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Wellington Winter Wedding Photography | Wellesley Boutique Hotel

I love winter weddings. You see, I’m kind of a traitor to my profession. I think I even prefer winter to summer (gasp!) because it’s just so romantic. Fireplaces, cold winds howling, rain falling, dark skies: I can’t get enough of it.

This unpredictable Wellington winter, I had the opportunity to photograph a gorgeous wedding at the Wellesley boutique hotel. Petrina and Fern had a brunch wedding. When they met, they were working nights and couldn’t date around dinner, so they had brunch dates instead. Seriously, with a sweet story like that, how can you not fall in love with this couple?

After brunch we had a wander through the old hotel to get some photos, including this one. The hotel generously let us look around for something unique that we could use as a backdrop and we found this quiet, unused room upstairs. Petrina and Fern took a moment for themselves in the light.

Winter Wellington Wedding Photography

August 25, 2014 - 1:01 am

Fete Photography - Wow, that light is gorgeous, awesome photo and great black & white!

August 25, 2014 - 4:55 am

John Bello - Beautiful frame – beautiful light!

August 25, 2014 - 5:09 pm

caroline - love this mary! i completely agree with what you said about winter too.

August 25, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Isabelle - great capture

August 25, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Ariana - oh that light is amazing. Beautiful image!

August 26, 2014 - 3:14 am

Mercedes - That light. How lovely this is!

August 26, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Brian Davis - That light is crazy! Nice capture!

August 26, 2014 - 4:46 pm

rahul - amazing light and framing! beautiful!

August 26, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Sachin - Beautiful Mary. Winter weddings ARE awesome.

Cordelia and Sylvester | Sneak Peek | Mt Victoria Wedding Photography | Wellington

I’m having the best time right now putting together album designs, and sifting through all the Queensberry options for the awesome couples whose wedding I shot last summer. Right now I’ve just started in on Sylvester and Cordelia’s album. They were one of a handful of couples who had to battle the elements this summer after finding out their wedding had an unexpected guest; cyclone Lusi. Fortunately the weather wasn’t too bad where their venue was, but we still made the best of it and snuck off for some extra photos a few days later in that soft light that comes after a storm. Extra bonus meant that way they had photos not just from their wedding venue, which was quite far out of Wellington, but also all around the Botanic Gardens and up on Mount Victoria, a pretty awesome silver lining!

Mt Victoria Wedding Photography Wellington

Black and white bridal photography wellington

Botanic Gardens Wellington Wedding Photographer

Botanic Gardens Wellington Wedding Photography

 

 

 

June 12, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Brian Davis - Beautiful portraits. That first one is awesome and I really love the use of hard light.

June 12, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Justin R - Love the light here! Beautiful shots!

June 12, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Brittany - That second shot. The lighting. Absolutely wonderful.

June 13, 2014 - 4:55 am

John Bello - That first shot is so dream-like. Beautiful!

June 13, 2014 - 7:16 am

dan - That first shot is unreal. What a view.

June 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

damian burcher - If the rest of the photographs are anything like these they will be delighted, really lovely.

June 13, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Tim Kamppinen - Great use of light and location!

June 13, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Albert Palmer - Great little peek – that first shot is a total winner!

June 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm

small - Gorgeous!

June 13, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Marianne - Beautiful photos, great use of light! I love the black and white on the bench.

June 14, 2014 - 12:55 am

Paul Krol - Nice work – such a variety in a small set. Well done.

June 16, 2014 - 6:14 pm

Johanna - Beautiful frames, Mary <3

June 18, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Joseph Delgado - OMG what wonderful imagery!

June 19, 2014 - 8:02 am

Cole - Wellington is awesome :) As are these portraits. The one atop the mountain is aces.

June 27, 2014 - 11:00 am

Bec - Mary these are divine!

July 14, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Cassandra ~ Aruba Weddings - Love the portrait with the cityscape background. Perfection!

Richard and Jasmine | Sneak Peek | Brackenridge Wedding Photography

I’m still alive, I swear! I’m just seriously focused on getting all my wonderful clients their wedding photos on time, and it’s super that-time-of-year.

But in an effort to blow the dust off this blog that has been so unloved this summer as I’ve been out in the sun photographing nothing but awesome couples holding phenomenal weddings in the most beautiful locations, I wanted to post a teaser from Jasmine and Richard’s wedding (a gorgeous day at Brackenridge, Martinborough), the sunlight they had will bring a touch of summer into anyone’s living room during the drizzly Autumn we’re having:

Autumn Wairarapa Wedding Photography

Wairarapa Wedding Photography

For this last shot, we were literally about 2 minutes away from jumping in the car to head to the reception and there was this slight breeze and Jasmine (yes at the almost end of the day, still looking like the beginning!) just suited everything in the shot so well, it was one of those moments where it needed nothing, just a glance at the camera and her happiness shone right through.

Martinborough Brackenridge Wedding Photography

April 22, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Tim Kamppinen - Wonderful lighting on that first shot!

