Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos – Jason & Hilary’s sneak peek!
Hi guys 🙂
On Saturday last week, we made the trip down from Auckland to Taupo, where we photographed Jason & Hilary’s wedding at Huka Resort.
Jason is from Canada (and he, his family, and their Canadian guests reaffirmed my belief that Canadians are some of the most polite, lovely, and genuine people in the world!). It’s winter in Canada.
Hilary is from NZ (Tokoroa, if you want to be specific!) – and is an Iron Woman champion. I have a lot of respect for anyone that can swim. And then bike. And then run. I don’t think I could manage one single stage of either.. let alone the whole lot!
About 5 minutes before we arrived at the boys’ place to begin the preparation shots… my mobile rang. It was Jason – “umm.. the suit hire place forgot to include one of our suits. And it was my one. We had to drive back to Hamilton, and are now in Putaruru on the way back.. so an hour away”…
Oops. So we instead began around at the girls.. making excuses for the boys so that Hilary wouldn’t find out!
The detailing on the back of Hilary’s dress was gorgeous.
The bridesmaids were all school friends of Hilary’s… and they were fantastic. So willing & enthusiastic to help them out, and nothing was too hard. Just perfect examples of keeping the bride stressfree & looking out for her. Well done ladies!
Around at the boys’ place – things were coming together, and Jason was ready to go.
He had a smile on his face the entire day!
The groomsmen did a great job – always on hand to hassle Jason & get him laughing!
Then it was off to the gardens, where they were going to see each other for the first time.
Hilary’s Dad about to help her out of the car..
Anyone who thinks that meeting beforehand to do photos will “lose that special moment when you see one another for the first time”… obviously needs to see these next few shots.
Their parents were also there to experience the special moment – which I thought was lovely.
The boys all had embroidered boxer shorts with ‘groom’ or ‘groomsmen’ written on the back.. and were keen as to drop their trousers & show the girls. This is what they thought..
Then it was off to Kinloch, where we were doing the majority of the bridal party photos.
On the way, we stopped at this great field… and had some time with just Jason & Hilary.
And then we had some more time.
Finally… we had to check out where the bridal party had ended up… their car had broken down. We weren’t toooo worried though, as while we waited we had the time to shoot these images:
The clouds had been rolling in all morning – and the skies were looking very dramatic… so we got our lights out & made the most of it.
We then headed down to Kinloch proper… and caught up with the bridal party. A few little spits of rain were just beginning… but the parasols came in handy as umbrellas!
By the time we finished up, the rain had begun to fall… and the boys hopped into the cars to drive back to Huka Resort. We needed to give them a headstart before following along with the girls… so had time for a couple more shots.
As we drove back to the resort, we were so thankful for doing the photos before the ceremony… as by this time, the rain was pelting down… and it didn’t stop. In fact, the following day, camping grounds in Taupo were evacuated due to flooding – and most of the North Island was battered by the weather. Perfect timing.
It did mean that the ceremony was moved inside the chapel at the resort – which was beautiful. I loved the Maori designs on the paneling inside.
One of the readings in their ceremony talked about a Native American belief that butterflies carried wishes to the Great Spirit. The guests were invited to think of a wish for Jason & Hilary.. after which they released some beautiful Monarch butterflies.. which made their way out the windows of the church and off to the Great Spirit. It was very beautiful.
Over at the reception… they had a canvas which people could paint cute little love hearts onto. But some people were more adventurous in making their mark!
Every single flower on this cake is made from sugar. Isn’t that incredible!
They also had a cartoonist at the reception doing caricatures of the guests. He was AMAZING. Some super cool drawings resulted.
Later in the evening, we were introduced to the ‘shoe game’ .. which is a tradition (from Switzerland?? I think??) that involves taking off your shoes, and each having one of your own, and one of the other’s, shoes. A variety of questions were asked… “who is more romantic”.. etc… and they needed to raise the shoe of the person they thought best fit, without seeing what the other thought.
It was super cute – and they actually agreed on 90% of all the questions!
Later in the evening, we did a few fun photobooth shots with a frame…
Jason & Hilary had prepared a surprise, choreographed first dance – very cool!
Then everyone was showed how it was REALLY supposed to be done:
The party kicked off, the dancefloor was full, and people had a great time!!
Just before we left at the end of the evening, we managed to sneak a few final romantic shots..
We headed home – shattered, but content after witnessing a gorgeous couple having a beautiful wedding.
And we listened to the rain on the roof.
Thank you both so much for trusting us to capture your day – we had a blast doing so.
Enjoy this little taste of what’s to come.
Isaac & Amber.
- Isaac de Reus
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