I have been wanting to photograph a wedding at Island Bay's Erskine College for ages, so I was pretty excited when two couples booked me for back-to-back weddings there on Easter Saturday and Sunday. Slightly less excited when my engineer husband told me just how earthquake-prone the building was, but you know, I'd die for my clients, I'm THAT professional. Still, I had everything crossed that The Big One wouldn't strike Wellington over Easter, and during the wedding rehearsals I took good note of where all the exits were. Then Alistair informed me I'd be even more likely to get squashed if I ran for it as the walls would probably fall outward, so I made the very sensible decision to forget all about it and concentrate on the job at hand. I was narrowly pipped at the post in the claim to Photographer of the Last Wedding at Erskine - I'm not sure who got the title but my two weddings were the third- and second-to-last ones to be held at the venue. The council is shutting it down: by now the orange sticker by the door will be a red one, designating the building unsafe to occupy. The company that owns it has developed several restrengthening plans but says the current market conditions put those out of reach at present. Unfortunately it remains a distinct possibility that the main building will be demolished, and some people fear that the beautiful chapel might be crowded out with townhouses.
I'm honoured to have had the chance to photograph these lovely weddings there and really hope some of the alternative proposals find themselves on solid ground. Here are a few photos from Mia and Paul's wedding on Easter Saturday.