High Romance: Ross and Amy’s Wellington Wedding

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Well that was different..! The great thing about shooting weddings sometimes is that unexpected things happen. After arriving at the Museum Hotel to shoot some getting ready images the groom decided he wanted to have photos taken in a crane! By a very happy coincidence, there just happened to be a crane outside the hotel – A big one! SO after some pleading and some puppy-dog eyes, Ross, the groom, managed to persuade the workmen to give him a lift. And up he went. Amy, the bride even had to have a go. And after a short romantic flight around the front of the hotel in a bright orange cage, we said goodbye to the workmen, Aaron and Tys, and we continued on our way for some formal photographs down by the tugboat.


Ross, Amy, and the bridal party Midge and Alex, decided to do their formals before the ceremony, which is unusual but not that uncommon. We had a great time at Erskine House as usual, and the reception was a real giggle.  Ross and Amy’s first dance started off very seriously with a waltz. Ross then pretended to brake his ankle, which paused the proceedings briefly until they launched into a “Bollywood” style dance number that had everyone in fits of laughter. We wrapped up the night with a final shoot down on the roof of the fisherman’s table on Oriental Parade at about midnight. It was very cold apparently, but I wasn’t aware – I had my jacket on!


Thanks guys, it was a pleasure doing your day! Thank you to Hayden Bishop who assited myself and Andrew as a third photographer on the day - fresh back from Finland.


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Shooting tip: When taking candids its really important to capture some animation or a behaviour. Wait until the subject laughs or cries or dribbles etc, before you accept that the shot is done. Try using long telephoto with a wide aperture and a shallow depth of field to pluck people out from the busy scene.