Ariane and Andy’s intimate countryside Silverdale wedding – The Ambers


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!

C&A xx

Danelle - You guys have captured this day so well!! And love those roses!! X

Erica - Ahhh! Such loveliness!!
I’m in awe =]

Gerard Zwier - What a wonderful set of beautiful photographs! They show Ariane and Andy’s wedding in all its detail: preparation, function and celebration. And they all reflect what a beautiful and happy occasion it was – for everyone.

Janine Saunders - Stunningly beautiful – congratulations and well done xxx

Gerard Zwier - What a wonderful set of beautiful photographs! They show Ariane and Andy's wedding in all its detail: preparation, function and celebration. And they all reflect what a beautiful and happy occasion it was – for everyone.

Janine Saunders - Stunningly beautiful – congratulations and well done xxx

Alexandra Turner - Wow! Beautiful photos :)

Kris Frew - Wow what an amazing venue and everyone looked like they were having fun, which is key for a big day like this. Congrats Andy

Lee Foley - yeeah! awesome photos.congrats again Andy and Arianne!

Alexandra Turner - Wow! Beautiful photos :)

Kris Frew - Wow what an amazing venue and everyone looked like they were having fun, which is key for a big day like this. Congrats Andy

Lee Foley - yeeah! awesome photos.congrats again Andy and Arianne!

Lee Foley - yeeah! awesome photos.congrats again Andy and Arianne!

Eleanor - Aah, love it all! Looks like such a fun day and captured brilliantly.

Nunu Luan - love the photos, congratulations to the newlyweds! the lemonade photos are too sweet…

Nunu Luan - love the photos, congratulations to the newlyweds! the lemonade photos are too sweet…

Nunu Luan - love the photos, congratulations to the newlyweds! the lemonade photos are too sweet…

Amber Adey - Love these!

Amber Adey - Love these!

Benita & Joachim- Dusseldorf, Germany Wedding Photography


Want to know a little secret? We had such an amazing fun-filled time celebrating with the lovely Benita and Joachim on their wedding day that we pretty much just want to go back and live in Germany with them forever! Miss you guys! But it’s not entirely the end of the world, as they’ve promised to come out and visit us in NZ soon, right guys?!

It was July, a perfect summers day in Dusseldorf, Germany, when Benita and Joachim formally tied the knot amidst the stunning grounds of Gut Mydlinghoven, an epic mansion surrounded by what once was horse stables. Coralee hung out with Benita and the girls as they prepared themselves on-site, while Alex indulged himself, smoking cigars and drinking gazpacho with the boys at their home nearby. The boys transported themselves to the venue in style in a stunning Bentley GT and while Alex told them to take it easy so he could follow….he had no chance keeping up with Achim on the autobahn as the silver bullet sped off into the future. Lucky Alex had google maps and a German SIM card to guide him to the venue in one piece a good 20 minutes later!

Guests came from far and wide to be there for the day….Israel, Canada, all across Europe…..New Zealand too (that’s us!). It was truly  a wedding that we will never forget. Benita looked AH-MAZING!….and Achim as sharp as ever too. We can only hope that these photographs reveal just a little of the awesomeness of these too. They are indeed some of the nicest, most fun, generous, partying souls that we’ve ever been blessed to meet.

As you can imagine, the wedding guests partied long into the night. So long in fact that we might have even set a personal best record for the longest we’ve ever danced away the night at a reception – but check out those dancing photos! It was indeed the party to end all parties!

So that’s that. One of the most epic weddings in history….EVER! Benita, Achim….we hope to see you in NZ soon. But rather than wait for you to come….we’ll get your little package of photographs in the post tomorrow just to tie you over until you do come and we can share high-fives and gazpacho for real. We’re honoured. Stoked. Over the moon. Cant thank you enough…..for having us there to celebrate with you both on your special day.

Lots of love,

C&A xxx

 

 

Joachim Wittinghofer - Thank you guys soooo much! The pictures are awesome and thank you for sepending the time with us! :-)

Erica - WOW.. stunning!! X

Matthias Kleinert - Yes, that looks really great! Insbesondere die Zigarre ;-)) Kann man ja mal in echt nachholen.

Sheila Gibbs Moody - These are great photos, Joachim.

Joachim Wittinghofer - Thank you guys soooo much! The pictures are awesome and thank you for sepending the time with us! :-)

Matthias Kleinert - Yes, that looks really great! Insbesondere die Zigarre ;-)) Kann man ja mal in echt nachholen.

Sheila Gibbs Moody - These are great photos, Joachim.

David Woodcock - Beautiful wedding coverage and nice use of black and white images.

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