Claire and Mark's wedding at Coniston Gardens, Ashburton

Claire and Mark's wedding at Coniston Gardens, Ashburton

I grew up on a farm in Methven, which is just down the road from Ashburton in Mid Canterbury, and for years I've driven past the lovely driveway to Coniston and thought it looked like a pretty magical place. So I was pretty excited when Claire and Mark got in touch about their wedding. The gardens are gorgeous - apparently even the Queen stopped in for a cup of tea when she was in New Zealand. I could happily have dragged Claire and Mark around for hours, but they had a schedule to stick to and funnily enough it included stopping with the photos so they could get married. Also, unbeknownst to Mark until the day itself, we needed to allow time for a helicopter ride into the Southern Alps! It was very cool to see all the familiar sights from the air, and beautiful (albeit windy - Claire's veil sailed off at one point!) when we landed on a hilltop. It was awesome that the weather played ball long enough to allow both the garden photos and the chopper ride: the rain started only as we were leaving the cute little on-site chapel, and the massive trees outside the homestead were sufficient to shelter the guests for canapes and drinks. The kids were so cute trying to grab and drink the raindrops coming off the marquee, and to all cram under the one umbrella...

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Thank you Claire and Mark (and bump) for a wonderful day and I look forward to hearing your next bit of happy news later this year! x

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