Anna and Monte's tree church wedding, Wairarapa

Anna and Monte's tree church wedding, Wairarapa

You may have heard of the living, breathing tree church at Ohaupo near Hamilton - well, the Wairarapa is getting its own one! It's growing as I type, in fact. I was thrilled to get to photograph the church's first wedding, when Anna and Monte were married there on Saturday. Monte's mum Felicity, who is a celebrant herself, has created the church in her gorgeous sculpture-filled garden in White Rock Rd, near Martinborough.  Someone said to me on Saturday: "Felicity is amazing - she gets these ideas and next minute they're done." Planted in August 2015, the church is well on its way: the walls are filled in, and soon it will also have a beautiful green canopy. Anna is the lovely daughter of my friend Bruce Girdwood, a talented photographer whom I met through the Wellington Photographic Society years ago. She and Monte met seven years ago when they were only 16 and they are so sweet together. They both worked in a woolshed for a while, so it seemed only fitting to take some photographs there, but really we could have gone anywhere on the farm - there were so many options! It's always fun to shoot somewhere new. And to have some new experiences - I have never before taken group photos while using one foot to rub the tummy of a gorgeous little dog. Dudley wanted to be part of everything (including the dancing), and he was getting in the way a bit, so I called him over to me while I was taking the family shots. Then when I looked down he was lying at my feet with his little paws in the air, ready and waiting for what I had promised, so I had to follow through. :)

A huge thank you to Anna and Monte and your wonderful families for an awesome day - what a lovely vibe your wedding had. xx

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Venue: Martinborough Tree Church

Celebrant: Tracey Bonnington

Anna's dress: Phoebe Downs-Woolley

Suits: Hallensteins

Bouquets: Treetop Flowers

Family photos at Percy's Reserve

Family photos at Percy's Reserve

Baby Arlo, five weeks

Baby Arlo, five weeks