I went back to Wellington again in March to photograph my friends Emma & Jimmy’s wedding. Another wedding up at the ever stunning venue, Boomrock in Ohariu. I met Emma through working at CCS back in Wellington and we had a portrait photography session of Jimmy’s family. Jimmy is from the UK where most of his immediate family live, at this time they were all together in Wellington and wanted a portrait session of all of the family in the same place together, which doesn’t happen very often. After I moved to Melbourne Emma contacted me to let me know her and Jimmy had got engaged and asked whether I would come back to photograph her wedding…of course I said yes!
Emma was adament she never wanted to get married, but after 7 years together she changed her mind only she knew that now she was going to have to propose to Jimmy! Emma had decided she would pop the question while travelling, on their trip to Croatia, as travelling was how they met initially. Being quite a shy person, she didn’t have it in her to actually say the words “Jimmy will you marry me” so instead she came up with a more creative approach. Veuve Clicquot champagne has been their special occasion drink ever since their first trip to France, so Emma decided to create her own label for the bottle. One evening on their trip when they arrived at Hvar in Croatia at a lovely romantic spot to watch the sun set, Emma pulled out the bottle (label covered with a wine cooler sleeve). Encouraging Jimmy to pull the sleeve off because this was a special bottle, confused, he did so and immediately said “fuck me” followed quickly by a “hell yes”. Needless to say he was blown away and very happy indeed. They celebrated by parting the night away in Hvar.
Emma describes her wedding day as quite simply ‘perfect’ – the best day of her life in fact! It was a very special intimate event with only 47 guests including family and friends who made the trip from the UK and Australia. It was simple, relaxed and natural, so much so that Emma and Jimmy were able to really enjoy all aspects of the day and just go with the flow. Mother nature must have been celebrating with them as this was one of the worst weekends in Wellington with the ‘weather bomb’ due to hit that night! We were so lucky that they were able to still go ahead with an outdoor ceremony complete with Emma’s amazing helicopter entrance and by the time everyone was due to be seated at the reception, the bad weather was just starting to set in. Regardless of the cold, wind and intermitant rain I never heard one complaint from these guys and they really made the most of the best that Boomrock offers. It was great to finally see these two tie the knot and I’m honored that I was able to share their special day with them.