Sarnia Park wedding photos – Jason & Michelle’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Saturday, we headed down to Otorohanga for Michelle & Jason’s wedding… which was held in Michelle’s family church, and then reception at Sarnia Park in Cambridge.

We left Auckland early, and headed down to Hamilton, where we caught up with Jason & his best man, Will.
They were all ready to go when we arrived (even though it was like 4 hours before the wedding) – awesome!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Both Jason & Will are in the NZ Navy, so they’re no strangers to formal dress!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

We headed outdoors for a few final shots…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Then it was off to Otorohanga, where we arrived at Michelle’s parents home – to find everyone similarly organized – woohoo! It’s rare that we actually *get* the time for pre-ceremony photos that we suggest.. so the times that we do, it’s always very exciting!

When we walked into the house, it was like a collection of our favourite vendors! Michelle’s hair was being finished off by the mobile team from Ktizo, the gorgeous bouquets had been delivered by Karen, Rachel from Ruby Rouge had just finished the makeup, and Michelle’s stunning Anna Schimmel wedding gown was hanging up, waiting to be photographed 🙂

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

The gown had a layer of delicate lace covering it, and was topped off with this gold broach from Michelle’s grandmother. It was exquisite.

Then, it was time to get into it! Michelle & her bridesmaid, Christina, needed no encouragement to get into their dresses (Christina’s was a stunning Armani dress, I think Amber wanted to steal it :P).

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Time for a couple of last shots…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

And then it was time for us to head down to the church (not even needing to rush, thanks to things running to schedule in the morning!).
It was a cute little Catholic church – and I love the fact that Michelle’s grandparents, and parents, were also married in the same church. In fact, later on, we took a photograph with all 6 of them in front of the church, which matches the photos taken many years ago. So cool.

Michelle arrived – and it was time to go.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Jason when he saw Michelle for the first time..

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

When we’re shooting inside a small church, especially if the priest has requested that no-one take photos, we’re very aware of not being ‘shutter happy’ and firing away incessantly – as the shutters are quite loud in a small space. So… instead, we wait for the absolute key moments, and take one shot, making it count.

The funny side of this is, that Amber & I often interpret the exact same key moment – resulting in ‘camera jinx’… where we hear each other’s shutters go at the exact same moment. It happened so many times today, we had a little giggle afterwards. Things like when someone is doing a reading – there is a point where they glance up & make eye contact with the congregation. **double click**. Then the priest raises his hand to bless the rings. **double click**. Or – during the sermon… Jason & Michelle take a quick glance at one another and a smile. **double click**. Here’s one of those moments, from each of our cameras. This took about half a second.. and we each took only one frame.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

During the vows, there were a few tears..

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

And a perfect first kiss…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Usually, we don’t tend to blog signing shots, as they’re often not all that ‘interesting’. But something about these two images I just love. Adding to the cool factor, is that Jason MADE the candle holder – he’s fantastic with wrought iron – and actually made an awesome sign for us at our studio.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

The priest giving a blessing.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

After the ceremony, as Jason & Michelle walked out of the church, their friend – who had come all the way from Paraguay for the wedding – had some rice to throw.. I love the way the rice has arched up to mirror the doorway of the church.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

There were hugs. There were kisses. We took photos. There were family group shots. We took more photos. But we’ll save those for another day… because you know you all want to see what came next.

We drove over to Cambridge (it’s quite surreal having a 45 minute drive between ceremony & the location shots… it felt like we had only just arrived for the day when we got to Sarnia Park, not like we’d already been shooting for 5 hours!

First stop – Lake Karapiro.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

And then another cool spot we found…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

The above shots were taken in a light overcast… and then… the sun came out. Which was what we’d been waiting for.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Content with some amazing shots (but wanting to stay and shoot there forever) – we headed back to Sarnia Park.
When we arrived, Amber headed over to photograph the reception setup (it’s always nice to do these things before the room is filled up with all the guests) – and we learned that Jason had also made each & every one of the table centerpieces from wrought iron. So cool. Michelle’s touch was seen throughout the whole room – it looked perfect. But it was definitely cool to see some ‘DIY’ that the groom had supplied!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

We headed across to collect their bridal hamper & drinks, and the 4 of them had a much deserved time out, a nibble, and some drinks. A few quick shots too…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

The light was fading, and in the time left, Michelle & Jason wanted to have a practice of their first dance (which they’d had some professional lessons for). It looked superb (and I later heard from Michelle that the real thing went without a hitch!).

