark emerald green – which we used to great effect during the wedding party photos on the beach later in the afternoon. Their makeup was by Roxanne from B.O.D, at Auckland City. Thanks ladies – were you were all gorgeous and such great fun! Scott and his brothers looked very handsome wearing nice formal suits from Frank Casey. Dante, Armani, Kees, Henry were the cute page boys and did a superb job walking through the rose petals to the ceremony on the cliff top. Constance Brown was the celebrant – and did a terrific job as always. The wedding party photos were taken on Karioitahi beach, where Kelly and Scott had both very romanitc and fun shots – including pushing a car which had become stuck in the sand!

Another wonderful wedding reception at Castaways, great food and ambience, where everyone is looked after so well, while overlooking the magnificent west coast .
Sunset that night was swift – however, we popped back to Castaways and grabbed a few great shots on the clifftop – which is a great bonus for Karamika Photography clients who have their weddings at our local venue.
Thanks so much - Kelly and Scott – a great fun couple, very much in love – all the very best to you - we will catch up after your honeymoon.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Helen and Michael

Helen and Michael were married at the Auckland Botanic Gardens in Manurewa recently. The wedding party photos were taken prior to the event - which is what I try to recommend to all couples, it's not for everyone, however it works really well. The guests are not left waiting while the wedding party are away having the photo session.

The weather was a little damp for a while - and black clouds threatened overhead while we sheltered under umbrellas and in a very well placed "shed" in the gardens:) Billy the outrageous Irishman and best man was full of jokes and fun. He was also great fun and help during the "flick" of the veil shots...(Yes Billy I have turned you into a conifer) Michael appeared rather nervous initially, but Helen (if she was nervous) certainly did not show any signs of it as we made your way around the gardens. Helen's and Lynda's lovely cream and blue bouquets were by the very talented ladies at Bizziblooms in Orakei.
The ceremony was held amongest family and friends in the well manicured Perennials garden. Many, many thanks to my wonderful "helper" in organising the groups for the family photos - it was much appreciated. I didn't need to use my "soccer mum" voice at all. I am sure we will catch up at a football match one day too.
Helen and Michael's lovely wedding cake was made by Helen's mum and was a gorgeous fruit cake with the little hippos :).
Many thanks to a lovely couple - Helen and Michael - We wish you lots of happiness always - and have fun during your honeymoon in Adelaide - we will see you when you get back to NZ!