This past April we had the privilege of photographing Davina and Jonathan's wedding in New Zealand. One of the special things about this wedding is that Meralon and Davina have known each other since high school in Auckland and have been in touch ever since. So when the opportunity came up for us to capture their day we jumped at the chance! We always do an engagement session with our couples, and even though we had only been in New Zealand for four days, we managed to squeeze in a wonderful day on Muriwai Beach. The black sand and jagged cliff face provided the perfect backdrop to a lovely connection between the two. We also visited a wonderful winery owned by Davina's friends, Jaison and Wendy Kerr (Kerr Farm), which gave us lots of images of the couple amongst grapevines!
Davina and Jonathan were married at Davina's Dad's home north of Auckland on a beautiful bay on Big Manly Beach. It's a beautiful part of the country, surrounded by endless sandy beaches, rolling countryside and huge pohutukawas. They were married on a Fall day, although it was hard to tell - the sun was amazing all day and gave us a gorgeous sunset!
Our day started with Davina having her makeup applied at the Water's Edge - a lovely bed and breakfast on Big Manly Beach. The owners gave her and her wedding party full access to the home, which was incredibly generous and a wonderfully relaxing way to start her wedding day. Davina's dress was simply stunning - a beautiful gown by designer Pronovias, which was certainly inspired by traditional flamenco dresses. She looked beautiful!
Davina and Jonathan had chosen to have a "first look" on the front lawn of the bed and breakfast - Jonathan couldn't wait to turn around and see his bride!!! We enjoyed being voyeurs for a few magic moments between them - and then it was time to take them down to the beach for more photographs. Jonathan and Davina are lovely together - you can tell they adore each other and are completely comfortable in each other's company. It showed in the time we had with them - there's a special ease to the way they are together.
The ceremony followed at Davina's Dad's home - lovely vows by the couple - simple and meaningful. Delicious canapes were served by waiters with trays - followed by some of the best mains we have ever had at a wedding - the salmon and lamb were our favourites! The reception continued in several areas of the house, including the expansive patio and lawn, which created a very casual, yet inclusive, environment. After dinner began the party! And what fun it was dancing into the wee hours to music from the 80's!
After the food had been eaten, the wine drunk, the shoes kicked off, the children (and Nana!) asleep, there was quiet...and there ended a beautiful day.
Here's a short story of their day. Please click on the first image to see a gallery.
Congratulations to Davina and Jonathan! We wish you tons of love in your lives together. It was fabulous to have had a part in your wedding day. We'd also like to thank Davina's family for their amazing hospitality at their home.
Posted by Randal for Randal Kurt Photography, Vancouver Wedding Photographers.