Maree's Blog / Wettest Wedding I’ve Ever Done

Fresh off the plane from the UK winter in need of a spray tan Janelle & Jason had a fantastic celebration of their love and commitment to each other with a  intimate group of family and friends from here and overseas at Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island over the weekend.

As far as weddings go this one had some fresh elements in it for me. Firstly, the rain which meant the ceremony had to be held inside; but what a beautiful venue for it. Oozing elegance and style both inside and outside. It was my first time at this venue. I’ll certainly be recommending it to my couples as I’d love the opportunity to shoot there again, but perhaps in the sunshine next time.

Being inside for the ceremony posed some challenges with the Bride and Groom on the stairs which was great for the guests but did limit movement for myself and the Second Photographer. We didn’t have a lot of time to shoot the portrait photographs and were restricted due to weather hence my desire to want to photograph there again. From there we headed down to Little Oneroa. Umbrellas were definitely the order of the moment and throughout it was a challenge to keep my gear dry.

Janelle realised pretty quickly that either way she was going to get wet. So she threw away the umbrella, walked down the beach and straight into the water with the Groom following closely behind. Being the English part of the equation, weather the Groom was used too. I must say it is rare for a bride to be this casual when wearing her once in a life time frock and it was refreshing for all of us. I swear she would have gained 10kgs in weight on the frock by the time we left. But you know the reality is, you are going to pay a fortune to get the dress dry cleaned so why not make them work for their money?

Back in the cars with towels and the heaters on to begin the reception which started with Janelle and Jason doing their first dance to music by Jennifer Eivena. That in itself a site to behold with the Grooms pants still really wet and rolled up to his knees and the weight of the Brides gown making it difficult for the required smooth movements. The other cool thing they had was a Caricature Artist who had been drawing the guests while we were away. As we made our exit back to catch the last ferry I did see Mum taking the Bride off to one of the rooms for a focused tidy up and re-grooming before being seated for dinner.

Thank you Janelle and Jason for being such a fantastic, fun couple to work with. Your lives together I’m sure will be full of love, laughter and happiness.