Emma and Henry's wedding at Tarureka Estate, Featherston

What a great way to finish the wedding season. As happens so often the bride set the tone for how the day went - Emma sailed through the day with a big smile on her face and I really enjoyed her wicked sense of humour. She looked amazing and I loved it when Henry blurted during his speech: "Emma, you don't normally look this gorgeous!" In addition to being hot, Emma is a woman of fine taste, and I had a wonderful time photographing the textured dress, the birdcage veil and gorgeous headpiece, the flowers and the beautiful reception details. The four bridesmaids each bought their grey dresses separately, and each was a different shade and texture - it all worked so well together. Bridesmaid Charlotte designed the personalised stationery and Tarureka barn logo, which featured on everything from the invitations to the napkins, the little jars of honey given to guests, and the sleeves for the photo strips from the photobooth. The tables were each named with the word 'butter' in a different language - the venue used to be the home of the Tarureka Butter Factory, the first of its kind in the Wairarapa.

Emma and Henry sensibly opted to see each other before the ceremony: after daylight saving you run out of light so fast and it was great not to have to rush around, plus it meant Emma and Henry could spend more time with their guests, which is how it should be. In my opinion. :)

The three photos above were taken by my assistant Mark Berger.Photo above by Mark.Photo above left by Mark.

Venue: Tarureka Estate

Wedding dress: Brides on Thorndon

Hair: Nicole Brown at Beneath the Veil

Makeup: Latasha Boyce at Alluminus Beauty Therapy

Flowers: Moonflower

Stationery: Cocoa Berry

Caterers: Zane Saba at Chef on Demand

Wedding cake: Carmen's Cakes

Celebrant: Pinky Agnew

Fun: The Amazing Travelling Photobooth

Polka dots and big blue eyes

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