Danielle & Josh

I had the pleasure of meeting Danielle and Josh in Winter of 2016.  It was well prior to their wedding in Summer and we had chatted over a coffee/wine, needless to say, we hit it off instantly.  I could see on that day,  even though Danielle had been rushing around meeting all her wedding vendors, her natural beauty shone through. I knew she was going to look incredibly beautiful and would be a graceful bride. Their devotion to and admiration of each other was so nice to see.

It was a fun morning with a great group of lovely ladies who kept Danielle calm and looked after her really well. The arrival of the flowers was spectacular and Jenny from Studio 24 had done an amazing job.

Criffel was the venue set up and styled beautifully. This place is so truly rustic and epitomises a great Central Otago wedding. The area outside lends itself to ambience and fires lit at night all make for a fun party atmosphere for all.

The newlyweds snuck away for a photo session with the talented Jim Pollard who ticked all the boxes for epic mountain shots.

Danielle and Josh were also super excited about their romantic Honeymoon planned to: Italy, USA and The Maldives.

I hope all their desires, wishes and hopes for the future all come true.  

 

Makeup:  Deirdre of Road To Beauty

Hair: Kylie of Mountain Air Hair Studio

Florist: Jenny at Studio 24

Dress by: Sanet Strydom at Masq Couture

Beautiful Bridesmaids: Debbie Brouwers, Jessica O'Hare, Sarah Johns

Bridesmaids Dresses: MAIDS by Rory Beca

Venue: Criffel Station Woolshed

Caterer: Kim at Moreish Kitchen

Celebrant:  Caitlin Harvey

Photographer: Jim Pollard

Myer Wedding

This was a spectacular and wonderful wedding to be part of.  The gorgeous Myer family of Australia and their daughter getting married to Justin at their Lodge in Wanaka - Whare Kea.

A beautiful elegant and poised lady with divine friends.  Who all carried off everyting they did with charm, sincerity and a hint of mischeviousness.

The week of was a busy flurry of activity with the erection of a marquee on the grounds of the lodge, flowers arriving, signs and wedding preprations all in full swing.  I got to spend a day with the ladies prior to the wedding doing a few beauty essentials. It was so amazing to hear the band and Bobby Valentine practice whilst doing this. 

Lucy and her bridal party were so much fun, lots of laughter and hilarity on the morning of and not a stress in sight.  My team of 4 kept it all smoothly on track and worked hard towards the deadline for the nuptials.

So wrapt that Wanaka turned on possible one of the best days of Summer for this wedding.

 

Catering:  Aspiring Catering

Photography:  Alpine Image Co

Venue:  Whare Kea Lodge

Flowers:  Andrea Crawford

Planner:  Gill Lonie at Whare Kea

Dresses – Monique Lhuillier (bride and bridesmaids)

Band: Bobby Valentine

Hair and Makeup - Road To Beauty Team, Theresa, Katie, Sally & Deirdre

Sound:  Entertainment Solutions

Celebrant:  Jools McKnight

Marquee:  Marquees over Wanaka

 

Perriam Spring/Summer Launch 2016

It was wonderful to be asked to supply Hair and Makeup for PERRIAM's SPRING/SUMMER 2016 Launch brochure and web imagery.  Lovely Christina Perriam has been so crazy busy opening a gorgeous new shop in central Wanaka, I wasn't sure how she found time to travel to Ophir and all around Central Otago's spectacular Rail Trail photographing Sophie in the new Spring/Summer 2016 range.  Shot on location at the DIVINE Lombardy Cottage.

There are some gorgeous colours in this range, luscious pinks and navy's.... put together with softer caramels, cardigans made from pure merino, perfect for these cooler mornings and evenings.  

I do believe that her new shop is opening this week also.  So POP in to Helwick Street, Wanaka for a look. PERRIAM SHOP.  Thank you Carla Munro of Black Robin Creative for pulling this together and also Sophie who was a fabulous model.  :)

Thank you to all who helped on this shoot:

Carla Munro

Christina Perriam

Lombardy Cottage

Sophie the Model :)

Base Streetwear

The Wonder Room

and everyone else :)

Cromwell - Central Otago

So WOW!!! Central Otago  - we decided to show you off and all that comes with you! In collaboration with a spectacular new website that launches on 01 September 2016;  Silk and Honey, started by the creative genius Carla Munro (Director) of Black Robin Creative. Carla came up with this stunning styled shoot and it was planned and plotted with a few other creative muses in the area.

So off we all trotted to explore a region that I feel warrants more exposure.  Central Otago is just GORGEOUS!.  People should really flock to this region to get some epics shots. OLD WOMAN MOUNTAIN RANGE - Spectacular, fabulous and a little bit different.  The professional team at Heliview Flights know this area like the back of their hands!  They took the team up to a spot only the awesome pilot Richard (please see picture of him below) knows exist. 

Using the Canon5Dmkiii and a whole bunch of other fabulous technological equipment that is a bit long to mention was the lovely Bel Jones - pretty awesome considering this beautiful, pregnant and glowing photographer jumped around in the snow to get such amazing shots of the lovely Kiera McLeod.

The dress was a 10 year old Astra Bridal number worn by Kiera - which is pretty special as it was worn by her Mum.  Thank you Ms Andrea Gooch for all your help and kindness and letting us have it for the day.  Lovely Neda of Pristine Steam Cleaning managed to get the dress primped and primed and honestly looking just like new!

Jenny Clark from Studio 24 as always made the most sumptuous bouquet and hair flowers, comprised of: Freesias, Roses, Ranunculus, Anemones, Chrysanthemum, Spray Carnations and mixed seasonal foliage. 

The drop - Quartz Reef  - oh yes - delicious it was.....  Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle Brut NV was the perfect tipple for these surrounds.

Makeup and Hair - By Deirdre Read of Road To Beauty.

Bobbi Brown; Primer/Concealer, Foundation, Translucent Powder, Highlighting and Countouring in Bronze Glow. Urban Decay; Eyes - Palette Number 2, MAC: Lips, Hover Lip Liner - Viva Glam II Lip Colour. Too Faced; Better Than Sex Mascara in Black. Benefit; Brows in Medium to Light Brown pomade. MAC; Stubborn Brown Eyeliner.

 

 

VENDORS:

Silk and Honey

Black Robin Creative

Studio 24

Quartz Reef

Bel Jones

Road To Beauty

Heliview Flights

Pristine Steam Cleaning

The Haymakers - Bex & Tom

Bex Murray - WOW!! beautiful lady inside and out and an amazing singer to boot!!  Shannon and I were both so wrapt to be asked to travel to her hometown of Tekapo and help get her ready at their family home "Parkbrae".  Everyone you do with Bex is always filled with fun, laughter, kindness and a sense of calm.  Tom is a prankster with the kindest heart and very chivalrous.  Lucky You Bex!

Thank you Bex and Tom for having me with you on the day, have us come down the night before and put us up in accommodation, it was a very special occasion to be part of.  

I think what made this wedding so incredibly personal and all about them was, the fact that Bex and Tom had made almost everything.. name tags...the placeholders, other special touches and thought had gone into their day.