Emma and Marie met as "girls next door" in England and have been together 15 years, so they told me they weren't very cuddly anymore, which was rubbish. They had already had a civil union ceremony, but decided to make the most of same-sex marriage becoming legal in New Zealand and hold an intimate wedding celebration with 20 close friends out at the stunning Boomrock Lodge on Wellington's west coast, officiated by their good friend Josie Scott. It was an incredibly windy afternoon but fortunately the surprise helicopter ride that Marie had organised for Emma still worked out. They are very outdoorsy people but decided to hold the ceremony inside by the fireplace so that people were able to concentrate on the proceedings rather than on trying to hold down their skirts, and I think the crop of one of the group photos (see below) attests to the wisdom of this decision!
It was great though because after the ceremony the wind miraculously died down and for a while we had a gorgeous golden evening, perfect for smashing a few clay pigeons, and then the southerly blew in and everything went into muted grey/blue tones. So it was like three days in one, really! Boomrock is awesome in any weather. :)
As I left the guests were sitting down to an enormous English-style feast prepared by Boomrock chef Mark Hartstonge - roast chickens, salmon, beef, Stilton and beautiful pork pies.
Thank you Emma and Marie for a great day. I have loved getting to know you - stay in touch. x