March saw us back in New Zealand for Jules and Stu’s backyard & Orlando Country Club wedding in the mighty Manawatu. Jules(y) was part of our crew in Palmerston North back in the day. We love her like you only can with those who you’ve known for years. This wedding is close to our hearts.
When you’re in and out of each other’s homes and lives, you know exactly what’s up in their world… what they think of the latest movie, what they ate for dinner last night (because you were with them!) and the moment they fancy someone. When you’re on the other side of the world you tend to catch up on the highlights. So it was with Stu… somewhere along the way we heard about the guy, who she’d met through work.
Our first glimpse of him was a peek through the curtains of Jules’ home as he rolled up in his Prado for a fleeting visit. We’d have to wait a whole year to meet him for the first time, on our next trip back to NZ where we spent a day in Whangamata hanging out together drinking coffee & cider, mucking around on the beach, and watching a film at the town’s tiny old school cinema. It was easy, like we’d known him for years.
You want so badly for your friends to find that someone who brings out all the beauty and awesomeness you see in them. During Stu’s wedding speech he called everyone in the room “good buggers” — which in New Zealand is actually an endearing term indicating fondness! – and thanked them all for the part they’d played in shaping both him and Jules. Community minded, down to earth, kind and honest – the dude is gold. We’re so happy to see these two married!
Enough already. Here’s Jules and Stu on their wedding day, rustic sensibilities and all, married in their backyard, surrounded by people they love… looking glorious.
Many of the peeps you see in these photos are friends of old, “good buggers” as Stu put it, our nearest and dearest. Caught up in all the photography biz, it somehow slipped our minds until the wedding day that we’d actually see these familiar faces, get to hug them, catch up, dance like crazy and be together like it was back in the day. The best.
Shout outs to Ruth over at Harriet Wilde shoes for featuring this wedding on their blog and being totally friendly and helpful, and Mel at Envie who’s repping Palmerston North and doing a fine job as a makeup artist.
We love photographing weddings in our homeland of New Zealand. If you’re planning a wedding and looking for an Orlando Country Club wedding photographer in the Manawatu or elsewhere across Aotearoa, then get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.