April 22, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Mandy - Great photos Mary! The first shot is KILLER. <3

April 22, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Alyssa Schroeder - Beautiful couple, I love that backlighting!

April 22, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Shahriar - First shit is wow.

April 23, 2014 - 2:21 am

Nora - Simply stunning!!

April 23, 2014 - 11:02 am

ed peers - Great portraits Mary!

April 23, 2014 - 2:24 pm

kong wai - Great job

April 23, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Sachin Khona - Gorgeous frames Mary!

April 23, 2014 - 5:08 pm

Gabby - Beautiful photos and lighting!

April 23, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Joe - That last photo is stunning! The bokeh is like buttery deliciousness for my eyes.

April 24, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Janet Palmer - Stunning, LOVE the black & white shot

Lee & Dwight | Sydney Wedding at Montrose Berry Farm | Sutton Forest

When Lee and Dwight told me about what they had planned for their day, I almost pinched myself. It’s not every wedding I get to photograph lion dancers before the tea ceremony, an open air dance floor under the stars, and a massive sparkler exit.

They married at Montrose berry farm, the most delightfully sweet venue about one and a half hours outside of Sydney. The owners were lovely and the grounds just incredible. Seriously, if you’re getting married near Sydney, you have to check it out. Sydney was of course, bright, sunny and warm – as were the wonderful guests and the gorgeously happy bride and groom.

A pre-tea ceremony highlight was the groom and groomsmen trying to “earn” their way in past a set of bridesmaids who really made them work for it. Chilli peppers, raw egg and raw garlic all had to go down the hatch before they were allowed past. Up to the task, the boys tackled those like troopers!

I feel all groomsmen should have to do this, really.

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February 20, 2014 - 4:42 am

Bec - I love this wedding. SO much. One of my faves is Dwight spinning Lee on the dancefloor, and the shot is out of focus. I love it. Gorgeous work, all of it. x

February 20, 2014 - 4:49 am

victoria - Mary, your photos are incredible! Always something special in every frame and all so unique! Nice work.

February 20, 2014 - 5:17 am

Mary Sylvia - Thanks so much Victoria and Bec :)

February 20, 2014 - 9:32 am

Don Barrington - just amazing. great coverage and great couple.

February 20, 2014 - 9:53 am

/mariahedengren - Some crazy moments captured. And just amazing night atmosphere.

February 20, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Damian Burcher - These are outstanding, you nailed every stage of the day. Too many great photos to list them all but particular favourites are the silhouette of them framed in the door, the one of the girl spinning in the hallway, and my absolute favourite the black and white group shot just as they are getting themselves in position, perfect moment.

February 20, 2014 - 4:24 pm

lisa lacroix - These are absolutely beautiful. What a stunning wedding!!!

February 20, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Amy Barton - Wow – what a wedding story! Soooo many beautiful details and some stunning portraits thrown in there too! Good job Mary :)

February 23, 2014 - 6:18 am

Anton Chia - Love those portraits in the trees!

February 23, 2014 - 5:20 pm

heathernan - I can hardly stand all the cute kiddos and that baby! Love the dragon candids of the kids… Such a wonderful wedding, so well done!

February 24, 2014 - 12:54 am

ALMA // - Awesome frames!!

February 24, 2014 - 4:09 am

Janet - What an epic day! And you’ve captured it all perfectly

February 24, 2014 - 4:15 am

Mercedes - Mary, these are so pretty! I adore this couple and…dragon! So much fun to look throughout these.

February 24, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Joseph Hall - Love the bride portraits and the boy singing into the hairbrush – fab photos.

February 28, 2014 - 8:06 am

Cole - So wicked. Also wicked was seeing you and Sam in Wellington! Such a fun afternoon. Until next time!

March 2, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Cassandra - Aruba Photographers - Great groomsmen tradition! The emotions are very well captured in this photo collection!

May 10, 2014 - 5:57 am

Summer Southern Highland Wedding at Sutton Forest, Sydney | Newcastle and Hunter Valley Wedding Photographer - [...] am very fortunate to have some lovely friends in this industry, and when Mary told me she was coming over to Australia for a wedding outside of Sydney, I jumped at the chance to [...]

Three Years

Happy anniversary my Sam.

“Simply, my darling, I will love you, always.”

 
February 4, 2014 - 2:11 am

Heather - Oh how I love you two darlings. Well, mostly I love Mary, but Sam gets loved based on his good taste in women alone.

February 4, 2014 - 7:06 am

Bec - This just makes my heart feel good <3 I love the photo, and happy anniversary. x

February 4, 2014 - 9:06 am

Joseph Hall - Gorgeously scrummy photo!

February 5, 2014 - 1:16 am

Maxwell Monty - Mary this is beautiful! The shadows and tones are so awesome.

February 5, 2014 - 10:36 am

Tim May - Lovely shot. Lovely light. Lovely moment