This was an impressively international wedding - Amanda is Kiwi Chinese and Ant is English, so they had friends and family who flew from all over the world to celebrate with them. They met at their Welsh friend Dyfed's leaving do about five years ago, and then Ant proposed at a lovely hotel in snowy Bruges last January. He even managed to record the romantic event himself! He was videoing on his phone, but Amanda thought he was just taking a photo so she suggested a pose. Ant replied: "How's THIS for a pose?" and dropped to one knee...
Poppies is a relatively new Martinborough vineyard, set up by Shayne and Poppy Hammond, previously viticulturalist and winemaker respectively at Dry River wines. They purpose-built Poppies as a celebration and wedding venue and it was a pleasure to shoot in - check out the photo below of the amazing reception hall! Amanda and Ant had decorated an outdoor area for their ceremony, the guys were lined up and waiting, the guests had found their seats and the bridal car had arrived, and then... so did the rain. So into the tasting room we all trooped for a cosy ceremony - perhaps a little cosier than they had envisaged but I'm sure it helped everyone to get to know each other faster!
The rain was very on-again off-again, but mainly on, so we were only able to take about two photos in a nearby olive grove before everyone had to race to the cars and we made for the shelter of a local barn. Amanda handled the repeated dashing of plans with total graciousness and never lost that gorgeous big grin. No wedding ever goes quite to plan but it's how you handle it that counts: kudos to you, Amanda. (And Ant of course - I didn't see you crying either).
Thanks very much to Sharisse Eberlein for second-shooting. Sharisse took the photos below of the guys before the ceremony, and the guests enjoying the photo booth.
Celebrant: Gaye Gough
Hair and makeup: Miranda Millen Makeup Artistry
Dress: Sarah Janks
Florist: Yvette at The Piccadilly Flower Company
Cake: Carmen's Cakes