Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos – Thomas & Andrea’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

Last Sunday, we made the trip down from Auckland to the beautiful Hawkes Bay, to photograph Thomas & Andrea’s wedding at Craggy Range winery.

It was one of the hottest weddings we’ve photographed… 34 degrees and sunny!

We headed over to catch up with Thomas & groomsmen in the morning… and the wind was blustery, lifting the iron on the roof & making plenty of noise. We were a little worried… as the plan was to head up Te Mata peak later in the day for photos… and if it was this windy down here.. how bad would it be up top??

We shelved those concerns for the time being though.. and the guys got ready to go.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Then we headed out to Craggy Range, where Andrea & the girls were getting ready in one of the onsite cottages there.

Andrea was looking stunning in her dress:

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

The persistent wind was still around… moments after this shot was taken, most of these chairs blew over!

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Their ceremony was lovely – joint managed by a friend of theirs, and a minister.

I love that no matter what the conditions, the heat, the wind – at this point of the day, nothing can distract them from one another!

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

The bridesmaids acquired a helper..

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Generally, the group & family shots tend to be more focused on the ‘people’ and less dependent on the location.
But at Craggy Range.. even the group photos feature the stunning landscape!

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

We raced off with the bridal party for a few whirlwind shots around the grounds at Craggy Range…

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

The view back up towards Te Mata peak is dramatic and stunning…

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

It was then into the cars, and we raced off with just Thomas & Andrea for some shots up the top of Te Mata peak.

The road up there is about as sketchy as you’d expect.. but it’s amazing what some adrenaline & a diminishing timeline will do for your driving confidence!

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

The track was narrow, and the wind was screaming through the peaks.. luckily, Tom was there to help out with Andrea’s train.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

And then, all of a sudden, we were there.

And it got epic.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Plenty of ‘canvas for the wall’ potential there!!

On the way back down, we made another quick stop, and spent 5 minutes shooting this gorgeous backlight.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

This image has a bit more sparkly stuff on the left hand side in the out-of-focus part… which was me tucked in behind Thomas & Andrea, throwing a handful of grass up into the sunlight behind them. The wind caught it and whisked it straight away… but Amber was quick enough to catch a glimpse of it in this image.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

We arrived back at Craggy Range, where their reception was in a marquee, that stretched over the vines.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Inside, the tables were decorated in a cool vintage theme, with birdcages, little birds – and these were echoed in Andrea & her bridesmaid’s beautiful bouquets – which had a birdsnest theme too.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

The marquee had beautiful chandeliers..

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

And the cake looked amazing. (later on in the evening, I discovered it tasted amazing, too!)

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

The last of the evening light, looking up to Te Mata peak across Craggy Range’s lake & driveway. Such a peaceful way to enjoy an evening.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

After a delicious dinner, we managed to sneak down into the wine cellar for a few romantic shots… assisted by fabulous bridesmaid Zoe, who was holding our light for us!

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

We finished up the night partying away – the dancefloor was outside on the grass… here’s the view from all the way across the lake, looking back, with reflection.

Craggy Range Hawkes Bay wedding photos

Thank you both for having us along to share a part in your wedding day – we had an absolute ball, and you guys were fantastic – talk about going the extra mile to ensure that we had everything we needed to work with!

Enjoy this little, tiny, sneak peek of what’s to come 🙂

Isaac & Amber.

Comments

  1. Murray says:

    Great!! Excellent photography- Thomas and Andrea you both look great.

  2. Thomas & Andrea says:

    Thank-you guy so much, photos look fantastic. We had such a great day with you both. You made it so easy! Look forward to seeing the rest… take care

  3. Debbie Hawkins says:

    Wow you guys the photos are just the best. I love them. It was such a great day. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of it. Love you guys 🙂

  4. Lauren says:

    Really, gorgeous photos!! Andrea, you are the most stunning Bride ever!!!! Tx for inviting us, it was a priviledge to share your special day with you. Lots of love to you and Thomas xxxxxxxxx

  5. Vann says:

    Honestly i cant believe it these photos are freaking Amazing
    Andrea you look Gorgeous, Thomas you dont look to bad yourself but still pretty good!!!

  6. rntmum A.K.A JoAnn says:

    how fantastic are these photos!! Beautiful bride,handsome groom, happy guests, fantastic day!
    Highly recommend photographers……. how did you do those shots? incredible, fantastic vision

  7. Just stunning! What a beautiful couple. Thank you for a wonderful day. .xoxoxo L&B.

  8. Trish says:

    these are the most amazing photo,s i,ve ever seen, i ve got goosebumps, u both look stunning!!!!!

  9. Peter says:

    Photos were completly AWESOME. Cant believe how good you two looked.

  10. Zae says:

    You guys looked so good I wished I could of been their. background look amazing pity about the couple.

  11. Wayne says:

    Gosh you two looked stunning it was great to be there and witness you two get married.

  12. Jonathan Ivy says:

    wow what an amazing venue! I love how the tent was setup in the vineyard! Amazing images.

  13. Kate says:

    Photos are fabulous!!! Great people, great venue, great photos!!

  14. Haley says:

    amazing!! You both looked stunning. Wishing you both the very best for the future

  15. Ashlee says:

    Thomas and Andrea, Congratulations!, these photos are incredible, love the ones up Te mata peak – your photographers were amazing! looking forward to seeing the rest.

  16. Mazz says:

    Hi Andrea and Tom,Very impressed with the photos!! Really enjoyed your wedding…gorgeous all round!! Thanks for inviting us!

  17. Tina Doake says:

    Hi Andrea and Tom, Loved your wedding and your photos look fantastic. Best I’ve seen. Such a beautiful bride.