Usually I wouldn’t write anywhere near this much for a photo blog post but this wedding was so extraordinary I felt to not write just wouldn’t do it justice.
They say that if you have rain or bad luck on your wedding day then it’s good luck for the rest of your marriage. I used to think that was just an adage to make couples feel better, but after meeting Wayne and Sarah and experiencing the series of unfortunate events that plagued their wedding day I could quite believe it!
So where do we start with Wayne and Sarah’s wedding day. I think we have to start the night before with the wasps nest! WHAT, I can hear you all say. Yes thats right a wasps nest! Wayne and Sarah with their four children, their family,many wedding guests and myself all stayed at the one motel and of all the rooms that could have been offered to Wayne, Sarah and the kids they got the wasp room. The one room that contained of all things a nest of very friendly wasps. The motel owner did spray the nest but that meant they had a lot of dead wasps in their room which is unpleasant enough but add four young children to the equation and you have a very stressful situation. To add to the fun the favours and other things hadn’t arrived in time for the wedding. So while Wayne organised a new and better room with the motel, Sarah ran into Whanganui to find the things she needed to make substitutes. I believe she then spent a goodly proportion of the evening putting everything together for the next day. Phew
The day of the wedding it was pouring, absolutely bucketing down. When I spoke to Reverend Elizabeth Body the previous day she said she always prayed for good weather and she had never had rain during a ceremony. Well Reverend Body thank you for those prayers because as soon as I left to meet with Wayne and Sarah for the photos the rain stopped!
Unfortunately for Sarah she was dealing with a double crisis while trying to get ready. One very sad little boy who did not want his mum to leave and the wilting of her flowers. The florist had told her to keep the flowers in the fridge until they were needed so that they would last longer. Sarah’s mum thought she knew better and put some in water. Thank goodness, she did! All of the flowers in the fridge wilted and looked terrible but the ones in water were perfect. What would we do without our mums aye
The boys were all there so we just started on the pictures without Sarah until she got things sorted with her sad little boy. It was fun, I don’t usually get that much time with just the boys and we had a blast. Though Wayne was clearly relieved when Sarah and the girls arrived, and they sure looked amazing!
You would think that Wayne and Sarah’s series of unfortunate events would have ended by now but alas, no. With everyone now photographed and ready to go we raced down to the gorgeous little church where they were getting married. Everyone was there and the place was humming awaiting the ceremony.
Sarah arrived at the church and she looked amazing, but something wasn’t quite right. The ceremony continued as per usual and was absolutely stunning with the bride and groom bathed in light from the window above, giving their ceremony an exceptionally spiritual feeling. And then just as the first reading was finished it came out. What wasn’t right was that Sarah had walked the aisle alone! Where was her father?
There had been a miscommunication about where to meet and Sarah hadn’t been able to find him. He was still out there somewhere waiting for his gorgeous daughter. So out the door she ran with instructions from her mother in search of her dad. Eventually, Sarah returned with a slightly harrowed father and we did it all again. Two weddings for the price of one
Did you think I was finished with the story? Well not quite there is still more! On to the reception where Sarah had organised a fantastic party which included everybody and even had clowns and The amazing travelling photobooth to entertain kids and adults alike. I know right, clowns! How awesome is that! It really was very fun and there was only one small hitch. Her beautiful cake with it’s top tiers standing on pillars had sunk. I wasn’t there to witness it. It happened before we got there and the clowns saved the cake. Now not everyone can say that clowns saved their wedding cake.
There were a few other little things along the way but what struck me most about this wedding was how well both Wayne and Sarah delt with it. They were a team, in it together, wasps, wilted flowers, cake and all. It is very easy to see that these two are meant for each other and no matter what life throws at them they will simply paint their noses red, poke out their tongues and enjoy life!
To Wayne and Sarah, thanks so much for having me as your wedding photographer. I didn’t just enjoy photographing your wedding I was truly inspired by you both. Surely with all of the unfortunate events on your wedding day you guys are destined for the best marriage ever!
See more vintage wedding photography