Claire & Shaun {Married}

The day you get to capture the wedding of someone you’ve known since you were 7. I’ve known Shaun a long long time. Going back in our Judo days with our kick ass moves, awkward dress sense and terrible hair styles. (Yes I speak for both of us). And now we’ve grown up and I’m happy to report that our hair styles (and dress sense) have improved immensely! …Well Shaun’s have at least!
And although we lost contact for a while as we both went on our own adventures, and experienced the world in our own ways. When Shaun and Claire arrived back in New Zealand a couple of months ago and asked if I would shoot their January 13th wedding. I couldn’t be more excited.

I’d met Claire a few times. But the more I spoke with them both as they are now, after travelling the world together and living life to the max. I couldn’t help but identify their relationship with Doug and my own. That’s when I got even more excited! I just knew right then and there, that this was going to be one of those epic weddings, with that personal touch. The type that tug on the heart strings…

…Was I right or was I right… just wait and see…

Shaun and Trevor. Brothers and best mates. But Shaun became the b*stard (Trevor’s fine words from his speech) at the age of 12 when he grew taller than Trevor. But that’s ok, Trevor forgives him and stands by Shaun today as his best man!

Wedding Day

Shaun gets ready in his childhood home… look he’s smiling!

Shaun & Claire's Wedding

And then he finds the list! … Actually, Claire and Shaun as a team have to be the two most organised people I’ve ever met. To organise a wedding as amazing as this in just 2 months… you’d have to be!

Shaun & Claire's Wedding

I arrive to an equally smiley Claire. Who points the way to the dress that has my jaw drop so low I imagine looking like Jim Carey in ‘The Mask’. I think I just fell in a love a wee bit.

Pemberton Gardens Wedding

Claire spends her wedding morning at her Nana’s house, Heather. (Great name!). Nana’s house is immaculate. Beautiful antique chairs and mirrors and ornaments that all have their place. I was in photo heaven!

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

Pemberton Gardens Wedding Venue

Just as Claire smiles 24/7, her Mum Linda does too. But how could you not, seeing your daughter prepare for the wonder that is marriage.

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

Aimee and Laura were amazing bridesmaids. They made a fuss and made sure everything was in place.

Claire and Shaun's Wedding Day Pemberton Gardens

And now the personal touches start cropping up. See this handkerchief?! This was with Nana Heather when she married Grandad Pat many many many years ago. Now sewn into Claire’s dress, this along with the garter has been passed through the generations.

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

This is about the point where the eyes start getting a little puffy. Not Claire though – me! She just looks absolutely sensational!

Claire and Shaun's Wedding Day Pemberton Gardens

Dad snaps the final shots as Miss Umbers.

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

Out at Pemberton Gardens, Shaun awaits his bride.

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

And then the smile doesn’t leave his face for the rest of the day!

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Christchurch

Pemberton Gardens Wedding Venue

Pemberton Gardens Wedding, Prebbleton

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

This is the moment…

Pemberton Gardens Wedding

…Look at you two all married up!

Pemberton Gardens Wedding

They join two sands that mix together symbolizing the unity of marriage and a long life together. I love this!

Pemberton Gardens Wedding

And now they jig. They dance and groove their way up the aisle. You guys seriously rock!!!

Pemberton Gardens Wedding Venue

Nana Heather and Grandad Trevor congratulate the bride. They couldn’t be prouder if they tried.

Pemberton Gardens Wedding

Pemberton Gardens Wedding

We snuck off before group photos to have some photos with the car Claire rocked up in.

Pemberton Gardens Wedding

Then the groom went missing…. and so did the car… Hmmmmm.

Pemberton

I should have learnt by now, if there is a car involved with a nice shiny bumper.. I WILL find through my downloaded images a face in that bumper. I did warn Doug I may just blog one, one of these days… haha… Ta daaaaaaaaa!

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Pemberton Gardens Wedding Venue

While I set up some shots, this gives Doug the opportunity to seize the 70-200mm lens from my grasp and capture some natural beauty.

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Pemberton Gardens Wedding Venue

Everybody likes a shot up their nose. Or perhaps not lol. But they all agreed that they have to work on their funny faces! Am I the only one that practices my funny faces in the mirror each night? Oh dear.

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

A bit of Mary Poppin’s anyone?

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Recognise this umbrella from their engagement shoot?

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

The girls bring the sexy and sass…

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

While the guys…

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

…Can’t wait to throw a ball around!

Pemberton Gardens, Prebbleton

But we had to leave the ball behind for now, but I don’t think Shaun was too phased. Look who he can now call his wife!

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Perfect is the only word.

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Pemberton gardens

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Pemberton gardens

I always like a man with a bunch of flowers!

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Shaun chose a unique triband ring.

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

Pemberton from the side looks nice and snug from the warm and windy day.

Pemberton Gardens Bridal Party Photos

And then it was time for us to go home and reflect on such an amazing and heartfelt wedding.

Pemberton Gardens

It was such a privilege capturing your special day. I’m sure the rest of the evening was just as amazing as the day itself. We hope you have an amazing time on your honeymoon. And enjoy the new adventure as Mr & Mrs Melind. Congratulations guys! :o)