Well hello there old blog. You're looking a bit neglected. I have just the thing..
So this is a little out of the norm for me. I don't often photograph anyone with less than 4 legs (occasionally 3 if there's been an accident) but mostly, it's pretty weird to photograph 2-legged subjects. But hey, I try not to discriminate. Sometimes..*sometimes* our 2-legged friends need photos too. I know it's weird but just roll with it. Don't judge.
And I don't spend much time shooting weddings these days either. But my lovely friends Amy and Ryan were getting married on Halloween weekend and that is an opportunity you that just can't pass up. In addition to this, my partner Matt Barnes was coming along to shoot some crazy awesome studio portraits of them. They were after a sort of serious, severe Victorian family portrait with a hint of Addams Family. I think he nailed it.
Amy is cat-mum to Sphynx cats Leonard, Delilah and Benedict so I've worked with her quite a lot but never with her in front of the camera. She's the coolest, funniest lady and one of my favourite humans. And she was marrying the lovely Ryan who is so well suited to her, they are perfect together. Add in the incredibly adorable Alice (Amy's little girl) and you have one of the sweetest little families ever. Watching them become an "official" family was a beautiful thing to be a part of.
Their wedding was at the gorgeous Highden Manor in The Manawatu. I'd never been in there before. It's an incredible building. Particularly when it's decked out in pumpkins!
Anyway, here's a little glimpse at their day. Thanks so much for having us along, guys!
In case your wondering, Amy and Ryan now have enough Halloween decorations to open a store. They also have a very convenient reason to get them ALL out every year. Halloween/Anniversary party!
Did I mention that Ryan was wearing horns? Yes. Ryan was wearing horns. I hope this starts a trend.
Alice does this thing where she puts one foot on the side when she's posing and it legitimately destroys me with the cuteness. And yes, she had a little witches hat!
Amy, Ryan and Alice stayed together at Hyden Manor the night before the wedding and then in the morning they all got ready together. No"first look" or hiding the bride away. These guys wanted to do the whole shebang as a family.
Here I'll just pop some of the awesome photos that Matt Barnes did. He had his lights set up in the hallway, so once everyone was dressed, he shot these incredible portraits right before they got married! He is kind of a badass.
They walked down the "aisle" to Marilyn Manson's "I Put a Spell On You". Just in case you were still on the fence as to whether they are the coolest people alive.
Oh right, yes, the celebrant was dressed as the Grim Reaper.
When the celebrant talked about the special bond between Alice and Ryan, she burst into tears. They were happy tears though! Quick cuddle with nanny and she was fine again.
"I Ryan take you, Amy
To be my awful wedded wife
I promise to love you
At least a little more than Peppa"
(Peppa is Ryan's Pug and BFF)
"I'll keep laughing at your dad jokes
And be the encouragement
that you don't need.
Always to the Ho to your Mo.
"For poorer or poorer
During hangovers and in health
To loathe and to cherish
Till suspicious death do we part"
Quick skip into the neighbouring room to do the official signing stuff and a second to take a deep "holy crap, we're married!" breath.
We had to pause for a sec here because Amy saw a frog in the pool and I had to go check out the frog (because obviously!) except I scared it and it swam off. I like to think it showed up to wish the happy couple well though.
All the essentials.
Huge thanks to Amy and Ryan and their wonderful family and friends for having us along. We had such a great time and feel really honoured to have been a part of such a special day. I also look forward to borrowing every last one of your Halloween decorations and photographing cats on them. Just FYI :)