Miles and miles away, deep in the folds of the Wairarapa Region of New Zealand lies a tiny little church. Poking its nose out from wooded hills, this historic building beckons Brides and Grooms from far and wide to tie the knot and to get a wonderful taste of undisturbed rural, “Gods Own”.
Simons’ family have a home in nearby Masterton, so it was only fitting that the couple ventured out and have their ceremony close to Whanau. We have photographed at Gladstone Church before but just few times. Every time, we loved it. It is so good to escape the smoke and to enjoy the waving trees and the singing leaves. For the bridal photos we played about on the surrounding country roads capturing the tarmac, trees and rolling hills. We quickly stopped off at their favourite café, “Trocaderos” in Masterton for the most incredible iced-chocolate- thick cream-iced sundae- mega float- thingy. Stop in and ask for one if your passing – they are fantastic! The reception was at the Landing. An amazing country house designed by renowned Wellington architect Ian Athfield. Surrounded by established oaks, crab apple trees and sweeping lawns all the guests plonked down on giant home made bean bags in the sun until it went down and dinner was served. We held our famous slideshow on the lawn out side and that went down well. Thanks Trudy, Divya, Sarah, Jonny, Mike, Shane and of coarse Bridget and Simon for such a wow time!