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Teresa and Gareth | Married at Murdoch James Estate | Martinborough Vineyard

Teresa and Gareth were married at Murdoch Estate vineyard. It was a perfect summer wedding day: all dreamy buttery sunlight and soft warmth.

Murdoch James has some gorgeous gardens; a river, willow trees, the whole package. And Teresa and Gareth bought the love. These two are the most awesome couple, it was such a privilege to photograph their wedding day. ”

My favorite part was during dinner, I took the chance to photograph the rings (no one loves a photographer capturing you eat), and wandered outside, the sun was setting over the vineyard, and I was thinking how fun it would be to incorporate the wine the from the vines, where the couple chose to marry, and I found this half finished bottle all forlorn by the ceremony site, and I was all: Yus.

Wine being poured over wedding rings

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Wedding Planner: Polly Devane  

 

September 5, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Sarah - What an awesome ring shot! This wedding was beautiful!

September 5, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Albert Palmer - Epic bridal veil portrait Mary – I’m pretty envious of that shot!

September 5, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Heather Kanillopoolos - That shot of the bride looking at you through the veil… WOW. Killer work!

September 6, 2014 - 12:47 am

Preston - I concur. That veil shot is MONEY!

September 6, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Justin R - Mary, the rings shot and the portrait of the bride blew me away! Stunning shots!

September 6, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Patrick - Very cool wedding… some beautiful light filled photos…

September 6, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Angela - Wow! Gorgeous! That shot of the bride and the veil covering one eye… I think I died from the gorgeousness of that shot!

September 7, 2014 - 1:19 pm

John - Lovely photos, especially like the avenue portrait and the last one, really intimate.

September 8, 2014 - 3:23 am

Jack Chauvel - Beautiful Mary. Veil shot of the bride is my favourite, that last frame is gorgeous also.

September 8, 2014 - 3:29 am

Teresa K - This: http://www.marysylvia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Murdoch-James-Vineyard-Martinborough-Wedding-Photography-191(pp_w920_h613).jpg

WOW. I love everything about this shot. The entire wedding follows that theme too. Really well done Mary!

Zoe and Steve | Martinborough Wedding Photography | Style Me Pretty

Zoe and Steve were married in Martinborough on a beautiful day, at Zoe’s parent’s house. Clients often ask me what my favorite venue is to photograph, and by a country mile, it’s your backyard. I love the story and history, the beautiful touches that represent family life, just everything about photographing a wedding that takes place at home.

Zoe and Steve were no exception, their day was filled with love, laughter and a whole of happiness. Their backyard may or may not have included a pond with a row boat and Zoe may or may not have been kick ass and gotten into it in her wedding dress for some photos.

This wedding was first featured on Style Me Pretty.

Wedding dress hanging among treesBlack and white bride getting readyBridesmaids putting on nail polishBridesmaid in grecian dressBride receiving flowersBride getting makeup put onBridal wedding dress details dots on tulleBride in window with contrasted lightingBride with father before ceremonyWedding dress back detail appliqueBlue and white ribbons wedding ceremonyMartinborough wedding photographyGroom seeing bride for the first timeMartinborough wedding photographyMartinborough wedding photographyGroom putting ring on finger and laughing at ceremonyFirst kiss wedding ceremony MartinboroughConfetti exit wedding ceremony MartinboroughMartinborough romantic wedding photographyMartinborough lake wedding photographyMartinborough lake wedding photographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyPurple pink and blue wedding reception flowersGuest laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionGuest laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionBride laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionGuest laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionGuest laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionMartinborough Wedding Marquee against sunsetBride and groom with wrist watch in black and white

Hair and Makeup: www.rebeccaconnor.co.nz

Flowers and reception details: www.thepiccadillyflowercompany.co.nz

Dress: Tina De Bes

This post first appeared on Style Me Pretty: www.stylemepretty.com/new-zealand-weddings/2014/07/03/romantic-backyard-wedding

August 29, 2014 - 5:05 am

T Lake - Hi Mary! Your pictures are wonderful and I love love love your mysterious website – where the posts pop up and disappear – clever! – TL

August 29, 2014 - 11:48 am

Albert Palmer - Love those sunny happy ceremony photos – beautiful work Mary!

August 29, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Johnboy Wilson - Gorgrous portraits and perfect moments! Great work

August 29, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Johnboy Wilson - Gorgeous portraits and perfect moments! Great work

August 29, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Taylor Roades - Wow the confetti shot and the portraits. great coverage.

August 30, 2014 - 1:02 am

Mitch Arnett - Absolutly Beutiful Work!!!

I had to look a couple of times at the dry pond, though it was rough water at first. How fun :-)

August 30, 2014 - 6:39 am

Yolande Marx - Beautiful coverage!

August 30, 2014 - 9:19 am

naomi - Great work, Mary, love how much warmth and joy you’ve captured.

August 30, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Anton Chia - Love the ceremony exit frame!

August 30, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Teresa K - Wow, what an incredibly gorgeous set Mary. I love every single frame!!

September 1, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Luke Hayden - Absolutely wonderful coverage.

September 1, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Johanna - Ahhhh! This is sooooo pretty, Mary!

September 3, 2014 - 12:21 am

Nadine - Soooo gorgeous!

September 4, 2014 - 3:55 am

Heather Kanillopoolos - Those shots on the lake… absolutely MAGICAL!

September 5, 2014 - 1:51 am

Darin Collison - Super lovely. Love the portraits – this one in particular: http://www.marysylvia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/026(pp_w920_h613).jpg

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.

August 28, 2014 - 4:39 am

Matthew Mead - DAMN……….

So good

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!

August 29, 2014 - 5:08 am

T Lake - Such talent from NZ! Very impressed!

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