If we’d never met, I think I would have known my life wasn’t complete. And I would have wandered the world in search of you, even if I didn’t know who I was looking for.

― Nicholas Sparks

I would highly recommend Coniston Home and Gardens for a wedding venue. The gardens are not only immense in size, but the owners Donald and Carolyn keep the place looking amazing. The ponds are are a gorgeous addition, and they also have a wee cottage on the side of the larger pond that they rent out as an air bnb.

Coniston was a perfect choice for Britney and Joseph. Only 2 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the main traffic of Ashburton, they got married in a small ceremony at the chapel amongst the trees.

Feta and Fern Platters made an amazing job of the grazing table for the guests.

Britney and Joe have a beautiful daughter in Evelyn. The happy wee lady arrived with the waylaid bridal party, giving her mum company as she walked down to the aisle with her father. Soon trying to take all the attention during the ceremony... being a week away from a year old, I'm sure she can be forgiven.

All my contracts are online (courtesy of having LOTS of time to think about things during lockdown. Included in my wedding contract is a wee questionnaire - one question is "What do you love about each other?". Reading this answer from couples usually brings a tear to my eye with the love you can feel coming through their words. You might often see this "interview" come up in my wedding blogs. When faced with this question, Britney and Joe had this to say.

Britney - I love that Joe is selfless and always put me and Eveyln first. And his sense of humour (even though I pretend to hate his Dad jokes).

Joe had a more simple answer - Everything.

It's at this point in time while the bride and groom are mingling that I like to "take" the rings and get the detail shots. Britney and Joe had organized a Memorial table to stand beside them as they got married. It meant all of their loved ones could be with them on their day.

After they'd spent some time with their guests, we went for a walk around the grounds to get a few photographs with just the two of them. Evelyn and the other toddlers and babies had heading home at this stage to have a nap before the reception.

The reception was held at The Plains Railway Museum. By now Joe was much happier in front of the camera, so I was able to get those close up shots! I know exactly how uncomfortable the close up shots can be - even if you are used to it. But Britney and Joe did a fantastic job... very soon after heaps of "leaning in" and suggestions of kissing, they couldn't keep their hands off of each other. Britney apparently isn't a fan of PDA, so I think Joe was just enjoying having the attention!

There had been threats of rain all day for this November wedding, but this held off right up until everyone was walking into the building for dinner and speeches.

Photographers love an overcast day!

I'll finish off this entry with a few photos of cake and reception items. I always love to get little detail shots like this, as your special day is made up of so many different things. These below are just some of the ways you can personalize your day. I think the Date Jar and the polaroid photos as a guest book are great ideas.