Kimiora and Jody have been together for 10 years, and tied the knot last weekend at the lovely Te Herenga Waka Marae, a little green haven of peace hidden in behind the Victoria University buildings on Kelburn Parade. Jody's brother Karl-John was going to marry them but he didn't quite get his licence sorted in time (he got a good ribbing about that in Jody's speech, as you can imagine), so he conducted a lot of the ceremony but Parani Te Moana-Foai, whom Jody had tutored in Maori, did the official bits.
Kimora and her bridesmaids got ready at her aunt's place in Petone. Her beautiful dress was made by her mother's friend - I loved the detailing!
The two photos above from the powhiri were taken by my assistant Mark Berger.
These guys burst into a wonderful, moving ngeri at the end of the ceremony. It was a bit loud for Jody's mum who was right beneath it!
Photo above right by Mark.
We were a bit short on time but we nipped up to the Botanic Gardens for a few minutes to do some photos under the lovely trees by the top of the cable car, before heading to the reception at the Brentwood Hotel in Kilbirnie.
I have Kimiora to thank for the lovely photo of Jody above - the poor guy was posing for me and she said "urrgh, you're doing your DUMB smile!" and he burst out laughing. You can tell these two have been together a while :) It might not be a line I'll use with clients but it worked!
Jody said in his speech that he'd been wracking his brains for a way to say "I love you" that was original and beautiful enough to reflect the depth of his feelings for Kimiora. And then he sang to her! Wow.
Kimiora and Jody, thanks for choosing us to be part of your wonderful wedding day. It was great getting to know you a little. Anyone can see how in love you two are, and how important your families are to you - it's a recipe for future happiness and I wish you all the best.