Emma & Sheldon ~ Mona Vale & The City

“We have a surprise about our wedding and you’ll be in on it the entire time.” Emma expressed in one of her first emails…

“That sounds amazing!!! But what is the surprise??” I enquired.

“We’ll be having a small family only wedding followed by our  ‘Engagement party’, or so our friends think. But in fact it’ll be our wedding reception…”

“Count. Me. In!!!!”

This was the finest way for Emma & Sheldon to promise their lives to each other. And by our final meeting, the week prior to their day, they had managed to keep this amazing ‘engagement party’ secret, only having told one friend on each side (because besties & travelers need a heads up)…

With Autumn in full bloom and the perfect April day, their intimate ceremony was carried out at Mona Vale, before heading to The Pegasus Arms for lunch… Oooodles of time for photos in all sorts of light & locations and eventually the grand reveal in full wedding attire as their friends jaws dropped at the site and knowledge of what has just happened…..

 

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

Emma spent a relaxing night and morning at Peppers Resort at Clearwater Golf Estate.  Where this Autumn day started to show it’s colours….

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

Many a time life plays out the ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know’ scenario, this beautiful 1938 Rolls Royce Phantom III is owned by a friend of Emma’s parents, who was more than happy to spark up the V12 engine for their big day… Wedding days are always a great reason to take the Spirit of Ecstasy out and about…

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding PhotographerMona Vale Gardens

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

That moment a proud father turns around to see his little girl all grown up and witness the lady who she has become, no words can describe that honest emotion…

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

Over at Mona Vale, the always relaxed and forever chilled Sheldon awaits his bride…

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

And cupid welcomes Emma to the beautiful colour palette of Autumn…

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

These two were sooo cute together with all the smitten looks they gave each other….

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

And just like that, they were married and set for a lifetime of amazement ahead..

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding PhotographerMona Vale Gardens

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

Not that you could see (or that we showed) we were inundated with tourist photographers, INUNDATED!!! So off to Pegasus Arms we went, in Chauffeur Driven Classic Style…

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The perfect spot for a family lunch and since everybody is in their glad rags, it’s the perfect occasion too…

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

Mmmmmm, delicious golden light! This is why we love the golden hour!!

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

After golden hours, we met up again later that evening, at the spot where Emma & Sheldon first met… Under the tree at the popular 2am hang out on High & Colombo streets…

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

While we headed to the Peacock Fountain in the Christchurch Botanics, their guests were arriving at their ‘Engagement party’…

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

“Emma & Sheldon apologise for their lateness, now that their ‘flat battery’ has been sorted they have arrived… “

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

“And I’d like to announce the newly married Mr & Mrs Close!!!” :0 :) :D

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

Which then kicked off a whole new level of congrats, festivities and partying well into the night… SURPRISEEEE!!!

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

Cheers to you Mr Close.

The Heather & Doug Records Christchurch Wedding Photographer

After a very well organised & kept secret, the word is out and we wish Emma & Sheldon all the happiness in the world! Along with another huge congratulations from us!!!

Thanks so much for having Doug along for the day, it couldn’t have been any better and your joy and ecstasy showed all day long!!

Wishing you all the very best for your lives together,

Much love,
Doug & Heather xoxo