Hi! Thanks for visiting Iconic Photography. My name is Nicholas Brown and I am a Canberra wedding photographer.
I had always dreamed of photographing a destination wedding so when Alex and Michelle asked me to be their wedding photographer in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, it was difficult to say who was more excited, me, or them. I was so excited in fact, that even though I was working in Cambridge, UK at the time, I flew half way around the world to photograph their wedding. I left the zero degree winter of Cambridge and flew to warm New Zealand. After flying into Auckland, I enjoyed the drive to Napier with a quick detour to check-out Rotorua.
Alex is very an organised gentlemen and the next day he had arranged his own Buck’s party. We piled into a minibus and were told we were going to see some ‘awesome birds’. At this point I was sitting next to Alex’s grandfather on the bus and feeling a little nervous. After making a pitstop at a local micro brewery for lunch we were taken to visit to the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Phew! These birds were awesome – Alex was spot on.
The wedding day was perfect. The temperature was mid-20’s and the bride and groom were looking 10/10. It all took place at Black Barn Vineyards in Hawkes Bay. It is a beautiful venue. The onsite Rush Cottage was used by the Michelle and her bridesmaids to preparation for the wedding. Michelle’s mum and the hairdresser were practicing how to pose throughout the day, Michelle’s dad was downstairs perfecting his tie and the bridesmaids were fussing over Michelle. Everything was right with the world
The wedding ceremony was just like Alex and Michelle; calm, fun and genuine. The party on the other hand was anything but calm. I had to resort to standing on a chair on the dance floor to avoid breaking my camera. Yep the dance moves were that extreme. And that was just the parents and grandparents. I even had a dance with Grandma at one point. Her dance moves made me look like an amateur.