Beautiful Bunnies Compete for Bride's Affections

Donkeys, goats, cows, sheep and seven beautiful bunnies all contributed to Melika and Dave's Wairarapa wedding recently.

The couple got married at Murdock James estate, a picturesque vineyard venue 12 minutes from Martinborough town in the heart of wine and farm country.

Rings were exchanged under a leafy green canopy of Weeping Willows and a close circle of friends and family helped usher in a day of frivolous celebration.

Animals and rugby are two things close to the couples hearts so our wedding photography had to bring these elements into their story. We were always taught to never work with children and animals as photographers, so seven sprightly bunnies presented some fun challenges.

We attempted to sit Melika down with her dress fanned out in the long grass and have the bunnies spread out on her dress. The bridal party acted as bunny wranglers and it became an hilarious thrill ride at 'Once upon a farm' as the furry critters hopped away randomly in different directions at lightning speed.

The day was topped off with a fine meal at Murdock James amidst heartfelt speeches followed by dancing and heel kicking along to the beat provided by The Noodles as the sun sank quietly behind the trees and hills of the Wairarapa country side.

Top wedding tips:
Fun gumboots can add personality and flair to your wedding.
Having the lights low during the dancing will help keep people on the dance floor as guests can sometimes feel too exposed boogying in bright light. Talk to your venue and look at your lighting options.


Useful links
Once upon a farm..... Phone: 06 3069231 or email:
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