Kate & Shaun {Married}

When you’re together for 7 years. You can’t help but think a proposal may just be on the way. But maybe Samoa just isn’t the place Kate thinks to herself as they get on a bus and Shaun throws his bag to the back wihout a worry or a care. ‘Yip, he would have held onto that bag a little tighter’ as Kate puts the thought out of her head and begins to enjoy her holiday in Samoa. Whats another 7 years to wait?!…
Much to Kate’s surprise, Shaun WAS on the ball and he proposed on a jetty, with a watch and they picked a ring together when they returned to New Zealand.

The Portage Resort Wedding

Doug and I repeated to each other throughout the day and as we looked at the photos and thought about their speeches. Kate and Shaun are incredibly social people. They love their people and their people love them. Their people that have been there since the moment Kate and Shaun woke up in separate rooms with a vague recollection of meeting a ‘someone’ the night before. The only reminder was a note Shaun had written for himself to call ‘that chick Kate from Vespa’. One partially blind date, one gorgeous 10 month old son and 8 years on… Kate gifts her girls in purple a bracelet each engraved with a friendship quote…. on the day she marries that guy from Vespa Bar.

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Across the way and through some trees, Shaun enjoys the sunshine on the deck for as long as possible, showing some mighty big welts thanks to a stag do he’ll never forget.
But tie time comes around quick.

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They scrub up pretty nice! Nothing compared to Master James though.

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Back at the prettiness of the girls station…

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…We have a gorgeous bride…

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Accompanied by a proud father!

The Portage Resort, Marlborough Sounds Wedding

No Bride walks to her wedding even if only 200m down a wee hill to the place of their ‘I do’s’…

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…To this stunning venue. The Portage Resort.

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Time to get you two married!

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Kate looks absolutely beautiful and I think Shaun thinks so too.

The Portage Resort, Marlborough Sounds Wedding

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…And Kate’s Mum couldn’t be prouder!

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The Portage Resort WeddingsThey seal the deal…

The Portage Resort Weddings…amongst a group of amazing people, in the amazing weather, with the amazing view. I’d be excited too!

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The laughter never stopped and Kate, Shaun and baby James show us what a beautiful family looks like.

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We left the guests with the beautiful view, the hot hot sun and pleeeeenty to drink for a wee while…as a giant chessboard awaits us.

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The Portage Resort, Chess SetA little madness never looked so good.

The Portage Resort, Chess Set

Speaking of things that look good…

Marlborough Sounds Weddings Chess Set

Marlborough Sounds Weddings Chess Set

And along to the jetty …

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…where they find their dancing shoes!

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 Before we headed for ‘The GAP’.

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With the turquoise waters that felt good between the toes.

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Kate is so down to earth. She was relaxed all day long. Veil in the water? ‘Oh well’. Dress dirty and wet ‘I’m only wearing it the one day’. And then I over heard her ask her girls if she was a Bridezilla… faaaaarrrrrrr from it Kate!

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Then we tried something. I asked if Shaun could hold Kate up in the water. They thought they’d try it on land first. And then it was decided that Shaun needs to hit the Gym a little bit more! lol

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6pm and the sun is still striking hot. But the reception awaits…

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…with cute faces such as this!

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And delicious food to tempt the tastebuds!

The Portage Resort Weddings

Portage Resort Weddings

Remember the dancing on the jetty? That was reserved just for me. The reception got a way cooler first dance…

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…Kate and Shaun ripped up the dance floor…

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The Portage Resort

The band got into their groove…

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…And everyone had themselves a darn good time!

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Kate and Shaun. What a pleasure it was to be invited to such a beautiful day with all your personal touches. From beginning to end we could tell how loved you are and how much you love those around you and each other. We feel lucky just to be able to capture such a genuine atmosphere. Enjoy your honeymoon in Fiji and once again, Congratulations Mr & Mrs Connolly.