I love how warm and homely this little wedding was. Everything had a touch of love and handmade thanks to the handy work of Gary and his Dad. Set in snug in the heart of Martinborough , Lismore house was the perfect venue for this beautiful union, surrounded by vines and lots of room to enjoy games while getting a good dose of that exceptional Wairarapa sunshine(even when its pouring with rain in Wellington, it always seems to be perfect out here). Just arriving everyone seemed to be more relaxed, maybe it was the vines or the wine, but both were grape ;)
Being together for 11 years there was a tender yet familiar nearness between these two beautiful souls and their two adorable children Luka and Indy. Through the day it was clear to me how close this family is and the deep connection and love they have for each other and it wrote it self all over the images.
The whole day was simple and beautiful with a tremendous focus on the details. The whole theme stemmed from the choice of wedding gown, a Grace Loves Lace, Inca gown, which complimented Jacqui's natural, elegant beauty and looked effortlessly cool. That dress is a piece of art.
I had such a blast documenting this wedding, the bridal party were fantastic fun and the bride and groom were so natural and present on the day, soaking it all in. Exactly what makes the best weddings.
“It is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness. I knew that love gives to him that loveth, power over any soul be loved, even if that soul know him not, bringing him inwardly close to that spirit; a power that cannot be but for good; for in proportion as selfishness intrudes, the love ceases, and the power which springs therefrom dies. Yet all love will, one day, meet with its return. ”
― George MacDonald, Phantastes
A perennial love.
As someone who is not married, it is always intriguing to see what characteristics make great couples work so successfully. Alex and Izak share a wonderful relationship built on loving transparency and constancy, and it has been evident as I have got to know this beautiful couple. As high school sweet-hearts their relationship has all the looks of "in love bliss" but is seated in a deep devotion and loyalty, qualities that will carry their marriage, no matter what. I can't wait to see their marriage bear all the fruits of commitment and loyalty. A rare thing in a world of fast passions.