Rachel & Liam wanted something a little different from the traditional Hawkes Bay winery wedding and in their search for the perfect venue, fell in love with Chapelwick Estate. A stunning stately home tucked away in the Central Hawkes Bay countryside, surrounded by coastal farmland just minutes from Porangahau beach. The boys hired a charming bach near the ocean to chill out in on the day, while the girls got ready in style in the luxurious Chapelwick suites.
If I haven’t photographed at a venue before, I like to do several location scouting visits to be fully prepared before the day. In this case, given the hour and a half drive each way, we decided to go all out and make a weekend of it and took the kids along. The kids loved the tennis courts, the beach, the pool and the farm animals and with the help of our hosts, we found some amazing walks and incredible scenery. Even had one of the best fish & chip meals and an entertaining evening at the local pub. Would definitely recommend it… though the kids may or may not have learnt some words they weren’t previously familiar with :-0!
There were so many elements that helped make Rachel and Liam’s wedding picture perfect on the day. The rooms they got ready in were full of natural light with plenty of room to move. The girls and guys were only 5 minutes drive from each other making it easy to include getting ready photos for both without the need for a second photographer. A stunning venue, a romantic chapel, and so many gorgeous details I had to do my happy dance! Totally loved the invitation suite designed by the talented Ashleigh Dawson (one of my past brides!!), the vintage tea cups and minimalist cake, the incredible floral styling by Kerin Greville and the fabulous flagship marquee lit up with fairy lights.
This one is from way back in the vaults but I’m excited to finally be sharing some of my favourite images from this amazing day. Hope it helps inspire you with your own wedding planning.
Hair: Alana Taylor
Makeup: Bernadette Reidy
Floral Design: Kerin Greville – The Floraliste
Wedding Stationery: Ashleighjane Design Co
Celebrant: Viv Pearce
Marquee: Flagship Events
Band: Hidden Agenda