If you combine a Wedding, Family Reunion and a New Years Eve Party , what do you get? A whole dang lot of fun! The Bride was unstressed , the Groom was up at 4.30am to help put the pig on the spit. The Marquee was up , paddock mowed, bails down, chairs out, lighting set, dance floor and music ready , signs were out. These were just a few of the jobs planned leading up to the big day. The Heavens opened up the night before, fingers were crossed for no rain. Instead the big day was bright and a sunny 26 degrees at 3pm. The vows were said, the singing was beautiful, register was signed and the sun shone. Group and family photos were done and still the sun shone. Off we went in our Kombi Van around Kumeu for photos and lots of laughs. After all you can't take things to seriously when you are happy and in love. Speeches were short and sweet, the music was cranked up and it was time to hit the dance floor. The night was still young.
Too cute for words, I pretty much can't get enough of that hair. A boy and his dog, long grass and his sister helper... who made him laugh and cry .... you had to be quick to capture the action.
A wee boy with bright orange hair had a big day last Sunday. Little did he know that his Mum and Dad were surprising him and their close family with a Wedding Ceremony that afternoon.. A family BBQ was planned and a Photographer was coming to take "Family Photos". Before all the rush though, some quiet family photos were taken with Mum & Dad at the Park, some special moments shared, just the three of them. Back at home family arrive, so does the marriage celebrant , a radio DJ, claiming to have been asked to come and sing Christmas Carols!.. " what's your favourite Christmas Carol?" he asked. Then proclaiming that he had come to marry two people!. Vows were exchanged , rings were given from Nan's pocket and Mum and Dad were pronounced Husband and Wife. Then off we went walking down the road to the neighbours barn for the Legacy photos. ...and A little boy couldn't be happier.
As a kid I grew up on a sheep farm so the sights and sounds of people, dogs, machinery noise, music, and unsettled sheep were familiar. The pungent whiff of lanolin didn't shock my nostrils. I was born and bred in Te Kuiti, Maniapoto, The Sheep Shearing Capital of New Zealand. "Fagan" and "Meads" were regular names in our household. I took my teenage son along as this was a new experience for him being a towny kid and all. Shearer's work goes mostly unseen around NZ as the gangs work on remote stations and farms. The work is skilled with speed, back breaking and organised. The shearer's have clickers to record their tallies, the gun shearers can shear up to 200 sheep a day. Rousies sweep and sort the wool. Today we were on the Highlands Station just out of Rotorua, the contractor is MacIntosh Shearing Taumarunui. Thanks heaps to the Shearer's for letting us document their demanding , almost gruelling work. A big shout out to you! Lastly Thank you to John and Catherine Ford for inviting us.
The weather could not have turned out more perfect for Karli and Martin's Wedding Day. It was nice to go back to St Faith's Church in Ohinemutu to capture the vows and listen to Reverend Poata as he gave advice about marriage and Love with his renowned humour. Then off we went to find the daisies for bridal photos only to be photo bombed by the resident horse who wondered what all the fuss was about. The sun shone , people laughed, shook hands and hugged. Another perfect day. Congratulations to Karli & Martin, " May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face."
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