I do really love what I do. I'm not saying that to boast about my life, I know that I am so hugely privileged and blessed to be trusted to document people's love. I have come to realise full well that this is what I am meant to do in my life and 2010 is going to be a year of stepping out of my comfort zone, to take the next step in growing my business. I'm so excited, and can't wait to see what the future holds.
Now to this stunning wedding... Jennie and Alex were married on Christmas Eve in Bora Bora, in French Polynesia, 5 and a half hours away from NZ. Sam (my husband) and I extended the trip and stayed for 7 nights over there which was amazing. I was slightly nervous and full of anticipation for this wedding, I knew it was going to be different shooting in 40 degree heat but I was up for the challenge! Jennie and Alex are from San Francisco in the States, considering we hadn't met before the big day they couldn't have been more open, friendly and we just clicked! Jennie is a primary school teacher, Alex is in the Military. I was the only other person present at their wedding which was a big honor. When I first met with them in their over water bungalow, the atmosphere couldn't have been more relaxed and calm - which is kind of a rarity for preparations pre-wedding! It was just the two of them focused on their love, their special day. Of course being the only ones there, Alex tied up Jennie's dress and Jennie did her own hair and makeup, she did an amazing job! We were collected by a golf cart to drive to the little chapel which was over a lagoon complete with a glass bottom aisle. Greeted with singing, dancing, and children blowing on shells, I knew this ceremony was going to be special. Tears rolled down Jennie's cheeks as Alex proclaimed that even though he will have to go away sometimes he will always come back to find her. I had an absolute ball photographing Alex and Jennie's wedding, and documenting their transparent love for each other. It was completely different to anything that I have done before, the location was awe inspiring, the heat was intense, and I loved every minute.
Self proclaimed 'I have two left feet' the Tahitian celebrant tried to teach Alex the moves :)
And he's away!
Alex is actually allergic to alcohol, so this was pretend sipping :)
Love this. Can you spot the fish?!
Jennie, you're stunning.
Yes the water really was that colour. Reminds me of lemonade jelly. Delicious.