It was a good excuse for us to get the lights out & have a play with some cool lighting.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Then, just before the reception began, we headed over for a couple of shots under the lamps – a fittingly soft & romantic way to round off the photos.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Thank you both so much for having us along to share a part in your special day – we had so much fun with you all, and are so stoked to have been entrusted with capturing these memories.
Enjoy the photos – so many more awesome ones to come!

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Until next time,
Isaac & Amber 🙂

Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Wow! These are amazing! Good work guys! I know you had a ball with her dress and everything. It seemed like you were in photographer heaven!

    After all, she looked amazing, so it’ would have been easy for you!

  2. hannah says:

    Incredible and stunning photos, nice work! Michelle and Jason you both looked amazing xox

  3. William says:

    Wicked Photos,

  4. Anna says:

    Gorgeous photos! Congratulations Michelle & Jason!

  5. Sharon Dutton says:

    great to see photos froms my little brothers wedding up so quick. I couldnt make it over so am overjoyed to share these awsome photos just days after their wedding. WOW Michelle looks amazing . Great job with the photos ….

  6. Colleen Morrison says:

    GORGEOUS!!! pictures are stunning and what a beautiful bride!

  7. Wonderful photos. It was great to have the services of such a professional team of photographers and they have produced some stunning results. Congratulations everyone. Fr. Anthony

  8. Rangi Williams says:

    Great photographers, great photos. Love them all. Real professional. I would recommend their services every time.

  9. Erin says:

    All looks so effortless and captures the true sense of the day perfect work again Isaac and Amber…

  10. lorraine says:

    Wow Jason I loved the photos and what a beatiful bride you have. Dont forget to bring her into AFCC when she is in Auckland.

  11. Kezia says:

    Stunning photos!!

  12. Dave Dutton says:

    Awsome photoes very professional, look forward to seeing the rest.

  13. Robyn Hart says:

    Really lovely photos of you guys. Can’t wait to see the rest. It was great to be there on your special day.

  14. Rachel A says:

    Very lovely photos of you both. The attention in all the details comes out beautifully. Good memories.

  15. Theresia says:

    Great photos. Michelle you look fantistic and I love the photo of Jason too. I can’t wait to see the rest. Also thank you so much for the photos that you took for Isabel I know that some other photographers wouldn’t of done that for her.

  16. Arti says:

    Beautiful !!

  17. Fran says:

    Gorgeous photos Michelle and Jason, Congratulations!

  18. Kate says:

    These photos are amazing!!!!!!

  19. Alison says:

    Just wonderful photographs for you to have forever. Lovely bride and groom, and amazing professional photographers that captured the fantastic moments.

  20. Shelley Halpin says:

    These photos are absolute works of art – and what beautiful subjects to work with! Incredible…

  21. Flora Johansson says:

    What stunning photos. Jason you have a beautiful bride and what a handsome young man you have grown into. Great to be able to see your photos.

  22. Erin says:

    Awesome photos guys !

  23. Rosemary says:

    These are the most beautiful wedding photos I have ever seen. Can’t wait to see more.

    Didn’t Theresia do amazing table settings

  24. Rosemary says:

    Did you know that Jason tied lots of bows on chairs too!!

  25. Matthew Shove says:

    Fantastic Images as a person who enjoys photography but I am not that great at “People” shots, hence know what it takes so very Impressed. Great gear you used especially that little pink number I have an image of you using on top of the ladder. Very kind of you doing Matthew

  26. Drifty says:

    Wow – lovely photos of a perfect, pefect day!! Such a beautiful bride 🙂

  27. Toni says:

    I didn’t see any of me in there! (Ian) What amazing photos. They really capture the day.