We first met Andy and Ariane early one morning on Skype. It was late night for them in the UK where they currently live and we chatted like old friends about weddings and travel! The second time we met we were lucky enough to be visiting them in LONDON. You might remember this little teaser of their engagement session at Brighton. What fun we had! We spent a day exploring London and Brighton….seeing the sights, visiting markets, messing with soldiers at the Queen’s Guard, and drinking great coffee together….It was one of those typical chilly, rainy London summer’s days. I’m sure it was sunny at some point….but I only can remember that freezing sideways rain Coralee had them out in at Brighton. Such troopers :-)
Anyway….skip ahead a few months are there we were hanging with Andy and Ariane back in New Zealand on their wedding day! It wasn’t quite summer yet…..but the blossoms were really trying their darndest to be out in time for their return to NZ. It was our first NZ wedding since being back from Europe and we were pumped! It was awesome to see some familiar friendly faces at The Ambers on the day. Alison Brewer singlehandedly did all the girls’ beautiful hair and makeup. Anna Sandford created the amazing flowers for the day. She was even down at the reception venue, Number Five arranging these incredible table settings with epic flowers in dozens of vintage bottles of all shapes and sizes.
The ceremony was an intimate one with just close friends and family joining the lovely couple under the cover of a marquee to shelter from the chilly wind. This is one smiley, laughy, happy, most cool family….Coralee and I were having a field way with our candid shots as everyone celebrated. Check them out below! We ate yummy treats (I was particularly fond of the pink macaroons!) and enjoyed some home-made Lemonade Ariane and Andy had whipped up the day before. The hot coffee served from a Nespresso machine was so delicious that Coralee and I are pretty convinced we need one of our own now!
Earlier that week we’d all visited the The Ambers together and decided it was going to be a bit of a muddy trek venturing out into the property for photographs…..that’s when Coralee suggested GUMBOOTS! Ariane was all for the idea and went and got herself some cute polka dot ones. Andy’s dad polished up his trusty gummies with some silicone spray so they looked shiny and fly for the day. I worried as we trekked through the long grass that this was a bad idea….that Andy and Ariane might never forgive us….but guess what!? We had a great time….no wedding dresses were harmed – and we all are just so stoked with how the photographs of the day came out.
Andy, Ariane – you must be back into the swing of things in London by now. It was an absolute pleasure to hang out with you both on all of the above occasions. Let’s all go visit Brighton again sometime – on a sunny day! We’ve got a little package winging its way across the ocean to you leaving this afternoon! Any requests for some NZ treats? We normally send Pineapple Lumps to our overseas clients by default (unfortunately I can’t send a Huffer Pie from the Food Room – it mightn’t make the trip).
Such a great day – we want to do it all again!